|Release: November 16, 2010|
|Screen Resolution: N/A|
Other people may not agree with me on this, but I actually think that there are some ways in which the game's horrible technical faults actually make it more fun. I'm a fan of the old Ghost Recon games. Predator is like a return to the slow pace and rigorous difficulty of those original games. The amazingly accurate enemies and bad controls mean that you need to scout out areas ahead of time and be cautious. This is a different way to play than the newer Ghost Recon games like GRAW and the upcoming Future Soldier, but to a select type of gamer it can still be fun.
The most notable factor about this game is the ability to play the campaign in a three-player cooperative mode. The experience is the same, but you'll be able to communicate with your friends instead of struggling to bark orders at your AI teammates. If you've got a couple of friends with PSPs who would play with you, then this would be a much more fun experience.
It's really a shame that Ubisoft pushed this game out the door so soon. It's obvious that it shipped too early, without an adequate amount of money invested in its production. If Predator could have had another few months in development, it would have made a world of difference, and I feel confident that I'd be advising you to pick this up without hesitation rather than imparting cautious skepticism.
It's odd to see Ubisoft treating one of its marquis franchises with such disregard for quality. The game still has moments of fun, but its technical aspects are unambiguously bad. I think this game was originally slated to launch as a tie-in to the mammoth Ghost Recon Future Soldier, but now that Future Soldier has been delayed, I don't see any reason to launch this game now. It's half-baked, and it doesn't have the brand association that a major console release would draw to it.
At just $29.99, this isn't a horrible deal. The game has a lot of problems, but the budget price helps make up for that somewhat. Ultimately, if you're a big fan of taking your shooters on the go, then Predator might have something to offer you. Otherwise, I can only recommend this game if you have a set of friends interested in paying for the game as well. If you do, then you'll have a pretty good time.
CCC Freelance Writer