Blazing Griffin, the masterminds behind the cult classic The Ship have brought us a rather devious treat called Murderous Pursuits. Murderous Pursuits follows in the footsteps of their previous game The Ship in the stealth multiplayer genre. It brings a lot of flavor and over the top fun to the genre but does it have enough flavor to re-spark the dying genre? Scroll down to find out.
“Murderous Pursuits is a kill-or-be-killed stealth-em-up multiplayer game for 1-8 players. Smartly stalk your target – the Victorian’s call that Quarry – and wait for just the right moment to pounce on your prey. But be careful not to give yourself away to the other players hunting you!”
My Personal Experience in the Game So Far
I am a huge fan of the stealth, who did it kind of multiplayer games (The Ship, Assassin’s Creed multiplayer, etc), so seeing an ad for this game immediately made me want the game. It came off as an over the top yet classy stealth game in the form of The Ship. Who could say no to that? I had to obtain a key to the game and few days later.
I immediately downloaded the game and jump is as soon as it finished on Steam. I was greeted with some quirky music and a few quirky characters to go with it. Already, it was looking to be a neat game. A tutorial popped up and I did what anyone would do in this situation. I Ignore it (lol). I jump into a practice game with bots. Before the game starts you get to pick out your character from the roster of 8 unique characters (each being a parody of a stereotype for the time period): The Admiral, The Duchess, The Brute, The dodger, The Assassin, The Prince, The Tracker, and Doxy.
Once I chose a character (Doxy), I then had to choose 2 kills from a set of skills that make a difference in the gameplay. The choices for skills: Disguise, Humiliate, Reveal, Counter, and Flash.
I ended up choosing the ones that I felt were more useful (Reveal, which reveals both the person your hunting and your hunter(s) if they are near by. Then my second being Counter which does what the name says, counters when someone tries to confront you whether it’s a hunter or the person your hunting). I picked all that and now I’m set and ready! The game starts and I’m thrown in this world where there are tons of copies of the playable characters interacting with objects
There are circles near areas where you can blend in to fool the one hunting you or your prey. Soon enough, a hunter spawned near me so I tried to lure him out by standing near another character and watched my surroundings. The skull icon appeared at the top of my screen warning me of a hunter being near by, so I watched any characters advancing over to me then hit left click at the one that was heading straight for me which ended up stunning my hunter
I immediately moved from that spot to get closer to my prey I noticed a box that had a weapon, and the weapon had a higher rating then the one I had already equipped so I grabbed that.
From there, I went off on my merry way to hunt down my target, which I ended up finding by blending in with my surroundings near a god on the same floor as the quarry. After doing all of this I got the basics of the game instantly and how it plays out (with an ultra humorous announcer). I leave the practice game and tried my luck for the online portion with other players. This provided being such a fun experience (when I found a game that wasn’t filled with bots). The intensity and the thrill of trying to out play other players was just so much fun. First time in a long time where I didn’t mind getting killed. The game was short around 8 minutes so it was easy to get into and easy to get out of. Before I knew it I was with a group for almost 3 hours straight. We all were just having a good ole time. After I closed the game I had the feeling that I didn’t waste my time with the game which is a rare feeling now a days with the over abundance of crap that is thrown at players.
- The controls are smooth and responsive at all times. They were easy to pick up and extremely comfortable in the long-term. Usually I ended up changing the controls in most games.
- The art style is just so aesthetically pleasing to the eyes.
- The unique skill system adds more flavor to the game and adds a touch of intensity.
- Characters have their own personalities that make them fun to use.
- The weapon point system adds more fun to the mix so players aren’t just sticking with one weapon like in other games.
- The addition of adding guards makes it quite since they can stop a hunter from executing their quarry but they do tend to take some naps from time to time! Makes the player really think about how to utilize that.
- A hilarious announcer who always has something to say.
- Easily interact-able environment that the player can go in and out of quickly.
- Servers aren’t laggy at all.
- The practice of paranoia implanted by the developers.
- The weapon animations a lot of them are similar
- There isn’t to many different types of weapons which can lead players to get bored if they played the game long enough but the point system kinda forces the players to switch between the small selection of weapons so that kind of counters it.
- Some areas the textures look oddly placed while other areas they look proper for the game and the atmosphere.
- The game has a small community which means that you run into other players only at certain times of the day. So a lot of the times when you queue (if its out of active hours it’s against bots). Another way to find players would be to check the server browser on steam.
- Limited customization with your character.
The game is by far the best version of the Assassin’s Creed multiplayer. It looks good, runs well on low-end computers, and hits on all the right spots. Sadly, the community is small which really hinders the game (since it’s based on multiplayer). That is the biggest issue with the game. The devs did a wonderful job with the game to where I haven’t run into any bugs in the few hours that I’ve spent on it. They plan to keep adding content so that is just great. In the end its a game that needs to get more attention its a real hidden gem. Something that will appeal to anyone that liked The Ship or Assassin’s Creed multiplayer.
You can get your hands on Murderous Pursuits on Steam!