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COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Cabela’s Big Game Hunter Pro Hunts Wii U Review

Created: 04/04/2014 1:11 PM KSTP.com
By: Aaron Chalich

In the past couple of years, I have played a lot of hunting games, and it seems like each one gets better and more realistic.

This past week I got the opportunity to play Activision’s “Cabela’s Big Game Hunter Pro Hunts” for the Nintendo Wii U, and it is awesome.

“Big Game Hunter” is a very exciting first person hunting game, where you get to see through the eyes of a hunter. 

You will also learn very valuable hunting tips from Wade Middleton, Jim Shockey, and Vicki & Ralph Cianciarulo who are very well know and experienced hunting pros.

The graphics are amazing, and this is one of the most realistic hunting games that I have played so far.  The animals and hunting pros in the game look like they are standing right in front of you. 

The backgrounds and hunting areas are very detailed and are spectacular.  You swear you were in the forest or in a field. 

Controlling the hunter is very easy, and there is a very nice in-game tutorial that will explain what you need to do to control them.  Everything is explained very well and everyone will be able to start hunting with no problems at all.

Your hunter can track animals, sprint, crouch, go into a prone position, use binoculars, use items like scents and calls, plus many other things.

Stealth and using the environment play a huge part of bagging that big buck or bear.  The animals can detect you if you are too noisy or if they can smell you, so you will have to move slowly and use rocks and bushes to hide in.  Plus you will need to try and stay downwind from the animals otherwise they will pick up your scent.  Once they detect you, they will run away.

You can also use blinds and tree stands to hunt the animals, which are very helpful.

As you are walking through the woods and are coming up to animals, little ripples will appear on the screen, and the controller with vibrate.  An arrow will come on the screen and will show you the location of the animals.

When you see an animal, you can bring up your rifle, and when you look through the scope, you can push down on the RS button and this will slow your breathing down.  This will help you get a better shot and will show you where the animals vital organs are. 

As soon as you pull the trigger, there is a really cool animated sequence of your bullet slowly going through the air and some very detailed stats show up telling you about your shot such as the speed of your bullet.  When the bullet hits the animal, some more stats will show up on the screen and will tell you where you hit it.  Sometimes your shot may wound the animal, and you will have to follow a blood trail to track it.

There is a hunting map, and it’s broken up into four regions (North East, North West, South East, and South West).  You start out in the South East, and when you complete a certain amount of hunts, you will unlock the other regions.  Each region has its own unique terrain and animals that you can hunt.

When you select the region you want to hunt in, you are shown the map, and then there are a bunch of different areas that you can select to hunt in.  The areas are represented by animal icons.  In order to hunt in the areas, you have to gain “species experience.”  The species experience is the number of animals you have successfully hunted.

Before each hunt, you can select different items to bring along with you on your hunt in your backpack.  You can choose your gun, scope, ammunition, calls, scents and other items.  You can buy more items with “gear credits.” You get gear credits when you complete hunts and for doing other in-game objectives.  The more gear credits you have, the better guns and equipment you can purchase to use.

You also have a GPS that you can use while you are hunting.  This shows the entire hunting area along with where the animals have been feeding, drinking and sleeping.  This is very helpful because you can travel to one of these areas and if you wait long enough an animal should appear.

I really enjoyed Activision’s “Cabela’s Big Game Hunter Pro Hunts a lot.  Like I said before, each hunting game gets better and better.  The graphics are amazing.  The animals, hunters and backgrounds look fabulous and are so realistic.  Controlling the hunter is very easy, and there are tons of different animals that you can hunt such as deer, wild boar, and bear. 

If you are fan of hunting games, I would highly recommend that you check out “Big Game Hunter Pro Hunts.

 “Cabela’s Big Game Hunter Pro Hunts” is rated “T” for blood and violence

*The copy was provided by Activision for review purposes.

Aaron Chalich is a KSTP.com entertainment columnist.


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