" Trust me, anyone who's got a good fps trigger finger will excel at this game, whether or not they know how to use buck urine scent properly. "
Title: Hunting Unlimited from Arush
Format: Hunting Game for the PC
Reviewing Monkey: Chimpan-A
The Hype: Hunting games have become a lot more popular in recent years. Ever since The late 90's these cheap alternatives to a day in the woods have been a surprising success. Appealing to that group, Hunting Unlimited brings us 30 plus weapons and accessories and 175 missions to track prey through. For now, let's shoot our way through this review.
What This Monkey Thought...
Graphics: The graphics for Hunting Unlimited are pretty good. The game is built in 3D and the models are decent, if a little blocky. The environments are well built. You'll actually feel like you're stalking through a shrub, or under a tree, etc. You'll go to a fairly wide variety of areas and all of them look good. 4 out of 5
Sound: Each of the guns makes a slightly different sound. So do each of the animals the sound effects are fairly realistic. The voice acting, yes, there's voice acting. Things like "Nice shot" or "I don't think so!" are decent, if not stunning. There isn't much music and I'm rather glad. In a realistic hunting game like this, music would just be out of place. The menu music is kind of cheesy, but can be endured. 3.5 out of 5
Game Play: It's like a first person shooter, where your targets are less monstrous and more cute and fuzzy… The folks at Arush know you don't want to spend all of your time looking for the animals in question. You just want to get in there, find the animal, kill it dead and then take its corpse back for stuffing. To that end, the levels are all relatively quick. The animal you want to kill is generally very close by; it's just a matter of getting to it without spooking it (much as with real life). There are plenty of animals for your wall display back home, too. Deer, elk, moose, bears, rabbits, little snortin' pig things that I've yet to identify… There really are a ton of missions, some of which are fairly creative. One mission has you stuck in a bear cave waiting for the bear to come back. You must defend yourself. Luckily, you've still got a big ass gun for the job. The game tracks where you hit your opponent, so you can get all kinds of kills. Spine shots, body shots, head shots, it tells you where you hit after the mission is over, with better kills getting more points. The controls are all fairly easy and basically work just like an average fps. It's pretty fun, for what it is. 4 out of 5
Level and Environment Designs: The levels are well done and appropriate. All woods, for the most part. Still everything looks good. The levels are almost all really large open areas. This makes it a pain in the ass to track down wounded prey, usually prompting you to simply restart the mission and go for a better kill spot. Still they feel more natural, so it's not a bad thing 4 out of 5
Multiplayer: No multiplayer here. They should have let one person play the deer and the other person the hunter. And give the deer some kind of eyeball death rays, or something… Yeah.
Replayability: Well considering the vast number of missions, it will take a while to get through all of them. Once you're done though, some of the missions are enough fun to bring you back for another run. Most of the Grizzly missions are a blast. Especially because when you're done you can say "Yup, killt that bar back up behind ma shack." You can take screen shots of your kill, supposedly to show your friends. Although I highly doubt your friends will be impressed. 3 out of 5
Story/Dramatics: You are a hunter, you're known for saying "Be vewwy, vewwy quiet," and your lisp. Your opponent? "All things wascally". Okay, so you don't actually have a story. You're this dude with a gun; out to prove that opposable thumbs rule all. That's it. 0 out of 5
Instructions and Learning Curve: There are no instructions. I don't mean, something like there's just a hotkey sheet, or that's they're flimsy. I mean there are no instructions. The in game tutorials are sketchy at best. If you aren't a hunter, you will not know the proper use of half the tools they put in your hand. If you are a frequenter of first person shooters however, you'll at least know how to use the gun they put there. Trust me, anyone who's got a good fps trigger finger will excel at this game, whether or not they know how to use buck urine scent properly. 2.5 out of 5
Installation and Real System Requirements: The installation was quick and easy. Just one disc. The game asks for Win 95, Pentium II 350, 64 Megs of Ram and a 3D card. The test system ran the game fine, with no real slowdowns or problems. 5 out of 5
|The name says it all. This is Hunting, Unlimited. You've got good-looking 3D environments and plenty of animals for your killing pleasure. If you're looking for a good hunting game, this is it.|
The Good: Good graphics, lots of missions
The Bad: Complete lack of instructions.
The Overall Ugly: For a hunting game, this is pretty good stuff. For the PC Hunting enthusiast, it's a great grab
What it's Worth: 20 bucks (get it? Bucks!?! Oh, never mind).