Video games are fun way to ‘hunt at home’

By William Hand

Children are generally easy to shop for, when it comes to Christmas presents. Kids make the list and aggravate the parents about what specific items to have under the tree.

For the outdoors-loving parents out there, a new game by Cabela’s may be the perfect tool for learning techniques, as well as providing the child with pure excitement. Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013 is the latest installment in its line of hunting games. Dangerous Hunts 2013 is available for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii consoles.

The game’s storyline consists of two brothers, whose relationship divided after their father was tragically killed by a notorious grizzly bear. The two reconnect later in life to pursue wild game in Uganda, Africa, as it was their father’s favorite place to expedition hunt. Another infamous beast has risen and it is up to the two brothers to embark on a dangerous journey after the beast to provide some form of justice for their father’s death.

Like other Cabela’s hunting games, Dangerous Hunts 2013 has the option to include a wireless gun for a more realistic digital hunting experience. Previous guns from older Cabela’s games are compatible with the new edition. The complete 2013 package includes a new gun labeled as the Fearmaster. Unlike other gun controllers, the Fearmaster is loaded up with two heartbeat sensors, to force the player to reduce heart rate and movement to ensure the highest quality shot. Once the player’s heart rate has settled, the scope will zoom in further revealing an x-ray picture of the animal’s vital organs.

You might think that if you’re just hunting and stalking an animal, what would be so hard about calming down, zooming in, and harvesting it? It’s just a video game, for crying out loud.

This is where the word “dangerous” comes to fruition. Not only is there a target animal to hunt, but there are other animals hunting the player. The player can be focused on taking the shot, when, out of nowhere, a pack of wolves circle around. The initial target is forgotten in lieu of the hungry pack of wolves and the hunter then becomes the hunted. If the player is stressed in the slightest, with wolves flying in and attacking from all directions, the screen will begin to blur, which makes defense much more difficult.

For families with multiple children the game offers a horde mode called “Maneater,” which allows two players to defend against multiple attacking animals. The ultimate goal is to survive through consecutive waves and earn points, while taking down as many animals as possible.

There is absolutely no better hunting experience than actually being outdoors, pursuing nature’s vast array of game. Even so, Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013 is a great tool to teach youngsters how to remain calm and collected while aiming a firearm. It also makes for a great hunting substitution, when being outdoors is not an option.

The game is rated “T” for teen, and may not be appropriate for very young children.

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