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 (493 reviews) - 48% of the 493 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Mostly Negative (18,730 reviews) - 39% of the 18,730 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 3, 2014

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May 20

Status Update 20th may 2016


Howdy hunters,

Welcome to our slightly belated weekly update.

New and (better) old stuff

On Wednesday we released a game patch with some new things, as well as improvements for old items. Nifty scopes for some of our old reliable rifles, enhanced functionality for the two person tree stand, new iron sights for the .243, .270 and .300 rifles, increased magnification for the spotting scope and more. You can find the full list here.

Battle of the classic rifles

We launched a pretty cool event which everyone seems to be really enjoying so far. A Classic Showdown. The whole community is divided into four teams and fighting against each other to have their chosen classic rifle named the best of the best. As you can tell, I am in team K98k (which is so going to win ;)). What about you? Have you picked your team yet?



New collectibles



This week we also dropped a bunch of lovely eagle feathers and ammonite fossils on Val-des-Bois, one of the reserves that hasn’t had any collectibles until now. Later we will be adding some cool stuff for you to pick up on the other two empty reserves – Rougarou Bayou and Whiterime Ridge. Stay tuned!

Scent hound update

We are starting the testing phase for scent hounds, together with selected people who applied for our closed beta session. If you haven’t received an email from us this time, please don’t be discouraged. Hopefully next time you’ll be more lucky!

There have been a lot of questions about the upcoming scent hounds, everything shall be revealed in due course. We are also planning our traditional pre-release livestream where you can watch them with your own eyes.

With the release of scent hounds we’ll be tweaking the behaviour of our retrievers, so they will become a little bit smarter (but not as smart as their sniffing brothers and sisters). All the dog equipment and accessories, since it is manufactured from a top quality super stretch material, will of course fit both types of dogs.

We also wanted to share with you a couple of sneak peek screenshots of the scent hounds. They are work in progress, but still – what a beauty!



Service disruptions

Over Tuesday and Wednesday night we had some problems which were caused by service outages experienced by our server provider Google. Please read the statement by our producer Philipp here.

Free species rotation

Finally, the next two animals in our free species rotation are Arctic Fox and Roe Deer. You can hunt them for free until Thursday 26 May, when they will be exchanged again with two other species. Guest players are now able to see animals they are allowed to hunt in the top right corner of the website once logged in.

 

That’s it from us for today.

Happy hunting!

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May 18

Game Update 18th May 2016


Features



Bug fixes
  • Fix for reindeer internal organs
  • Fix for the .22 Plinkington rifle – The cartridge should not be visible when having a scope attached and firing
  • Fixed pathfinding issues around Tatanka Hot Springs in Whiterime Ridge
  • Reset Missions in store now works
  • Fixed bug where buying a bundle would not update your inventory in the store
  • Bug fixed where some players cannot join games when min hunter score is higher than 0
Changes
  • Added possibility to switch sides in Two Person Treestand
  • Spotting scope magnification increased to x16
  • .30-06 Round Nose bullets added for 30-06 Lever Action Rifle. Bolt Action Rifle will still use Spitzers
Misc.
  • Localizations
In progress
  • Problem with payments via Steam sometimes not going through

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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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Mixed (493 reviews)
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Mostly Negative (18,730 reviews)
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Senbonzakura
( 12.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Product received for free
I think it's a game that not many people would enjoy, but people who are familiar with hunting will probably love it. You can track animals before and after you shoot them, you need a lot of patient, and silence to be able to catch your pray.
I noticed it's heavily dependant on real $, which might be the biggest issue this game has .I feel that people can still enjoy it without paying $, but eventually they might give up.

Overall I would give it a 3/5 as a free game, because it's not completely free. a lot of its content is not free, and it makes the game much less fun.
I still would recomend people who likes hunting to play it.
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Flacidpenguin
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Product received for free
there were no animals to shoot
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DonaldtrumpJR
( 18.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
This is a great game, me and the boys play this constantly. its a good competative hunting sim that will honestly have you comming back to try and top your kill from probably the day before. addicted
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AOD_Beavery1
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Fun game if you take the time to learn it.
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MLG PLAYZ---I_Win!_Again!
( 29.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Product received for free
JUST YES
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Captain Longbeard
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
I see a lot of people complaining about the business model of this game, and how you need a license to hunt anything other than a mule deer, but they fail to realize that, even when you pay $49.99 for the trailrunner starter pack, which includes all licenses for 12 months, and a metric ♥♥♥♥ton of bonus gear, the price of monthly membership comes out to be about $4.19/month. Then it drops to $2.91/month because the starter pack only needs to be bought once.

10/10, would play inexpensive game again.

H8rs need 2 lrn2math.
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Plague Doctor
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Product received for free
you can only hunt 1 animal
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mikelis.riekstins
( 18.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
5h to find deer and you need license to kil it!!!!!!!!!!!!
Intresting,do you need a licens to kill your self?
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Pietroparty
( 12.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Great game. It's realistic, so don't expect it to be easy like most games these days. Simulations are supposed to be difficult and require a brain, and effort. Similar to a lot of jobs in real life. Lots people who play mindless games, probably don't have jobs and give this game a bad rating, because they can't afford a license, or 360 no-scope a effin deer in the mouth.
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♎ $LUG ♎
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
I went into this game STD free, and came out with AIDS. I understand the game was free, but I think I deserve compensation for putting up with this monstrosity of a video game. This game is more bland then heavily distilled tap water that's been sterilized.
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Carpmanjoe
( 33.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Oh my god. I love this game even though it lies about it being free you just need to treat it like you are buying a normal game!
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Wolfram
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Followed a Whitetail trail for THREE HOURS and found nothing but other animals that I didn't buy a license to hunt. If I would've known this game was going to be exactly like real life hunting I wouldn't have downloaded it. Makes a good hiking simulator though.
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GrilledCobra
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
lawl.. game is a joke.. i put it on 4k and now my tv wont even connect to my computer.. GJ i think you owe me 1200$ you ♥♥♥♥ing scrubs
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VeKz_OLEH
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
I think the best part about this game is that you can play games on your GPS. Also, I love how you can kill POLAR BEARS, but not Dears. Wtf? 10/10 would uninstall again.
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[WBC] koltrex
( 155.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Most weird game... needs a lot of fixes...should be optimized already...
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BombadGeneral78
( 466.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
This is a fantastic online hunting game, the best around. I spend A TON OF TIME on this game and love it. You arent required to spend real currency, but I would highly reccomend it!.
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daniel_cps
( 38.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
this is NOT for the average COD & BF4 players !

Stay away, do not even bother trying it. Amazing game with nice hunting experience where PATIENCE is required.

perhaps the game should be priced and the items you would eventually buy anyway included in that initial fee, afterall you will end up paying for it anyway..

the Free game gives you a simple and brief taste of what the game does, think of it like a demo - but the game itself feels like iRacing, where they charge you for a annual fee and tracks and cars need to be bought extra - same concept here.

imagine yourself in a hunting gear store, you will not buy everything you see, right? only the items you need for your hunting experience - this game does the same, do you need all 9x optic zooms for your rifle? no, they are on the shelf waiting to be piked up - doesn't mean you need to buy all of them.

create you gear to your taste and have fun - a lot of fun hunting and harvesting animals.
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inFamy
( 10.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Now its good =D.
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bluedeath
( 11.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
if you are prepared to pay you will enjoy this game. You can play it and have fun without paying but you will have a lot of trouble with hogs and coyotes, prepare your buttocks.
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115 of 154 people (75%) found this review helpful
110 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.9 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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53 of 66 people (80%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
461.8 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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27 of 42 people (64%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
37.3 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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20 of 31 people (65%) found this review helpful
25 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
installed game,
said hello ingame
guy calls me a lvl 1 scrub l0rd
i sit next to him for 2 minutes being as loud as possible and shooting my gun in the air
guy leaves game
gg
6/10 would pretend to be a dino while hunting again.
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12 of 19 people (63%) 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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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
Recommended
100.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
It is best to think of TheHunter as a full-priced game in which you have to invest atleast 50 euro's: a pathfinder-membership for half a year and an additional twenty euro's for buying some necessary gear which will make hunting a lot easier. This investment is only worth it, if you enjoy a slow-paced realistic hunting game with hours of walking around, tracking and preparing. That is not to say that it will take you hours to make your first kill. With some due dilligence, a quarter of an hour is enough to encounter a deer that walks past your sights and gives you the opportunity to collect your first trophy. And that's what makes this game not only good, but at times even masterful. The satisfaction of landing a kill is immense if you spent a lot of work preparing for the perfect shot. If all this appeals to you, TheHunter is a great game. It is beautiful, immersive, dense, packed with wildlife and loads of equipment and weapons to explore; that is, provided you pay for them...
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
99.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Came across TheHunter mid 2012 been playing on and off for those years.
This game is great if you're not getting $10 for washing ya mums dishes a fortnight.
Game is free for 2 species if i remember correctly. which is a good thing to get you started and familiarize with how to play.

It's Around $50 for 12month membership, includes all licenses and more guns than you'll need for hundreds of hours of play. Again if you're actually an independent human being and enjoy realistic Simulators it's worth the money. Works out to less than $4 a month for membership which is easy to budget for.

Problems most people run into with this game is they don't realize it's a simulator. This ain't no COD where you run and gun. If you're sprinting you're not gonna see anything in this game. Animals will hear you long before you see them.

My only problem is the Dev's constant "reskinning" of existing weapons and trying to sell them as a "new" gun.


Other than that this game is loads of fun, and if played correctly can win the online competitions which earns you In game money to buy things anyway.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
906.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
I'll make this quick,

This game is a ton of fun espically if you're a hunter in real life, there's a lot of negative comments here too about how this game isn't free and it's posing as one (last I checked). It is free indeed, you can hunt three or four animals as a guest and those animals are as followed.

Whitetail

Cottontail rabbit

Pheasant.

There's also special events that go on that allows you to hunt certain animals for a certain ammount of time for free, however. If you wish to invest in the game, it's actually a fair deal and they're not asking for a a lot either. 500 ems is worth 4.99 USD and 3 months of memberhip is around 10$ USD, there's obviously other options but those are the two cheapest and it's quite fair if you ask me.

Overall, I really enjoy this game, it's a lot of fun getting to hunt the animals in the map locations, plus it's really good for time consumption as well. After all, I play this game when I do my homework while sitting in a tree stand or hunting tower lol.

Either way to sum things up, don't judge this game by the negative reviews until you actually tried it yourself, you may or may not like it and this is as close as hunting I can get when the season for whitetail irl isn't opened.

So overall, if you're a fellow real life hunter as myself here, you'll enjoy the game!
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6 of 9 people (67%) 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 $5 a month). But...it's not an easy game. I feel the environment and the play makes it a very worthwhile game and the negative reviews are completely misrepresenting the caliber of the experience.
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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
108.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
too lazy to write a review now, I just want to thumb up the game and give the devs a better game review, because I love everything about this game.
♥♥♥♥ off everybody who ♥♥♥♥♥ around
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
426.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Veni, Vidi, Vici in other words I played, I earned, I conquered
This game is just based on real life, when have you ever hunt without license?
Don't play if you have a hole in your wallet
For those who are interested in the game, check out what "Guests" can and cannot do
there are multiple but limited animals you can hunt.
You have missions to earn Gm$ to buy license to hunt a certain animal
then you can also earn Em$ or credits IG from IRL cash by winning in competitions
and use it to buy a new hunting gear. (Well that's how I played the game)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
37.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Product received for free
People seem to ♥♥♥♥♥ a lot just because of the "license" crap.
You can kill 3 animals without license, European Rabbit, Pheasant and Whitetail Deer.
Free rotation, every thursday it resets, 2 random animals are chosen for guests what they can hunt, for example this week we can hunt Arctic Foxes and Roe Deers, these animals change every thursday.
You are a GUEST in the game, and you can become a member (Buy a license) and hunt all 30 available animals, for only $15. This is more like a "demo" for guests.
I'm a guest, and so far I enjoy playing this game, It's peaceful, friendly players that help you with the game if you're new.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
if you are prepared to pay you will enjoy this game. You can play it and have fun without paying but you will have a lot of trouble with hogs and coyotes, prepare your buttocks.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
you need a license to have fun
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
i saw the reviews for this game i thought people exagerating
i thought it couldnt be that bad
i was wrong so wrong
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Product received for free
Got charged at by a moose. Didn't have the liscence to kill it so it killed me...
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
58.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Best hunting game on the market as of the writing of this review. I'm gonna warn you though, I've spent close to 300$ on this game so far and I still don't own every items or equipment. If you're not willing to pay, don't bother even downloading the game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
It's honestly not that bad...
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