Gameplay feature: Hunting

Group Description

This game group features games where the player controlled character may hunt animals or similar creatures in the wild, primarily for the purpose of harvesting byproducts from them. The hunted animal or creature is usually slain or incapacitated in the process. Hunting in this regard is a minor or an optional feature in the game and does not qualify for the Sports: Hunting sub-genre.

Hunting is usually a common feature in role-playing games and some adventure games, among others the wilderness survival genre. The byproducts of these creatures, may come in the form of food (e.g. meat), recipe ingredients (e.g. bear claws), or trophies (e.g. stag antlers; trophy harvesting is a term usually used to specifically identify big game hunting). These byproducts, depending on the type, may allow further activity or manipulation, such as selling the byproducts to merchants, cooking meat products for food, tanning animal skins to be made into leather products, or to be used in alchemy recipes.

Depending on the game, the process of hunting an animal may be as simple as killing an animal or creature, which will automatically leave behind a body, carcass, or byproduct. A specific skill (e.g. gut animal) in addition to having proper tools or items in the inventory may be required to conduct byproduct extraction from a body or carcass.

  • Hunting an animal or creature that does not result in hunting byproducts should be excluded from this game group. Unless the byproducts are the result of a drop rate algorithm, which identifies a chance that an animal or creature may sometimes not drop byproducts or the extraction of a body or carcass may sometimes result in failure.

  • Some strategy games, most commonly the 4X genre, often have hunting features, however is not the primary intention of this game group due to the lack of additional activity or manipulation required of byproducts after a successful hunt and should be excluded from this game group, unless the game offers additional activity or manipulation of byproducts.

  • Gold, monetary units, or randomly dropped items regardless of the animal or creature, are not considered to be hunting byproducts. Dropped items are usually unique to the animal or creature resulting in reasonably identified hunting byproducts.

  • Hunting byproducts that only exist in its capacity as a part of a quest, plot/story, or puzzle, or any event where its presence is mandatory to further advance in the game, should be excluded from this game group, unless hunting and its byproducts still remain an optional feature to the player.

  • Not to be confused with Gameplay feature: Fishing, where a hunting activity and byproduct extraction may be similar. Fishing activities and its byproducts should primarily designated to the fishing game group.

  • Dungeon crawlers: Games that take place in dungeons or other constructs, should be excluded from this game group. Hunting for the most part must take place in the wild or a natural environment.
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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Far Cry 42014PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneUbisoft Entertainment SA4.00
Don't Starve2013Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, WindowsKlei Entertainment Inc.2.94
Starbound2013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsChucklefish Ltd.3.74
Craft the World2013iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsBlack Maple Games4.60
Far Cry 32012PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Ubisoft Entertainment SA4.05
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning2012PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.92
Assassin's Creed III2012PlayStation 3Ubisoft, Inc.4.24
Assassin's Creed III2012PlayStation 3, Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360Ubisoft Entertainment SA3.61
Spiral Knights2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsSEGA Corporation3.31
Lord of Apocalypse2011PSP, PS VitaSquare Enix Co., Ltd....
Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition2011PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Rockstar Games, Inc.5.00
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Collector's Edition)2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC4.71
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.69
Terraria2011Android, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox 360, Xbox One505 Games (U.S.), Inc.3.56
Drakensang: Am Fluss der Zeit (Personal Edition)2010Windowsdtp entertainment AG4.29
Lord of Arcana2010PSPSquare Enix, Inc.4.29
Minecraft2010Browser, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsMojang AB3.48
Red Dead Redemption2010PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Rockstar Games, Inc.4.36
Red Dead Redemption (Special Edition)2010PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Rockstar Games, Inc.4.54
Drakensang: The River of Time2010Windows1C-SoftClub4.31
Risen2009Windows, Xbox 360Deep Silver, Inc.3.81
Risen (Collector's Edition)2009WindowsDeep Silver3.88
Das Schwarze Auge: Drakensang (Gold Edition)2009Windowsak tronic Software & Services GmbH...
The Witcher: Enhanced Edition2008Macintosh, WindowsAtari, Inc.4.27
The Dark Eye: Drakensang2008WindowsTHQ Inc.3.96
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Selected Covers

Far Cry 4 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Far Cry 4
Don't Starve Linux Front Cover Steam release
Front cover for Don't Starve
Assassin's Creed III Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Assassin's Creed III
Lord of Arcana PSP Front Cover
Front cover for Lord of Arcana

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Far Cry 4
Main menu - This screen usually changes with each new update, sometimes signifying a graphical presentation of the latest major update and highlighted mod.
Screenshot from Don't Starve
Title screen
Screenshot from Assassin's Creed III
Title Screen
Screenshot from Lord of Arcana