Hatred does exactly what it says on the tin. Point blank executions and merciless massacre is the bread and butter of this highly controversial title.
"I just fucking hate this world, and the human worms feasting on its carcass."
Hatred has been shrouded in controversy ever since its official reveal last year. Slammed for its graphic violence and prolific slaughter of an innocent, unarmed and unsuspecting 'populous.'
After the release of the below, high impact, shocking announcement trailer last October, a representative from Destructive stated that it did indeed intend to release Hatred across Steam and GoG, "but actually we have no idea if they will let us do this, because of all of the shit-storm the game is delivering." GoG later banned distribution across their network.
Hatred is an isometric third-person shoot-em-up coming out of Destructive Creations in Poland and scheduled for release on June 1st. The player will take on the role of a misanthropic socio-path who embarks on a "genocide crusade."
The mission is simple, kill as many people as possible before he, himself is killed.
A 'portrayal of wanton' violence is how the trailer has been received by a portion of the press and public alike. The general feel from them was it was far too gratuitous and a potential trigger for evil.
Polygon 's Colin Campbell even went as far as to write that he viewed the Hatred trailer with "genuine revulsion," describing the trailer as "grisly, extremely violent and very tacky."
Twitch are the latest to join the club of Hatred haters. Just a few days ago, Twitch announced that they are putting a full ban on any 'Adult Only' titles that members may wish to broadcast on their platform. Twitch has a membership of over 50 million and claim that such content can not be screened by any of their users.
Coincidence? No, this sweeping ban of AO is all down to Hatred. Hatred was proudly awarded an AO by the censorship bodies and to remain politically correct it is said that it was easier for Twitch to roll out a blanket ban for AO.
This is exactly the political agenda that developer Destructive Creations are standing against, in a recent statement, the bold developers stated that "These days, when a lot of games are heading to be polite, colorful, politically correct and trying to be some kind of higher art, rather than just entertainment – we wanted to create something against trends. Something different, something that could give the player a pure, gaming pleasure."
Hatred is still available on steam to download come June. It was originally taken down but due to an overwhelming public vote it was reinstated with apologies.
Whichever way you look at it, this fledgling company has nailed the PR for their first major title. They have amassed vast armies for and against the release of their title. They have stirred up the deepest of passions from their potential audiences, reigniting the anti-censorship fires and freedom of artistic expression brigades.
Below we have a full 30 minutes of gruesome gameplay for you to absorb (courtesy of Gamespot). I want your complete and honest reaction, opinion and decision below!
Should this be banned?
What do you think?
Although it will play out in a similar way to that of Postal (1997) or Grand Theft Auto, for me Hatred just seems to lack that sense of purpose, a certain progression that I would usually expect to accompany a character. The premise in Hatred is simple and that is to kill as many people as possible and the real question I propose is: Is that really that bad?