Living in San Antonio, we're not one for having plenty of traveling demos to try out. Once in a blue moon will companies make their way down to show off their games. Luckily, the Gamestop Manager Conference was taking place in San Antonio and several game companies made the trip down to the "Alamo City." An email was sent to us about having a trailer come to us to play some of the newest Cabelas game, Cabelas Dangerous Hunts 2011. You simply do not decline an offer for a game to be wheeled out to you in order to test out the game.
The Shooting Gallery demo of Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2011 is a rail shooter in which the player is armed with a shotgun and rifle. Any semblance of realism is thrown out of the window here: the goal is to bag as much game as you can until you reach the end of the level or are killed due to a wolf or bear attack.
My initial “gamer’s instinct” was to blast everything that moved (preferably in the head) but I quickly discovered that shooting does and ewes resulted in a point deductions. Bonus points were awarded for head and heart-shots though, so my instincts were not completely off. In addition, shooting certain animals provide power-ups and health packs. Attacks by wolves and bears deplete your health bar and failing to defend yourself will end the game early.
The demo was fun, helped along by the forthcoming “Top Shot Elite” gun peripheral. The Xbox 360 version, which will come with a sensor bar (a la the Wii) seemed to be just a little too sensitive (other players also observed this) and the scope was all but useless. According to the Activision rep, we were not playing the final game so I expect the aiming to be tightened up for the October 26 release date. I managed to compensate for the shakiness after a few minutes and had a good time.
The Shooting Gallery mode of Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2011 accomplishes its goal of providing a quick burst of arcade shooting fun. Once I compensated for the gun issues I enjoyed it and it should provide a fun party mode for the competitive virtual hunters out there.
New to Cabelas Dangerous Hunts 2011 is the addition of a story mode and survival mode. Story mode was a big shocker as you don't expect much a story of a Cabelas game. From what we were told, the story mode involves the player taking the role of a hunter who's brother mysteriously disappeared, and it's up to you to find out what happened. Oh and you have to kill plenty of animals on the way.
Survival mode is like the Gallery mode except the amount of enemies gets ramped up the longer you last. You can't go wrong with adding a survival mode to a game and that can be said for Cabelas Dangerous Hunts 2011.
Cabelas Dangerous Hunts 2011 is set to release on October 26, 2010 for the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii. All versions are essentially the same game with the graphics being the only difference. The game alone will be $39.99 on all consoles and the special bundle with the "Top Shot Elite" gun will sale for $79.99.
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