Necromunda: Hired Gun is a heck of a shooter as you can see from this intensely action-packed trailer. Streum On Studio and Focus Home Interactive game, combines some cyberpunk and Doom: Eternal styled aesthetic and kinetic action for great effect. It’s one of those arena-styled FPS shooters that puts the pedal to the metal and really goes for the hardcore action side of things. It’s fast, furious and just moves. Best of all, the arrival of next-gen consoles are making the framerate really shine… when we aren’t expecting glitches.
Necromunda: Hired Gun is pulled from the wildly popular table-top Necromunda series by Games Workshop. It refers to a subterranean hive where lawlessness rules. Warhammer 40,000 is the actual parent game of Necromunda and carries a lot of the same skirmish sensibilities when it comes to the table-top approach.
The controls for Necromunda: Hired Gun are crisp during a large portion of movement. Even though at certain times there is a disconnect between the tactile sense of shooting your guns and successfully hitting your target. I’m not exactly sure what it is that causes that disconnect, but there is just some crunch missing in that area. Some sort of feedback that just isn’t there.
You are in a gritty bit of underworld that looks like it is made of part hell and part Mad Max styled apocalypse. You are a bounty hunter and you are willing to do anything for the right price. The world is full of a bunch of creeps looking to rip you off or to out right kill you. Its the land of smiling out the side of your mouth and betrayal.
The central Martyr’s End is a hub of all the could be action and bounties. You can go here for stocking up on gear and leveling up. The game has a nice upgrade system that gives you satisfying bit of RPG with your FPS. You can upgrade your bionic augmentations in a well-done system that feels natural and gives you a reason to keep playing. The augments do make each level or job make the game feel fresh each time you start a level or job. You can also choose your next bounty at Martyr’s End. These bounties are all about what you want to do and whatever you think you are ready to take on. The bounty selection is entirely yours.
A lot of the issues that I ran into outside of the problems with that absence of crunchiness in the actual shooting part of the game, is that there was a bit of lags and frame rate issues along the way. Now, these will most likely be ironed out in future updates and patches but, I’m hoping that they are made and made quickly because it is seriously the only thing standing in the way of the game from being a full on magical gaming experience. In fact, we might revisit a review in future DLC just to reassess.
The design of the characters, armor and weapons is all super sharp looking and look as mean and neat as they need to in order to meet the look of the hellish world. In fact, the entire design side of the game is incredible and on par with the world of Warhammer 40,000. There is tactile realness to everything in the world that makes each corner feel like it has a viable function.
One of my favorite parts of the game is having a four legged pal in the form of a giant cyber mastiff pup that will eat the heads off of your enemies at your command. I mean that literally. The game has a nice point and click option to send your dog on the attack. He is a good boy, yes he is! It’s nice to throw these attacks into the already explosive action as you are sprinting and strafing about the arenas to take out your enemies. Blasting baddies with a shotgun while watching your cyber mastiff tear another enemy to shreds is satisfying as heck.
If you are into arena-styled combat and like the feel of the kinetic energy that Doom: Eternal has, than you are going to feel right at home in the white knuckled action of Necromunda: Hired Gun. The game gives you a furious experience that doesn’t let up very often and makes good use of its next gen frame rate. If you are into The Mandolorian and the bounty hunting that goes on in that world, than Necromunda is your jam. The bounty hunting aspect here is very cool. The ability to customize augmentations to suit your bounty and to level up makes for a great experience that makes each new level feel like the game is new all over. Necromunda: Hired Gun is a furious experience that will impress devout FPS fans.
You can find Necromunda: Hired Gun digitally on PlayStation5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation4, Xbox One, and PC.