GeekyClean Reviews – TheHunter: Call of the Wild
First things first, I will preface this review by saying I am 100% Against hunting for sport in real life, it is barbaric and pointless in my opinion.
Now, this game I have been playing for the last 2-3 days, has been both the most frustrating and rewarding game I have played for a while.
TheHunter is a single player (and multiplayer) hunting simulation game, you travel round to parks and reserves to hunt game ranging from all types or Deer, Moose, Rabbits, Foxes, Lynx to name a few.
You move too fast, you spook the animals and nothing turns up for ages, you kill an animal, the area becomes ‘suppressed’ and no animals spawn for you to track and hunt (I can only assume the stench of death puts them off)
These areas are clearly marked on the map by a purple hue.
You travel around the parks in what defiantly feels like real distances, you want to walk 1km to the next lookout point, you damn well know its gonna take you a good 20 mins to walk there. now you can take an ATV but this then scares all animals in a 150m radius of you so you have to decide whats the best option!
The views from the lookout points are stunning, a lot of thought has gone into the design of the game to recreate the look and feel of the forests and tundra parks you are hunting in. Some of the animal movements and mechanics are a little glitchy but for the most part smooth. if you miss the shot you know damn well the target is going to bolt, you don’t know where and tracking it down after can be a nightmare, specially if you don’t kill on the first shot.
Tracking is inventive, there are two modes. you can either have hints on or off. With them off, paw/hoof prints show up with a glow during the day and at night, only if you catch then with your torch. this shows the animal, and its direction plus later on in the game as you progress, the approximate weight and sex of the animal.
This game is frustrating as hell, you can be tracking an animal for 20 minutes and all of a sudden make one false move, a mistaken run rather than a crouch walk and the animal bolts and you are starting again from square one tracking the thing!
It is however insanely rewarding once it all comes together and you sneak up on the animal only to take the shot and get your trophy.
You earn money and XP Through the game you kill its value and XP depends on the difficulty of the animal and you can unlock new weapons, including; Bows, Shotguns, and Handguns to add to your arsenal.
As I said while I am against hunting in real life, this game has a difficulty curve to frustrate even the stealthiest of players which makes it all the more rewarding in the end.
All in all a good buy for those who like a good challenge and some beautiful scenery to look at at the same time!