Now, donít get me wrong though. This can be fun if you just want to go out and bag some big beasts and hang their trophies on your virtual wall. The game does have a campaign/story mode that will have you roaming around various regions in Africa. Youíll gain XP for completing hunts, finding upgrades and viewpoints as well as other side objectives. But again, the game never actually becomes a realistic hunting game despite your abilities you gain such as stealth, or firing warning shots, etc. So in a way, youíll be increasing the skill of your hunter as you level up in XP, but in all honesty the game really is more of a shooting gallery than anything and that XP really does not factor in all that much to actual gameplay.
I have always enjoyed the Cabelaís games and have been reviewing them for a few years now. While I understand the desire of many hunters to have a realistic simulation style of game we also have to remember that those folks are usually out in the woods doing the real thing. So this game is designed more for the arm chair hunter who doesnít want his fingers to get cold, or his feet to get wet or catch the flu from being in frigid temps. This game is designed for folks like me and is meant to be fun. I would be interested in a simulation style game but this will do.
There are realistic aspects to the game such as using decoys, scents and other hunting gear. But the inclusion of the arcade style moments like when you can slowdown time and view the vital organs of animals takes away from that reality. It also seems at times some of the shotguns you'll use have almost to much range to them while some of the rifles are the opposite. Its still fun though to mess around with different combinations to get varying results. I do like how you can tell which way the wind is blowing when tracking animals as well as identifying tracks.