Killing bystanders in video games is nothing new by now, but Hatred manged to make me dread every moment of it. It’s not because it was too violent. It’s because it doesn’t bring anything new or interesting to the table and in the end it felt flat, uninspired, and boring.
Hatred tries too hard to get under your skin by making you murder countless people. This would have worked if we knew anything about our main protagonist or the people that we were gunning down in the street. The only thing we know is that our unnamed protagonist hates everyone and he wants them to die as violently as possible. This would have been cool if this game had come out 10 years ago, but it didn’t and honestly this is probably one of the most boring games I’ve played this year.
Hatred looks really good. The entire game is in black and white and it suits the dark mood perfectly. When I throw grenades at cops the environments around them explode into little bits. It’s great and I love the utter destruction that I can cause to my neighborhood. The character models are decent, but don’t stand out.
I usually love games like this, but for some reason I couldn’t sit down for more then 30 minutes at a time while I played this game. When the crosshairs is on someone that I’m trying to kill I miss. I have to aim a little on the side in order to hit them. When I’m fighting mobs of enemies it becomes almost impossible to line up good shots because of this.
Driving cars is also really stupid. The game isn’t big enough for driving to even be implemented in the game, but it’s here and it sucks.
The brain dead A.I doesn’t make it any better. Every npc in the game is stuck on stupid. Everyone from the mailman to the army that you eventually end up going up against is the exact same. I rarely had to set a good strategy when I outnumbered. As long as I had a good assault rifle, and some grenades I could literally blast my way through everything without breaking a sweat.
When I first started Hatred I loved the starting area. Blasting my way through my neighborhood until I reached the police station was fun, but as soon as I left it went downhill from there. I’ve had firefights in sewers, bigger neighborhoods, and a power plant. I was never blown away by anything that I did or saw in this game and it feels like one big missed opportunity.
There is no story whatsoever in this game. I think Hatred would have been a little better if it had a decent story. Why are we going on a killing spree? Why should we care about anyone that we’re killing? I found myself thinking this over and over throughout the course of my game. I kept asking myself why did I stop playing The Witcher 3 to play this and I couldn’t come up with a good answer.
Hatred is a game that won’t be remembered as anything more than a boring game to sink a few hours into. It doesn’t bring anything new to it’s genre or offer us anything worthwhile to keep us coming back to this game for another playthrough. Hatred is a $20 game that feels like a $5 one.
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