Game Review: Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2011
Genre: Arcade Shooter/ Hunting / Horror / FPS
Available Platforms: Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
MSRP: $59.99 without Top Shot $79.99 with
ESRB Rating: “T” for Teen
Welcome to Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2011 if you are familiar with other Cabela titles please disregard what you know. Dangerous hunts 2011 completely changes your idea and perception of what a hunting game is all about. Dangerous Hunts 2011 should almost be called a survival horror game first then a hunting game second most your time will be spent being hunted not being the hunter. Animals are no longer mild deer frolicking through the woods just waiting for you to shoot them for a trophy wall.
Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2011 offers players shooting type galleries that come in three forms: Survival, Classic and Trek. Each of them employs power-ups, multipliers and countless enemies to blast through on-rails. Without having to move the game became more about shooting not just worrying about the control of your on screen player. Galleries also offers a multilayer mode but would be better suited if each user was armed with a top shot elite controller. Achievements are not cake walks like other top games it will not be one you buy just to pad your trophies or gamer score. Achievements in game include things like never dying throughout all a whole boss battle, surviving seven minutes in a Survival Gallery mode, shooting seven birds with one shotgun shot, and many other achievements that will make you want to cuddle up in a corner.
Controls were very lacking at times and others hard to actually get to work the exact way you wanted. In many of the tense moments I found my hunter being attacked as the controls hindered me from quick movement. Calibration helped with the aim but the actual control/movement aspect still felt way off base. Very lackluster selection of weapons to choose from when playing the game. Unfortunately you are only armed with a shotgun that offers two shots before reloading, a rifle with only three shots, a hand pistol with six but lacks any sort of firepower and a few others, the assortment of weapons is lackluster. Wave after wave of animals attack before you know it the lack of controls and your dismal weapon selection leaves you with the want to rage quit. One other problem was the open world was not so open often times your hunter is found trapped on branches of doom or invisible pebbles.
Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2011 is an average game the 70 dollar price tag should not scare you away if you are an avid shooting fan. If you only dabble in games like Cabela’s you may be better suited to wait for a price drop. Make sure that if you do purchase the game it is with the accessories as it does add to the enjoyment of the overall game play experience.