Amazon Game Studios (AGS) have released their first major title, a free-to-play multiplayer game titled Crucible! It’s a competitive shooter, borrowing elements from Overwatch and Battleborn, combining both PvP and PvE features. In turn, they’re also competing against heavyweights, and we saw what happened with Battleborn, didn’t we? So, it’s important to come prepared, as it’s a difficult market to breach, dominated by loved and proven commodities. While some may enjoy Crucible, others will likely struggle leaving CSGO, Overwatch and Warzone. I mean, the proof is in the pudding, right? However, one thing is certain, the Crucible Hunter designs are fascinating. Worth checking out, for sure!
Crucible Released Amidst Pandemic (COVID-19)
Honestly, it’s odd that Crucible was release amidst COVID-19, without any public events or real advertisement? Considering that Crucible’s been in-development since 2014, you’d expect them not to blunder a launch like this. In turn, the game was dropped without any bells or whistles, arriving to a luke-warm response. However, it’s not merely about COVID-19, but the market is dominated by Warzone and Valorant. Not to mention, proven commodities (CSGO) are seeing record high numbers. Therefore, they should’ve changed the release date or simply put some effort into the launch.
Crucible Hunter Designs: Good or Bad?
Crucible offers a total of 10 playable characters (Hunters), most of which look generic and tropey, with a few exceptions. While that may seem harsh, some designs are noteworthy and actually inspired me to make this list. So, just keep that in mind, okay? Anyways, the Relentless Studio’s game offers several archetypes and stereotypical character designs. While that’s not necessarily bad, it instantly brings up comparisons with popular characters. However, there’s enough creativity and effort in the Hunter designs to warrant a list. So, with that being said, it’s time we rank the top 5 Crucible Hunter designs!
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5. Rahi & Brother
Most competitive video games have a character like this, with a large stature and a comforting appearance. It’s like the overprotective big brother or the heroic uncle type, similar to Winston in Overwatch and Gibraltar in Apex Legends. Therefore, it’s not a new or creative concept. Quite the contrary, as it’s something we’re familiar with and have grown accustomed to seeing. Whether it’s good or bad is subjective, but I’d argue that familiarity is a powerful tool that’s often overlooked. In this particular case, I find Rahi & Brother to be a wholesome couple!
Rahi’s design works quite well, with the cloth adding much needed color and flavor to counter the gray, white and beige color scheme. It’s a simple touch to a straight forward concept, yet brings attention to the well-detailed body armor. However, Rahi’s somewhat bland compared to other Hunters, with the pants and boots making me wonder? Why such a lackluster design and muddy colors? It would’ve improved the design if they just changed the colors to match the white and gray of the body armor. If not, simply add more detail to the character, yet the robot companion adds something different. Therefore, it’s simplistic in essence, but works when not compared to characters from other video games. Be that good or bad, Rahi’s in the top 5 of Crucible Hunter designs.
Let’s get one thing out of the way, okay? Tosca’s design is obviously pandering to the audience that loves animalistic (furry) characters, with a feisty personality. Surprisingly enough, it’s still among the best Crucible Hunter designs! Whether they’re paying homage or ripping off furries, it simply works as Tosca stands out. While she obviously resembles a feline, covering her entire body gives room for personal interpretation, with a good (albeit monotone) color palette. It’s good enough to warrant interest, yet generic enough to make people want to purchase skins. I mean, is that really surprising? Anyways, the eyes look weird, stretching unrealistically, and they could’ve gambled on a more adventurous design altogether. In turn, it’s good but not good enough to place higher!
If you’re looking for the heavyweight of Crucible, with a large frame and powerful attacks? Look no further! Drakahl’s likely the Hunter you’ll be playing, being the most intimidating and badass of them all. There’s nothing inherently wrong with his concept/design either. If anything, he’s an example of a concept executed well, especially when compared to other Hunters. However, the Khaki slacks don’t fit Drakahl thematically, as if to prioritize story over design cohesion? Either way, there’s some great detailing, with the prominent scars and metal garnish giving him depth, making him memorable. While they could’ve done more, it’s enough to earn him a high placement in the top 3 Crucible Hunter designs.
This Hunter’s a great example of storytelling and design coming together, saying more visually than vocally! While Summer’s got a lot to say, it doesn’t compare to how much her appearance reveals about her personality. In turn, showing that concept is key. It’s not necessarily always like this, as characters evolve during the creation process, especially when it comes to color-scheme and clothing. Although, most characters obviously benefit greatly from competent and creative concept artists, who put effort and energy into their designs. Therefore, it’s sometimes easy to tell whether the concept or creation is to thank for the end result – good or bad. In this case, the concept’s the real MVP.
Summer’s design oozes personality, with her well-crafted facial features topped with a cheeky smile, like a cherry on a sundae, right? Anyways, it’s the great color-scheme that ties the outfit together, with the flamethrowers looking like a cohesive part of the overall design. However, it’s a bit odd how fantastic she looks on the front page (image: left), and how she’s low resolution when inspecting her model (image: right). Nevertheless, it’s a beautiful design overall, quite easily among the most striking Crucible Hunter designs of the game!
Honestly, Shakirri’s design was the main catalyst for this entire list! Simple because she’s stunning, from her tippy-toes to her golden locks – the design is worthy of Overwatch and Apex Legends. It’s quite odd, isn’t it? I mean, some Hunters look washed and outdated, while others look polished and well-detailed. Where’s the consistency? While every game has their poster characters and main attractions, it’s rarely this apparent. In turn, Shakirri stands out and looks far better than most other Hunters. It’s almost like a breath of fresh air, looking at her complete base design, right?
Shakirri’s physical features are accentuated by the well-designed outfit, with the craftmanship being noteworthy, tied together by a great selection of colors! While you could say it’s borderline “too sexy”, considering the features it highlights, I’d beg to differ. Even if you’d cover Shakirri up differently, she’d still quite easily have the best design as concept is king. However, sexuality is a positive feature if utilized properly, yet it’s a thin line between good and bad. In turn, it’s always depentent on the situation. So, with that said, I wholeheartedly believe that Shakirri’s design comes together really well! The detailing on the armor, the golden stripes and the nicely crafted boots, work together in making this the most cohesive design. While it could be improved, it already looks like a premium skin, meaning they did a damn good job. Therefore, it’s the best Crucible Hunter design!