Sunday, September 27, 2015

Codename HUNTER

Hunter was released by Activision in 1991 and many consider it one of the first open-world/sandbox productions. I think this is relevant to today's gamer who might think there was nothing before GTA or Battlefield.

All this takes place within a massive three-dimensional world where you are essentially a James Bond with objectives to complete for various missions. These are far-reaching and the key to success is strategic exploration, communication, and common sense. For example, don't drive off without remembering to find a jerrycan and why not look for a medkit too, you never know... It's always a good idea to stock up on extra ammo and use a map.

I often boot up Hunter to drive around its humungous world to explore and blow stuff up! Life can be boring, so why not create a little mayhem and have yourself some fun? Actually, this freedom is the best aspect of Hunter because the player is completely free to roam and go almost anywhere they choose to do anything.

I knew this was gonna be good and it wasn't long before I was Howling Mad Murdock!!

There's nothing quite like this game - jump into a jeep or sail in the winds. It's all up to you!

Incredible is the word. So why not ride a wonky-looking bike or go for a walk and enjoy the fresh air and watch the birds fly? The hippie in you might wanna go for a swim with the fish? Or maybe chase cute rabbits? But why would you do any of this when you can instead drive an army jeep, steer a speedboat or pilot a helicopter? Heck, you can even hop into a tank and blow stuff up, like somebody's house!! Yes, let's be a psychopath. Why not? lol

In some respects, this is years ahead of its time and comparisons have been made to games like GTA and Battlefield 1942. Even when played properly (yeah I should do that more!) this is an immersive and engrossing experience with taxing missions that require a tactical and explorational approach. They're hard but always enjoyable.

Thankfully, the emphasis is always on your freedom and that extends into how you choose to complete the mission - there is no linear path to follow. That, I find utterly exciting. Hunter is extraordinary and I guarantee its one of the best 16-bit games you can ever choose to experience. I promise it doesn't get better than this. A perfect 10/10

In-game coordinates you might find interesting?

Security pass = 90, 153
Master key = 164, 169
Old man = 181, 197
Second man = 99, 61
Third man (In rock) = 195, 119
Professor = 49, 115
Prisoner = 135, 239
Injured man = 10, 36
Antibiotics and saw = 151, 121
Monk (in tree stump) = 85, 174
Scroll = 91, 173
Disk = 100, 225
Computer = 244, 199
General's bunker = 135, 239
Officer's red uniform = 190, 65

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