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 (649 reviews) - 47% of the 649 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Negative (18,543 reviews) - 39% of the 18,543 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 3, 2014

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April 28

Status Update - 27th April 2016


Howdy hunters,

Here is our weekly status update, including what we’ve been up to at Expansive Worlds.

Sneakathon 2016



So, yesterday we launched a new hunting event which we’re planning to run every year – Sneakathon 2016. We combined a couple of tough challenges, featuring some of our most spooky species, into a set of missions for all non-competitive souls as well as a final Roe Deer competition. The feedback for the event has been very positive so far, which makes us happy campers. To help you out in the Sneakathon, we reduced the price on all Sneaky 3D clothes by 50%, which is even cheaper than our regular bundles. In the spirit of sneakiness, there’s also a brand new fall leaf camo variation of our favourite Ghillie suit, designed by Gostwind in our 2014 outfit competition!

Player Survey

Here’s a reminder that the player survey we launched last week is running until the end of this week. The number of entries so far has been overwhelmingly high, but we’re still missing a couple of thousand opinions. Your opinion counts, so please take the opportunity to share it with us. You only have one opportunity per year, and we’re looking forward to discovering the results.

Lock&Learn – Deer Diary

As you may remember, two weeks ago we started a regular live-streaming project, Lock & Learn. Our community intern Johanna is learning the ropes of theHunter and sharing her journey with everyone in weekly Twitch streams. Without question, theHunter is a challenging game with a rather steep learning curve, which can be overwhelming for new players, so with this project we wanted to show (in an entertaining way) how one takes their first steps in the game, learns from their mistakes and evolves into a bad-ass hunter. Johanna has already completed two streams, you can catch a recap of her first episode, The Moose Karma, here, and here is the recap of her second one, Deer Diary – watch it carefully and enjoy it thoroughly 😉

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Unfortunately there will be no stream today, but next week Johanna will be joined by our veteran hunter ForstHeld, and a little birdie told me they will take to the fields of Hirschfelden where Forst will give Johanna some Red Fox hunting lessons. Anyway, hope to see you on next Thursday at 16:00 CEST on Expansive Worlds’ Twitch channel.

Next week’s free species



We are continuing our experiment with free species rotation, and tomorrow Brown Bear and Moose will become premium again, while Alpine Ibex and Wild Boar will be free to hunt for the next 7 days. From next week onward the free species rotation will occur from Thursday to Thursday.

Team news

And now on to some team news. In the last few months, theHunter squad has undergone many changes. A bunch of people have left us and many more have joined. So, today we’re saying goodbye to our awesome animator Hampus, who has been with us for three years and has done some amazing work. The best of the best including the ibex fighting and labrador retriever animations. Good luck Hampus, you’ll be missed!

No goodbyes without hellos, and today we’re also welcoming a new member into the theHunter family. His name is Kristoffer and he’ll be working with us in the capacity of tools programmer, a completely new role for Expansive Worlds. Kristoffer’s work will be happening deep down behind the scenes, as he’ll be optimizing our engine tools to make the jobs of our programmers, artists and designers more efficient. Read Kristoffer’s intro below and say hello to him, although you won’t feel the direct impact of his work, what he does is extremely important and had a significant impact on the end result.

Hello there!

My name is Kristoffer Bergman and I’ve just joined Expansive Worlds as a Junior Tools Programmer.

I come from a small village near Lund in Skåne and just recently moved to Stockholm. At the age of 16 I made my first “game”: a console based “Hangman” in Java that I made during summer vacation, and seeing my brothers play around with it and having fun just felt amazing. The “I made this, they like it, they are happy because of me” feeling was absolutely addicting, so naturally I was gonna spend the rest of my life at my computer, programming.

Fortunately for me, this didn’t come with a particularly big life change. Spending unhealthy amount of time by the computer has for a very long time been a big part of my life, and I have been playing video games ever since I got my first Gameboy Colour.

Until I found a job to have as an excuse for programming 24/7, my path was unclear. During my early school years, I was the go-to-guy before any math or natural science test to explain things, and I ended up really enjoying to help people understand how stuff works. I love programming just as much as helping people, so I dreamt of becoming a teacher as well as becoming a programmer.

Then I found The Game Assembly, which had a program in Game Programming. I didn’t even realise that “Game Programmer” was an actual job. When I got in, my dream of becoming a programmer was about to be fulfilled. The only downside was that this meant I wasn’t gonna become a teacher and help people. However, one day at one of our school projects, the content creators were annoyed because their tools weren’t working. I helped them solve it and ever since then I know that til the day I die, this is what I want to do.

We are finishing this status update with a short video about our parent company, Avalanche Studios, in which some members of the Expansive Words’ team have been spotted. I thought it would be interesting for you guys to see where we work and put some faces to names of those who work on the game, and who you (hopefully!) love Enjoy!

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Happy hunting!

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April 27

Game Update 27th April 2016

Game Update


Features


Bug fixes
  • Fix issue with launcher not responding after exiting the game (ver 768)
Misc.
  • Localizations
In progress
  • Issue with messed up reindeer inner organs
  • Problem with payments via Steam sometimes not going through
  • New function for the two person tree stand which allows players to switch between the sides

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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 29 different species including Black Bear, Brown 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, Cottontail Rabbit, European Rabbit, Snowshoe Hare and Pheasant), 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
Customer reviews
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Ruten
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Product received for free
Awful
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jtmoab4x4
( 61.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
I love this game, I used to not until I bought a membership, people give this a bad reveiw cause it says free to play, but you need a membership, people just need to stop being so cheap and buy a membership then write a reveiw, cause this is a really good game
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That Weeb
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Product received for free
Pay to play for days. Don't be a pleb and play this (let alone get a membership).
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[H$] captainLagger 🐱
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Don't be fooled, this is pay to play, not free to play.

The game looks really really good
You have to walk enough that at some point it feels like a walking simulator

Most of the time you will only find things you are not allowed to kill tho.

i think this game can be real good for some people. but for others who can't afford to pày the memberships, you are quite limited, ingame cash can't buy much really, it's kinda sad that all the good content of the game is behind a huge paywall.

For real this game could earn the same amount of cash or even more if they left the licences as some sort of experience skilltree stuff and set hats and cosmetics for real money, like most other free to play games are

but yeah, its fun for a bit, just i would really really rather that licences could be unlocked by leveling up or tracking the animals for long enough, or doing super hard things like getting instant kills, instead of having to be paid with real money.
nonetheless, its a nice game
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JimmyJohnJones
( 28.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Everyone complains about needing a license to kill them... its a hunting simulation game... what did you expect :s.
The Guns kill different animals because in REAL LIFE that's how the world works in hunting... its the laws... It is a hunting simulation game, what did you expect.
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jcayling
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
it cant start the game up do not go it
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A Malefic Otter
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Pay to walk, shoot, breathe, scratch your balls.
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Walk'N
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
I won't need any license to f*ck you up devs
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kerbalman0
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
you need a license to have fun
you need a license to drink tea
you need a license to taste your mums crumpts
you need a license to sleep
you need a license to ♥♥♥♥
you need a license to uninstall this game
you need a license to read this review
you need a license to host a game
you need a license to hug ur mum
you need a license to get free education
you need a license to drink water
you need a license to download this game
you need a license to say you need a license
you need a license because the creators are greedy f*ggots
you need a license to get mad
you need a license to feel emotion
you need a license to get a license
you need a license to smoke
you need a license to mow your lawn
you need a license to hug a tree
you need a license to chew gum
you need a license to be happy
you need a license to move your muscles

-10000000/10 so its UNDER 9000 | Would get a license to hug my mum again.
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★'Sabotage
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
you need a license to play this game
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{Chatler-}
( 123.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Call of Duty: Animal Warfare
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Croy515
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
wath animals?
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Yer' Guuuurl Rubdizzle
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
>Starts game
>Tries to take a step
>SorryButYouNeedALicenseForThat.png
>mfw you didn't a license to uninstall the game
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eurofarm
( 75.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
A really good game if you like hunting. The reason why people dont like it is probably because they dont understand hunting. REMEMBER THIS IS AN SIMULATOR.
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-bmye! ☪
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
It uninstalled very fast!
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thewizardofmayhem
( 405.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Most of these reviews are compltely inaccurate, mostly in the form of sarcasm.
Facts:
Alphafact: I have killed everything in the game without paying a single penny. (read below)
1. This is a free to play game. It costs absolutely nothing to play this game.
2. You are given a .243 riffle, and a single shot 12 guage shotgun, both with unlimited ammo.
3. You can go into any map of the game. An immersive and realistic environment that sits on my top 3 most realistic of all time, in any game i have ever played. 2x Geforce GTX 970. At full detail levels. On the other hand player avatars can use a realism update, but the animals definately do not, and as this is a human vs animal game that is what counts.
4. You can hunt Whitetail deer, pheasant, and 3 varieties of rabbit. (to start; fact is it cost nothing to hunt the other animals)
5. The ballistics and damage models are by far the most accurate in any hunting game to date. Source: My opinion; I have hunted just about everything legal on the north american continent in the last 35 years, Including 6 Alaska hunts. and i have played Cabela's [titles here] hunting games as well.
5. You can take part in in-game missions (quests) that reward you with in game currency (gms) To purchase perishable supplies like scents and baits, as well as licenses and ammo. (pssst this is the how-to)

Biggest problem with the game is:
1. Most people dont know what the hell they are doing they are running around like they are playing Battlefield 3 or Gears of war....this is the playstyle that they are failing at with this game. While you don't have to be a ninja to aquire a target in this game, you will need some patience and a little stealth to get anything in the trophy range (hello...real animals spook as do these, if they hear or smell you, you probably wont see them)
2. You arent getting any full auto weapon in this game. Every shot (except those made at the range) are tallied to your permanent record. The only semi-autos in game are a few select shotguns.
3. No grenades, sachel charges, land mines or tow missles, sorry.
4. People think programers work for free. They don't and this game wouldn't exist if players didn't take "shortcuts" and buy weaposn, gear and licenses and instead used the gm method of hunting to get the very same things.


Bottom line: This game is free to play and you can hunt everything in the game without ever spending a dime of real currency. If you cannot do that, you are doing something entirely wrong and likely not in the scope of the game i.e. hunting and harvesting game.

If anyone really needs any more clarification on the how to hunt all animals in this game as a guest, send me a message and i'll try and simplify it further for you.
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MuscleDuckUknown
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
This game was a litte complicated at first then i got a hang of it i really love this game.
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slowridegco
( 843.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Great Game if your willing to spend a little $. Very realalistic, and a calming game. But being patient is the key to success.
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Snuffleupagus {KOS}
( 791.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
You people dont understand its free to play to and extent you can play the game for as long as you want for free but your limited in what you can do honestly paying the 60$ for a year im fine with because im getting great content and a great game AND say there is and issue with the multiplayer and you cant play the des will add time to your membership somthing like 7 days you guys are obviously to stupid to look at the animal and find out what kind of animal that is proves you would all be terrible hunters in real life .-.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
Yes, if you don't have a membership you have to buy licences. At most the membership is like $3.50 a month and you get all the licences. Not really much to gripe about there. Good game, well worth the money.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
33.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
This is easily the best hunting game around. It isnt free to play entirely, but even with a free account you can have fun. People giving negetive reviews obviously are newbies who can't find the animals they're allowed to hunt. Just because the game involves a bit of a learning curve seems to put off most people, but its a good game if you spend $17 getting the Wayfarer bundle.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
48.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
too lazy to write a review now, I just want to thumb up the game and give the devs a better game review, because I love everything about this game.
♥♥♥♥ off everybody who ♥♥♥♥♥ around
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
Ignore all the bad reviews.
This game is amazing and and realistic (most of the time) This is a great game
If YOU have money instead of complaining about you dnt want to pay.
Even if i didnt hunt anything it is a beautiful game overall

it has no story but make your own story with the character you made.
I havent encountered any glitches besides one crash.

10/9.5

this is a very short reveiw doe :)
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
the best hunting simulator in the market 5/5.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
Very relaxing hunting game. Sadly pretty expensive if you want the full experience.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
i want to play this but they need to change there pay to play strategy. they need to add a base price that dosent expire and where i can earn items. id pay $40 to be able to have a base playable game with friend(you cant play multiplayer unless someone is a paying monthly customer). its done to feel like a cash grab and its only for the rich. you can easly pump hundreds of $$$ into this game and probly $1000 if you have it and it still asks for a monthly fee. is this the way gaming is gona go? thanks to people who buy there way through games like farcry(paying real $$$ to get weapons and advance instead of earning it by playing through the game) companies have found this to be a way of doing business and its robbing people blind. if we stop buying it they will stop doing it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
51.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
Don't mind my hours on steam, i just recently started playing it on here, i usually play it from Thehunter launcher, I have over 750 hrs in game. This is by far the best hunting game out, yes the payment option might not be the best plan in the world, but imho it helps keep the game from becoming overrun with those weird players who are always complaining and running and gunning style of hunting types, reserving it for the more dedicated players who will stick with it, which is something i really appreciate in a game/hunting game these days, also, the community is an awesome one with people willing to help others out if there's a problem or just if you would like to go on a hunt with someone. The single player game is GREAT but i feel where it really shines is in multiplayer where you can share your hunting experiences with others and have an absolute blast. Definetely giving this game a 11/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
I just have a question. Why cant non-members hunt Mule Deer anymore?
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
remove the licenses please it would be a better game
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
431.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
hello ... I just bought the game the hunter ems using steam wallet, but why I did not go ems steam wallet while I was in pieces
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
66.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
If you have any money available for having fun, this game fits you well. Most exciting game since Counter-Strike 1.6 in my opinion. Have a nice hunting!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
It is a great hunting game
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
43.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
Look at the number of hours played by those who thumbs down this game. .2 hours. .7. .2 .2 .5 You can barely learn to use your PDA in that amount of time, let alone track, spot, and kill a worthwhile animal...yes its pay-to-play, which is a bit miffing, but it's not much (like $5 a month). But...it's not an easy game. I feel the environment and the play makes it a very worthwhile game and the negative reviews are completely misrepresenting the caliber of the experience.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
This game showed me how dumb some people are in this world
10/10 - uninstall works
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
42.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
If you're prepared to put a bit of money into the game then its awesome. If not then don't bother playing it! Simple as!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
117.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
I Do recommend this game IF you don't care to spend some money i've put maybe $120 maybe a bit less but still i do find it fun IF you want to walk around and wait for animal you can't just go running around and find animals you have to crawl most of the time but i still really like the game and what it has to offer i just wish there was a way to buy a membership that won't expire just so i can make a server and play with my friends but i do really like this i hope this help someone
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
116.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
This is hands down the most realistic hunting simulator available today. It's not easy and it's not cheap. But nothing even comes close in the hunting game genre. Yeah, it gets negative reviews from people who either have no clue about hunting or can’t afford the game. But it's an awesome game if you like to hunt or think that you’d like to hunt. The landscapes are immense, detailed, and very realistic. Each of the many maps is a work of art. The sounds are realistic and captivating. I wish it weren’t so expensive to play and maintain membership. But, once you have all of your favorite gear, the membership fee really isn’t too bad considering what I’ve already said ^^. If there were something better for less I'd definitely be interested. But I've looked and there isn't. So until then this is my hunting game of choice. It's free to try so why not try it and see what makes this the best hunting simulator available today.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
This game is very decent indeed. Most of the negative comments are related to the "pay to play" idea of the game.
If you look at it like me and try the free version, have a look, hunt some deer, then it will cost you nothing. If you like it then it's worth paying for a trailrunner membership, it gives you 12 months of unlimited hunting, with extra weapons, towers, callers etc. It's well worth it and the cost is similar to other full priced steam games.

One thing to note.

Don't buy and run this through steam, it's riddled with problems. I'm in a group of about a dozen players and the steam version won't run on half of our computers.
For example, it won't run on my pc or my partners laptop, but it runs on her desktop pc!

Much better to download the client direct from TheHunter.com and install and run from there.

Another problem with the steam version is if you buy dlc from steam and not the hunter, it's rife with problems.

My partner bought a trailrunner membership as dlc from steam and it was applied to my account, not hers.
Steam say it's a problem with the game developers and to contact them to sort it out.
Messages have been going back and forth to the hunter support for over a week and it's still no closer to getting resolved.
Support are being awkward and obstructive and, in my opinion, deliberately stupid, in the hope that we will just forget about it.
As it happens my partner has downloaded the client direct and paid for her membership, again, directly on there, which went through fine. As far as me getting the extra membership it really doesn't matter that much, I'd have paid for it when mine expired anyway and it's worth paying a little bit extra for the full trailrunner membership again because you get extra towers, an extra tent and an extra tree stand.
My problem is they won't admit they have made a ♥♥♥♥ up!

Another problem is if you use a different card, to buy in game em$, which are used to buy extra weapons and gear, then Paymentwall, the company that processes the transactions, will flag it up as fraudulent and freeze your account!
You can still play the game but can't buy any more items!
Paymentwall returned my step sons payment on my account and insist on a screenshot of the transaction on his online banking. As it was refused by paymentwall it's not showing on his online statement!
The result is a stalemate, where my account is permanently frozen!
Absolutely stupid and self destructive to the game developer!

If you take all these things into account, just use one card to buy your stuff, then you will love this game!
It plays and runs like a dream, even on older machines,a nd looks very pretty.

Just don't expect any help from the support!
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