Editors' reviewThis game drops you into a 3D world of whitetail, elk, and buffalo, where you stalk your prey, conceal yourself, and aim for the animals' "kill zones" to bag trophies. Hunting Unlimited 2 works like a standard first-person shooter, wherein you move your character in four directions with the arrow keys and draw a bead with the mouse. Accessories such as binoculars, deer calls, and, yes, buck urine help you track your target and make the kill.
The demo version provides five of the 75 total missions, and many of the extra modes--such as shooting range, free hunt, and mini-games--are not available. Squirrel Bash, the one mini-game in the demo, is an amusing point-and-shoot exercise, but the heart of the gameplay is the missions. As with most hunting games, you can get stuck walking around looking for animals, but we easily found several deer and buffalo in the first five missions. Though the graphics don't compare to high-end games, the system requirements are correspondingly low. One nice touch is a bulletcam view. It interrupts gameplay, but it's a tremendous feeling to follow the path of your bullet as it pierces the heart of a buck from 180 yards away.
Hunting Unlimited 2 is a next-generation hunting game combining the successful features of its predecessor with features most requested by its fans, including free-hunt mode with enhanced AI, improved graphics, more-detailed scoring, user-created missions, new bulletcam mode, more types of animals to hunt, and a bigger variety of sporting arms.
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