It’s arduous being a mercenary within the Warhammer 40okay universe. Even although you get a cool hound and might improve your highly effective weapons, every part you encounter is lethal and harmful. Most issues are coated in huge spikes and doubtless packing some weapons too. But it’s even tougher to be a employed gun on this world whenever you’re taking part in a recreation that may’t reliably preserve a stable stage of efficiency. That’s the unhappy scenario going through most folk taking part in the lately launched Necromunda: Hired Gun.
Developed by Streum On Studio and launched earlier this week on principally each platform however the Switch, Necromunda: Hired Gun is a first-person, mission-based looter-shooter set within the Warhammer 40okay universe. More particularly, in a big hive metropolis positioned on the planet Necromunda. Hive cities are harmful, crowded locations the place 1000’s of tons of assets, weapons, and ammo are produced, whereas native criminals and outlaws run the place. In Hired Gun you’re a mercenary who loses their whole staff at first of the sport and has to attempt to remedy the thriller behind who killed their squad, why they did it, and who the killers are working for. What follows is a variety of Warhammer 40okay lore, phrases, and names.
In concept, the fight in Hired Gun must be a blast. The recreation is closely impressed by the latest Doom titles. (I used to be additionally reminded of Rage 2’s fight.) You transfer quick and might double bounce and grapple hook round ranges, killing a great deal of enemies the entire time. During missions, you could find loot chests and gather loot that you simply promote or hold on the finish of the extent. This sounds good, however sadly Hired Gun struggles to ship.
On consoles, the sport is at the moment a multitude. Players on each Xbox Series X and PS5 have complained about quite a few performance issues and bugs. Playing on PS5, I discovered the sport to be practically unplayable in some areas, with the framerate dropping into the low 20s as indicated by the in-game FPS counter you’ll be able to activate through the settings menu. It makes fight really feel terrible, and lining up pictures whereas the sport ping-pongs between 20fps and 60fps is annoying. I ultimately gave up taking part in on PS5 after solely missions and switched to PC.
There, issues have been higher however nonetheless not supreme. Players have reported crashes and bugs. I didn’t have that taking part in on my RTX 3070, however I did cope with micro stutters. I spent a very long time tinkering with settings to get the sport to run on my PC. I ultimately needed to decrease the general high quality to medium, activate DLSS efficiency mode and switch off DX12. Even then, I nonetheless encountered FPS nosedives throughout larger fights. Kotaku’s resident uncle Mike Fahey additionally skilled PC efficiency points, so I’m assured in saying that it’s not my PC. Hired Gun simply form of runs like shit proper now.
(I anticipate at the very least just a few people will probably be within the feedback telling me they don’t have any issues. That’s extraordinarily helpful info and I’m so pleased you shared it.)
I loved Hired Gun when it wasn’t stuttering endlessly. Combat is straightforward and never practically as deep as Doom Eternal, however there’s simply sufficient enemy and weapon selection to assist hold issues from getting stale. Between missions, you’ll be able to stage up your character, unlock new skills and traits and modify weapons you gather. It all works somewhat effectively and creates a satisfying gameplay loop that I’m excited to get pleasure from extra if the technical kinks get labored out.
If you’re a big 40okay fan, you could possibly play it. Or as an alternative, whereas we watch for Hired Gun to get improved through patches, you could play the 12,000 other Warhammer games which were launched in the previous couple of years.