Hunter: The Reckoning - Wayward

a game by Vivendi Universal
Platform: Playstation 2
Editor Rating: 7/10, based on 1 review
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Hunter: The Reckoning ' Wayward represents the rarest of all types of video games. Rumor has it that the changes in Wayward were made in specific response to the feedback received about the first Hunter game for the Xbox. Still a multiplayer zombie shoot fest, Hunter is carving out a small sub genre that I think deserves some attention, if not the devotion of some newer, better titles.

First, check out our review of the original Hunter game. It wasn't spectacular, but when a group of four friends were playing, it got to be pretty fun. Just to describe for a moment: you'll take on various types of undead and other nasty creatures using a variety of firearms and melee weapons. That's it. Take away the four-player multi of the original, restricting it instead to two, and you've got a recipe for disaster. However, the game compensates in a few ways that are worthwhile, even though four players would've been better.

From an AV perspective, this game is much tighter, cleaner, and all around nicer looking then its progenitor. Furthermore, the basic game play style hasn't been tweaked. Wait for Redeemer to see that happen. Unfortunately, much like the original, this title ends way too quickly, and given that it's been changed to make characters more powerful all around, you're also playing a much easier game too.

There are a great deal more unlockable items, along with additional characters to play as well. Although your main weapon no longer has unlimited ammo, you pick up enough that it seems like it, and instead of having to tap the fire button, you can simply hold it down to hose an area. The melee combat system is much better too, giving you access to a few special moves, an escape move, and a combo series that generally, make your character kick a lot more ass.

My only real complaints are that the game is too easy, too short, doesn't have enough players, and doesn't let you fight nearly the same amount of walking dead as in the first one. However, I think it should be applauded for being changed according to what players were looking for, and I'll probably be putting this one in my regular rotation.

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