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XboxAchievements (Mar 12, 2008)
As I’ve pointed out numerous times, Open Season’s only true flaw is its lack of replay value. You’ll find the Story Mode interesting the first time, but after that, it’s just about getting the achievements you may have missed at that point. From a one-night stand perspective, Open Season is a great, refreshing game in the company of poor movie-to-game translations, and is an overall treat to fans of the movie and Sony Pictures’ writing and art style, and anyone with a remote sense of humor. Unlike some other easy 1000’s, you’ll actually enjoy this game. Definitely worth a rental, there’s no doubt about that.
AceGamez (2006)
Open Season is one of this gaming season's most pleasant surprises - a game of a kids' CGI film that isn't a total sell out. The gameplay is varied and has been carefully constructed for maximum fun and humour, the script and voice acting match the film throughout the entire game and the graphics are closer to being an interactive version of a film than ever before, showing the amount of effort that went into this title's development. Despite its short length, a hazard of most movie tie-ins, Open Season's gently paced fun is perfect for kids, and fans of the film will absolutely lap it up, although adults should approach with more caution - a weekend rental for some mild entertainment and easy gamer points is all that older gamers will find here, but even so you should still enjoy it while it lasts.
XboxAddict (Oct 24, 2006)
All in all I liked Open Season for what it is, and entertaining “Everyone” title that broke away form the norm showing that movie to game titles don’t need to be cookie cutter and can be fun for not only younger gamers, but adults also. I seem to never get tired of riding an outhouse down raging rapids, call me silly.
Video Game Talk (Sep 25, 2006)
While I usually dislike movies that release games concurrently to take advantage of popularity, Open Season is the exception to the rule. Perhaps the fact that it was animated may have allowed for a simpler transition to a gaming format. This is an enjoyable children's game which probably won't sell well on the Xbox 360, even to point-thirsty achievement addicts. I recommend this game to parents with kids who enjoyed the Open Season movie or to achievement junkies looking for their next fix. It's worth a purchase for young children when the Xbox 360 price falls to the $25 to $35 range. Adults should give it a rent, as it takes less than six hours to fully complete.
Wham! gaming (Sep 28, 2006)
As Open Season shows, the search for a kids movie game that appeals just as much to parents as it does to little ones proves to be an elusive one. Sub-par controls and by-the-numbers gameplay aside, this one is still worth a purchase if A) you're buying strictly for your child or B) you're looking for an easy 1000 achievement points.
Games Master (Dec, 2006)
Ubisoft set a decent bar on Xbox 360 for kids games. It's cute, comical but simple.
66 (Dec 02, 2006)
Ja, Boogs und Elliots Abenteuer ist sehr kurz, unglaublich linear, extrem einfach, im Mehrspielermodus völlig Banane und auf der 360 total überteuert. Zudem nutzt sich das im Mittelpunkt stehende Objektsuchen und Jägererschrecken mit der Zeit rasch ab. Für Kids und blutige Anfänger, die das Szenario mögen, ist Jagdfieber aber dennoch ein durchaus empfehlenswerter Titel: Der Preis ist fair, die Lokalisierung vorbildlich, Frustmomente sind Mangelware und die Präsentation ist humorvoll und charmant. Zudem wird der Spielverlauf immer wieder durch amüsante Intermezzi wie Stachelschweine Schleudern, Minenachterbahn oder Plumpsklo-Rafting aufgelockert. Schade nur, dass man bereits nach wenigen Stunden am Ziel ist und sich anschließend nur noch mit dem leidlich spannenden Sammeln verpasster Bonusitems und nahezu völlig spaßfreien Minispielen beschäftigen kann.
There is nothing at all wrong with Ubisoft's Open Season; it's a technically competent, well produced adventure game designed for kids, and is a game they will probably love. It does its source material justice, is cute and charming, and despite being fairly short, should provide younger players with enough of a challenge to be fun. But this isn't one of those games that adults and serious gamers will enjoy as well, unless they love incredibly simple games or cheap and easy Gamerscore points and Achievements.
IGN (Oct 03, 2006)
As a children’s title that’s meant to compliment the theatrical release of Open Season, the game fulfills its mission of snagging shelf space, while still managing to throw in some entertaining moments into the mix. The comedy, while basic, actually had us laughing a few times through the game, and even though the story and character designs from the film are amazingly cookie-cutter, the game offers a few high points for anyone with little tikes in desperate need of some gaming goodness to go with the afternoon flick. Still, the game doesn’t have the polish necessary to really recommend it to anyone aside from Open Season fanatics, and we’d still stand by a rental as opposed to dropping full price for the game. With a few multiplayer events and some decent gameplay mechanics, the game should last a younger player anywhere from 10-15 hours. Just don’t expect too much more than the single player adventure.
MS Xbox World (Nov 08, 2006)
Open Season does have some entertaining scenarios in the game, but only in the minority. The majority of the game’s levels do feel repetitive. If you like to get some easy achievements from the game, then these can easily be attained. Finding some of the hidden items requires more effort than others and finding some of the other hidden items can become very boring as you explore the rather dull looking environments. This game I’m sure will be more popular with the kids as it is relatively easy to get into with some entertaining levels – although those are few and far between though I’m afraid.
Extreme Gamer (Oct 02, 2006)
Open Season is an average game based on another kid's animated movie. Fans of the movie should find some enjoyment in Ubisoft adaptation; other might want to skip this one. If you're not into the movie or cute fuzzy forest animals then Open Season doesn't offer up much to the causal gamer, especially with the voice mimic talent they found for the production. If I had to choose I'd grab the Xbox version for the lower price and save the other cash to see the movie in the theater.
GameSpot (Sep 28, 2006)
Ultimately, it's hard to imagine anyone having a good time with this version of Open Season. The action is repetitive and dull, almost to the point of coming across as patronizing, and it takes forever for levels to come along that let you make use of all of Boog's abilities. Added to that, the overall presentation falls so flat that the game never comes close to capturing one iota of the whimsy that even the commercials promoting the film had.
50 (Oct 06, 2006)
Les Rebelles de la Forêt est une adaptation de film d'animation de plus. La réalisation est très moyenne, la durée de vie aussi, le titre est répétitif et le rythme est haché par des cinématiques dont la plupart n'ont pas un grand intérêt. Certes, quelques passages sont marrants, mais ça ne va pas plus loin. Si vous connaissez quelqu'un qui a moins de 9-10 ans et que vous parvenez à trouver le jeu à 20 euros pourquoi pas, mais payer plus, ça ne vaut pas le coup.
40 (UK) (Jan 16, 2007)
Overall, Open Season is a fairly inoffensive attempt at piggybacking the movie, despite its insulting lack of challenge, though it's disappointing that Ubisoft's first crack at a licensed kids movie title isn't a little more engaging for those above the age of six. The humour's warm enough to keep you going, there's plenty of variety, it's technically ok, and for ADD kids it's the kind of thing you can put on and not be pestered every time they get stuck. Put it this way: if your kid gets stuck on a game like Open Season, you know something's amiss. Consider it a good test of whether videogames really are for them...