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  • Summary: Experience the thrill of the hunt in a vast open world. Immerse yourself in the atmospheric single player campaign, or share the ultimate hunting experience with friends.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Nov 26, 2017
    82
    theHunter: Call of the Wild clearly provides with a realistic feel of hunting. Seasoned hunters would adore it, but it may push away casual players.
  2. CD-Action
    Apr 5, 2017
    75
    Freedom of exploration, complex ecosystem and breathtaking visuals result in an unbelievably strong sense of communing with nature, but horrible UI, some design flaws and common glitches undermine theHunter’s value. Nonetheless it’s a unique game worth checking out. [04/2017, p.52]
  3. Nov 15, 2017
    75
    A hunting simulator that looks great and is fun? Time for a Jagermeister!
  4. Feb 25, 2017
    65
    If hunting is your bag then theHunter is a game which could very much tick all the right boxes for you. Compared to the competition I’ve experienced this is right there at the top of the pile, and it’s a game which is only going to grow as Expansive Worlds continues to layer it with more content.
  5. Feb 27, 2017
    63
    Quotation forthcoming.
  6. Mar 20, 2017
    60
    Boasts some beautiful, convincing countryside to hunt in, but the glacial pace will challenge the limits of most people’s patience.
  7. Feb 27, 2017
    40
    When theHunter: Call of the Wild works properly, it’s still going to be a game that only those with the patience of a saint would enjoy. It’s very slow, full of barriers, and isn’t very exciting. That’s not to say it’s not completely without merit as it’s a stunner to look at and there are rare occasions where everything comes together to make a compelling experience. Just note that those rare occasions are few and far between.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. Jun 16, 2018
    10
    Beautiful scenery and a truly amazing hunting experience. Though slow paced, it delivers everything that a hunting simulator needs. If you'reBeautiful scenery and a truly amazing hunting experience. Though slow paced, it delivers everything that a hunting simulator needs. If you're into fast paced, ultra action overkill look somewhere else, but if you want what this game promises you won't be disappointed. Expand
  2. May 14, 2018
    10
    dude just buy it, the graphics in 4k are absolutely top notch i have never seen a forest looking real as in this game and its fun and verydude just buy it, the graphics in 4k are absolutely top notch i have never seen a forest looking real as in this game and its fun and very addicting too. Expand
  3. Jul 14, 2017
    10
    One of the best (if not the best) games I ever played! It´s starts a little slow, but once you learn its dynamics it grows (hugely) on you!One of the best (if not the best) games I ever played! It´s starts a little slow, but once you learn its dynamics it grows (hugely) on you! The hunting experience can be very challenging but super rewarding at the end. Shooting and eventually chasing the animal and tracking its blood trail are one of the coolest things in the game. The Graphics on "ultra setting" is the closest to a real life ambient I´ve ever seen, truly immersive experience! Night time, sunny, cloudy, rain, fog, dusk, dawn, thunders, lightning, wind gusts... you name it, the game recreated them perfectly. Sometimes I just grab the ATV and ride around to enjoy the landscape. I cannot stress enough how good this game is! 10! Expand
  4. Nov 29, 2018
    9
    This is a perfect hunting game. It's a perfect balance between simulation and gamification. Captures the appeal of hunting very well.

    If
    This is a perfect hunting game. It's a perfect balance between simulation and gamification. Captures the appeal of hunting very well.

    If you aren't very interested in hunting to begin with, no doubt you will find this game boring. If you like hunting or have a strong interest in it, this is a nearly flawless game to scratch that itch.

    I return to this game time and again over the years.
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  5. Feb 8, 2020
    8
    Before I begin, it is worth noting that of the 3 negative reviews here (at time of writing), 2 of them are not for this game - they are forBefore I begin, it is worth noting that of the 3 negative reviews here (at time of writing), 2 of them are not for this game - they are for the older, ftp version of the game. Sadly, Metacritic doesn't have any sensible way to report erroneous and pointless reviews.
    Now, on to the important stuff: is the game any good?

    Honestly, I didn't expect to like theHunter: Call of the Wild - it's just not my kind of game (or so I thought). I've never had any interest in hunting simulators, and the ones I have tried have all just bored me to tears. In my experience, hunting/fishing 'simulators' are anything but; they usually seem like the developer has made a poor attempt at creating a game, discovered they have little understanding of games and programming, and decided to pass off the failed, boring, unbalanced, and buggy result as a 'simulator' for an inflated price in the hopes that it won't be compared to any actual games. None of the 'simulators' I've played before make any attempt, really, to be anything other than fps arcade games, often using basic store bought assets and stock engines, and, when they fail to be any good, they slap the 'simulator' title on because they think that is a free pass - broken games like Farming Simulator, and parody games like Goat Simulator have left the impression on some devs (and many players) that 'simulator' is a by-word for low-effort, low-quality, and low-fun (but often high price).
    theHunter: Call of the Wild is a different beast, however. Firstly, as others have said, it looks stunning - even on lower settings - and it runs really well on mid-range PCs. It is, in my experience, almost entirely bug free, and what few bugs I have encountered have been incredibly minor - I have never had the game crash in the 100-or-so hours I've played so far. The game is engaging, and fairly addictive. It does have a bit of a learning curve, but it is a worthwhile one, which leads to a real feeling of accomplishment when you figure out how to play better - and it doesn't really punish you for taking your time to learn, or making mistakes. The mission system is interesting, and guides you fairly well through the world and the mechanics of the game, though it must be mentioned that the missions in the 'default' map, Layton, are among the worst available, suffering too often from being vague, badly worded, or buggy - getting the other parks is well worth it.
    Which brings me to my next point: DLC. Like so many simulators, theHunter: Call of the Wild is *very* piecemeal, with expensive DLC that adds just one or two items that, in a non-simulator title, would normally be just part of the main game, or just one or two larger (and more reasonably priced) DLCs. That said, you *can* play the game, and get plenty from it, without any of the DLCs, but picking up a few when they are on sale won't hurt your bank balance, but will add to your enjoyment of the game - I'd prioritise new parks and the ATV, and maybe one hunting lodge.

    So, if you want a beautiful, chill game to play and relax, which still manages to be exciting, rewarding, and, most importantly, fun, then pick it up. If you are unsure, wait for a sale. I'd recommend (as of writing) the 'theHunter: Call of the Wild™ - 2019 Edition' bundle, as it gives you a great selection of DLC for a good price, and, on sale, will set you back no more than £25, which is well worth it.
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  6. Feb 26, 2019
    7
    This game has only weak point: The animal A.I. system. Not realistic.
    Graphics: very good
    Sounds: very good Music: bad Control: good
    This game has only weak point: The animal A.I. system. Not realistic.
    Graphics: very good
    Sounds: very good
    Music: bad
    Control: good
    Performance: good (you get more fps if you start the game, and set to low graphics in auto presets, and then you put the graphics to ultra in manual.) from 30 to 42 fps! You need to do this any time when you start the game.
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  7. Oct 7, 2017
    0
    I have paid and played this game for over 9 years. Basically, once you get over the fact that you pay, (a lot of), money to play it, I wasI have paid and played this game for over 9 years. Basically, once you get over the fact that you pay, (a lot of), money to play it, I was totally addicted for and would still love it. However, the loading and playing has so many bugs, I have personally experienced 4 total unfixable crashes with which the incompetent help desk just shrugged their shoulders. With a new computer/ windows version I got it going again, just to have it permanently crash again. Do not waste your time or money on this - and this is from an addict of the game. Expand

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