Deer Hunter Review

Developer: Coresoft Publisher: Atari
Release Date: December 23, 2003 Also On: None

Deer Hunter is the series’ debut on the PS2. This popular PC genre has never made a big splash on the consoles, but Atari attempts to change that situation. Without getting too political, since I don’t want to offend anyone, I bet the NRA is grinding their teeth in preparation for this title. Who would have thought that the virtual murder of animals would be so fun (or not so fun, if you are an animal rights activist)?

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Deer Hunter takes place in both the 3rd and 1st person perspectives. Pressing R1 will bring you into “gun mode�. Some guns allow you to zoom in more, by using the left analog stick. Pressing R2 will fire your weapon; pressing R1 again will exit “gun mode�. Season mode gives you objectives that you must accomplish (e.g. shoot a target from 100 feet, bag a Whitetail Deer from 150 feet, etc.) Season mode has a limited amount of game-time, only 8 levels, which aren’t very long. Other modes include Day Hunt, which is basically a free-roaming day of hunting without any objectives, offline tournament mode, and online tournament mode.

The locations provide you with plenty of variety. Locations include Wisconsin, British Columbia, Maine, Idaho, Montana, Mexico, Tennessee, and Colorado. Weapons include 17 different rifles, shotguns, and bows. The game animals include deer, brown and grizzly bear, mountain lions, elk, moose, squirrel (even though you can’t claim them), and more. On top of all these features, there are also vehicles, such as the ATV.

The graphics in Deer Hunter are actually rather well done. The forests are lush, have geographic variety, and bountiful with animals, even birds. The water affects are decent, but could be better. Fogging is an issue, especially when zooming in, but it might actually be intentional, so you can’t reach locations at an infinite length. Deer Hunter is probably worthy of a purchase only for people like myself, that is, people who don’t like to hunt animals. For hunters, I’m sure you will get much more pleasure out of doing the real deal.

Graphics: 6.5
Sound: 5
Gameplay: 5.5
Creativity: 7.5
Replay Value/Game Length: 6
Final: 6.1
Written by Kyle Review Guide

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