Hunter, The Emote Games Ltd. / Avalanche Studios 2009

The Hunter is a realistic online hunting simulation that combines a 3D game client with an online social networking site. On the networking site players can talk to friends, compare statistics, buy new weapons and receive new missions from NPCs. When ready to head out in the forest, the 3D client is launched with single-player instances in a highly realistic 3D landscape. The game is set in the Evergreen Hunting Reserve, a huge setting surrounded by water with dense forest where the player can hunt whitetail deer, mule deer and turkey. Played from a first-person perspective, the Huntermate gadget is used to track animals, analyse sounds, droppings and tracks found in the forest. Important clues are highlighted in red in the game world. The hunting itself is highly realistic. The player needs to take into account the wind, the scent of animals and their field of vision. When running through the game, it becomes very unlikely to meet an animal. Instead, animals can be called and different stances (crouch, prone) need to be used to track their movement and wait for the right time to shoot. Players only have a limited amount of bullets, and additional types of weapons or clothing can be bought. On the website certain missions are given, but the environment remains a free-roaming world with no restrictions. The majority of the park consists of forest, but there is also a lake, different watch towers and camps, as well as open fields and roads. In the inventory screen items can be swapped or equipped, such as binoculars, different types of ammo or a scope. Premium members gain access to different animals and weapons for a monthly fee. On May 6/2019, theHunter Classic removed memberships. This means that all maps and all animals are available to hunt for free, for any player. The Free Animal Rotation has been removed and all animals are free to hunt all the time, on all reserves. Nearly all items in the Store can now be purchased with both em$ and gm$. em$ can be purchased as per usual and gm$ can now be earned in game by harvesting an animal that has CSS score. Now when you harvest an animal that has a CSS (Cross Species Score) value, you can sell that animal and in return, you get gm$ to the same value as the CSS score. For example if I harvested an animal that had a CSS value of 85, I could sell it for 85gm$. If you have the Taxidermy prompt turned off, this will happen automatically. If you have the prompt turned on, you will see the option to sell the animal, as well as the option to taxidermy the animal. All features that used to be included in the membership packages, are now also free for anyplayer. For example, everyone can now take a custom profile picture or host a multiplayer game. Ammo now replenishes for the .243 rifles and 12GA Shotguns, all other weapons you will need to purchase ammo for, however it is not expensive. The game can now only be launched through Steam now.
theHunter Classic - Steam Free Game (uploaded by Steam)
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