Hunters 2 is an almost perfect sequel – it improves on what has gone before without drastically changing too many things. The presence of in-app purchasing is unfortunate, but not enough to sully the good work done elsewhere. Turn-based strategy fans should pick it up

Hunters 2 By Rodeo Games

Genre:Adventure Developer:Rodeo Games

This time around we have a fleshed-out storyline, showcasing mankind’s rather bleak future. The Earth has become dangerously overpopulated, and our species has spread its wings to colonise the stars.

An unfortunate side-effect of this rampant expansion is that mega-corporations now rule the universe, hiring mercenaries known as Hunters to do their dirty work.f

Hunters 2 is essentially a total refinement of what made the original so great, but it also adds plenty of new content and concepts. All the glorious top-down, turn-based strategic combat with upgradable and customizable mercenaries is still present, as are the daily missions and hourly store content updates. But it’s not simply more of the same. It’s more of the same, but even better than before.
The hunter becomes the hunted

You’re in charge of one such group of Hunters, and throughout the game you’ll get the chance to augment the abilities of your team and equip them with improved armour and weapons.

This element of Hunters 2 is seriously impressive, offering multiple skill trees and an armoury of different items to purchase.

The turn-based gameplay remains very much the same as before: each of your warriors has a certain number of action points per turn, and these are used to move and attack.

Choosing to remain stationary will give your soldier the chance to fire more than once, but moving halfway across the map will mean they can’t attack at all after they reach their destination. Managing your stock of action points is crucial.

Those of you with a love for strategy will positively lap up Hunters 2. The game offers ample opportunity to fulfil your dream of becoming a budding commander.

However, there’s one issue we feel prevents the game from passing with flying colours. Despite its premium price tag, Hunters 2 still presents you with in-app purchases for buying credits, which you can use to acquire new weapons and armour.

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The thrill of the hunt

Doing this basically means you can power-up your squad with little effort, robbing you of the thrill of progress. Still, if you’re strong-willed then you can simply ignore the option.

In-app purchases aside, Hunters 2 offers a stunning amount of gameplay and entertainment for its asking price. Trigger-happy action lovers could struggle with the game’s focus on cerebral delights over instant gratification, but lovers of the genre will be very much at home.This time around we have a fleshed-out storyline, showcasing mankind’s rather bleak future. The Earth has become dangerously overpopulated, and our species has spread its wings to colonise the stars.

An unfortunate side-effect of this rampant expansion is that mega-corporations now rule the universe, hiring mercenaries known as Hunters to do their dirty work.f

The hunter becomes the hunted

You’re in charge of one such group of Hunters, and throughout the game you’ll get the chance to augment the abilities of your team and equip them with improved armour and weapons.

This element of Hunters 2 is seriously impressive, offering multiple skill trees and an armoury of different items to purchase.

The turn-based gameplay remains very much the same as before: each of your warriors has a certain number of action points per turn, and these are used to move and attack.

Choosing to remain stationary will give your soldier the chance to fire more than once, but moving halfway across the map will mean they can’t attack at all after they reach their destination. Managing your stock of action points is crucial.

Those of you with a love for strategy will positively lap up Hunters 2. The game offers ample opportunity to fulfil your dream of becoming a budding commander.

However, there’s one issue we feel prevents the game from passing with flying colours. Despite its premium price tag, Hunters 2 still presents you with in-app purchases for buying credits, which you can use to acquire new weapons and armour.

The thrill of the hunt

Doing this basically means you can power-up your squad with little effort, robbing you of the thrill of progress. Still, if you’re strong-willed then you can simply ignore the option.

In-app purchases aside, Hunters 2 offers a stunning amount of gameplay and entertainment for its asking price. Trigger-happy action lovers could struggle with the game’s focus on cerebral delights over instant gratification, but lovers of the genre will be very much at home.

Hunters 2 continues to do a great job preserving the core gameplay mechanics of Episode One. The leveling system and large variety of weapons keep me coming back  to play missions simply to earn more gold and experience to refine my hunters. Also, the loot system and daily mission structure do a great job promoting replayability. As mentioned above, there’s nothing new or particularly innovative, but it’s still implemented well.

It goes without saying that fans of Hunters: Episode One will have a great time with Hunters 2. The tweaks to the leveling and upgrade systems do a great job streamlining gameplay while the inclusion of an actual campaign and additional difficulty options are welcome additions. While the incremental upgrades probably won’t win over gamers that weren’t fans of the original, Hunters 2 still offers a compelling turn-based strategy experience.

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