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If you're looking for a highly realistic deer hunting simulation, Deer Hunter isn't likely going to fulfill your needs. The main realistic element in Deer Hunter is patience. You will find yourself sitting in the woods for quite a while before spotting buck (unless you get lucky). I played the game for several days (a few hours at a time) and saw three deer, two of which I shot.
MacSoft has made the experience quite realistic with Deer Hunter , and while the results can be slow at times, I commend them for not searching for an artificial way to enhance the experience. One complaint, though: you can use an “attractant scent,” but are given no indication what it actually smells like. One would think that’d be important.
MacSoft must have lost their collective minds in porting this to the Mac. No one is perfect. Unreal, Total Annihilation I can see, but Deer Hunter? Come on guys how about a port of MechCommander or a decent Football (Soccer) Manager Game? The only reason I gave this game a 3 is that it is so daft it's funny.
Search for evidence of deer traffic, then hunker down and wait . . . and wait. Eventually a deer will wander by so you can blast it into virtual venison. Limited options and slow play kill this hunt before it begins.
Deer Hunter is, to say the least, an interesting attempt at making what is considered to be a dull spectator sport more interesting on the computer, but it's full of flaws that make it worse. From the restricted movement and dismal graphics, to the disappointing end of a game (when you kill a deer your hunting session is over and you have to start another), this game defies the belief that popular opinion beats any publicity campaign. I guess that there are more game players in the midwest of the US than we originally thought.
I just don't get it. There are actually many things I don't get. The popularity of the Spice Girls, for instance. Or the insistence by every English professor I've ever had that William Faulkner was a good writer. In such cases, I usually resign myself to ignorance of the topic and just move on to something I do understand...such as computer games. But I don't get "Deer Hunter."