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Overall Carnivores: Ice Age is a good game, but there were too little improvements in this version: there was no noticeable update to the graphics engine and not many new weapons were added. Of course all the terrains and animals are brand new and there’s a new supply ship options, so the game doesn’t look like a clone of the older versions, but it could’ve been better. Although, even with all the latter said, the game is still almost a must-buy thanks to its fair price, low system requirements and high replayability. As well, it will please both hard-core action gamers and hunting sim addicts. It’s very interface intuitive and easy to get into... I can personally say that this is a game that i will play for a while.
One of the things that really shines in Carnivores Ice Age is the vast environment that you will be hunting in. The first one up when you start the game is called McRath Island. With snow covered rolling hills and sparse vegetation, McRath Island is a relatively easy and open area for the new hunter. It is so big, it may take you weeks to thoroughly explore all of it.. The area is well detailed graphically, even on close inspection. However, one of the things that could have been improved were the bushes. Not only can you walk through them with ease, but they are very blocky on close inspection.
Finally, Carnivores: Ice Age doesn't bring anything essentially new to the series. The animals are somewhat smarter and the technology provides more eye candy (prettier skies, lens flare, great water effects, and lush vegetation), but there's nothing radically fresh about all this. Technically, Ice Age comes closer than its predecessor in an attempt to bring to life a bona fide hunting experience. You just gotta ask yourself is that what you're looking for in an "action" game?
Carnivores: Ice Age does not support multi-player, a feature the franchise has never offered. This would have been the perfect opportunity to implement it since the single-player experience wears thin pretty quickly. Once you've seen each of the weapons, animals and locales Ice Age has to offer, the replay value fails to click in. Even less, those hunters who have already experienced Carnivores won't see any weapons they haven't before, leaving only the animals and locales as new additions. This lack of new content will have Carnivores fans scratching their heads. Now that the unique twist of hunting dinosaurs no longer exists, the intensity level seems to have diminished. The video and audio can only compensate so much. The end result is a stale excursion that is in need of a little more bite.
Sadly, this latest offering from WizardWorks fails to capture the inspiration forged by the two previous Carnivores titles. The imbalance between the pace of the stalking compared with the near impossibility of the hunt once you actually spot a creature makes the gameplay more of a chore than anything else. The fact that you could potentially wander around for several hours before spotting any viable prey compounds the issue, making the collection of points and unlocking of new levels and creatures a task to be feared rather than enjoyed. Graphically, Carnivores: Ice Age is excellent; but if there is one important lesson that players have learned over the last year, it is the fact that graphics alone do not make a game noteworthy. In this case, however, the outstanding visuals manage to bring an otherwise problematic title up to the average.
In the end, there isn't much reason to recommend Carnivores: Ice Age. Fans of either or both of the previous installments will be disappointed to find that so little has changed in the new game. Meanwhile, those who are new to the series will find that its production values and open-ended gameplay don't leave much of an impression. So unless it's extremely important for you to find a game that lets you hunt prehistoric mammals as opposed to prehistoric reptiles, you might as well stay out of the way of Carnivores: Ice Age.
As far as hunting games go, Carnivores at least deals with hunting an extinct species, rather than killing innocent deer. It seems a little fairer for people to use guns on dinosaurs, since dinosaurs need but one solid bite to render us flesh extract. Overall, it's a decent game for hunting fans, although I still much prefer taking on the same species and having a bit more action.
While the game may be too slow paced for some action junkies, it's an interesting diversion—for a little while. The only thing it really adds to the Carnivores series is snow and hair, but if you enjoyed the previous hunting games and wanted more, then, well, here's more.
Carnivores: Ice Age is a bad idea gone worse. I think that most hunters don't lay awake at night, fantasizing about successfully killing a wooly mammoth. I know I haven't. With negligible features, monotonous gameplay, and ghastly sounds, I suggest you never go back to the Ice Age, especially with an intention to kill anything.