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Video Game: Predator: Concrete Jungle
aka: Predator

Predator: Concrete Jungle is a 2005 videogame released on the XBox and Playstation 2 based on the Predator franchise.

The game follows a lone Predator, who, after failing a hunt in 1930's New Way City, is exiled by his clan to an alien planet, where he is left to survive on his own. A century later, the clan retrieves the Predator (now nicknamed "Scarface") and offers him a chance to reclaim his honor by going back to Earth and killing Hunter Borgia, the son of the leader of an Irish mob (who Scarface killed during the failed hunt) who has rewritten history by utilizing alien technology left behind during the previous hunt. Scarface must battle various mob factions and retrieve the lost technology as the player progresses through the game, as well as collect trophy skulls and complete optional missions. The game featured a number of unlockable items and costumes, as well as many references to the Alien and Predator franchises.


This game provides examples of:

  • Alternate Continuity: The game is a What If? story that disregards the events of the films in favor of its own mythology.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Isabella was in love with Bruno Borgia, who was pretty much a gangster combination of Al Capone and Conan the Barbarian and, much later, she falls in love with Scarface. It seems to run in the family as Lucretia is implied to have feelings for the leader of the Machine Men, Viktor.
  • Asshole Victim: All of the Predator's designated victims in the plot are dangerous criminals, psycopaths, sadists or any combination of the three.
  • The Atoner: Scarface is trying to retrieve the gear he left behind and undo the unfair advantage he unintentionally gave humanity.
  • Bad Ass: Several example but the prime one can be summed up in one word: Scarface. This Predator's on screen actions surpass the ones from the movies.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Lucretia Borgia wears a dress where the top half is just an upside-down "V" of cloth.
  • Boldly Coming: Isabella admits to an unnatural love for Scarface and lusts after him for more than just his "power" though he violently rejects her proposition.
    Isabella:"...You are the father of Neonopolis... as I am its mother. Can't you see why I brought you here, like a flower brings a bee? We only had that one night, but I never did get over you."
  • Continuity Nod: Isabella Borgia is known by her codename, MOTHER, a reference to the computer system used in the original Alien. As is Lucretia after Isabella's death. King Willie and Weyland/Yutani are also mentioned.
  • Cosmetic Award: Players can unlock various costumes by completing specific objectives in certain missions.
  • Crapsack World: Neonopolis makes Basin City look tame. There are zones where the police refuse to accept emergency calls from, even if other emergency vehicles are in trouble! Criminal gangs and organised crime are rife with all sorts of crime taking place in broad daylight in front of witnesses. In fact, the ruling government IS simply the most powerful criminal empire, led by the Borgia family. Parts of the city being abandoned, run down or destroyed is no longer unusual.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Lucretia Borgia. Possibly a deconstruction as their relationship is strained due to the nature and demands of running a criminal empire and he eventually nearly kills her.
  • Dark Lord on Life Support/ Wetware CPU: Isabella Borgia is MOTHER, and after her death she is replaced Lucretia.
  • Elite Mooks: The Machine Men for Lucretia.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Neonopolis' gangs run on this.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Lucretia is horrified when she discovers Isabella's plan and angrily denounces it. Later on, she actually vomits when she sees her father after his genetic engineering.
  • The Exile: For failing to kill his target, failing to commit ritual suicide upon failure and getting the technology captured by humans, Scarface is exiled to a Death World indefinetly though the exile lasts a century before he is recruited to track down the technology and redeem himself.
  • Eye Scream: Isabella Borgia shoots him in the eye with a pistol, taking the eye and giving him his name.
  • Flaying Alive/ Stealth Insult: Scarface can do this to criminals at certain points in the game, and he does to many, including El Hongo. It's an insult because flaying is the fate of unworthy prey, while opponents who put up a good fight get their skull and spine ripped out.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Hunter, through a mix of accidentally ingesting Scarface's blood, as well as genetic and cybernetic modifications.
  • Handicapped Badass: Scarface is missing an eye after he left New Way City.
  • Imported Alien Phlebotinum: In Scarface's equipment, which was accidentally left behind on Earth.
  • Interface Spoiler: The trophy screen obviously displays Predator skulls.
  • Irony: Lucretia has no idea what life has in store for her.
  • Light Is Not Good: The setting for most of the game is Neonopolis: City of Light... advanced technology aside is a flat out Crapsack World, with Dystopia Justifies the Means the kindest way to describe it.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Scarface starts out hunting street gangs before being led to their leader, Lucretia Borgia, and she defers to MOTHER, who is actually Isabella Borgia, who is being kept alive through the blood the Predator spilled on her way back in 1930, and then onto her son, Hunter.
  • Meaningful Name: The Big Bad is named Hunter. Not hard to see the implications when you play as a Predator.
  • Mirror Boss: The premise is that you're tracking down and destroying the tech that was stolen on your last hunt. Expect it being used against you. Even with that in mind Hunter, note the name, takes this to disturbing extremes. Upgraded and empowered with Predator blood and equipment he even decorates his armor with a Predator skull on the opposite shoulder of Scarface's.
  • Mook Horror Show: As you pick off their help survivors get more and more panicky and scream out.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Baby Blew. She is (or was) a famous porn star and Co-Dragons with Viktor for Lucretia.
  • Offing the Offspring: Hunter throws his daughter Lucretia across the room in a blood rage after she interrupts his genetic engineering process. Subverted as she doesn't die but the intent was still there.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: The reason the Borgia family allows a police force to exist; maintaining some order in Neonopolis and providing an obstacle for other criminal gangs.
  • Pregnant Badass: Subverted, Isabella shoots Scarface in the eye, successfully protecting herself and her baby minutes after giving birth. Still impressive considering trained soldiers have been Curb-Stomped in fights with one.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • As in real life, Authority Equals Asskicking doesn't always apply. Some leaders are simply the person in charge, no better equipped than their subordinates and sometimes defenceless.
    • Heavily equipped hunter from the stars or not. Get into a straight fight with heavy weapons and you'll learn firsthand why the jungle hunter fled from a minigun.
  • The Reveal: Isabella is still alive and she is the AI that controls Neonopolis as her body is interfaced with a computer. Also Isabella was intentionally luring the Predators to Neonopolis, and even implied to have deliberately made Neonopolis a crapsack world to attract them, with the intention of taking their technology and blood to increase their Borgia family's power.
  • Super Drowning Skills: If you fall/jump/lean in the water you instantly die, only to reappear seconds later a few feet away from where you descended to a watery doom. Possibly Justified, since with his armor and all, the Predator isn't buoyant enough to swim.
  • Technology Marches On: The cell phones in 2030 are the flip-up style. That style of phone hasn't really been seen since the iPhone was introduced in 2007, roughly 2 years after the game came out.
  • Timeline-Altering MacGuffin: In Concrete Jungle, Scarface leaves behind several pieces of his clan's technology during a hunt in New Way City. When he is recovered from the planet he was exiled to (a century later), he learns that he unintentionally kickstarted an entire technological revolution that has resulted in cyborgs, flying cars and much more.
  • Twenty Minutes into the Future
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Part of the game's charm is that you can do just about any move any of the titular creatures did in the films: taunt them from high-up ledges and watch as they freak out, execute any one of a dozen different finishing moves - while their teammates look on, hang bodies up to scare NPC's or pick off enemies before retreating and watching them freak.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Hunter has one after Scarface plays his mother's last words, as she spoke derisively of her son.
  • We Can Rule Together: Isabella was trying to lure the Predator back so she could use him to help her and her criminal empire. Scarface rejects her offer and shuts her down permanently.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Isabella is implied to secretly not think much of her son.
    Isabella:"Mighty Bruno Borgia fathered a stunted weakling who should have died in his mother's arms..."
  • With This Herring: Justified. In the prologue Scarface dropped his equipment after getting injured from a failed hunt. Afterwards he was barely given a second chance so he's sent with the bare essentials for a Predator.


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