Review: theHunter – Call of the wild (Te Awaroa National Park)

theHunter: Call of the Wild takes us to Te Awaroa National Park in New Zealand. Dazzled beautifully, but not the game for you who lack patience.

Expansive Worlds released in December 2020 a new PC DLC package for the game theHunter: Call of the Wild named Te Awaroa National Park, located in New Zealand. I got to test the console version (Xbox One X), which is relatively fresh. What you should keep in mind is that the actual basic game was released in 2017 and what is today’s consideration is one in the line of DLC that has been released for this. I, who was quite unfamiliar with this game since before, was very excited to get tested, as I am still quite interested in hunting.

theHunter: Call of the Wild: Photos / Screens from the Xbox One-X version
theHunter: Call of the Wild (Te Awaroa National Park): Photos / Screens from the Xbox One X Version

With expectations as high as few when I knew they had released DLC on DLC for the game, I was expecting a hunting simulator that would kick my feet off. And it started very well when I saw the animated sequences. which are really well made. To start somewhere, the landscapes I ran around were very beautiful and realistic; from high mountains to deep valleys, you have spent time on nature and the details, so that you as a player can enjoy being in the center of the game.

theHunter: Call of the Wild: Photos / Screens from the Xbox One-X version
theHunter: Call of the Wild (Te Awaroa National Park): Photos / Screens from the Xbox One X Version

Over to the actual gaming experience, it feels very realistic, as the animals can notice your presence on sound, smell and simply by seeing you, if you do not take help from your surroundings to keep you hidden. After a rather long learning curve, I had finally managed to sneak up on a bear. Lying down, I put the rifle against my shoulder, took aim and fired… the shot hit clockwise and I became really lyrical about having received a bear as my first trophy. However, that happiness was crushed very quickly when I noticed that the bear started to run away. Then I spent the next hour chasing this injured bear over half the reserve. Yes, you read that right: only half, for this – visually stunning – reserve extends over 64 square kilometers. Since I have a patience that is as long as a normally gifted six-year-old, I have to be completely honest and say that I never caught the bear before I got tired of running around.

theHunter: Call of the Wild: Photos / Screens from the Xbox One X version
theHunter: Call of the Wild (Te Awaroa National Park): Photos / Screens from the Xbox One X Version

If you belong to the FPS type of player who likes to shoot a lot and often, then this is not the game for you. Because in my opinion, I think that Expansive Worlds has put a lot of focus on the experience to be as realistic as possible, which means that you can follow tracks for almost an hour before you even arrive see an animal. Once you have tracked down the prey, it is important that you meet; if you do not, the procedure will start again. What I am trying to say is that from my experience of games you will either love this game or you will hate it, because it requires a great deal of patience to complete the quests.

theHunter: Call of the Wild: Photos / Screens from the Xbox One-X version
theHunter: Call of the Wild (Te Awaroa National Park): Photos / Screens from the Xbox One X Version

To sum up then, I must say that this is an engaging experience, with Mother Earth as company. I was pleasantly surprised to be able to play a game, which was originally designed for PC, on console and not really see any difference in the graphics: Beautiful forest environments, shadows that fall naturally and fallen trees where you can see the break in the trunk crystal clear are just a few of the details that the Xbox One X version conveys brilliantly. Your preferences as a player will determine right away whether you will find this game entertaining or not.

But whether you are an experienced gamer or a novice, players interested in hunting will patiently appreciate the gaming experience and the graphic beauty that is available.

theHunter: Call of the Wild (Te Awaroa National Park): Photos / Screens from the Xbox One X Version
theHunter: Call of the Wild (Te Awaroa National Park): Photos / Screens from the Xbox One X Version