Hunting simulations are not for general audience. In most cases, they require patience, and that is not something all players want or can offer. However, if you are in that minority (like me), you will appreciate a new release in the genre. TheHunter: Call of the Wild is brought to us by Avalanche Studios and Expansive Worlds, and it puts you into the role of a hunter ready to hunt “a big one.”
Can You Outsmart a Deer?
In the beginning, you will be offered to choose between two locations – Hirschfelden Hunting Reserve in Germany and the Layton Lake in the United States. Don’t worry about making the right choice – you can change the map at any moment.
The first couple of missions will show you that things do not come easy for hunters. During this sort of a tutorial, the game will explain basic mechanics, such as navigation, stalking the prey, and actually shooting it. If you think that it is child’s play to outsmart a deer, think again. Let me just tell you that it took me half an hour to kill my first prey. After getting the hang of things, you will hunt other animals, too. The missions will involve thinning the population of particular species to preserve the system or tracking movements of a specific animal.
Ever Wanted to Smell Like an Animal?
TheHunter: Call of the Wild offers you a basic rifle, to begin with, but you can purchase other weapons in the shop. These include rifles, bows, handguns, and shotguns, and each of them can be upgraded. Ammunition and scopes can also be purchased, as well as animal scents and calls. Those are all legit techniques of hunting down an animal. If you are looking for more advanced stuff, you can splash your cash to buy a tent or an ATV. Aside from the equipment, you can also improve your skills as a hunter. That includes skills and perk that will make you better at stalking or shooting. Both locations are detailed and beautiful, and you will enjoy exploring them. You won’t do that without a goal since you can collect artifacts and get money for them.
Teach Me How to Hunt!
Be patient, young grasshopper. Patience is the crucial thing you need since the territories are not flooded with animals waiting to be shot. The first thing to do is to look for animal droppings or tracks. Aside from visual indicators, focus on what you hear. Bushes or branches rustling is an indicator that something is nearby and you can always listen for mating calls.
Once you discover a watering or feeding area, you need to take cover. Always keep in mind the wind direction and make sure to hide your presence with proper scent. The next step is to lure the animal with a mating call. It’s only then when you will maybe get a chance to shoot it. You should aim for a vital area, but one shot might not be enough. If you don’t kill it immediately, you can check the trail of blood and look for the animal to finish it. Based on the size of the animal and how good you have done you will be given a Trophy Rating and cool rewards, such as cash and XP you can use for upgrading.