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 (541 reviews) - 41% of the 541 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Negative (19,198 reviews) - 39% of the 19,198 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 3, 2014

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June 23

Game Update 23rd June 2016


Howdy hunters,

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

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


Game Improvements Update

Hello Hunters,

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

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

Improvements for server stability

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

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

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

Improvements for gameplay

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

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

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

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

All the best and good hunting,

Your Phil and the rest of theHunter team

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June 23

Game Update 23rd June 2016


Features



Bug fixes
  • Turkey and Pheasant spotting bug – spotting information about score didn’t reflect the final one
  • Tree stand crash fix
  • Pulsar bow reloading fix
  • Dog command window fix
Changes
  • Faster server side inventory updates
  • Reworked multiplayer game list to be ordered and filtered by the launcher
  • Removed crash command
Misc.
  • Localization update
In progress
  • Increased security by enforcing secure connections
  • Moving game data (kills, etc.) to a faster database
  • Improving performance for checking missions
  • Better cache logic for getting more recent data when performing actions
  • Ordering events in the client code
  • Better query system for competitions

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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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mramar2
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Cant 360noscoper--0/10
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Microsoft Onenote
( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Shot myself in the foot, tried this game, wasted my money, shot my foot again, then tied a noose, I was never heard from again


Dont Waste Your Money And End Up Like Me
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[7NA]Cpt.Tall
( 46.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Best Hunting Game ever
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straight savage
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
walk walk walk and more walking!
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JensiMcKensie
( 33.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
I know..."pay to win". But it is in fact not pay to win. it is pay to PLAY. if you saw the game for just as much money, but you saw the price tag on steam, you wouldnt complain. And you get basic ammo and guns for FREE. Not a bad game at all. +, you can hunt spesific species without paying for it. Stop complaining about a great game just because you cant play it properly. if you cant find an animal for 2 hours, you are doing something wrong. Did you use the caller? The grapics are pretty nice, but not optimal, but after all it is an old game.
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Techno Cowboy
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Shouldn't be F2P. Too many purchases. It's pay to win.
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DATFATCAT
( 429.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
love da game keep up the good work
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Matsminer | CSGOEnterprise.com
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
When I was 10 years old my grandfather died from lungcanser from smoking. I told my mom I never would smoke, so my family didnt have to go through the pain that we had gone through again. Now, 5 years later, I dont know if I need to keep that promise anymore, as this game has given me every canser that is possible to get.


Accurate representation of gameplay:

*Spawns into the world of theHunter*
*Walks for about 20 minutes to get to the closes huntingoutpost (that is 500 meters away)*
*Sees a deer and takes a shot at it*
*You need a liscense to hunt that*
*Thinks that maybe it was just a special animal, and goes to find something else*
*10 minutes later. Finds another animal*
*The animal runs away even tho I am atleast 100 meters away from it*
*Turns around and there is a bear there*
*Shoots at the bear*
*You need a license to hunt that*
*Bear runs at me and kills me*

Atleast you dont need a license to uninstall the game....

10/10 would uninstall again.
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Nutter
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
What am I doing with my life
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Tommy got Carried lel
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
best game ever made
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
648 of 741 people (87%) found this review helpful
586 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
You must pay to buy things, you need pass to walk properly, you need pass to breathe, you need pass for pause menu, you need pass for buying passes, you need pass for carrying a gun, you need pass for downloading this game, you need pass for peeing, you need pass for ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, you need pass for reading this, you need pass for quit game button, you need pass for running the game, you need pass for shooting birds, you need pass for sounds, you need pass for music, you need pass for buying coins, YOU NEED PASS FOR UNINSTALLING THE GAME.

well I don't recommend but you still have to buy a pass for liking this review :P
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220 of 286 people (77%) found this review helpful
301 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
I have played this game for 2 hours and have not been able to kill 1 animal. This is the closest simulation game I have ever seen. Its just like real life, where I sit in a stand for an hour and see nothing but trees and butterflies.
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128 of 172 people (74%) found this review helpful
185 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
trys to shoot pig, you need a license to hunt this
trys to shoot bird , you need a license to hunt this
trys to shoot himself, you need a license to hunt his
shoots a tree, pay 15$ and you can hunt trees!
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75 of 109 people (69%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
I have never though about playing with a hunting game. I thought before, hunting and sport games are the most boring and pointless games ever made. But one of my older friend asked me if there are any hunting games out there, so I had searched and found theHunter for him, and helped to install and play it. Then it has shocked me how beautiful the graphics are, and how deep and complex the simulation is. So I have installed it on my PC too and spent a few hours to try it, and I was astonished by the quality, complexity and scale of it. The nature, landscape, weather, animals were so perfectly, and so beautifully simulated, that I have never encountered anything close to it before. And there was enough variety and complexity in gameplay (lots of species, equipments, methods) that I would not say it is boring.

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

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

Other really good idea would be to embed the game, in a full scale survival based game like Rust. The hunting simulation is very-very simple compared to theHunter in those games, and none of them has such a good simulation and landscape graphics. But serious and complex natural simulation and hunting mechanism would really add to those game concepts, and the hunting part would be well embedded in the reward cycle of a survival game, where the meat, hide, bones etc. can be used to survive after processing.
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67 of 99 people (68%) found this review helpful
26 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Dear developers,
go ♥♥♥♥ yourselves with your ''free to play'' game and with its abusive boundaries
sincerely,
everyone with common sense
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65 of 107 people (61%) found this review helpful
42 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
FREE TO DOWNLOAD SIMULATOR
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33 of 51 people (65%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Wanted to try multiplayer with my wife. Can't host multiplayer without giving them money. Uninstalled.
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33 of 53 people (62%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Take a tideous walk through nature. Encounter tons of animals you can't hunt. Find trails that lead off into the boundaries of the play-field. Pay for features not in the free version that might help you bag something.

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

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40 of 67 people (60%) found this review helpful
35 people found this review funny
27 of 45 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
51.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
99% of the reviews on the hunter are negative because people complain about how it is marketed as a "free to play" game. If you want to play the game properly you will have to spend a bit of money. But after you get a membership the game becomes sooooooo much better. You need to be patient to play the hunter and by the looks of the other reviews, not many people on steam are. Make sure you play the tutorials or you will have no idea what you are doing and maybe watch a youtube video or two (e.g. theHunter Beginner's Guide 2016 by HooCairsTheHunter). If you are a new guest I recommend sticking to the towers and calling the deer to you, as they can see, smell and hear you alot better with guest clothes on. There is free shotgun in the store which I dont think many guests know about, so get the shotgun and go clay pigeon shooting (don't worry about wasting ammo because it is unlimited in the vacinity of a range or lodge) or go pheasant hunting and if you like it, buy the membership. I also recommend going to thehunter on wikia as it gives you tonnes of information on reserves and where you can specifically find the animals.
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