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  • Summary: theHunter: Call of the Wild offers the most immersive hunting experience ever created. Step into a beautiful open world teeming with life, from majestic deer and awe-inspiring bison, down to the countless birds, critters and insects of the wilderness. Every inch of the 50-square mile worldtheHunter: Call of the Wild offers the most immersive hunting experience ever created. Step into a beautiful open world teeming with life, from majestic deer and awe-inspiring bison, down to the countless birds, critters and insects of the wilderness. Every inch of the 50-square mile world is crafted using Apex, award-winning technology crafted by Avalanche Studios during a decade of developing explosive action games. In addition to its rich single player experience, theHunter: Call of the Wild offers unique multiplayer options -- cooperative and competitive -- for up to 8 players. Share the ultimate hunting experience, and earn those bragging rights! Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
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  1. 80
    It survives solely by being as believable as it can be, while not being entirely impenetrable to the average gamer who isn’t a master hunter.
  2. 75
    A mixture of realistic hunting simulation and literal walking simulator with a fairly gentle introduction, The Hunter: Call of the Wild is certainly not a game for the impatient. It's beautiful vistas and sedate pace make it a very chilled out experience for the most part, full of relaxing exploration, but to engage in the hunt itself is a tremendously time-consuming act.
  3. Oct 9, 2017
    75
    Quotation forthcoming.
  4. Nov 27, 2017
    70
    While it suffers from seriously botched progression and a smattering of poor design choices, theHunter: Call of the Wild consistently provides a deep and satisfying hunting experience. Not only is it a dramatic departure from the mindless schlock we've been conditioned to seeing; it brings hunting to a height of simulation and strategy that I've never seen before. The game holds a special reverence not just for hunting, but for the spirit of the outdoors in general, making it a relevant testament to our natural landscapes in the modern era. If you're going into theHunter expecting to navigate smooth menus and unlock things at a steady pace, you're in for disappointment. If you're looking for an immersive and dignified hunting experience, you'll be absolutely hooked for hours on end. Falling into both camps, I know that the latter sensation ultimately prevails over the former. I'll be playing this one for a long time going forward, and not just because it takes forever to get new gear.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 5 out of 18
  1. Aug 31, 2020
    10
    This is a great hunting simulator game. It is true to a simulator you will be waiting for game to come in or hiking and calling to find game.This is a great hunting simulator game. It is true to a simulator you will be waiting for game to come in or hiking and calling to find game. It's not BIg Buck Arcade where you shoot 8 deer in one minute you will get 1 deer/animal every 5-15 minutes or so. With all the extra updates and maps up to 2020 it has become even a better game. It can be a grind. It does take time to figure out how everything works I had to go to YouTube to learn how things worked. This is one of the only faults of the game. Looks great on the base PS4 console and they are a small European studio and The Hunter has 50 square miles of open world in the woods, mountains, creeks also with dynamic weather and it's amazing! Expand
  2. Apr 1, 2020
    9
    I normally never play simulation games, but thehunter really made me kind of addicted. The beginning is a little frustrating but after aI normally never play simulation games, but thehunter really made me kind of addicted. The beginning is a little frustrating but after a couple of hours and a little training you will get better. You learn how to approach an animal silently and where to aim for a perfect shot. Even after more than 100 hunted animals it still feels super satisfying when you manage to hunt down an animal. The maps are huge and contain one of the most beautiful forrests and landscapes you will find in a video game. I also liked the exp and gun point system. Don't understand why some users are complaining about this, because you'll find similar systems a lot of games.
    All in all I would recommend this game to adult player who sympathize with "slow gaming".
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  3. Nov 5, 2017
    9
    Playing the Hunter Call of the wild has taught me many things over the weekend. The main thing is that I have no problems whatsoever mowingPlaying the Hunter Call of the wild has taught me many things over the weekend. The main thing is that I have no problems whatsoever mowing down humans one after another, in a game world of course but the guilt I felt after shooting a rabbit while it was playing with others left me repeating, "It's only a game, It's only a game" as I looked down at the said bunny!

    I'm not a hunter but I've been curious about these games from the PlayStation 2 days. Sure you can get them easily now with multi region and access to the other stores but they are mainly sold over the water. I'd seen the screens and previews before but you can easily be fooled by pre-launch hype shots and tarted up movies. When I first spawned into the game world I completely missed what the narrator was saying to me and I had to start again. You see I was distracted by what was before me.
    This distraction has not stopped hours and hours into the game. The world you are dropped into is the most gorgeous, beautiful, HUGE open world I've ever seen. Yes I know, even more so than Horizon Zero Dawn my favourite PS4 game. PlayStation 4 has a new benchmark, it's Call of the Wild!

    I honestly can't tell you how good this game looks on my 4K TV. No screens nor youtube movies can prepare you for 50" 4K greatness. Trees blow in the wind, particles of even dust blow through the air, seed clocks glide past you realistically as they would on a hot summers day, leaves, it's just brilliant. Water reflects the trees, sun, moon at night and anything that passes or overhead clouds passing or even building to let rip an almighty storm. My wife has zero interest in games, she walked into the front room and said, "wow, is this a game?" I think I've spent more time wandering than anything else. It's vista is second to none. "Is that a bridge over there? half an hour later you've walked to it and forgotten what your task was. On the way you've stopped to take yet another screen shot of the beautiful landscape.

    On top of the visuals is the sound. What transforms this real would into real life is the use of sound. I have lost count of the amount of times I've been strolling about and a bark of a deer has made me jump. Birds tweet, wind rustles the leaves and bushes. Water laps at the edges of lakes and the pitter patter of water bouncing off muddy paths all adds to sucking you in to this living, breathing world. I'm playing with surround on and a wireless base speaker. Starting up the ATV just has to be heard with 5.1. The gunshot itself rings out around the room and during a hunt when silence is golden, pulling your own trigger can really startle you. Sound in key to the game too. You listen intensely for the direction of a mating call or growl from a bear. Once I lay in fear as I'd lost my way lying down and a bear walked past me, I was holding my breath for gods sake. Like I say, this game really does immerse you like I've never had before.

    So this takes me to the game itself. All the looks and sound mean jack if the game sucks right?
    I've never played anything like this before. I guess the closest I've got is Call Of Duty MW. The sniping mission in Russia. That was scripted, the Hunter is not. In fact every time I've turned it on, saying that it's hardly been off in the last two days, you could go off hunting and every time it's different. What is brilliant is the way the developer has tried to make it interesting by giving it a kind of story mode to keep you interested and this works so well. You receive calls on your mobile asking you to help out or visit certain parts of the map. When you bring up the map and pan back with the right stick you'll be amazed. The map is huge. I started in the US but to my shock there is also a European map with a female narrator. You get a ATV that has brilliant physics to get you about quicker. You even get a tent to pitch for over night stays in the wild. Mission structure is perfect and the game gets a little bit easier as you unlock better guns, bullets and bows. Everything is put together so well. It's worth pointing out that rifles have certain bullets and this led me to a search on the net to see why my gun wouldn't load. I was not alone as I found many people with the same problem as me. That is the only thing that needs to be made clearer to people like me who've not played a game like this before.

    The Hunt itself can be done at any time, anywhere. Hunting is tense and time consuming. As it should be. I found myself hunting down a pack of deer taking over 40 minutes as I crept, crawled and then executed the kill perfectly. It was night and I took out 4 deer in one go as they panicked not knowing where I was. I hunted a bear but just scrapped it. I then followed the trail until I found it and took the reward. I'm no hunter in real life but it turns out I'm quite good.
    Multiplayer can team up to 8 players with some co-op or challenges.
    As open worlds go this is the new benchmark for me.
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  4. Dec 13, 2020
    8
    It’s a good game the requires a lot of patience and stealth. There’s a lot that needs improving and missing. You should be able to run fasterIt’s a good game the requires a lot of patience and stealth. There’s a lot that needs improving and missing. You should be able to run faster and have a stamina skills point, the hunter should be able to swim as the game is supposed to be as realistic as possible, the quad smokes and blows up when in water, the quad has an eerie weird like echo sound effects when braking and driving, there should be bait and traps as that’s what hunter use in the real world, have more interesting missions like hunting with other characters on story mode, there should be silencers for weapon, . Expand
  5. Dec 7, 2017
    7
    This game is honestly one of the best hunting games ever created, tho the competition isn't exactly stiff. At times the game actually feelsThis game is honestly one of the best hunting games ever created, tho the competition isn't exactly stiff. At times the game actually feels more like a walking simulator. The reason for that is as anyone that has ever been hunting will tell you is most of your time is spent just hanging out in the woods surrounding by the beauty of nature. I have been hunting, I love hunting. I enjoy this game. But not every activity makes for a fun game. The Hunter is a beautiful amazing hunting simulator, but it isn't always fun. Expand
  6. Jun 7, 2019
    4
    This game sucks hard. At first glance the graphics are nice and the environmental sounds are immersive but the gameplay design choices forThis game sucks hard. At first glance the graphics are nice and the environmental sounds are immersive but the gameplay design choices for this game are horrible. You start off with a garbage character with useless equipment. The XP system in this game really bogs down the experience. You have to level up your character to unlock new equipment even if you have the money to buy it. So you might want to go out and hunt some bears but that gun and callers that you want are locked until you level up. You also unlock perks like being able to walk more quietly, steady aim, getting more information about an animal from its footprints, being harder to detect in rain and foggy weather, being able to pin point footsteps more accurately and so on. This basically means that when you start the game, your character is useless until you level up which makes this game difficult and frustrating to play. The game only gives you information about how old poo is but not about the footsteps. So you never have a clear idea of how far away the animal is from you based on the footsteps. Prepare to crouch and crawl while tracking because if you make too much noise, you'll scare the animals away.

    The maps are huge but they feel too big because of how **** it is to find animals in this game. They aren't just randomly scattered around the map. You might head out to that lake or the river or just head out into the forest and you can walk and walk and walk and you won't find a single footprint or hear a call from an animal. Some of the areas just feel empty. So some parts of the map just feel useless. You'll want to find the higher difficulty level animals which are mostly males but feel so rare to find in this game. I mostly found trivial female animals that give about 150XP and this sucked hard because finding a track and following it to find the animal can take up to 20min.

    You can't just go where you want because most of the time there aren't any animals and it feels that the game is playing you. This game just feels like a total slog to play and really lacks any feeling of freedom. Probably the best way to play this game is doing boring missions and waiting around need zones until the animals arrive. You can't just head out your own way and find something worth shooting.

    When starting a map, you have to head out to the lookout points to survey the land to find the outpost that you have to go to and unlock as a fast travel point. This sucks hard because this is supposed to be a hunting game and instead you'll be driving around. I don't understand why fast travel outposts aren't available from the get go? You can travel around with a tent, pitch it and use it as a fast travel point. This is probably the best way to play the game because you can just fast travel back to an outpost, load up on ammo or buy better gear then fast travel back to where you left off. The thing is when you pitch a tent it scares the animals away.

    You have tree stands and tree tripods and these suck because they also scare animals away. You can't lure animals in your direction then place a tree stand above you, climb up and wait for the animals to show up because they get scared away.

    The animal animations are lame. They don't show any weight in their movements. When you shoot they seem to just randomly run around in a circle then run in a random direction. They react to your smell and react to you when they get too close. They make warning and mating sounds which gives you an indicator of about where they are. Of course you can put points in a perk that make the sound indicators from the animals more accurate. But until then, it's vague.

    Overall I got sick and tired of shooting trivial female animals and finding anything better, well, the payoff wasn't worth the time. It's a real shame. This game has great hunting and shooting mechanics, the maps look great but the gameplay design just makes this tough and disappointing to play. It's a total slog to play. If it had more animals scattered around all over the map then this game would be fantastic. It'd feel great to just head out to the lake or to the open fields and be able to find something there. But this game just feels like a huge walkathon.
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  7. Apr 22, 2020
    1
    After playing for over 120 hours, this is my review:
    Terrible performance issues dropping frame-rate as low as 15 FPS at times.
    Terrible UI
    After playing for over 120 hours, this is my review:
    Terrible performance issues dropping frame-rate as low as 15 FPS at times.
    Terrible UI design that is so clunky it feels like it was made in the late 90s.
    Awful progression system that locks guns so that even if you earn the in-game cash to purchase them: you still need to level up that weapon skill first. So if you want a new rifle: go hunt a couple dozen or more animals with the rifle you have unlocked first. You know how they always ask to see your Hunter Card when you go to purchase a new hunting rifle at the shop IRL? Yeah me either... cause they DON'T DO THAT. It is ABSURD. Can you imagine the clerk telling you "Oh sorry sir, you don't have the Rifle score for this .45-70. Can I interest you in this nice .223 instead?" ... seriously?!?!?! I did manage to unlock all the rifles in my 100+ hours, but didn't earn any xp for my Shotguns, Pistols, or Bows. The only reason I can think of for this is to arbitrarily draw out the progression so that it takes you longer. In the end I realized I would play for hundreds of hours (literally) before I got to the point where I could just "go on a hunt". Not go out to level up so I could purchase equipment that I wanted to use, or hunt something specific (possibly with a specific gun, in a specific area), or "discover"/unlock all the outposts and viewpoints... I am tired of doing all that. I just wanted to go hunt, the way I wanted to do it.
    Clearly they are enthusiastic about making an "immersive environment", but they don't know how to make "a fun game". There will be many times where the game has given you absolutely zero indication that there is an animal near you. Then you will suddenly hear it flee, while you are sitting still crouched in a bush 10 meters away. Since there was no visual indication, and it made no sound (even though it was clearly moving through the forest), so there was ZERO chance for me to detect it since it was off screen. Turn to the right slowly... then it sees you just as you see it and it is gone just as you realize you just missed an opportunity. BAD GAME DESIGN.
    Playing a mission to hunt a Moose? You'll spot a dozen Coyote around. On a mission for a Coyote? You will go to their need zones and never see one. They are everywhere... until you are on a mission for one. Same with every animal except the unique mission-only animals. You can find them all over, until you need to.
    I wanted to love this game. I tried to for 100+ hours playing it. I just don't because they make bad design choices at almost every turn.
    If you can get past the many, *many*, faults: this can be enjoyable. Also you can't just "start playing and hunt". In this "game" (under the lazy excuse of what they deem to be "immersion") you will wander for a good while before getting to "do anything". Sometimes I play for 2-3 hours and never even spot an animal once. They consider that "immersion", but I just consider that a waste of my time. Games usually try to be respectful of a player's time, being understanding that most people can't sit down and play a game for 4 hours straight. Most games understand not everyone has perfect hearing, or perfect vision: so they offer aids to the player to help with this, where CotW just leaves you in the dark... again in the name of "immersion". So if you have a life outside of gaming, and only game for 2-3 hours at a time: I also do not suggest this game.
    TL;DR - Don't waste your money on this bug-ridden, progression dragging, underdeveloped game. They aren't going to fix it. They are just going to put out new DLC that will break it even further.
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