Whether you’re an avid outdoors man or not, Cabela’s Hunting Expeditions is sure to test your stealth, problem solving, and fulfill a sense of adventure. Cabela’s Hunting Expeditions truly gives gamers more freedom to explore and hunt than any other hunting game I’ve played. Along with being an avid gamer, I grew up going to myfamilies hunting cabin. I was interested to see if Cabela’s Hunting Expeditions could live up not only to views on what makes an
entertaining game, but also stay true to a realistic hunting experience. First things first, before stepping into the woods, you get to pick a rifle. You’ll need to earn gunsmith points to buy and upgrade your rifles. There’s a range of different caliber guns, which most hunters will be able to relate to. After picking a rifle, you’re ready to deploy on your first journey.
The open sandbox approach lets you explore the map freely. The landscape and character graphics are stunning. It’s all the little details that kept catching my eye, for instance the sound of birds chirping in the distance or watching the shadows of birds flying overhead travel across the valley floor. After several minutes of scouting and climbing over rocks is when I found my first hilltop spotting location.
From here I could see a group of whitetail deer traveling through a wooded area. In the herd was a monster buck, the ones that only seem to live in old hunting tales or in this case my living room TV. Using the helpful Strategic View I could tag the animal and also place waypoints to plan the best approach. I made my way to the location I selected. I moved slow and stayed in the treeline and thick cover. Also keeping an eye on how the grass was moving with the wind, because not only can the animals pick up noise, but depending on the wind they can pick up on your scent. I used my viewfinder to get a closer look at the herd and decided the location would work. I steady my aim and waited for the does to exit my firing lane. If you make a clean shot you’ll see your bullet traveling towards the animal. In the kill shot you’ll see the animal get hit and fall to the ground, there’s multiple kill shots for every animal.The kill shots are what you would expect with a Teen rated game. Once the animal is down you’ll need to go claim it. After claiming, you’ll get a bunch of facts on the animal and also credits, keep in mind a cleaner shot equals more points.
Using hunting sense, which is kinda like spidey sense helps point out hilltop spotting locations, shooting rests, and areas that provide cover. Finding animal tracks will also notify you the direction you should follow to find your next trophy. Even with the open worlds, I never felt lost or frustrated. The game offers 15 territories from North America to Africa all featuring their own distinct wildlife. You can travel by foot, ATV, truck, or dune buggy to find the perfect hunting location or just scope out the terrain. Add all of these elements together and you create a dream hunting experience.
This game exceeded my expectations, I do feel the graphics and movement of the wildlife could have been a little more fluid. At times the animals seemed robotic, but all and all Cabela’s Hunting Expeditions is a game a hunter and gamer can enjoy. Especially an avid hunter that can’t make it into the woods as much as they wish. I suggest picking up a copy.