- "The city is your battle ground..."
- ―Predator: Concrete Jungle tagline
Predator: Concrete Jungle is a 2005 third-person action-adventure video game developed by Eurocom and published by Vivendi Universal Games for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. In the game, the player controls a disgraced Predator who travels to the futuristic city of Neonopolis intending to regain his honor by killing the humans who stole and exploited his technology.
The game shares its name with a Dark Horse Comics comic book series and the associated novelization, although it features an entirely unrelated story written by famed comic book writer Grant Morrison.
The game opens in 1930 in New Way City. The player controls a Predator who stalks and kills the mob boss Bruno Borgia. After the Predator has made the kill, Bruno's wife Isabella shoots the creature in the eye, causing his blood to splatter on her and her baby son Hunter. Now with only one eye, the Yautja makes a hasty escape, leaving behind some of his equipment. He attempts to reach his ship, but an explosion caused by rioters incapacitates him. He sets off his ship's self-destruct sequence, destroying much of the city, but fails to kill himself. Shamed by defeat and having exposed his race to the humans, the Predator is exiled by his clan to a remote, desolate planet. As the lone Yautja watches his clan fly away, hostile insect-like creatures emerge all around him and close in...
One hundred years later the Yautja, now known as "Scarface", is seen standing on a pile of the dead extraterrestrial creatures. His clan returns to him and offers him a chance for redemption — the criminal gangs in the rebuilt New Way City, now known as Neonopolis, have been using the technology that Scarface left behind to kill other Yautja and to wage mob warfare amongst themselves. The warring factions all pay tribute to Lucretia Borgia, daughter of Hunter and granddaughter of Bruno and the one who has secretly been distributing the Yautja technology through her company Borgia Industries. Scarface's clan offers him forgiveness if he returns to Earth, reclaims the stolen technology and slays those who would dare use it. As the player progresses through the game, the story and setting occasionally switches between the years 2030 and 1930, revisiting Scarface's hunting of Bruno in the latter time period.
Eventually it is revealed that MOTHER, the computer controlling New Way City in 2030, is actually Isabella, who has been kept alive since 1930 by Scarface's blood. Her son Hunter has gone through genetic manipulation and has become a hybrid of human and Yautja traits. A final battle takes place between Scarface and Hunter, with Scarface taking Hunter's head as a trophy. Scarface is then recovered by his clan and accepted back into their fold.
Later, an individual identified only as Mr. Weyland buys out Borgia Industries and turns Lucretia Borgia into a new MOTHER computer controlling Neonopolis.
- Predator ....
- Aimée Leigh
- Sarah Brown
- Isabella Borgia/MOTHER .... Tasia Valenza
- Lucretia Borgia .... Giselle Loren
- Bruno Borgia .... Fred Tatasciore
- El Hongo .... Armando Valdes-Kennedy
- Hunter Borgia .... David Sobolov
GameplayEditAs Scarface, the player has access to many of the weapons featured in the Predator movies and comics, including the Smart-Disc, Wrist Blades, Combi-Stick and Plasma Caster. The player can also cycle through several vision modes, including Tech Vision, which highlights grates, objectives, recharge stations and Xenomorphs, and can also be used to scan enemies for weapons and any strengths and weaknesses, Thermal Vision, which shows heat from bodies and can scan targets for body armor and any methods of augmentation, and Neuro Vision, which shows the mental state of enemies, and can scan for the behavior of the target, faction and their rank. The game also incorporates a "normal" vision mode, which is comparable to typical human sight.
Almost every weapon in the game can be upgraded by finding weapon upgrades scattered throughout the levels. Additionally, the player can accomplish bonus objectives which will increase health, armor and energy. Some bonus objectives will also unlock alternative skins for the player character, some of which are based on the Predators seen in the films.
Boss fights can be finished by the player with a special trophy kill move, which typically involves collecting the target's skull as a trophy. Trophy kills can be viewed in the gallery and unlock bonus "Ritual" missions, in which the player must make their way through a timed obstacle course.
Predator: Concrete Jungle makes several links between the films of the Alien, Predator, and Alien vs. Predator franchises. At one point, Hunter mentions to Lucretia that he knew Charles Bishop Weyland "before he disappeared"; Weyland appears in the film Alien vs. Predator leading an expedition to the Antarctic, where he is ultimately killed by a Predator. Another, unidentified Weyland appears at the conclusion of the game, and the Yutani Corporation is also mentioned, both of which are references to the Weyland-Yutani Corporation of the Alien films. MOTHER, the name of the computer controlling Neonopolis in 2030, shares its name with the Nostromo's computer MU-TH-UR 6000 in Alien.
Several other references to the film franchises are made throughout the game, including the appearance of Xenomorphs, in a section that references the movie Aliens with its title "Bug Hunt". Furthermore, one of the upgraded versions of Scarface's Plasma Caster is made from a Xenomorph skull. Several of the unlockable alternate skins for the player character are based on Predator characters from the films, including the Jungle Hunter from Predator, the City Hunter from Predator 2 and Scar from Alien vs. Predator.
- Despite ostensibly being male, the Predator in the game is voiced by a cast of female voice actors.