on December 24, 2003
The game is very frustrating. With the default equipment you get tired very quickly with every character. I know they are trying to be realistic but realistically you would need a truck to carry half the basic set of equipment. You get tired just walking up a little hill and you walk extremely slow most of the time. The hunting areas are really small, it is like hunting in somebody's backyard. You can easily trap the animals against the hills and they run in circles until you kill them, which is not much of a challenge. You also have to wait for the game to load all the time. You walk just a few hundred feet and then have to wait for the LOADING..... To further add to the frustration, you frequently slide down the smallest hill and it says you are too injured to go on, and yes, you guessed it, more of that LOADING.... Also, if you walk or slip into the water you can't get out and guess what, yes, you guessed it again, LOADING.... Like if that was not enough, you will get in trouble for shooting near a building. You do it twice and, oh, the suspense is killing you, I know it.... LOADING..... ARRRGAHHH!!!! I could go on, and, well, I think I will. When you use the vehicles they are really hard to drive. Most of the time I get stuck in trees or drive off a cliff or into the water and LOADING.... They should change the name of this game to Cabela's LOADING.... All I wanted to do was some hunting. My final thought is RETURNING.....
on September 7, 2003
Big Game Hunter for PS2 is very well made, a super-fun hunting game that has three modes: easy, medium, and hard. The "hard" level is pretty close to real hunting. You must be stealthy and patient to succeed on hard mode. Allows you to sight-in and practice with your weapon at a shooting range. Provides a ton of extra equipment you might want, including map, GPS, range finder, binoculars, spotting scope, scents, large decoys, blinds, various calls, food, water, first aid, proper clothing and tents, ATV, pickup, snowmobile. Saves and mounts your best trophies of each animal in your cabin. Teaches you rules of hunting by fining you when shooting too close to inhabited building or shooting animal for which you do not have a tag.
I've found best strategy is to choose a hunter character with the highest accuracy and stealth. These are more helpful than strength, tracking, resilience. So far I've found the .280 to be the most accurate; it's pretty might right on at 80-100 yards, and shooting just a little high up through 150 yards and beyond will still hit the animal. Seems to drop about two feet at 200 yards. Longest shot I've ever hit in the game is about 167 yards.
For real excitement, trying hunting grizzly with the recurve bow (plain-old bow and arrow, not compound) or the .357 Magnum! You have to get very close, like 25-30 yards, and hit him once or twice and then run for your life, because he chases you, then turn and shoot, run for your life some more. Sometimes takes six shots with either of those weapons to bring down a grizz.
Most difficult animal to bag seems to be the coyote, because it's very small, runs fast, and is wary. You have to kill four to beat the game.
There are many animals you can hunt, including grizzly, brown bear, black bear, polar bear, moose, various caribou, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, various deer, javelina, cougar, wolf, coyote, stone sheep, pronghorn antelope, and others.
It gives a choice of mamany weapons, which behave pretty close to reality, including .308, .300, .280, .270, .30-06, 7mm and other rifles, as well as .357, .44, .227, and other handguns, compound bow, recurve bow, crossbow, 12-, 10-gauge shotguns.
Require the shooter to have to lead the animal based on speed of the animal, distance, and velocity of the bullet. Currently the game only requires you to shoot above the animal based on distance, but if you lead it while running, you'll miss -- you have to be "right on," not left or right, or you miss.
Allow the hunter to carry at least two weapons. Currently only one weapon is permitted to be carried.
Fix east-west readings on the compass. The compass is correct with north-south, but it has east-west backwards, and in the game the sun rises in the true west and sets in the true east.
Allow the wind to vary in speed and direction. Currently the wind is always blowing, and it's always a west wind. (I haven't noticed the wind affecting my shots, however. The game says the wind makes a difference.)
If you get close to many of the animals, they may attack you, and if they succeed in touching you during their attack, you are "knocked unconscious" and the warden finds you later and you are forced to exit your hunt. But please stop making coyotes attack! They'd be too small to seriously hurt anyone.
Either require food and water to survive, or don't include it in the game. In the game sleeping in the tent is all that's required to renew strength, so I never take food or water since it's not required.
X-ray mode in scope not useful, as far as I can see; doesn't seem to help anything.
The tracks tend to disappear too fast, in less than a minute "real time"; it would be nice to leave them longer, maybe 2-3 min. before they disappear.
Despite the above drawbacks, it's STILL a great and fun game, and I can't wait for the above improvements to come out in a new version!
on December 3, 2002
This game is addicting!!! even if you are not a big hunter, it's just a lot of fun shooting the different weapons,there's like ten or eleven models provided,along with other gear.you also have eight or so hunting locations to choose,not to mention a variety of hunters and animals so to speak. One really nice advantage is you have access to a truck,an ATV, and a snowmobile to get you from place to place.I admit when you first start playing it's somewhat tricky,but you catch on after a while. I think it's a real challenge for even the most experienced hunters as well. to be perfectly honest if you are thinking about buying this game rent it first,because it might not be for everyone,not saying it's a bad game or anything,but it's better to spend a few bucks and be safe then to waste fourty or fifty bucks!!! anyhow heres my ratings graphics ***** game controls**** variety of weapons***** variety of hunting locations**** variety of animal decoys and lures****variety of animals***** game difficulty **** variety of vehicles**** and last but not least FUN***** I hope that my game description helps, if you like to shoot guns,you'll like this game!!! I think Cabelas did a pretty good job,THANKS CABELAS.
on March 13, 2003
This is a great hunting game. I got it for Christmas but am still playing it. There are so many animals to hunt, cougar, wild bore, all kinds of deer, moose, bear, bighorn sheep and a lot more. There are also a whole lot of guns and bows. They have got shotguns, rifles with great scopes, crossbow, bows and pistols. The bullet cam is a great feature. If you don't want it on you can just turn it off. THe same with the red dot that shows you where the animals are. There are all kinds of calls to get that great trophy. This isn't just a videogame cause its so realistic. There are also a lot of hunters to choose from. If you like hunting or even if you don't, I would suggest this game to all.
on November 6, 2003
This is the worst game ever. I think it is mean to even think about KILLING animals. It has the worst grafics. Blood goes every where when you shoot a dog with a rocket launcher. once i shot a man and he blew up in blood and gore. The guns are M-16s, roket launchers, pistols, semi automaic paint ball guns, cross bows and 50 caliber guns. I would never buy this game. The animals are Dogs, cats, mice, rabbits, bears, people, hamsters, birds and snakes. ITS TOO VIOLENT AND BLOODY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!