Underrated Game. Seriously.
To get into that further, ive played several Cabela Steam Games as well as "The Hunter", before i started to appreciate this one here.
Most Games in the Cabela Series look and play like complete Garbage and thats not a Secret.
"The big Game Hunter pro hunts" on the other Hand, is really a well made Game, not perfect either, but its far from the other Trash in the Series. Compared to "The Hunter", the only disadvantage of this Game here is, that it has an older Graphics Engine and no Multiplayer Mode.
The Game starts weird with a Call of Duty-like Tutorial, and the first Ammunition type makes it hard to kill anything, but after that its a really entertaining and Time consuming Game.
You got a Campain mode, which is not really demanding and rather short, you can walk around freely, on large Maps in different Regions, shoot on everything you like, or complete some Challenges for extra Cash to buy better Equipment.
You can kill every Animal you see, with different types of Rifles and Shotguns, different kinds of Bows, Ammunition and Arrows, you can buy additional Equipment like Scrent Masks, Animal Calls, and a variety of Binoculars.
You can also track down Animals, follow blood traces of injured Animals.
It matters where you hit the Animal! A Shot into the Brain, Neck or into the Spine mean instant Death and its easy to collect the Trophy, after a double Lung Shot the Animal will only walk a few Meters further...
A non lethal Shot into the leg, the Skin, the Skull or any other Bone wont kill at all or only after a long Time.
So you have to aim carefully or you will find yourself walking for hundreds of Meters, following the blood traces of your Prey.
You also have to watch for the Wind direction. First it will affect your aiming, second the Animals can smell you and run away. Be careful, some of the Animals, like the Wild Boar, the Moose, Black Bear or Grizzly can and will attack and kill you if you come to close!
Another neat Featue is the slow motion Bulletcam and the X-ray hit Cam, that some People might know from the "Sniper Elite" Franchise.
Last but not least, there are some Statistics, like a Global and Friend Leaderboard and the Trophy Room.
I just list the pros and contras here, for the lazy Readers:
+ First Person view ( i mention this as plus, because most of the other Cabela Games have a sluggish Third Person view.)
+ Large and well designed, really detailed Maps in different environmental Regions like Forest, Swamp, Desert and Coast.
+ Open World exploring
+ Easy Controls
+ You can hunt and kill all the Animals in the Game like Black Bears, Grizzlies, Foxes, Coyotes, Rabbits, Moose, Roosevelt Elks, Whitetail Deer, Caribous, Blacktail Deer, Pronghorns, Mule deer and several types of Birds.
+ Different Rifles and Bows to Unlock like 223 Bolt Action, 223 Semi Auto, 270 Bolt Action, 7mm Mag Bolt Action, 30-06 Semi Auto, 338 Mag Bolt Action, 12 Gauge Shotgun, Recurved Bow and Compound Bow. Also Different Types of Ammunition for each Rifle and Bow, different Gunsights.
+ Realistic Animal and Gun Sounds, fantastic ambient sounds that really give you the feeling of being "In the Wild".
+ Good Animations, nice looking Light effects and Waterreflections.
+ Slow Motion Bullet and X-ray Camera
+ Good Soundtrack
+ You can Shoot from open Ground or use different kind of "Points of Interest", like Stands, Tree stands or Blinds.
- Sometimes it happens that the Animals get stuck between Rocks, Trees or just "freeze."
- No Multiplayer
- The Graphics Engine itself looks old, textures from Leaves, Rocks or Bushes look ugly when you get too close.
- Short and boring Campain Mode, its more fun to just walk around freely.
- This is more casual while "The Hunter" is more a Simulation.
All together Cabelas Big Game Hunter Pro hunts has a lot to offer for People who like Hunting Games and for me, personally, its currently the best Hunting Game on Steam. As mentioned above, the only reasons to play "The Hunter" instead would be the better Graphics Engine and the Multiplayer option.
For everyone who can live without that, Big Game Hunter Pro Hunts must be the first Choice, even if some of the reviews cast a bad Light on it.
I can only recommend this, even for the full price of 29,99.
PS: If you need to see a few impressions, take a look at my Screenshots here!