Predator: Concrete Jungle

Moby ID: 18760
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When a sweltering night arrives in the summer of 1930, New Way City is visited by a creature of extraterrestrial origin. He is not there it conquer or to make first contact; he is there to hunt, and his prey is Man. After taking on warring mobsters the Predator is shot in the eye and hastily escapes, but leaves some of his equipment behind. While attempting to escape from the city in his ship, rubble falls onto the wounded hunter and pins him in place. In a suicidal attempt at preventing his remaining gear from being pilfered by humans, the Predator causes his ship to self-destruct; However, he survives and is rescued by his clan-folk. By committing the grave taboo of allowing his prey to obtain Predator technology, the one-eyed Predator is exiled to a hostile desert planet.

Fast forward one hundred years and the Predator, now known as Scarface, returns to the city of his botched hunting trip. New Way City has grown into the futuristic Neonopolis, where gangs still reign in terror. In order to regain his honor, Scarface must regain his captured hunting gear and will not let anyone stand in his way. Just like the natural variant, the concrete jungle is a competitive and unwelcoming place where only the fittest survive. Scarface faces brutal gangs, hulking robots, heavily armed soldiers, cyborgs, and even his own kin in his quest to retrieve his lost technology. The hunt is on.

In Predator: Concrete Jungle the player assumes the role of Scarface, the dishonored Predator on trail of his stolen equipment. It is a 3rd-person action game where the player often has to resort to hand-to-hand combat. Players make use of various upgradeable weapons such as glaives, mauls, a combistick, and famous wrist blades to take on enemies of increasing difficulty and specific weaknesses. Projectile weapons include a spear gun that can pin enemies to walls and the notorious shoulder-mounted plasma caster. Scarface also has access to the iconic cloaking device and a helmet with thermal vision. The player can tear the skulls and spinal cords out of certain enemies to claim as trophies to display in Scarface's ship. The city is "level" based, often requiring the play to complete certain objectives before moving on to the next "level". Players can also unlock special costumes for Scarface, many of which are from the various Predator / Aliens vs. Predator films.

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  • 铁血战士 - Chinese spelling (simplified)

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Average score: 47% (based on 19 ratings)

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Average score: 3.0 out of 5 (based on 15 ratings with 1 reviews)

Where's the self-destruct button on this game?

The Good
Well, for starters it's a Predator game, where you can play as just the Predator and stalk humans, unlike the many Predator v. Alien games in the past and don't get me started on the so called Predator game for the NES. The Predator is actually very detailed and the sounds from the movies are also there as well, the clicking noises he makes along with the famous thermal vision along with all the biological sounds along with it.

Along with that you get the great weapons, such as the spear staff, the shoulder cannon and who can forget that fun Frisbee from hell that sliced Gary Busey up in Predator 2. The cinemas are also very well detailed, very smooth and sharp.

Unfortunately, this is all that is good about the game, which brings me to...

The Bad
Oh my, where do I start. First, the story...supposedly, back in 1930, a Predator tried to kill a Irish mob boss, things get messed up, next thing you know, he is hurt and sets up his ship to self destruct, a huge nuclear blast rips through Chicago, leveling it and killing everything....except, that's right, somehow the Predator survived...I guess since Schwarzenegger can do it, I guess they figure it can to. He is then banished, but sent back 100 years later after the technology that he left behind has been found and being used by humans against the Predators and now he has to destroy all the weapons and bring the balance of power back to the Predator clans. If this was a movie, I have a bad feeling it wouldn't do that well. Hell, it barely did anything for me from the game.

Even though the Predator is very well detailed, the numerous enemies he faces are actually a mess, some actually almost look square and blocky at times, almost back in the days of the polygons. I guess they figured that if people didn't pay too much attention to details, know one would care. Plus some of the enemies you fight are kinda lame, drug dead heads, the mafia (which is kinda fun, but you only get one level), the corporation that has the Predator technology, a army of gun-carrying hookers and a group that kinda reminds you of Altair from Assassin's Creed which ironically has a leader named King Willy, yes a tie in from the second movie, even tried to reproduce the voice to no avail.

The camera angles and the control are absolutely horrendous. This is almost like a 3-D platforming game, jumping from rooftop to rooftop, problem is it's almost like a guessing game, since you have to hold down the jump button to get power to jump, to little and you miss the roof completely, too much and you can actually overshoot it and hit the street.

One more annoying feature is that the cloaking device is almost useless, sometimes even when you are cloaked sitting on a rooftop scanning for enemies, they can still spot you, plus if you sneak up on them and they turn, for some odd reason that can still sense your presence. It's almost like the cloaking device shouldn't even been in the game if they can still see if you are invisible or not. Plus, you have to have power to run all of these weapons, you can start out with a 100 points of energy, but once you use it up, it will refill by itself, but it only goes up to 20 points, problem is most of your favorite weapons require a lot more energy to be used.

There are upgrades scattered throughout the levels, but you spend so much time avoiding enemies and trying to complete the objectives you never have time to look. You can tap into power boxes and refill that way, but they are few and far between, and if you are battling a bunch of heavily-armed enemies and you have little power and no power stations nearby, you are basically dead.

The Bottom Line
Don't touch this game, but if you are huge fan of the Predator (like me) and you come across this game at a garage sale, don't go over $5.00, don't do a stupid mistake like me and fall for the rarity of this game and pay $30.00...that's right $30.00, just for a disc, no instruction booklet and a generic case and this is from a national videogame chain. If this game was a car, it would be a 1980 Trans-Am, it looks great, you love it from Smokey and The Bandit and it costs a lot, but before long you realize how much crap you have to put up with and before you know it, it's collecting dust and you're too proud or stubborn to realize you screwed up.

PlayStation 2 · by Big John WV (26955) · 2008

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Game Informer Magazine (Issue #153, Jan. 2006) named it #2 of the Top 10 Worst Games of 2005.

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Game added by SubSane.

Additional contributors: Unicorn Lynx, Sciere, Big John WV, DreinIX.

Game added August 14, 2005. Last modified October 22, 2023.