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:
Recent:
Mixed (421 reviews) - 42% of the 421 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Negative (19,527 reviews) - 39% of the 19,527 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 3, 2014

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July 28

Status Update 28th July 2016

Hello hunters,

Welcome to our weekly status update!

Birds of a feather

If you missed our game update earlier today, we’ve just released a flock of Rock Ptarmigans onto the mountainous regions of Val-des-Bois where the birds will join the previously solitary Alpine Ibex. The ptarmigans will surely remind you of Pheasants, since they are distant relatives, but they also have some distinctive features as well. For one, they are more social and thus prefer to hang out in larger families. In addition, they have an excellent camo and blend with the environment exclusively, so spotting them won’t be easy. I shall let you find out the rest by yourselves 😉



To help make the search for Ptarmigans easier, we’ll add 40 free units of climbing gear to every player’s inventory who starts a hunting session between today and the end of Monday, August 1st (CEST). Go crazy on those ridges and don’t forget your medkits.

“What about the Willow Ptarmigans?” I hear you ask. We are still working on those little ones. There are some small issues to be ironed out before we are 100% satisfied with their quality and performance. You may come across some traces of their presence on the website, such as achievements, but we’ll make a proper announcement once they are officially released.

Summer Fiesta firing up



On Monday we kicked off our traditional Summer Fiesta. Lots of challenging missions, a competition with a new format and, of course, sales, trophies and prizes. Tons of hunting fun to add some thrill and excitement to your month of August 😉

A few people have already completed all the missions, woop woop! So we’ll see whether Doc will need to step in again and stir the things up a bit. Today the new animal entered the competition, and I hope you’ve been using your attempts sparingly, since there will be lots of jokers later on 😉

You can find the description and discussion of this event in this forum thread.

Community design competition #2



It’s time for the second part of our hugely successful game design competition. There are still three species missing their specific challenges and we are calling for your imagination and game knowledge! It will be a bit different this time, as your task will be to create a set of missions or competitions for all fours duck species. Mallard, American Black Duck, Northern Pintail and Gadwall. The rules can be found in this forum thread and you will have ten days to submit your design for a chance to win 5,000 em$ / 90 membership days, a very special Contributor membership (that will remain with you for the rest of your life in theHunter) and an exclusive “Almost DEV” jacket!

Happy hunting!

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July 28

Game Update 28th July 2016


Features

  • Rock Ptarmigans


Changes
  • Scent Hound sound tweaks
Fixes
  • Fix for disappearing climbing gear on Val-des-Bois (to reimburse you for some gear you might have lost due to that bug, 40 free units will be added to inventories of all players who start the game between today, July 28th and Monday, August 1st).
  • Fix for Red deer, Roe deer and Wild Board missing sounds
  • Goose Caller fix
  • Scent Hound sound tweaks
  • Ptarmigan Sound Optimization
  • Ptarmigan Avoid Optimization
  • Ptarmigan Texture Optimization
  • Hunting Towers now give weapon wobble reduction again

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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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Recent:
Mixed (421 reviews)
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Mostly Negative (19,527 reviews)
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matthewadkins411
( 16.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
the game does not load at a fast rate in which it is supposed to and the graphics suck and i dont recommend for you to play this damn game.
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The Destroyer
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
really pitalo game
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Hérastubbur Bakari
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
You have to buy bullets with IRL money.. Nuff said
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Beaker
( 1,119.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Looking a gift horse in the mouth is your passion? Welcome to the review section of theHunter:
"home of the reviewing cheeky brats"

I´ve just browsed those negative reviews and looked for some criticism beyond the popular "mememeeep, but it´s labeled free and there´s stuff I´d have to pay for". The devs gave a lot more content to those free-players in the last weeks (at least 5 free species with a weekly rotation, enough weapons to hunt everything, special competitions for non-members) and all new reviews still concentrate on "not free to play"!

It´s remarkable that giving the basic access to a game away for free is leading to bad reviews. Most reviewers got less than 50 hrs ig and are just annoyed that they aren´t gifted the complete package. We are talking about steam users. The concept to pay for games isn´t exactely unknown on steam. Take Fallout 4: just to try the game you have to pay 50 bucks and if you don´t like it it´s a case of tough luck. It started in November 15 and until now there´s DLC for another 70 bucks to be bought. To enjoy the whole game you´ve got to empty your wallet regularly. Any complaints about that rip-off in the review section? No, since you´d have to admit that you´ve paid 50 bucks just to witness that you´re excluded from large parts of the game until you pay 70 more bucks.

10 days ago the devs of theHunter released a patch that solved a lot of problems. Since then the game´s been running stable (even with 4k settings). They add plenty of content on a regular basis and since the free animals are changed weekly, even the for-free-players can enjoy that content. All that AND being the best hunting simulator on the market is obviously not enough to get comprehensible reviews on steam. I´ll suggest that they should take 50 bucks for the package that´s free at the moment in order to get great reviews from satisfied consumers!
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/-\X★ ßũFFåŁø ★X/-\
( 128.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
I Think This is The Best Game For Hunting Animals. It's the Most Realistic and it has cool graphics too. I Love This Game. You Need To DL It too. NOW!!!
Servers Name: Varna.BG
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kesko8 #TeamHeavy
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
You need a license to play this game!
*Buy's lisence*
You need a lisence to lisence!'


9/11 Would lisence again
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maria.mike
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
This game is swag.
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BlackBird252l
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
HOW IS THIS GAME FREE WHEN YOU NEED TO PAY TO PLAY THE F@#KING THING? WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER IF YOU PUT IT UP FOR A PRICE AND PEOPLE BUY TO PLAY THE WHOLE GAME -_-
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Requis
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Spent 2 of my 3 hours searching for an animal.
I finally find a flock of deer,
HERE'S MY CHANCE!








Couldn't kill it because I dont have a license to shoot it.
I proceeded to starve because I'm not allowed to shoot anything.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
143 of 185 people (77%) found this review helpful
224 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
i killed a deer, sudenly i get notified to buy a licence, i decided to bring it back to life and walk away, but i needed a medical lisence, so i alt+f4 to get away with it, but i needed a button lisence, so i shot my pc, but i needed a licence to kill that, so i built my computer back, but i needed an engineering lisence, so i went to silk road and bought a fake lisence of engineering, but i needed a lisence to buy ilegal stuff, so i stole one engineering lisence, but i needed a lisence to stea, so i gave my computer to someone to repair it and no longer need any licences, but i needed a lisence to talk to people, so i made a robot that woud repait it, i didnt need a lisence for that, but i needed a lisence to own a shot computer that has been repaired by artificial inteligence, so i blew it up, acidentaly killing my self, but i needed a lisence to die, so i went back in time before i died and uninstalled this game, i didnt need a lisence to do that, but i needed one for owning the extra memory on my hard drive from removing this, so i downloaded minecraft.


10/10, woud download minecraft to not own a lisence again
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69 of 88 people (78%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
I have played this game for Awhile now, and im going to point out a few Pros And Cons of this game

Pros:
- No FPS Drops
- Great Graphics
- Amazing Hunting Experience
- Real Life Sound Effects
- Amazing In-Game Weapon/Clothing/Scent/Call Selection
- Very Realistic Game All in All

Cons:
- Need to Pay for Everything
- Need EM$ to get about everything in the Store
- Cannot Gain EM$ without buying it
- You Start with No EM$ or GM$
- Gain GM$ From Mission (GM$ Is practically Usless)
- Need MemberShip to HUnt EVerything
- Everything is Expensive
- Membership is Expensive ($10 for 3 Months)
- Cannot Start Own MP Session without Membership
- Cannot Place World Objects (Stands, Blinds) Without being the Owner of the Session (Applys for MP)
- Very Few Animals to Hunt with Guest Hunting (5 Animals)
- Cheapest Buyable EM$ is $4.99 USD and it is only 500 EM$ (Can Barley Get you a Pistol and Ammo)
- Everything is Expensive
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40 of 50 people (80%) found this review helpful
26 people found this review funny
22 of 34 people (65%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
130.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
Cant make a review because i need a license for it.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
73.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
This is the hunting simulator I've been wanting for years, and you can love it too, if you keep a few very important details in mind:

1. Despite its claims, this game is not really free to play, or at least, the free to play model is not great. To really enjoy it you need to invest a good $30-$40 to get some good equipment (so you don't scare every animal away immediately) and licenses (so that you can hunt any animal).

2. This is NOT an arcade-type hunting game. It actually requires you to hunt, tracking your prey and occasionally losing them. It takes time and patience. There will not be ten bucks popping out at you every five seconds. This is actually what I love about the game, but I can see how some would not take to it as easily if they were expecting something else. Besides, the world is gorgeous. Take time to walk and enjoy the sights along the way. Pro tip: After the first 150 yards or so after leaving your hunting camp, don't use the run button. It can scare the animals away. Again. you have to be able to enjoy a slower-paced game.

3. The user interface takes some getting used to. It doesn't work like your average first-person shooter, and there is not a great tutorial that teaches you everything. Most of your important items, like your weapon and deer call and such are mapped to the number keys. Watch a beginner's guide on Youtube or on the TheHunter wiki page before diving in.

If you can handle those three things, you are in for an incredible hunting simulation. The slower-pace makes the successful kill incredibly satisfying, and the online tournaments you can enter (you don't play with other people; just submit your best kills to see who scores the highest) add tons of incentive to keep playing. As I said, part of the joy of this game is just enjoying the world. I don't know how many screen shots I've taken during my time in-game. It's beautiful. Happy hunting!

Pros:

Excellent hunting simulation
Beautiful world
Stellar sound quality

Cons:

Not really Free-to-Play
User interface could be better
Some might not like the slower pace

8.5/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1,119.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Looking a gift horse in the mouth is your passion? Welcome to the review section of theHunter:
"home of the reviewing cheeky brats"

I´ve just browsed those negative reviews and looked for some criticism beyond the popular "mememeeep, but it´s labeled free and there´s stuff I´d have to pay for". The devs gave a lot more content to those free-players in the last weeks (at least 5 free species with a weekly rotation, enough weapons to hunt everything, special competitions for non-members) and all new reviews still concentrate on "not free to play"!

It´s remarkable that giving the basic access to a game away for free is leading to bad reviews. Most reviewers got less than 50 hrs ig and are just annoyed that they aren´t gifted the complete package. We are talking about steam users. The concept to pay for games isn´t exactely unknown on steam. Take Fallout 4: just to try the game you have to pay 50 bucks and if you don´t like it it´s a case of tough luck. It started in November 15 and until now there´s DLC for another 70 bucks to be bought. To enjoy the whole game you´ve got to empty your wallet regularly. Any complaints about that rip-off in the review section? No, since you´d have to admit that you´ve paid 50 bucks just to witness that you´re excluded from large parts of the game until you pay 70 more bucks.

10 days ago the devs of theHunter released a patch that solved a lot of problems. Since then the game´s been running stable (even with 4k settings). They add plenty of content on a regular basis and since the free animals are changed weekly, even the for-free-players can enjoy that content. All that AND being the best hunting simulator on the market is obviously not enough to get comprehensible reviews on steam. I´ll suggest that they should take 50 bucks for the package that´s free at the moment in order to get great reviews from satisfied consumers!
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
10/10 would look at animals you cant kill again
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20 of 35 people (57%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Great game, but very expensive...
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20 of 35 people (57%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
A great hunting game if you are into or want to learn more about hunting.
There are a lot of people who complain about the licenses needed to hunt various animals, however thats how hunting works.
You dont just grab a gun and randomly go shooting stuff, you need an actual license, usually for the region as well as the type of animal, not to mention you often also have to pay pr animal you kill, and thats separate from the license.

There are free guns in the game as well as animals you can hunt, so yes the game is free to play, however to fully explore everything you should grab one of the packs that go with the game, not to mention you will help support the people who made the game and that keep adding content to it.

Only downside in regards to the game is that id like more ballistics and more weapon and ammunition brands, but in all fairness there is plenty to use already, just not a huge blaser fan myself :P
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
There is so much whinning about paying for a few things on this game. You cry about $10 for 3 months and $5 for new gun? I'm guessing none of you has ever had, nor will ever have a girlfriend. I spend more then that a week in "I'm sorry I said something stupid" flowers.

I hunt in real life, want to compare cost? My Gun w/locking case: $400, Hunter Safty Coures: $250, Firearms Permit: $250. Plus $58 for 1 Moose tag(actually is a draw system here and I'm not even garentied a tag). Almost $1000 the first year I hunted. Plus it cost about $600 to $900 to have a moose processed by the local wild game butcher.

Game: Around $200 for every gun in the game. plus $40 a year for every liscence and unlimited animals.

You do the math......Off to buy more flowers.
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