Hunting Simulator puts you in the shoes of one of six outdoorsmen on their adventures around the world hunting the local wildlife. Each of them have their own story and knowledge of the animals around you. When you start the game, you are asked to choose which of them you would like to be and then you are given a little blurb about them. I was stoked at first because I figured they would react differently throughout the hunts due to their personal traits. However, I was quite disappointed that the characters in no way manipulate the gameplay aside from the rare voice line that they expel throughout the hunt. It was a concept that could have provided a bit of an edge, but in the end, I just questioned why the even made multiple player models.
Now you are probably thinking to yourself, “Well we have tons of environments to travel throughout and a smorgasbord of stuff to do, but what about our weaponry? Surely, there is only like one or two guns to use, right?”. Well I’m glad you asked! Hunting Simulator provides eighteen, yes eighteen, different weapons to choose from. From grandpa’s old rifle to that brand-new crossbow you have been eyeing at the local hunting store and many more. Each weapon displays the size of game that it will be suitable to use it on, so you can’t try to take on a grizzly bear with the peashooter .22. However, you can mix and match weapons of your like to take on the trip, but unfortunately, they only let you take two with you. I don’t what kind a person only goes in the forest with two weapons.
Coming back around to the hunting regions and the animals that are present in this title, I would like to speak on the visuals and the soundtrack of Hunting Simulator. The graphics are hands down one of the best graphics for a game of this quality. It nails the realism vibe down to a tee and I could just imagine scaling the rolling hill on my adventures. This game also does sound impeccably well and I feel that it should. When you take the aspect of hunting, listening for footsteps or rustling leaves is a must and the fact that they implemented features like this is amazing. The simulation part of this game was great and I couldn’t have asked for a different stylization.
In the end, Hunting Simulator was an interesting idea that would have excelled with a bit more polish. It is priced at $40 USD, which I feel is rather high for a game of this magnitude. While it does have a lot of content, it does get rather repetitive quickly. I would only recommended get this title if you are really hankering for a hunting title with super realistic graphics.
*Note: A copy of this game was provided for the purpose of the review
FINAL SCORE: 5/10
-Faulty Gameplay Mechanics