These deer hunting titles have withstood the test of time by incorporating new gameplay elements into their genre. For the true deer hunting enthusiast there is no competition. We hope to see new deer hunting exclusives in 2011 and it appears the Cabela series might fulfill our needs, until then these are the best of the best.
Deer Hunter: The 2005 Season – The Best Deer Hunting Game of all Time
Although it’s age is beginning to show, this game created the standards by which we judge the quality of the hunting game genre. You will begin by selecting an avatar and selecting one of the 17 weapon options. Choosing one of the six starting locations will also determine what species of deer you will be hunting. Customization is what keeps this game at the top of it’s genre nearly 7 years after its initial release. Customizable maps and weapons make this title infinitely re-playable, while its reviews continue to outperform more recent next generation titles.
Cabela’s Deer Hunt: – A Traditional Hardcore Hunting Simulation
One of Cabela’s true hardcore hunting simulators prior to their more recent mainstream endeavors; Cabelas Deer Hunt will require you to have some knowledge of the sport or be a quick study. Offering 3 different game modes gives CDH a fair amount of replay ability, including contests which will allow the player to hone their skills. No Cabela game would be complete without a ton of accessories and CDH is no exception. Rifles, calls, blinds and tents are just some of the items you will be needing to explore the large regions, not to mention ATV’s and horseback for quicker transportation. Staying downwind of your prey and avoiding wolf packs are just some of the features that make this game one of the truly difficult hunting simulations, and are also what makes it great.
Deer Hunter Tournament – Deer Hunting Meets Roll Playing
One of the more recent releases for deer hunter exclusives, Deer Hunter Tournament offers players unique opportunities and consequences. Although the premise is deer you will be faced with a multitude of game to choose from, much of it illegal. Shooting rare birds, animals that you don’t have a license for, and others that are out of season provide interesting decision making opportunities for the player. Of course many of these kills offer lucrative amounts of cash with which to upgrade your equipment. These additions add an element of excitement that is not normally found in this genre and hopefully will become a staple to hunting video games in general.