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.
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Mixed (278 reviews) - 56% of the 278 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Negative (20,006 reviews) - 39% of the 20,006 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 3, 2014

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September 23

Status Update 23rd September 2016


Hi hunters,

Welcome to our weekly status update.

Rockies – Meet the First Species

The magnificent environment of our 11th reserve is almost complete. It’s the polishing that’s left, and for our art, animation and programming crafts it’s all hands on deck working on the species. My hope was to share with you a couple of screenshots of the Bighorn Sheep today, however it looks like we’re running into some problems with the horns of those ladies, so I’ll have to keep you hungry with these lovely Whitetailed Ptarmigans and will hopefully show you more wonderful beasts next week!


We’re still collecting suggestions for the reserve name here. Please’ share your best ideas!

Heavy Recurve Bow by InstinctiveArcher

On Wednesday we released a new bow, inspired by the real life creation built by our community member InstinctiveArcher. We are super proud and honoured to have it featured in the game and we really hope to have more community content of this calibre in the future. Apropos the bow, and especially for you competition junkies: if you’ve tried it out already. you probably noticed that it’s slightly more powerful than other two Recurve Bows. Based on this, we were contemplating not allowing it for the same competitions, but instead creating a separate category for it. We are interested to hear whether you think this is a reasonable and fair decision, and we look forward to your feedback on that

Game Patch

With our game patch yesterday we also released changes to the Ptarmigan behaviour and pop-ups for missing licenses that we thought could benefit from more in-depth explanation, so I asked our producer Philipp to share some insights and details on those changes:

Ptarmigans’ behaviour change:

The new behaviour of our beloved little ptarmigans is somewhat of a small game development dream come true to me, so I want to share a bit of backstory for it.

Some weeks ago, our client programmer Patrik was working on the fleeing behaviour of the Ptarmigan as they started hiding on the ground too early or had a couple of problems when flying away. Being the thorough programmer that he is, he dove deeper into the code.

Together with Carl-Oscar he discussed his findings and it created an urge in them to get more out of the untapped potential of the flying bird with the hilarious call. They teamed up to become an unstoppable force of pitching their ideas first to Daniel (he will never be forgotten) and then to the rest of the team. Everybody agreed that what they wanted to do were great additions, so estimations were made and the work began.

Naturally, it took longer than anticipated but yesterday the new behaviour was finally released. What rubbed Patrik and Carl-Oscar the wrong way was that spooking a group of lifelong Ptarmigan friends shatters the relationship among them so profoundly that they never want to meet up ever again. So, they changed it.

Ptarmigans will now reunite with their flock after being spooked, giving their behaviour a more realistic touch and hopefully create some heart-warming reunions. The other thing that bothered them about the well-being of a Ptarmigan is their ability to find food. The poor birds stroll around the same area where they spawn which makes survival quite tough. So, they changed that too.

As a flock, Ptarmigans will now migrate to different areas in different time intervals. This is especially impressive if you are caught off guard and see the flock taking off and flying. We thoroughly enjoyed testing it and getting in a new element of immersion. Personally, I like this story so much because it’s a great example of the passion and dedication of the team. We are not a big team but what we don’t have in numbers we make up for with heart and seeing two programmers researching real life Ptarmigan behaviours and pitching their ideas to the team makes working on this game even more enjoyable.

Missing License Pop Ups:

Another addition from yesterday’s update is a new notification pop-up for missing licenses. We received feedback regarding the previous system on the forums and it resonated with us as a lot of new players don’t receive the help they need to understand the license system.

Thus, Robin worked on a new system that informs you if you are missing the licenses for an animal that you picked up a clue for, spotted or want to shoot. There is a trade off in control, as you have to confirm the pop up but we hope that the current rules don’t make it too intrusive. There is a cool down system so you should only receive one pop-up per species every 5 minutes.

We hope this offers better balance between informing players and maintaining immersion. On a side note, it is possible to alt-tab out of the game, buy a license and continue the ongoing session. The bought license will kick in immediately.

Let us know what you think!

Finally, a new team member is here! Since our animation wizard Dick (you should know him by the brilliant scent hound animations) is currently on parental leave, we needed some more animation force to keep Morris company, and so Moe came on board. Read his info below and say hello in the forums.

Meet Moe

Hello everyone!

My name is Moe Awira and I just moved to Sweden & joined theHunter team as an Animator!

A little about myself, I’m originally from Aleppo city in Syria. I became fascinated with animation when I was 5 years old after I watched Disney’s A Bug’s Life! It was magical to see cartoon characters move and behave like they’re alive and make you sympathize with them!

In 2005 I got my first computer and started playing PC games and teaching myself animation after school using Flash! In 2010 I got my first full-time job as Animator at an animation studio in Amman city in Jordan. Afterwards I worked at several games and animation films in Jordan and Turkey.

Outside of work I enjoy playing games, watching movies, cycling, hiking and camping!

I’m glad to join this awesome team & looking forward to animating my first animal in theHunter!

That’s it from us for today, happy hunting!

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September 21

Game Update 21st September 2016

Hello Hunters,

we hope you are all doing well and enjoy the hunt!
We just uploaded a new live patch and here is what it contains:

Features

Bug fixes
  • Fixed missing experience points from tracking animal clues
  • Fixed bug in the Sitka mission “The Smell of Fear”
Let us know what you think about the update in our forum thread or leave a comment below.

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Reviews

“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

    Minimum:
    • 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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72 of 90 people (80%) found this review helpful
34 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
-want to hunt
-download game
-try to kill a boar but need a license
-try to kill a mule but need a license
-try to kill a bear but need a better weapon
-play coop with unknown people with bad ping
-try to kill a kangaroo but it escape
-person killed a kangaroo with 1 hit kill
-♥♥♥♥♥♥ off
-want to buy license for all animal licenses and weapons
-license is not permanent and damn expensive
-quit the game
-uninstalled

9/11 would uninstall again..
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
42.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Free to play? No. It's free to walk around, aimlessly, for as long as you want. You can also; "track" an animal, however, unless you SPEND REAL MONEY on a monthly subscription, to obtain a licence for that SPECIFIC animal, you can not SHOOT it. This hunting simulator, has brilliant technology that is aware of whether or not you have a specific licence, and if you do not, your character simply aims the gun down when you try to click your mouse button. Very realism. For someone that has no real experience hunting, but does enjoy spending hours in hunting games, this is extremely disappointing. This game has potential, the multiplayer aspect of the game with friends is also fantastic, but if I have a friend who has given the devs money, he gets far cooler stuff than I do, and can hunt far more things than I can. I am aware a lot of developers do this, and I don't have an issue with paying members getting cooler stuff, but I disagree with the fact that I lack the technology to pull the trigger on a rifle to SHOOT an animal, whether I have a licence for it or not. I'd also rather a 1 off payment to own the game and have full access to everything it has to offer, than continue dishing out money per month to have access to certain features. So remember, this isn't free to SHOOT at animals, but it is free to run around aimlessly like a d*ckhead.

OK I cannot reply to anyone directly as Steam will not let me, so I can just continue editing this. Let's set some things straight:

@Mathia$ - Yes, it does give you a little taste. I became addicted and ended up paying for a 3 month subscription - so I guess their method of making addicts has worked. I've also paid again for a .300 rifle and a scope, another 10 Euros spent lol

@Dannj90 - Yup. Like I said, the game has potential and is addictively fun. I just prefer the method of buying a game outright and having everything it includes, instead of monthly this, and pay for that etc etc: completely my personal preference.

@HaddockA - When people review things, they're reviewing them from their own personal experience. I can't imagine reviewing something without experiencing it. I wrote this review after the 3 day trail had ended, and I couldn't shoot anything. THAT was my experience, hence this negative review. Game's great, if you're willing to pay a lot for it (when you're under the influence that it is free).. So yeah, good luck finding someone's review of something where they aren't referring to personal experience.

@darkfitz - lol I don't know where to begin. I'm not going to judge you on your computer terminology as that's uncalled for and unjustified. I don't know about real life hunting as I've not experienced it. The only killing of innocent animals I'll ever do, is in a game. Oh, and before anyone wants to educate me on the killing of innocent animals for the survival of mankind, and our lust for eating meat, yeah - I get it. No lecture required. I eat meat too. I'm aware of animals being slaughtered for that, it's just not something I would or could ever do.


So, are we all happy now? The game isn't "bad", I just personally dislike having to continue dishing out money for something I've become somewhat addicted to...... Yes, that's a drug reference. Goodnight.
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15 of 22 people (68%) found this review helpful
11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
Recommended
35.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
This is a beautiful game, I love to play even when Im not finding anything to hunt because its so beautiful! Although this is a beautiful game, guests are extrtemely limited as to what they can do in the community and in-game, I would absolutely play this game more if em$ were esier to get and if maybe guests could create their own dedicated server, with of course a certain amount of game time played. I reccomend this game to people who enjoy good graphics that are viewable even to the crappiest of computers!
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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
been playing this game long long before it hit steam. with the new weekly changing free hunt animals its worth checking out. for everyone saying its pay too play your dead wrong they offer loads of ways too earn EMS which is the cash currency in game. if your looking for a good hunting game this is legit the best one ever made its worth checking out
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11 of 18 people (61%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
24.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
I'm going to be honest, I almost didn't recommend this game. Don't get me wrong, the game itself is great for being free. The graphics are nice, the game runs smoothly, and the gameplay is fun (especially with friends). BUT, to really have more than an hour or two of fun you will need to spend some money. It isn't much ($15 gets you 3 months of membership which allows you to hunt all animals), but it isn't a permanent membership. You would also need to buy a gun to be able to hunt most of the animals. Overall, if you are willing to put money into it, it is a great game with hours upon hours of fun.
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14 of 24 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
its a fine relaxing game
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
552.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Great game. The best experience isn't free but you will find no other game that gives you better cost per hour than this one.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
its a grate time killer... i got so scared after 4 hours of trying to find something, a bear comes up to me like "hi"
its not a scary game but when its so peacefull u dont expect anything to pop up.... :P
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Very good game !
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Very long review for a very long game. ( Meaning it takes a long time to atually shoot at something...
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skyguy776
229.5 hrs
Posted: September 27
this game is fun but there are some bugs but other then that its an amazing game.
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AdHuTi
0.8 hrs
Posted: September 27
HORRIBLE¡¡¡
En pocas palabras es el juego mas aburrido q haya jugado
No lo descarguen
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Snow
21.3 hrs
Posted: September 27
What a boreing and dull game, I thought this would be great but really found myself bored. This does not feel like hunting, with tons of bugs and wierd ♥♥♥♥.

This is not the game you were hunting for

2/10
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Kros-krag
1.1 hrs
Posted: September 27
u need to stop having a membership to hunt cretain animals
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Sparky862
40.3 hrs
Posted: September 27
Okay, where do I start with this?? I am going to start out saying that this will be my first lengthy review about any game in my Library. Why?? Because I feel like this game is NOT getting fair feedback looking at the overall reviews. Even when you read the Posotive Reviews of this game, NO ONE sheds light into what this game is AND why they rated it a Positive. And I hope that this review will ease your mind into actually giving this game a try, and finding out for yourself that the reviews either consist of .....

1. People who does not have a job as of yet, want to play the best hunting game around, but can not afford this.
2. Trolls just hating on the game because of the Free to Play aspect of this game and NOT the overall game itself
3. People that has a COMPLETE wrong mindset of the Pay to Play factor and NEVER even tried to pay to play the game

and that I will go into bigger detail about those factors and why the review score is Mostly Negative because of those 3 points. In the process, I will also clarify a few things for anyone reading this review, and I hope you stick around to read it all. I promise it will be worth while, and that it will change your mind towards things to actually give this game a shot. Because, I was just like you (The Reader) at the start of it all, and also just like you (The Reader) my reaction to this game, the reviews and the Pay to Play factor just drove me away from this game COMPLETELY. When in the end, all that was needed to enjoy this game to full, was $49.99. How is that for Pay to Play??

Okay, now for the actuall review.

I will go as far as to say that this is the best hunting sim I have ever played, even though I was sceptical at the start because of the whole Pay to Play aspect of the game. At the time I HATED this game because it was Free to Play, but I cant even shoot anything in the game, because everytime I want to shoot, it tells me I need a license for this and license for that. I just got mad, and at the moment I felt like this game is the biggest pile of crap I have EVER played. Who even plays a crap game like this AND pours money into it?? What is this, another World of Warcraft??

Till one day, I just felt like wasting money, and decided to waste money onto this game, because why not?? I went to the store page of this game's Launcher, and I went to purchase a Membership. Looking at the options I had, I decided to go with the Trailrunner Subscription ($49.99), which gives me a 12 month (Year) Membership to shoot what I want, where I want AND to ease me into the game, I got 9 extra Weapons to start off my game AND 35 other items to accompany me. Ranging from scopes for my 9 Weapons, Cammo, Lures, Backpack and much more usefull items.

Eager to start out the game AND still keeping in mind that there is still MUCH MORE to purchase in the game store than what I got with my Subscription, I started a new game, and made due with what I had for the time being. The game started up and the hunt was on. With my lure at hand and my trusty .300 (Gotten from Trailrunner Subscription) I was determine to shoot some Deer.

I set out with my trusty HunterMate, and I started learning the game and what goes for what. My first encounter was a Turkey. I went to the location of the Turkey call, and saw the tracks. My HunterMate told me in which direction the Turkey has fled, and I just follow along the path. The path led me through the Forest and Swampland areas, and I was soon greated with a Deer Grunt Call in the distance. It was at that moment I paused in my tracks. I took a crouching position, I got my Lure ready, and I called the Deer in. Sitting in the bush, looking left and right past the trees, through the bushes I am trying to find the Deer AND be as quite and low profile as I can get .... at the same time worrying about a stupid Turkey ....

I saw the Deer peeking he's head over the scrubs infront of me, I bring up my .300 to scope .... I line up my shot and I just let it go. The Deer fell on the spot and I jumped with joy. I went to collect the Deer and I was happy with what I got. I went back to the tracks of the Turkey, and continued my journey.

Its been a year later, and what was once a piece of crap game to waste money on, is now the best game I ever wasted money on. Funny how that works right?? Its also been a year later, and I only spend $49.99 on this game since then. Yes, you read that right. After one whole year, the Trailrunner Subscription for $49.99 was AND is all you need to enjoy this game to the fullest. I now renewed my Subscription for another year which is now $34.99. I used the other $15 and I bought myself more Lures to use on for the other animals, and I still only use my weapons and equipment I got from my Trailrunner pack. NEVER bought anything extra than what I got for spending $49.99 on this game.

If you have sticked with me up until now in my review, I am sure you are now more convinced to actually try this game out INSTEAD of just looking at the Pay to Play factor and relying on the Review System of Steam.

In general, all you EVER need to play this game is the Trailrunner Subscription. NOTHING more and NOTHING less. The other items you can purchase is just for better convinience and a better overall gameplay to make your life easier. In truth, the Weapons and Items you get in the Trailrunner Subsciption is MORE than enough to play this game to fullest of experience.

Pros.

1. Great Gameplay
2. Great Hunting Sim
3. A lot of Game Reserves to choose from
4. Each Game Reserve has its own Game and Hunting tactics to adapt
5. Overall very good hunting experience
6. New Game Reserves was added (with Game) and is still being added (with Game)
7. The game offers a level up system for each Weapon and Animal the more you use your Weapon and Track an Animal
8. The game offers multiplayer where you can hunt with your friends

Cons.

1. Game engine is a bit out dated
2. Devs does not seem to listen to its already small community to improve on overall user experience
3. The controlls are kind of clunky and stiff, but you get use to it

Putting it all together to sum it up. Purchase the Trailrunner Subscription ($49.99) and try this game out for yourself. Do NOT purchase the other subscriptions as you will not enjoy the game to the fullest, and they dont offer you as much gain as the Trailrunner Subscription does. Thats all you will EVER spend on this game in your life, and as you play the game, you will soon relise that you gave the game a unnecessary hard time BECAUSE of the overall Steam Review AND the fact that it is Pay to Play.

Thank you for sticking with me the whole time through my review, if I helped you out, dont forget to click "YES" on "Was this review helpfull". And put your own positive review on this page.
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USA_Ham
106.9 hrs
Posted: September 27
Hey guys, just to summarize, I love this game, but the AI Collision Avoidance/Pathfinding needs to be fixed. PLZ READ

just thought I'd say hi and get some important things out of the way for those that are looking to get this game. For those wanting to get theHunter, know this; it is a Hunting SIMULATOR. This is NOT like Cabela's Big Game Hunter where you can just stroll up to a deer and shoot it point blank in the face without it spooking. YOU HAVE TO PLAY THIS GAME AS IF YOU WERE HUNTING IRL, which is why I recommend to AT LEAST learn the basics of hunting before even starting this game if you have NO hunting experience whatsoever. If you choose to ignore me, you'll find the game boring and give it a crappy rating, just like what all of the other inexperienced players have already done, hence why the rating is very poor. Other than that, for anyone with hunting experience, such as myself and a few other friends, we can say as a whole that theHunter is very entertaining to play for someone with hunting experience. My only complaint with the game is the Collision Avoidance and Pathfinding for the animal AI, including Scent Hounds and Retrievers. The thing is: there practically isn't any collision avoidance or pathfinding. For example, I've had several times of where I've been tracking/chasing a game animal, only to find it stuck in a bunch of trees, simply because its AI had no collision avoidance/pathfinding programmed into the code to dodge the issue. Same thing for the Scent Hounds/Retrievers: I've had moments of where I'll be walking through the forest or up a hill, and my Scent Hound will get stuck in a bunch of trees or on a rock, simply because its AI had no collision avoidance/pathfinding programmed into the code.
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Olgun Aldemir
5.9 hrs
Posted: September 27
This game is uselss until at least %50 animals are free to hunt. Unfortunately it is so funny with amazing graphics.
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dragonx`
313.3 hrs
Posted: September 27
Great game spent many hours hunting worth the money. If you don't like paying a sub the games not for you.
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Chimaera
4.4 hrs
Posted: September 27
Free to play it does what many other F2P games do, allow you to hunt specific animals with basic gear, grind grind grind, buy licenses or more gear, then keep going. Unfortunately for the reviews of this game, people seem to think that F2P means they should be able to do ALL THE THINGS IN THE GAME...for free. Nope, that's not how it works guys. This isn't WoT/WoWS or whathaveyou. The devs have to pay for server costs and continue developing the game, so if they include EVERYTHING, then the game will die.

If you want the full experience/ability to shoot any animal you wish, you need to pay for the monthly sub, which is fairly cheap compared to other games.

Beautiful game, great sound, awesome direction-sound, decent tracking mechanics, lots of variety. Just don't expect to have an easy time of it as a F2P game.
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