While fanboys duke it out over which gaming platform is best for their game of choice, the PC is hands-down the de facto platform for true hunting simulation. The hunting genre has been around for over 20 years and doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon; and while we will always have a place in our hearts for classics such as the original Deer Hunter, advancements in GPU’s and internet connectivity have given us gaming experiences that we never could have dreamed of. Take a look at the top titles below to get the most out of your gaming rig.
The Hunter – A Free Masterpiece of Hunting Game Goodness
An absolutely gorgeous and free-to-play title available from Avalanche Studios. The animations are smooth and fluid, taking place in the first-person perspective. Additionally, the graphics are arguably on par with the latest blockbuster FPS titles, and the incorporation of the portable GPS will make you wonder how you ever got along without it. While the free version will only allow you to hunt Mule deer, additional hunting licenses can be purchased for elk, turkey and bears. The AI is what a hunting game should be, miss a shot and you’ll find yourself starting from scratch. This is a true hunting simulation for the true hunting enthusiast.
Hunting Unlimited 2009 – Endless Gameplay Options to Choose From
The ability to hunt 17 types of game including elephants is just one of the things that makes this game great. The others being the various game modes which will allow each player to enjoy the game in a way that is unique to that player. “Free Hunt” allows the player to customize a portion of the map and stock it with the animal/s of their choice, while “Challenge Mode” offers mission objectives such as “violent bear threatening campers”. Different types of kills such as head shots, spine shots and lung shots make the game more immersive. This is one of the few hunting games that can be played and enjoyed by mainstream gamers and hardcore hunting simulation fans alike. Check out this title if your new to hunting video games.
Cabela’s Outdoor Adventures – Hunting Simulation Meets Arcade Action
Saying goodbye to its slow paced roots and giving the hunting genre an arcade action feel, COA Offers both hunting and fishing and has something for everyone. The graphics are vibrant and have a slightly cell shaded look, while special effects such as “bullet view” offer nice distractions. You’ll begin the game in story mode and progress from pheasants to Whitetail deer and beyond. COA will autosave your progress and if you fail an objective you can restart the mission until you get it right. COA is another great title for those new to the hunting genre, while Cabela’s older titles will appeal to the hardcore hunting enthusiast.
If hunting games don’t make up a significant portion of your gaming library, you owe it to yourself to give these top titles a spin. FPS fans who are looking for a slow paced break from the frantic action of multiplayer will especially appreciate the modest pace of these FPS hunters.