gamers (90%) found this review helpful
Cabela's has been placing its brand name on hunting games for a long time now. Each new cabela's game seems to fix the problems of its predecessor, while at the same time presenting its own set of problems. The newest addition the Cabela's family, "Dangerous Hunts '09", is no exception. The game has several good aspects, and some aspects, well, not so good. In the game, you play as a professional hunter. Your hunting renown has spread far and wide, so you get many calls for help from around the world to thin out populations of dangerous animals. Gameplay is relatively simple; You begin each mission with an objective animal(s) that you need to find and exterminate. You have a map that you will quite often show you the direction you need to go to find the denizen. Doing this can get boring pretty quickly; but thankfully, the game contains several mini-games that somewhat spice up gameplay. One of these minigames is hand-to-claw combat, which occurs if an animal gets to close to you. To succeed, you need to press the fast-action commands that appear on screen. The game gives you way to much time to press the button, though (Someone unfamiliar with a controller would probably have time to look down and find the button). Another mini game is crossing narrow bridges, which force you to balance your character with the left stick. To further add variety to a game that is fairly dull at the core, in some missions you shoot from vehicles. The game's graphics are completely gorgeous, especially the levels in the cold north. It is important to note, though, that although the environments look wide open, most of them are quite linear. What made me mad was the fact that there is often an invisible wall directing you in a linear fashion, rather than a physical obstacle. This game is short and repetitive. The special features and mini games are just enough to keep you playing until the end, but I guarantee that you won't be crying as you mail it back.
This was the first one of these i've played. And i have to say, while it is a somewhat realistic game, that i didnt enjoy gameplay at all. its sluggish, and hard to control. especially as someone who is used to FPS gameplay. I was expecting something along the lines of, you stalk and hunt a critter until you get a good shot, then take it down. Instead its more like you wander aimlessly until you happen across one.
posted by BoomKnight (GEYSERVILLE, CA) Oct 7, 2008
Member since Feb 2008
gamers (73%) found this review helpful
Cabela's made another mistake by not remaking the first dangerous hunts but instead they made another mission based one. Don't get me wrong this game is okay but its missing that desperate feeling you get when stalking. The story line was lackluster, although better than the second one it could have been spiced up a bit. Gameplay is more of a simple game instead of hunting, like a really bad Call Of Duty, if only they just remade the first one with next-gen graphics, better AI, open ended maps, more animals, and even co-op hunts they would make a lot more than they did now.