can only hope that playing Cabela's Big Game Hunter
2005 Adventures will satisfy your urge to kill animals
in real life. Videogames are meant for vicarious thrills.
This shouldn't inspire you to go out and shoot animals
anymore than Manhunt would inspire you to go out and
shoot humans. Yes, hunting animals is legal, but so
is smoking and that's a pretty stupid activity as
you're a hunter, I know what you're thinking. But
that's not true. I am not gay and at twice your size
I can probably kick your butt. Yes, I'm aggressive
as all hell when I have to be but I find other ways
to get my thrills rather than exerting my superiority
over animals. Taking a high-powered rifle out to kill
an animal does not make you a man. Head out to Hudson's
Bay with a pointed stick and bring back a polar bear
- then we'll talk.
Game Hunter lets us choose from a variety of characters
including women - not to shoot but to play as. You
can outfit them with different clothes and accessories.
Each character has different skills. With attribute
points awarded you can improve specific attributes
such as stealth, accuracy, strength and tracking.
Unfortunately this doesn't carry on throughout the
game like a RPG. You have to improve your own skills
you've played Deer Hunt you'll be familiar with most
of the controls and gameplay mechanics. The animals
in Big Game Hunter are obviously more varied but they're
not as sensitive as the deer. You can make a little
more noise as stealth is not always the main concern
but you'll have to keep things in mind such as staying
downwind and the nature of the animal that you're
hunting such as where it might be at a particular
time of day.
this time is a storyline. It's awful and it features
equally awful voiceacting. It seems that old grandpa
red neck has failed in his attempt to travel the country
and kill something in every state. Seems he slipped
and broke his leg before he could complete his antisocial
quest. Nothing in the world can be more important
than getting that trophy. How else would a moron like
grandpa ever be able to tell how important he was?
must avenge grandpappy's fall and set out on a countrywide
shooting spree. You're going to be a big hero, buddy.
Don't forget, chicks dig guys that have dead things
hanging on their wall.
each game reserve you will begin at a hunting lodge
where you will get tags from the game warden in addition
to a map and an objective as to what type of animal
you will be looking to slaughter. You will also be
able to acquire new guns, set the sights in a firing
range and rent transportation. Vehicles are costly
but they help preserve your stamina which depletes
very rapidly when you're out in the woods running
after animals. If you run out of stamina or you get
injured you'll have to head back to the lodge to renew
are different methods that you can employ to locate
your prey. You can try to locate tracks and follow
them or you can use calls, bait or decoys - in other
words, set traps. You can set the difficulty on easy
and just follow the dots on the map. Secondary objectives
will come up on occasion when you run into other hunters
that give you a few pointers. It's a good diversion
that keeps the game from feeling too linear.
to Deer Hunt, the animals in Big Game display a more
fluid animation style. The environments suffer from
poor textures. More often than not it feels like you're
in a bad museum display rather than in the great outdoors.
The grass, trees and rocks look like they're made
out of cardboard. The closer you get the uglier the
textures appear. From a distance the environments
look much better.
like reviewing hunting and fishing games, just to
see how stupid they are. Frankly, this one is more
of a sim and it actually does give you a challenge
of sorts. If anything, reviewing games like Big Game
Hunter gives me the opportunity to shoot my mouth
off. If you feel the urge to go out and shoot wildlife,
try a camera. That way other people will be able to
thrill at the site of that same wild beast.