My first experience with a story based Cabela game was last year’s Shadows of Katmai. While I thought it was good, it definitely had some flaws that needed to be addressed. It was a good start in the direction of a hunting-based, survival horror game. This year they’re back with another entry entitled Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013. This is actually part of a series dating back a few years but improves on some of the issues I thought were wrong with last year’s game. Will it be enough to make me a fan of hunting games or does it feel like something else altogether.
What You Need to Know
Dangerous Hunts is nothing like the Cabela’s games you might have seen in your local arcade (if you still have one) or your neighborhood pizza parlor. Rather than a straight shooting gallery, it attempts to put you in the heels of one character as they try to survive against immeasurable odds. In this case you play as a man named Jacob. Years before, while he and his brother were teenagers, their father was killed during a hunting trip. In the present day Jacob has gone to Africa to find his brother, Luke, who you learn is determined to hunt down a creature that killed the father of some children. The story hops back and forth between the two time periods as you unravel the story of the brothers’ relationship and as Jacob attempts to find save Luke from his reckless hunt. Along the way you’ll fight hordes of animals like lions, wolves, cougars and wild monkeys.
One of the games I played last year, and was really surprised by, was Cabela’s Survival: Shadows of Katmai. The game was essentially a survival-style game set in the wilds of Alaska where you had to traverse icy, snowy lands and avoid dangerous creatures like mountain lions and bears.
This year, Cabela’s and Activision are introducing a new controller (for the PS3 and the 360) called the Top Shot Fearmaster for Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013. This new controller, which is improved over previous Top Shot models, will feature an infrared aiming system, but even more interesting is that it will house two heart rate monitors and a motion sensor that will let the game know how stressed you are and how steady your hand is. This will cause your shots to become erratic and controlling your stress levels will determine how successful you are in surviving against lions, bears and many other dangerous creatures.
I’ve played a bunch of these games in the arcade and I like them more when they get away from the semi-realistic hunting simulation and just go crazy with the setting and the things you do on screen. It’s a shame the Wii game will not include this same technology, but I don’t know yet how much it will hinder the game, if at all.
Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013 will be available with the Top Shot Fearmaster on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on October 23 for $79.99. The game will also be available for the Wii with the new Top Shot peripheral for $59.99. This game is rated T (Teen) by the ESRB.
Leaks happen. While they usually come from European game press or retail store flyers, this teaser trailer for God Of War: Ascension (a.k.a. God Of War 4) fell out of Amazon last night. Needless to say, Amazon doesn’t usually make mistakes like that. Weird huh? The trailer implies this game being a prequel to the first God Of War. But wait, wasn’t Chains Of Olympus a prequel? And wasn’t Ghost Of Sparta a prequel to God Of War II? Baah, I don’t know anymore. Who hasn’t Kratos killed at this point? Nobody! Dude’s got anger issues. That’s why it’s a prequel, Kratos needs victims. Hey, new God Of War, right? Cool stuff. The PlayStation blog says more info is coming April 30th. At the moment the release date is set for spring 2013. We also have some box art (see it up there?) but it’s probably not final… you know, since it says “ART NOT FINAL” right on it.