Hatred Review: Don't Hate The Player, Hate The Game

Destructive Creations' Hatred has caused quite a stir in the gaming industry due to its graphic nature and focus on killing innocents. But is it a game that should be considered to scratch your inner massochist  or is it a glorfied murder simulator? Our review.

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Hatred is one of the most powerful emotions any living being can have. It can fuel us to do irrational things at times, although it can also be the catalyst that forces us to improve on something we really don’t like. Wars have been started. Relationships have ended. Lives have been wasted. All because of one’s hatred towards something else they don’t understand, don’t trust, or outright have given up on. Hatred has us assuming the role of a man who is completely consumed by his anger and disgust of human beings. He’s an equal-opportunity hater, so if you end up crossing his path, you can be sure he’ll want you as dead as the guy next to you. And for a game fueled by so much hate, I didn’t end up hating it. I was just bored and frustrated.

Player Hater’s Ball

Hatred's an extremely shallow game that should be considered to be more of a murderous-rampage simulator than anything else. For a man who has so much hate inside of him, the main character doesn't go into any detail as to why he hates humanity so much. Did he get cut off during his daily commute again? Did he not get onions on his burger? Was he wronged by the government in some way? We'll never know because he's so wrapped up in being angry that Hatred forgets to give us a viable reason for thousands of people to die.

It also doesn't help the main objectives are as shallow as Hatred’s story. The vast majority of time I was playing, I was instructed to kill a specific number of people, then kill law enforcement, and then proceed to the next location. Side objectives, fortunately, offer a bit more variety as I can cleanse customers from a local coffee shop, “visit” the launch of a new phone, and set money inside of a bank’s vault on fire. Completing these side objectives rewards me with the ability to respawn, which often comes in handy as Hatred can get difficult. The Unreal Engine 4 shines at times as the physics in Hatred, specifically explosions, look nice and also destroys anything caught in its blast.

Human Holocaust

What makes Hatred such a controversial game is its lack of empathy. I spent hours killing innocent civilians who ran away from me in terror. Begging me not to kill them. Many of them pleading that they had families. I didn’t want to continue my murderous rampage, but I wouldn’t be able to proceed if I didn’t slaughter any and every person I came across in order to progress through the game. 

If killing innocent civilians is all there is to Hatred, then I question why it even exists. There are countless games out there where I can harm random people if I wanted to. I can perform a hit-and-run in Grand Theft Auto 5, throw an old woman at my opponent in Mortal Kombat X, and beat up random villagers in The Witcher 3. And the games I listed are way more fun than Hatred is as they have other, more meaningful activities to complete. Hatred isn't just heartless. It's pointless.

Aside from the obvious ethical considerations, I also didn’t want to continue playing Hatred because it was filled with noticeable bugs. Civilians ran towards me while waving their arms in terror, law enforcement would empty entire clips of ammo attempting to shoot me through walls, and vehicles are absolutely useless due to their low health and terrible handling. And those are just the tip of the iceberg. Frankly, it's an outright mess.

Controversial Content

A game like Hatred will always be seen as controversial because it isn’t filled with zombies, nazis, or terrifying monsters to combat. The protagonist isn’t attempting to save the world, leave the world of organized crime, or save the princess. In Hatred, you’re the monster, "The Antagonist," and as much as they try, no one can stop your rampage. Not heroic citizens shooting at you with random weapons they find, nor trained members of the military. And that’s what makes the general population afraid of games like Hatred. It empowers the monster, at times, even glorifying their efforts.

Hatred is a premise that may have worked if we had some understanding of motivation--either on the part of the player character, or a more satirical or social point envisioned by its developers. Instead, the violence is so arbitrary that it oscillates between disturbing and boring. When you’re asked to kill over a hundred civilians just because the game asks you to, it gets really old, really fast. If Breaking Bad had Walter White cooking meth just because he wanted to, viewers would have found themselves bored with his adventures. It was his backstory, motivations, and deteriorating condition that made his criminal activity entertaining to watch.

Hatred is a game that basks in controversy for the sake of controversy, while doing nothing to keep the curious interested in seeing it through.


This review is based on a PC code provided by the publisher. Hatred is available in digital stores for $19.99. The game is rated AO.

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hatred

3

Pros

  • Variety in side missions
  • Unreal Engine 4 offers nice visuals

Cons

  • Shallow experience
  • Repetitive gameplay
  • Content easily offends

From The Chatty

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    June 2, 2015 2:45 PM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Hatred Review: Don't Hate The Player, Hate The Game

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      June 2, 2015 3:51 PM

      Bad game. The torture scene in gta had more purpose and was equally questioned.

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        June 3, 2015 6:26 AM

        That part was a problem for people? That was tame as hell and was obviously tongue-in-cheek.

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      June 2, 2015 4:41 PM

      Games this abhorrent don't even deserve to be reviewed, even if a scathing review. Bad publicity is good publicity. And a game this wretched doesn't deserve even an ounce of publicity or recognition.

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        June 2, 2015 5:46 PM

        What makes this game so abhorrent as to not deserve a review?

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          June 3, 2015 6:03 AM

          its boring and stupid and trying to use a 'this is edgy' gimmick to be popular.

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            June 3, 2015 6:04 AM

            I agree but that doesn't sound particularly abhorrent or wretched.

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              June 3, 2015 6:23 AM

              all you do is kill innocent people who are begging for their lives. there isn't a point.

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                June 3, 2015 6:24 AM

                Plenty of games don't have a point. Hatred should be reviewed all over the place, let it be known what a half-assed boring game it is.

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                June 3, 2015 6:29 AM

                You also kill cops who are trying to kill you. It's just a twin-stick shooter, Geometry Wars doesn't have a point either. I kill innocent civilians in GTA V every night and I enslave or murder thousands of people every time I conquer a city in Total War and I make a profit doing so.

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                  June 3, 2015 8:18 AM

                  Yeah, but those games are fun. This game looks like absolute shit.

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                    June 3, 2015 8:23 AM

                    How would you know it was an abhorrent abomination if it didn't get any publicity, khan?

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        June 3, 2015 6:26 AM

        I disagree, go look at RPS's review of it. It shows very clearly what a terrible game it is and even touches on how even when it trys to offend it mostly fails. I think it shows for people who wanted to buy it because YES OFFENSIVE SHOCKING! probably wont because its such a shitty game in all aspects. I mean the game itself sounded so terrible.

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      June 3, 2015 5:28 AM

      I like the concept and probably will buy it. I see no difference in this than in say Doom, or in a movie like Hostel or Saw which saw millions and spawned a franchise in the box office.
      You don't NEED plot or reasons or motivations to do what you feel you need to do. Look at a movie like Falling Down with Mike Douglas, sometimes you've just had it. You done and now others will suffer because you've suffered.
      A can see no better way to let out frustrations than with a game like this, just as I would with COD. Just because one game is accepted and the other isn't is pretty hypocritical if you ask me.

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        June 3, 2015 6:25 AM

        Doom you were trying to help the Mars base which was being overrun. everything was a bad guy. Hostel and Saw were survival horror porn films. the bad guy had reasons even if we didn't know them.

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          June 3, 2015 6:47 AM

          it bothers me that saw gets lumped in with hostel, the original was pretty great and was more than just torture porn

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        June 3, 2015 6:30 AM

        Don't buy the game, but not because it's offensive (it's too stupid to be offensive) don't buy the game because it's a shitty game. You'll be bored after about 10 minutes.

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        June 3, 2015 6:30 AM

        http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2015/06/01/hatred-review/

        I'd at least read a few more reviews first, regardless of subject content the GAME itself sounds awful. I mean so many bugs, so much frustrating play. I wouldnt touch this game even if the story stuff appealed to me.

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      June 3, 2015 6:57 AM

      I saw some videos of it, looks pretty lame overall from a gameplay standpoint. Not something that looks at all exciting or fun to play. Looks like a poor rehash of SmashTV at best.

      From a violence and gore perspective, at least for the few minutes of video I watched, it didn't look any worse than GTA 5. Tone, perhaps, given it sounded like missions involve objectives like "kill everyone in this coffee shop" with little other motivation besides anarchy.

      Meh.

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      June 3, 2015 8:22 AM

      Was seriously gonna buy this, then i saw the price, watched some reviews, and thought... meh.

      $20 for an ok, to not so great, smash tv/postal clone isnt really doing it for me.

      an ya, it looks like id be a nice "lets get trunk turn on some thrash music and murder everyone" simulator for the first 15 minutes.. but i see it getting boring as hell fairly quickly.