ReviewCabela's Dangerous Hunts 2011

Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2011

Developer: Activision
Publisher: Activision

Release Date: 10/19/2010


Genre: action
Setting: modern


Oh man, do I love to hunt.

Oh man, do I love to play hunting games.

Oh man, do I hate it when baboons attack me.

Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2011 for the Wii is an overall good game — a different type of hunting game than I am use to, but that is a good thing. The hunting genre is plagued by less than boring games, while Activision makes it more exciting.

In real life — what is that? — you sit and wait for the animals to come to you. Well, in Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2011, you are the hunted. S7_632557_999_alt03_01

Basically you’re the son, and you are trying to earn your father’s respect by taking down the big game. That may sound like a bunch of fun, but the obstacles along the way are difficult. I really hated the wolves. Man did they kill me a lot, and by a lot, I mean A LOT. There was only one other animal in the game that killed me so often other than the wolves, and that was the baboon.

Now, one thing to be noted is for the Wii, this game looks beautiful. The levels are greatly designed, which sometimes made me wonder if I was supposed to take it slow and really look at the level, which I did do after learning of the dangerous animals. When I first started, though, I thought “Huh, this game is not that dangerous,” then when I had to continue forward, I turned a corner and BAM ... a mountain lion was trying to maul my face off. I jumped naturally, then in seriously awesome slow-mo, I gathered myself, and then I shot the crap out of it. Well, I attempted to anyways; at first, I was rather unsuccessful. However, after a few botched attempts, I got it; right in the face. I was actually pretty excited to do it ... because I stood up and yelled “DIE, DIE, DIE!” S7_632557_999_alt06_01

One thing that was relatively difficult for me was the controls. I used the Top Shot Elite for the game, and I will be honest, I am not a fan of the Wii controls for any shooter game. I eventually did get used to the controls and started killing me some animals — not literally ... but in the game.

If there was one thing that truly shined in Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2011, it was the survival mode. This mode is where all of my frustrations lie; those stupid baboons. I had an easy time with the mountain lions, rhinos and hyenas, but these little buggers really made me mad. There was nothing else that quite made me as mad as the stupid baboons. I could not for the life of me succeed. Seriously, out of more than 100 attempts, I succeeded 0. They are just too fast for me, and they come in huge waves. S7_632557_999_alt07_01

Overall, I think Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2011 is a great game with a lot to offer anyone. Even kids are intrigued by the hunts — and the seriously insane baboons — and the nice animals that were NOT harmed in the making of the videogame. I have to say, for a lacking genre, Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2011 is a bright spot and a dark circle. A lot of great things are in the works here, and I am a fan of it!

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About the Author, Terry Vallo (A.K.A BlueMark)

BlueMark is an independent game designer and student at Full Sail University.