Missing the target
$ 69.95 ( Reviewed on Playstation 3)
RIGHT from the outset, I must say I don’t condone the shooting of wildlife for recreational purposes. Sorry, but that’s just cruel.
I do, however, commend the bold efforts of this game’s developer for not only creating an incredibly niche sports hunting title for PS3 but then producing a shotgun- shaped peripheral to help add to the realism.
While Hunter’s Trophy is playable using a standard PS3 controller, if you also own the pair of motionsensing Playstation Move controllers then these can be attached to the included plastic shotgun so that when you move and aim it at the TV screen, the gameplay feels more natural.
There are three game- play modes, including a career mode which puts you up against other virtual hunters over a series of hunting seasons and involves strict requirements for progressing.
There is a quick- hunt mode, where you can customise everything from the locations and weather conditions to the weapons and wildlife you’ll be hunting.
Finally, for those who want to test their reaction time, there is an arcade- style mode which allows up to four players to shoot targets and clay pigeons for high scores.
As you travel through a variety of scenic environments, you must locate wildlife by searching for tracks and other clues.
The armoury includes a bow and arrow, bolt- action rifle, doublebarrelled shotgun, and even a semiautomatic rifle.
While there’s no major issue with the visuals, the game’s dated look lacks the realistic attention to detail found in most new PS3 games.
Bigben Interactive, the European company behind Hunter’s Trophy, claims that the game includes authentic hunting regulations, in accordance with the French Hunting Federation. While I’m sure this is important to someone, I doubt many gamers will be too concerned.
The main issue is that it just isn’t all that exciting. But it’s certainly novel for the first few hours.