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Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2011 (PS3/360/Wii)

Written by Jazzking2001 - Owner. Posted in Video Games

Story

Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2011 will be the first game to feature the Top Shot Elite. The game features the character Cole Rainsford, who, along with his father, are on an African safari to hunt dangerous possessed animals that are terrorizing locals. The plot and script for the game is written by screenwriter Brad Santos. According to a press release from Activision, Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2011 will also feature shooting galleries as well as multi-level multiplayer modes.

Review (PS3)

This is my very first hunting themed game and Dangerous Hunts 2011 is one impressive game at that. I think the gun accessory made the experience of the game that much more realistic for me. However, this does not necessarily mean that one must buy the gun. One can still using their normal controller or if they have the MOVE, they can use it as well.

The controls for the game are very solid. First, i tried playing the game with TOP SHOOT Elite. It is the gun that comes with the game in a bundle. In order to use it, you need to place a sensor bar on or below your TV. I have no real issue with this thou it is another thing i need to place on my TV next to my PS Eye.

The gun works quite well and i think it makes the game that more realistic. I love that you can use the "pump action" on the gun to reload your weapon. I also love the fact that the sensor bar actually tracks wherever you are point on the screen. As such, it does make the gun itself part of the game, instead of some accessory that only looks like a gun. *cough* M-16 Accessory *cough*

There are two points about the sensor bar i want to point out. As a result of the sensor bar not linking directly into the PS3 as the PS Eye, one may forget to turn it on. I had it happen to be a number of times because i forgot that i was not using the PS Eye to use the Gun. However, the designers did incorporate a good handy feature into the sensor bar. It being that it can be set to turn itself off. Just like i stated that i forget to turn it on, i also forget to turn it off.

My only wish is that instead of using its own sensor bar, it would be possible to use the PS Eye. However, i do understand that not everyone has a PS Eye. Thankfully, the game does give the player the option to use the MOVE, if they happen to have it. I also played the game with the MOVE and it was also fun. Thou, i think that i found it much easier and much fun reloading the gun.

The game has 2 game types. One is story mode which the name suggests, it goes though the story. I will assume that most people do not realize who was the writer of the games story. The writer is none other than Brad Santos, who previously worked on Resistance: Fall of Man. If you decide use your MOVE controller, you will need to either use the normal controller or the navigator. The reason is that in story mode, you move yourself throughout the screen instead of being on rails.

The second game type is gallery mode. Unlike story mode, one is on rails. As such, one only needs to use the MOVE controller if they decide to use it. The point of gallery mode is the shoot the most animals possible to get the highest score. I like the mechanics of gallery mode and wish that i could use it in story mode. Again, i understand that both modes require different things which means that the controls need to be different.

I have some advice for whoever wants to play the gallery mode. It is that if you use the wrong gun to shoot an animal, you will lose points. The thing about this advice is that the game itself does not tell you this. As such, it took me quite a while to notice why i was losing lots of points. For example, you can only use the shotgun to kill ducks and not use the shotgun to kill a deer.

Yes, one would not do this is the real world, i assume, but i do not think one should get point reductions because of it. However, it may put another aspect of realism into the game. In that regard, one must pay attention to which gun they are using and also need to be able to switch between guns very fast.

If you are into survivor horror then this is a must have. Once you complete the first mission/level, you will be placed into countless scenarios that will literally scare you to death.

We had the pleasure of getting a Interview with the developers. They stated that one of their goals is to "Scare the pants off of the player. " Which they were able to accomplish extremely well.

Well, i must admit i get scared very easily but the game does a great job at that. One does not really need to go killing zombies or whatever. Hunting "real" animals is enough to keep me busy for a long time to come. Once i kill all the "real" animals in this game, i may start killing me some Zombies

If you need a shooting game, then this is a must have. If you like or own the MOVE, then use it. However with you do not own the MOVE, i suggest paying the extra $40 for the gun, if you can. I think that using either the MOVE or the TOP SHOOT Elite, truly made the experience that much more enjoyable.

9/10