The most realistic online hunting game ever produced. Experience the thrill of the hunt in huge realistic environments using everything from crossbows to state of the art bolt action rifles.
User reviews:
Mixed (548 reviews) - 41% of the 548 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mostly Negative (19,218 reviews) - 39% of the 19,218 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 3, 2014

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June 30

Status Update 30th June 2016

Hi hunters,

It’s going to be a short status update today as there’s not much news from this corner of the world. The backend and client programming team, together with Dennis our QA Manager, continue working on persistent bugs, issues and crashes. Improvements for “alt-tabbing” and further sound memory fixes are in testing. On Monday we released a patch with some fixes for things that broke last week, game crashes due to sound memory allocation problems, and the pheasant scoring issue.

The art team has started working on something new and cool and you can expect to hear more on this in future updates.

The quarterfinals of our Football Jamboree are starting today. There are only 8 teams (or eight t-shirts) left. The prices go up again on Monday, so be sure to make your t-shirt bet while they’re still at a low price!

Yesterday we released the .45 Long Colt Revolver, “The Mule”. If you want to see it in action, check out this video HooCairs made back in January.

Check out the Lock&Learn stream today at 16:00 CEST on our official Twitch channel. Johanna will be joined by our community champion caledonianblues as they travel to Whiterime Ridge in pursuit of the mighty bison!

Last but not the least, on Monday theHunter team be having some visitors from a TV studio, who will be filming some footage of theHunter. We will of course let you know the details, including the broadcasting time and channel afterwards.

That’s it for today folks, more news next week. Happy hunting!

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June 23

Game Update 23rd June 2016

Howdy hunters,

The summer is here, the short time when it’s actually bearable to be in Sweden 😀 The EW team members are slowly drifting off to their vacations and it’s getting quieter in the office. Having said that, the work on developing and improving theHunter continues. Earlier today we released a patch with fixes and a GPS pin for your dogs and you can find a technical update from our producer Philipp about our ongoing work and plans below.

Tomorrow it’s the big holiday of Midsummer in this part of the world, during which the whole Sweden will be drinking spicy snaps and eating strawberries in the midnight sun. To celebrate it theHunter style, we are throwing in a weekend membership sale, so you can renew your membership at up to 30% off. Check the image below for the codes and please note that the sale runs until Monday, June 27th. There are also some great weekend discounts on duck equipment and weapons, up to 50% off – check them out.

Game Improvements Update

Hello Hunters,

with the continuing work on game improvements, we want to update you about our efforts, what has been done since the last announcement and what is to come.

This time we are taking a more general look at both server / database and also gameplay improvements. The goal is to get to the next level in terms of communication for game improvements and to give you a better overview about what is being worked on instead of repeating ourselves that game health is the main priority for us.

Improvements for server stability

Calle and Emil are monitoring our performance and stability around the clock, looking for slow and stressful processes and queries. After identifying the main offender, they released a major update to how the inventory system responds and is updated yesterday. There are no perceivable changes for players but we hope to improve stability and connectivity significantly. Releasing a fix is of course only the first step so we will collect data over the next days and then decide how to move on.

In the meantime they look for the next biggest offender, rinse and repeat and also help the client programmer by improving our crash reporter to be more detailed which helps us to prioritize what to fix next.

Next to that we are working on a bigger plan to relieve our database making better use of the Google service that we use. We might share the details of this in the next update or a later one.

Improvements for gameplay

Our client programmers have not been lazy either. After releasing the Scent Hound, they fixed several random crashes that slipped our testing and analyzed the main problems (crashes, bugs) we currently face in-depth.

We can’t share any specifics yet but we have our eyes mostly on graphical performance and memory, user interface and system memory used by sounds.

While we work on solutions for this (which will be shared in the next update or a later one) we released a patch today with fixes for Turkey and Pheasant scoring issues.

We hope this gives you a better impression of what we are working on and of the improvements to come. Stay tuned for the next updates as we share more specifics, fixes and the plans how to tackle what is left to do.

All the best and good hunting,

Your Phil and the rest of theHunter team

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“The Hunter offers the most compelling hunting experience ever offered by a PC game.”
MMO Reviews

“This game looks incredible, the graphics are simply astonishing”
90% – Retro Game Shelf

“The complete experience of tracking and hunting an animal is highly-rewarding and simply not found in other games.”
88% – Gaming Nexus

About This Game

The most realistic online hunting game ever produced. Experience the thrill of the hunt in huge realistic environments using everything from crossbows to state of the art bolt action rifles. Realistic animal behavior and persistent online features provides a living world where you can roam casually or compete with other players for glory and fame.

Go hunting with your friends in multiplayer with up to 8 players - or explore the nine diverse and immersive hunting reserves in the ever evolving world of theHunter by yourself.

Key Features

  • Hunt 30 different species including Black Bear, Brown Bear, Polar Bear, Moose, Whitetail Deer, Turkey, Pheasant, Coyote, Red Fox, Roosevelt Elk, Wild Boar, Red Deer, Roe Deer, Mule Deer, Blacktail Deer, Feral Hog, Mallard, Canada Goose, Cottontail Rabbit, Reindeer, Alpine Ibex, European Rabbit, Red Kangaroo, Bison, Snowshoe Hare, Arctic Fox, Sitka Deer, Gadwall, American Black Duck & Northern Pintail.
  • Explore 10 different huge environments with state-of-the-art graphics, complete with day cycle and weather effects - from the Alps to the Australian Outback. from the sub-arctic Alaska to the swamps of Louisiana.
  • Co-op multiplayer with up to 8 friends
  • Extensive online features. Increase your skills, see statistics and trophy shots. Participate in competitions and leaderboards or take on challenging missions and achievements.
  • theHunter is continuously updated with new species, environments, equipment and features.

Progression & Acquiring Items In The Game

Five huntable species (Whitetail Deer, European Rabbit and Pheasant, plus two more animals rotating weekly), two weapons (.243 Bolt-Action Rifle & 12 GA Single Shot shotgun) and a bunch of additional equipment are available for free when first entering the game. Additional items such as weapons, species licenses and ammo can be acquired with gm$, the in-game currency that can be earned through play, or em$, the in-game currency that can be earned through winning competitions or purchase for real money.

There are several different types of skills in the game that increase when players use items & hunt various species. As these skills increase, more abilities get unlocked, such as the ability to tell weight & gender from animal tracks and steadier aim for weapons.

Achievements can be earned through diverse in-game activities. Each achievement adds to your HunterScore, which can be used as a progression comparison vs. other players. Additionally, increasing the HunterScore unlocks upgrade items such as pouches & holsters.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows ® 10/8/7
    • Processor: Intel 2 GHz or AMD Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GeForce 8800, ATI/AMD Radeon HD 2400 (NVidia GeForce 8800, ATI/AMD Radeon HD 2400)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
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Mixed (548 reviews)
Mostly Negative (19,218 reviews)
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( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Game sucks ♥♥♥. You have to pay (real money) to shoot a god damn animal in the game... I'd rather shoot myself
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( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
you have to pay to shoot anything, i rather shoot myself
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( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
its good game but need to pay to hunt more animals. :(
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( 12.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
very good game i but lag
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Edreth Greymoon
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Free to play? more like pay to win
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( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
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HappyVideosHD YT| 0.1k
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
The worst Game I played in my life... worse than Advanced Warfare
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Skeletor Sweetness
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
"The most realistic online hunting game ever produced." ha more like "The most realistic in app purchase game ever produced."
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spino REX
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
i like hunting so
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( 15.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
People don't understand in real life that u have to buy things when going hunting however in here the guns and thing s are cheaper than real ones the game is good people can still hunt without a premuim account
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
662 of 758 people (87%) found this review helpful
599 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
You must pay to buy things, you need pass to walk properly, you need pass to breathe, you need pass for pause menu, you need pass for buying passes, you need pass for carrying a gun, you need pass for downloading this game, you need pass for peeing, you need pass for ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, you need pass for reading this, you need pass for quit game button, you need pass for running the game, you need pass for shooting birds, you need pass for sounds, you need pass for music, you need pass for buying coins, YOU NEED PASS FOR UNINSTALLING THE GAME.

well I don't recommend but you still have to buy a pass for liking this review :P
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228 of 296 people (77%) found this review helpful
312 people found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
I have played this game for 2 hours and have not been able to kill 1 animal. This is the closest simulation game I have ever seen. Its just like real life, where I sit in a stand for an hour and see nothing but trees and butterflies.
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132 of 177 people (75%) found this review helpful
196 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
trys to shoot pig, you need a license to hunt this
trys to shoot bird , you need a license to hunt this
trys to shoot himself, you need a license to hunt his
shoots a tree, pay 15$ and you can hunt trees!
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77 of 112 people (69%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
I have never though about playing with a hunting game. I thought before, hunting and sport games are the most boring and pointless games ever made. But one of my older friend asked me if there are any hunting games out there, so I had searched and found theHunter for him, and helped to install and play it. Then it has shocked me how beautiful the graphics are, and how deep and complex the simulation is. So I have installed it on my PC too and spent a few hours to try it, and I was astonished by the quality, complexity and scale of it. The nature, landscape, weather, animals were so perfectly, and so beautifully simulated, that I have never encountered anything close to it before. And there was enough variety and complexity in gameplay (lots of species, equipments, methods) that I would not say it is boring.

BUT the whole thing is messed up with the financial model of the game. There is actually no reward and no progress with successful hunting, you can only buy new equipment/new possibilities with real money. But if you would, for example spend at least 50-100$ to be able to have all the possibilities the game has to offer, then you would also loose the reward for hunting, you can not cook a dear stew or roast a boar with hunting friends in a wood camp, drink beer and sing etc. ....
If you would spend such money, I advise you to buy a real gun, and try out real hunting, I bet its much more worth it.

As for the game, I would even pay a fixed price of 30-40$ or even a monthly fee around 15-20$ to be able to play in a classic MMO style, where you can unlock stuff gradually as a reward for hunting. And no microtransactions and real money purchase for stuff. For nobody playing. Everyone has to earn equipment as a reward, so the game would get some kind of point and progress.

Other really good idea would be to embed the game, in a full scale survival based game like Rust. The hunting simulation is very-very simple compared to theHunter in those games, and none of them has such a good simulation and landscape graphics. But serious and complex natural simulation and hunting mechanism would really add to those game concepts, and the hunting part would be well embedded in the reward cycle of a survival game, where the meat, hide, bones etc. can be used to survive after processing.
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68 of 101 people (67%) found this review helpful
28 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Dear developers,
go ♥♥♥♥ yourselves with your ''free to play'' game and with its abusive boundaries
everyone with common sense
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37 of 55 people (67%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Wanted to try multiplayer with my wife. Can't host multiplayer without giving them money. Uninstalled.
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68 of 111 people (61%) found this review helpful
44 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
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34 of 56 people (61%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Take a tideous walk through nature. Encounter tons of animals you can't hunt. Find trails that lead off into the boundaries of the play-field. Pay for features not in the free version that might help you bag something.

If you're looking for a reaslistic hunting game, this isn't it. It fails to capture the fun and enjoyment of hunting in the woods.

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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
398.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 18

F2P is a Demo-Mode only. Solid hunting game with detailed hunting grounds, cheap MMO-like payment model, rare but large actual content updates but loads of optional microtransaction material.

F2P and Payment model

The F2P content contains the license to hunt Whitetail Deer, Pheasant and three kinds of Rabbit only. As of the latest major Patch you now get a shotgun for free as well, so the grindwall for hunting the rabbits and pheasant is gone. One ingame currency "GMS" can be obtained by doing missions like "Track a Mule Deer", "Harvest a Mule Deer", "Spot a Whitetail Deer". Its a pretty useless currency though.

The payment model lets you pay per month in order to get a license for all animals, so think of it as a "cheap MMO-type payment". However in contrast to MMOs, actual content updates to be played by you as a license holder appear only a few times a year. On the other hand these updates usually contain a new hunting reserve with new animals, so they offer quite some content.

There are a lot of weekly minor updates with new guns, clothes and other equipment not really needed for playing the game though.

The Game

In my opinion thehunter is a well-made hunting simulator with decent animal behavior and very well made highly detailed hunting reserves.

The negative points I want to mention are random fps-drops in certain areas of the map which many players seem to encounter, "old animals" seem a bit lacking in texture quality compared to the new ones as well as "old reserves" are not as diverse and different from each other as the more recent ones. Some reserves are considered lackluster by a majority of the playerbase due to "recycling" of animals, e.g. the Australia reserve only contains the kangaroo as a specifically australian animal.

Some content patches in the past caused problems for players to connect in multiplayer games.

How much does it cost ?

If there is no sale going I can not recommend buying a membership via the Ingame Store at all.
Instead, I highly recommend to get the DVD Version of 2013 for ~10 € which is a far better deal.

Basically this DVD Version comes with everything you need in contrast to the ingame-store sets. Even if you want to extend your membership, the DVDs offer much more.
For some animals, callers are quite handy, so you might want to plan another ~10€ for callers. For fox and coyote I think the "Jackrabbit caller" is essential, for the rest of the callers you dont own it is really dependant on your playstyle.
The same goes for any more "advanced" hunting clothing.
To summarize, I think buying a DVD-Version which offers a fair deal, if you can not get the 2013 Version you will need ~5€ for a decent big-game hunting rifle, depending on the ongoing sales.


Do not buy any of the starter packs unless the largest one gets a hefty discount on Steam, because the other ones will leave you with the lack of a big-game rifle as well and are lackluster in value proposition compared to buying any DVD Version.

One thing that should be mentioned here is goose and duck hunting. Though you can find those animals without any special equipment, you will need this equipment should you want to hunt birds in large scale.
Since geese and ducks require dummies and a special hunting setup you need ~15 €, depending on the current sales for a goose or a duck setup, so these act as "DLCs".


Most of the "Cabelas" Hunting games are just mass animals shooters, the "Cabelas Big Game Hunter Pro Hunts" is not bad though, just simplified mechanics.

If you enjoy the detailed landscape and the "slow" gameplay, you might want to look into "Fishing Planet". This one actual is true F2P, but comes with a high grindwall.
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41 of 70 people (59%) found this review helpful
35 people found this review funny