Thursday, September 26, 2019

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 88 - Hunting Simulator

It's Fall in Idaho which means it's hunting season, so what better game for day 88 of Eric Vs. 365 than Hunting Simulator for Xbox One. This is not a good hunting game, and calling it a "simulator" is hilarious, but here it is anyway. No animals were harmed in the making of this video. Seriously. Click to read more and watch.

The most popular article I ever wrote for PSXBoxIndies is a feature comparing Hunting Simulator with theHunter: Call of the Wild back in 2017. It has gotten by itself more views than all the other pages put together. That's weird, right? People appreciate good "redneck" game coverage, I guess. It also doesn't hurt that they are the only two real hunting games of this whole generation, so people are hungry.

Because of that I had originally planned on playing both games for this project, but I don't think I'm going to get around to theHunter. You see, theHunter: Call of the Wild is probably the best hunting simulator ever made, but because it is actually a simulator it is brutally boring and hard to play. The menu system is also incredibly awkward. And, honestly, I don't especially like how nothing goes down in one shot, ever, which is totally unrealistic even with the "under powered" guns you start with. It's a great game, don't get me wrong, but not a very good one to make an entertaining video with.

Hunting Simulator, on the other hand, is a dopey crappy hunting sim that is easy to play, so it was easy to crank out a video. I talk about my family needing to hunt back in the day just to survive. I talk about how the game lets you do illegal stuff. I talk about how a .243 is plenty to kill any deer or elk you come across, even if video games don't think so. I do a good job demonstrating what hunting is actually like for me in real life - lots of looking at bushes and rocks. And I see lots and lots of animals. 

And you know what else? I don't shoot anything in the video. How is that for subverting expectations! A hunting video with no shots taken and no kills! Ha ha!