Miss­ing the tar­get

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Eguide Tech - MIKE WIL­COX mike@ hy­per­ac­tiveg­ames. com

HUNTER’S TRO­PHY

$ 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.

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