Xbox One Review: theHunter: Call of the Wild – 2019 Edition

Is theHunter still the best game in town?

I never played theHunter beforehand, so it was nice to finally see what all the fuss was about with it’s 2019 Edition which includes the original game and all previously released DLC. The premise is simple of course, hunting down animals by tracking them down and it’s the realism of the hunt that makes the game endearing, even if at times, frustrating.

There are a good number of different locations for you to hunt like woodlands, farmlands, a Siberian National Park and even the Savanna of Africa. The game is played in a first person view, adding to the immersion and realism of the hunt. You have a number of tools at your disposal to help and just with actual hunting, you need to be stealthy to ensure the kill…accidentally brushing against a tree branch or a bush and your prey will run for the hills.

The truth is that you need to be patient, which gamers can sometimes not be. Especially when you combine the titles of Call of Duty and Breath of the Wild as your subtitle, which might make some think it’s like one or the other…when it’s neither. True, you can hunt in Zelda BOTW but it’s nowhere near the realism of theHunter, which works for it and against it. I love the level of realism in the game, it’s just hard to imagine most not trying to go all Rambo trying to get the kill.

Visually, the game looks stunning and makes good use of the hardware. Load times aren’t too bad, while the framerate never seems to drop, even during co-op which is a big plus in my book.

The Verdict

theHunter: Call of the Wild 2019 Edition is a great way to enter the world of hunting if you missed out on the launch of the base game. It may be too realistic for some with it’s approach, but if you can endure it then you’ll be rewarded with one of the best hunting games there is.

Score: 8.0