Name:

 Cabela's Big Game Hunter: Pro Hunts

Platforms:

PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360

Developer:

 Cauldron Ltd

Genre:

 FPS, Sport, Simulation

Publisher:

 Activision

Modes:

 Single-player

Release Date:

 March 25th, 2014

Engine:

 

Reviewer:

Charede

Product Rating:

 PEGI: 16, Violence

Review Score:

72/100 (72%)

Disclosure:

 Copy Reviewed: PC, personally bought.

Timing: Post release.

 

I consider myself an animal lover given that I have been horse riding since I was four and owned several pets. I stumbled across this game as a result of watching two of my live streamer friends at GameOn play it. I thus decided to play it myself and decide if this game is on target or a total miss.

 

The hunters featured are rather stereotyped and get irritating at times but do a good job of tutorializing key gameplay elements. The trailer as you start is aimed at showing off its' vast environments and animals to lure you in. When starting the game, you have the choice of several key gameplay options. The most important of which is the physics realism for sniping. If you are not a seasoned sniping game player, I would recommend that you start with the lower setting. Learning the full sniper mechanics plus how to hunt can be demanding and frustrating at first. I applaud the inclusion of the full realism mode. This extends the life of the game substantially and provides the challenge often lacking in recent games. Overall the lifespan of the game is not terrible but could be much better. Although some hunts are repeatable many are not which can be frustrating.

 

The game offers a total of four regions set in the USA, each of which is home to its own unique plethora of hunts. The game starts with several easy deer and boar hunts to ease you in. This provides time to gain familiarity with mechanics and obtain basic hunting equipment. The game does this in a logical manner not overloading the player right from the get go which is great to see. The difficulty curve ramps up steadily with hunting of small game such as pheasants and rabbits up to ferocious bears. Animal diversity makes the game far more entertaining. You will hunt different animals in the different regions which help prevent things getting stale. Animal behaviour is well emulated and forces the player to use different strategies and equipment. Observing animal behaviour as you executed your plan will help determine if you have been spotted. This adds extra realism to the experience as well as a form of direct feedback to the player. This aids sucking the player into the moment and results in the urge to take greater care with your actions. Patience is a must if you want to succeed in this game!

 

The game features a nifty points system. Points unlock new weapons, gear and more difficult hunts. I found myself gawping at the next gun or upgrade and was a driving force to you to perfect hunting methods. The equipment options are quite substantial. Not only for gun modifications such as sights and ammo types but also accessories. The accessories enable you to bring along lures for specific species and scent masks. The equipment in this category has purpose and logic for a hunter to carry. The downside is you will have to spend points to get these items, and it can become a heavy drain on your points. Over time the advantage you get is well worth the extra hunts needed. Thankfully hunts can be repeated. What is clear is accessories were not just added for the sake of padding out the game and a faffy distraction. These items have a genuine effect and an important influence on crucial game mechanics.

 

To purchase all the high tech equipment, you will, of course, need to earn these points as mentioned earlier by hunting. The game has an intelligent scoring system based on how clean and accurate you execute your kills. Bonuses are awarded for hitting vital areas such as the spine, lungs, heart and brain. In contrast making a sloppy kill by hitting organs such as the stomach will lose you points. This encourages the player to learn, observe, wait and selectively take a shot. This aids entering a hunter mindset and encourages hunting ethics with more points for clean kills. Besides failing to make a clean kill will result in having to track animal blood to find the body after it runs away which is a tedious task. Once the kill is recovered you not only get points but a lovely trophy which can be viewed at your leisure in the trophy collection.

 

Before you can make a shot, you must navigate perilous cliff faces and other environmental hazards. Locate and stalk your prey with care while avoiding aggressive animals such as bears. If unlucky, you may find yourself running from more passive animals such as deer and moose which can charge. This presents you with a few daunting heart racing seconds to run or stand your ground. High-pressure situations like these will keep you on the edge of your seat and test even skilled marksmen.

 

The most entertaining feature of the game is the detailed slow motion x-ray bullet time. This feature is Sniper Elite in feel and enriches the game with instant feedback and gratification for the player. The visual information helps the player with aim and method of execution as well as a sense of reward. The bullet time is versatile with a great level of detail and information it can depict for each shot. Detailed charts show bullet physics in sync with watching the shot itself take place. The game makes it nothing less than satisfying when you pull off a tricky shot or hit a vital organ.

 

Up to this point, I have been positive about the game, and rightly so it has been an enjoyable experience. The game does have some clear areas for improvement. I would be keen to see a greater range of diversity in the animal animations. Over time the animals feel repetitive. This was due to overuse of certain animations for example when showing an animal is suspicious. It would have been nice to see a greater range of them implemented, so it had a larger pool to select from to respond to the player's actions. Another glaring issue was texture quality.  The animals and bullet time were good, but everything else was inferior visually. Environments were not quite up to standard but acceptable. The worst example of texture quality was on the hunters. The texture quality made them feel out of place and was disappointing given I was playing this on PC.

 

Unlike previous Cabela games, this is far more simulation and less arcade. I feel it is a major step in the right direction for the series. Serious hunting simulators are lacking and ones that can perform as well as this are even fewer. The deep mechanics and well-modelled animals make for a good experience. If you have the patience or a fan of sniping games, then I am sure this game will not disappoint. The game is polished to a reasonable standard with only a few minor bugs I observed. I am sure future games in the series could resolve these minor issues and improve on graphical fidelity. This game won't be to everyone's taste but it is refreshing to see and an enjoyable experience as a whole. I'm looking forward a future iteration provided they follow the more simulation style formula. I am scoring this game as 72%. A solid experience but some clear room for improvement.

 

 

 

Comments (0)

Rated 0 out of 5 based on 0 votes
There are no comments posted here yet

LATEST CG CONTENT ON GAMING, MOVIES & MORE!

On Friday, January 26, 2018, the Aftercharge developers, Chainsawesome Games, had their third alpha test. Aftercharge is a 3v3 game that pits 3 invisible robots called Workonics against 3 invincible guards named Enforcers. The goal of the Workonics is to destroy all 6 of the extractors while the Enforcers are trying to track them down and destroy them. The end goal for Chainsawesome Games for Aftercharge is to make it so that each side has…
February 14, 2018

Aftercharge Third Alpha Test Event

in Gaming

by Big K Show

In this video I was lucky enough to interview music producer Orician. He makes a lot of music that are used by streamers and youtubers alike and is a passionate gamer. We talk to him about his experience as a music artist and where his passion for gaming derives.
October 18, 2017

Orician Interview

in Gaming

by Charede

We are joined in episode 3 of the Charede Gaming Podcast by music producer and avid gamer Orician. In this episode we discuss microtransactions in AAA games and take a closer look at the Shadow of War situation.
In this episode I interview Matthew White who is a Senior Data Analyst for Playstation and who also developed Beans: The Coffee Shop Simulator.
On episode 2 of the Charede Gaming Podcast we follow up on E3 2017 with our take on it, interview Matthew W a Sr Data Analyst from Playstation and developer of Beans: The Coffee Shop Simulator. #Beans
RSQViper joined us on the Charede Gaming Podcast to explore his experiences as a YouTube content creator and Twitch streamer.
September 03, 2017

RSQViper Interview

in Gaming

by Charede

The first episode of a brand new gaming podcast for the Charede Gaming community. In this episode we discuss E3 2017 speculations, what we have been playing recently and interview RSQViper on his experience as a YouTuber and Twitch streamer.
In a recent statement by EA, announcements were made regarding the state of Mass Effect Andromeda and its future. EA stated that support for the single-player part of Mass Effect Andromeda has been cancelled with a small team continuing to support multiplayer. Patch 1.10 will be the last patch for the game and the developers behind the game are to be moved on to other projects. Understandably, many gamers are infuriated, including various gaming related…
Dunkirk follows the true-life event of the Dunkirk beach evacuation during World War Two when 400,000 men were stranded on Dunkirk beach pursued by the Nazi forces which had managed to push back both the British and French troops’ presence in France. Director Christopher Nolan splits the story into three perspectives. We follow on land, sea and air which gives you an experience of all aspects of this tragic historical war event. This film is…
August 21, 2017

Dunkirk Review

in Movies

by Sarcastic Bulldog

 Hi everyone and welcome to our second episode of Kickstarter GG. Today we will be taking a look at another promising project but this time called The Lighthouse which is currently in mid-alpha and has been in development for over two years. The game has been developed using Unreal Engine 4 and will be available for pc via Steam, Xbox One and PS4. The developers have already declared their intent to support Oculus Rift and…
August 18, 2017

The Lighthouse - Kickstarter GG #2

in Gaming

by Charede

The Emoji Movie follows the story of the secret world within your smart phone. Emoji’s live to serve their phone’s owner by relaying their Emoji face to the owner's screen, in this case young teenage boy Alex’s phone, and all the Emoji’s live in Textopolis. Each Emoji is supposed to only have their one expression except for Gene (T.J. Miller) who has a ‘defect’ that enables him to express different Emoji expressions instead of just…
August 14, 2017

The Emoji Movie Review

in Movies

by Sarcastic Bulldog

Citadel: Forged with Fire is an open world, RPG, adventure online sandbox game that's set to release in early access on July 26, 2017. Between the days of July 21st and 23rd, the game had a beta. The first day was for only streamers/YouTubers and the latter two days were open to all. I would like to mention before I get too deep in this Impressions that I was only able to get to around…
Bethesda Oh Bethesda! For anyone who doesn’t know Bethesda, they are one of the leading developers/publishing power houses in the industry with a long list of hit games including Elder Scrolls, Fallout and many more.
July 31, 2017

Doom 6.66 Update. The update from hell

in News

by Sarcastic Bulldog

If you are a connoisseur of coffee (its not my cup of tea) or perhaps watched the TV show Friends, then you may have at some point thought ‘I could probably run a coffee shop no problem; good old Gunther makes it look a breeze!’ Well, now you can with Beans: The Coffee Shop Simulator by Whitethorn Digital.

Check These Out!

Top Games Reviewed

 Prison Architect

by Introversion Software

 Rocket League

by Psyonix

Maize

by Finish Line Games

Euro Truck Simulator 2

by SCS Software

Age of Mythology Extended Ed

by Ensemble Studio

Cabela's Big Game Hunter: Pro Hunts

by Cauldron Ltd

Beans: The Coffee Shop Simulator

by Whitethorn Digital

The Sims 4

 by Maxis

Payday 2

 by Overkill Software

Coming Soon

 by

Top Movies Reviewed

Dunkirk

by Warner Bros. Pictures, Syncopy Inc

Ghost in the Shell

by Paramount Pictures, Dreamworks & Reliance Entertainment

Going In Style

by Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema & Village Roadshow Pictures

Kong: Skull Island

by Warner Bros, Legendary Pictures & Tencent Pictures

The Emoji Movie

by Sony Pictures Animation

Coming Soon

by

Coming Soon

 by

Coming Soon

 by

Coming Soon

 by

Coming Soon

 by

Popular Articles

Sunday April 02
From time to time I experience a drought of simulation management games. This often leads me to go…
in  Gaming  by  Charede 

8048 hits

Wednesday April 05
Part reboot, part Apocalypse Now homage, part Land That Time Forgot and what do you get? Well, you…
in  Movies  by  Sarcastic Bulldog 

7102 hits

Tuesday April 04
If you had asked me a year ago would you consider driving a truck for hours on end…
in  Gaming  by  Charede 

7063 hits

Thursday April 06
Maize is a first-person adventure puzzle game that takes place in the middle of an abandoned corn maze…
in  Gaming  by  Big K Show 

7046 hits

Monday April 03
I made such a massive sigh when I heard the next game on my review list was Rocket…
in  Gaming  by  Charede 

7044 hits

Sunday April 02
Today it is time to take a look at a remake and specifically the Age of Mythology HD…
in  Gaming  by  Charede 

7023 hits

Sunday April 02
I consider myself an animal lover given that I have been horse riding since I was four and …
in  Gaming  by  Charede 

6805 hits

Tuesday April 11
Hi everyone, The team at Charede Gaming just wanted to take the time to talk to you all…
in  Updates  by  Charede 

5528 hits