The hunting in the game was a little bit tricky to get grips with, and still is now if I'm being honest. It all starts when you either spot an animal in the distance by using your binoculars or you track one via following the tracks and droppings on the ground to follow them to where they are. From there you must stay out of sight and smelling distance (watch the direction of the wind in the bottom right of your screen) before timing your shot well enough to either injure or kill whatever animal was unlucky enough to cross your path. Now, I've had times where animals have fallen to the floor instantly and died, but 99% of the time tracking will follow once you nailed your shot. Follow the blood splatter until finding to the downed animal to claim your trophy and a little cash. In the game, you have a range of Deer, Wild boar, Elk, Red fox, and black bear to hunt. I hunted one black bear. and for me at least were the toughest ones to take down, even trying to get at me through the hunting structure I had luckily just spent cash on to build, otherwise, I was a dead man. You also have rare animals to find too, but with my skills in hunting, I can only dream of finding one of those
On top of all that you've also got skills and perks to unlock too, which you do so by points you earn when ranking up and by doing certain things. Perks are for weapons, so things such as steady aim and breath control when aiming are a few that jumped out at me. Skills are either stalker or ambusher. Stalker offer skills that make you less noisy and less visible, where ambusher lets you get stronger scents to attract animals or increase the reward by 5% from missions. Both of these offer way more than the ones I've mentioned, and will, of course, make hunting a little bit easier and rewarding.
While MP is included in the game and it allows you to join randoms and friends online to hunt, I can't really say I've dug that deeply into due to no one (other than a couple of reviewers) owning the game on my friend list. When I did play it I had moments where one guy just stood by my side and would fire right next to me, so it just got annoying and I left it never to return. I'm sure if mates had the game this would all change though, as I can see a bunch of mates hunting down animals making for hours of fun. The online also throws in some competitions which you can select if you are the host, with things like spotting five animals, to shooting an animal in the heart being ones I've seen so far. Cash and XP carry over into both modes, so you will always gain both no matter if playing online or offline.
Lastly just how well the game looks. I went in fully expecting something along the lines of Farming Simulator, and I did get that but way better. I've had moments where the game looked totally stunning, so much so I've felt the need to stop what I'm doing and snap a picture. The sky is right up there with Forza Horizon, with these reserves while looking mostly the same after a while, can also throw a surprise of a castle or just nice looking horizon in the distance. 100% better than what I thought I was going to get with this game. That being said things close up can look a bit average. I'm talking to you Mr dead animal.
Overall: I've had a load of fun with theHunter: Call of the Wild, I cannot lie. While it might not be to the taste of everyone, I've found it a good game to just chill out with, with minutes passing of just hearing outdoor forest noises as I wait for some stupid animal to ignore the fact I'm the worst hunter out there and sacrifice himself for me.
Looks gorgeous at times
Lose hours on it if it hooks you in
Could do with more animals and areas that look a little different to each other
MP with randoms is just meh