If you’ve never hunted in real life, games like theHunter: Call of the Wild or Hunting Simulator may immediately make you think that they’re probably not for you. I was one of those gamers who thought so until I played Hunting Simulator 2, the latest entry in the franchise from Nacon. Nacon is known for publishing unique titles like The Sinking City, Warhammer: Chaosbane, and more.
Choose the right weapon
- Gorgeous visuals
- Accessible shooting mechanics
- Weapon variety
- Animal variety
- Limited appeal due to genre
- Runs at 30 FPS on Xbox One X
Hunting Simulator 2 objectives and shooting
The game comes together through a hub area called the lodge. There, you can buy licenses to hunt different animals, purchase new weapons, and modify them with different scopes. More importantly, it allows you to purchase companion dogs that can help you out during hunts. Hunting Simulator 2 is definitely more complex than what you would expect from the get-go.
The game features easy-to-learn controls and the shooting mechanics are accessible as well. Just aim and shoot just like you would in any other first-person game. However, the only element to take into account is the amount of sound you generate when approaching targets. Stealth plays an important role in the game because you have to approach wildlife cautiously or they run away. Sprinting allows you to cover large areas quickly, but when you’re going in for the kill, you should crouch and slowly move through the bushes, trying to stay behind the animal’s line of sight.
Hunting Simulator 2 environments and weapons
The game has a lot of weapon variety and if you’re having a hard time using a rifle or a shotgun, you should be able to easily find something you like. However, be prepared to pay a lot for it because purchasing weapons willy-nilly is a terrible idea.
|Platforms||Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4|
|Xbox Game Pass||No|
Hunting Simulator 2 features three areas with different terrain and animals. While the shooting mechanics remain the same, exploring new regions and encountering new, natural obstacles is a nice change of pace. I would’ve been satisfied with one map, but the three elevate the game.
Hunting Simulator 2 graphics and performance
During my playthrough, I didn’t encounter any noticeable frame rate dips and it seems like the game is locked at 30 FPS. I was worried that it would be a “janky” game, but that’s definitely not the case at all.
Hunting Simulator 2 final thoughts
For me, Hunting Simulator 2 offered a positive experience. I also didn’t realize I was into hunting until I played this game and I can’t wait to dive back into the gorgeous world to tackle even greater challenges.
Stalk your prey
Watch out for bears
Play more games
It’ll last you a couple of months
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