Sir, You Are Being Hunted

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Sir, You Are Being Hunted on Steam

MSRP: $19.99

Platforms: Win, Mac, Linux

Release: 8/19/13


Maybe Sir, You Are Being Hunted isn’t the first game that comes to mind when you think of horror video games, but at least for me, this was quite possibly one of the most terrifying gaming experiences I’ve ever had (Bioshock  notwithstanding). I have a hard enough time with stealth games where you have to hide from humans, or even flesh and blood monsters, but robots with shotguns? No thanks.

The deck is stacked pretty heavily against you, especially if you start out with the default Aristocrat profession. You’re stuck on one of five randomly generated islands, with nothing in your pockets but some rags you could potentially makeshift into bandages, and are tasked with finding 17 pieces of some sort of machine while killer robots are hunting you down.  Also, you need to eat, or all the hiding in the world isn’t going to save you. Feeling confident yet?

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These robots are going to see better than you, they’re going to hear better than you, and they are going to sneak up behind you so you don’t even see them coming. It’s awful and tense and I quite literally came a couple inches off my chair at the sound of gunfire. On my first trip through, I found one piece out of 17, and that was the one they dump right next to your spawn point so you can see what exactly it is you’re looking for.

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That’s right. I lived for almost FOUR whole minutes.

I decided to go in with the officer profession on my second trip. I thought that maybe having a couple of guns and a handful of bullets would give me a better chance at survival.

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It was also in this play through I realized that I could crouch down with the C key to make skulking through the foliage slightly more effective, and I managed to dodge a few packs of impeccably dressed patrolling robots, and I was feeling pretty good about myself. Until I creeped around a corner, and was confronted with – of all things – a god damn crow, and I was startled enough that my dogs came in the room to make sure I was okay.  Clearly, this is not my game.

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I can appreciate this game for what it is, even as I am positive I never ever ever want to load it up again. I don’t even think I want to watch someone else play it. I don’t think it’s going to leave me looking over my shoulder for robots in darkened rooms, but why risk it?

However, if you enjoy games about sneaking and hiding and surviving, well, this one’s a doozy, and you can pick it up for a dollar or less as part of Bundle Stars’ Dollar Dash sale.

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