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incite PC Gaming (Jan, 2000)
That said, this is still a fun game and is definitely the most realistic of all the hunting games I've played. Anyone who enjoys the virtual hunt should be satisfied with Deer Hunt Challenge - especially since it costs a mere $20.
GameSpot (Nov 22, 1999)
Unfortunately, there's one problem with Deer Hunt Challenge that keeps it from achieving true greatness: It has no multiplayer mode. One of the great things about PC deer hunting as opposed to the real thing is that the Internet makes it easy to put your skills to the test against fellow hunters, but Deer Hunt Challenge doesn't give you a chance to do so. Considering how solid the rest of the program is, it's hard to imagine why the game shipped without any multiplayer support at all except that someone wanted it out the door before Christmas. There's no denying Deer Hunt Challenge is an extremely fun game even without multiplayer, but it's likely that multiplayer support would have boosted its appeal substantially. Even so, with its low price tag and great features, it is one hunting sim that fans will want to add to their collection, regardless of how many other hunting sims they've already got in stock.
It fails because the game engine can apparently only render this terrain out a very short distance—40 to 60 yards or so. This means that as you're moving through terrain (especially wooded terrain), you always think you're just at the edge of a clearing or ridgeline; take a few steps, though, and another rank of trees pops into place. This pop in is extremely distracting, and it makes it difficult to navigate via landmarks. (You have to suspect that this failure in the game is also the reason you don't see more dramatic terrain relief—big ridges mean longer vistas, something the game just can't render.) It's a crying shame, too, because this one deficiency really spoils what could have otherwise easily been crowned the king of the hunting games.
IGN (Oct 26, 1999)
While the company didn't design this particular title, they made the decision to put their name on a game that doesn't boast the features and replayability of Deer Hunter 3, the heart and adventure of Ted Nugent's Wild Adventure Hunting and the creativity of Carnivores 2, all of which can be purchased at the same price point. If EA Sports had really put their back behind this one, desktop hunting could have seen a performance jump that might have made other companies think twice about slinging out an inferior product. Instead the market is going to get one more half-assed hunting game that doesn't show any of the innovation or technical artistry we have come to expect from what used to be one of the most reliable names in sports gaming.
GameStar (Germany) (Dec, 1999)
Die Aussage »Das ist eine durchdachte Jagdsimulation« ist ähnlich relativ zu verstehen wie »Das ist ein ehrlicher Politiker«. Deer Hunt Challenge bietet zumindest ein paar dürre Spieldesign-Ansätze. In den Minimissionen bekommt man schnell was vor die Flinte, ohne vorher stundenlang auf gut Glück in der Gegend herumschleichen zu müssen. Auf Dauer ist das ständige Hirschbeballern allerdings nur unwesentlich weniger stumpfsinnig als bei der Deer-Hunter-Konkurrenz.