Big Game Hunter
Digital hunting is usually taken controversially: on the one hand, you don’t actually kill animals while following your predator instinct, but you do your virtual killing for fun. Anyway, real big game hunters leave the moral aspects behind, they just aim and shoot. If you’re that breed, welcome to yet another installment of Big Game Hunter, for Xbox 360.
Though released in 2007, the game still looks quite good. The 3D environment may fall short on far perspectives, but it works excellent with the emphasized object, whatever it is: your aiming, the bullet on the fly (in slo-mo!) or the animal x-rayed through, so you can see what organ your bullet hits. FPV perspective can be switched to an external camera.
Anything around objects that matter is drawn greatly but looks a bit blurred. Textures render as you get closer to them. In fact, it doesn’t spoil the impression, intendedly or not; it works like peripheral eyesight while you’re concentrated on your target. So – maybe old, maybe obsolete, but definitely not bad.
Well, it’s about hunting. So tell the animals they’re your trophies now, and your rifle speaks the most versatile language to make them understand. There are several terrains to roam and find the game. You can follow it directly or trace by their steps, or by blood trails. As you roam, aim, find something, or make your shots, all the info is displayed just near the object of your action.
There are two basic modes. In single hint mode, you just go out and explore the world for a worthy game. Locations are wide and full of animals, so you won’t have to search long until something is found… or finds you. Career mode requires gradually completed quests of hunting, so you get more skilled after each.
Though not much of a realistic simulator (or you’d have to spend most of your time sitting and waiting), the game is for those for whom the chase is better than the catch. You can unlock new weapon and locations in America or Africa with new species, but it brings no major changes. But if you like the process, you’ll enjoy it.
Use the stick of the default controller to move around, buttons to accelerate or slow down, trigger to shoot. The control system is as intuitive as can be, so almost no reviewer or user mentions it at all. That’s the best that can be said of it; that means it works.
Big Game Hunter provides a quick tutorial, in the beginning, so you learn to drive or walk, to view through a binocular, to aim and to shoot.
Replay Value: 4.5
As we’ve said, it’s a process-oriented game rather than aim chaser (sounds paradox for hunting, but so it is). So if you enjoy digital hunting while brooding over something in the background, you may play it endlessly. Or until you purchase any later installment of this series. Otherwise, you’ll get bored of wandering and shooting too soon, as the missions may seem quite dull, and mini-games (as well as altering locations) are no salvation.
Don’t take it as a hunting simulator; this isn’t one. Don’t look at it as an arcade; there’s more to it.
- Graphics 4
- Gameplay 4
- Controls 4
- Replay Value 4.5
The hunting process is reviewed to make it more fun (though diehard hunters may count it as Con)
Easy intuitive controls
Animal AI is far from perfect
If you disapprove on real hunting, you’ll never like its simulation