theHunter: Call of the Wild • Find 50 tracks from the same animal • 10G • 35.08% of gamers unlocked this
I thought I would do the right thing and try something a bit different today – after all, I ostensibly had all afternoon to play video games, and while I still had a few other little backups up-my-sleeve, I thought that this was a great opportunity to test the waters of some of Game Pass’ latest offerings.
First I started with The Technomancer, which I suppose is best described as a poor man’s Red Faction? Or perhaps in the over-the-shoulder style of God of War, but with the production budget of … say … Every Which Way But Loose? I speak in hyperbole, of course – the game is fine, not something that I probably ever would have bought with my own money, but in my mind, this is part of what Game Pass is all about – trying out different things, and finding the occasional diamond among the rough.
The second game I found was theHunter [sic], little T, no space. The stylisation annoys me, only because the Xbox App has allowed that to slip through the cracks (remember my long-standing hate of incorrect capitalisation), and now we not only have a capitalisation issue, but a punctuation one as well? I know that this is by design, but is the English language been rendered so insignificant that we can just willy-nilly ourselves a little ‘the’ to start a title? What a time to be alive.
(… again, that’s hyperbole for those who think I’m genuinely loosing sleep over these things. They annoy me, but not really this much …)
Not only am I so against ‘hunting’ for sport, I am also the world’s biggest scardy cat. The other week I crashed the car into the shed trying to kill a mouse because I thought it was the most humane way to kill it. $1600 and new doors, bumper and various other little repairs have taught me a valuable lesson: let the mouse go next time.
Yep. It’s not a religious or a spiritual basis that I make that call, I’m just not very good at ‘killing’. For most of my developing years, I had my head buried in a screen, so rather than make me into a violent, gun-toting redneck, (much like the media would have you believe these days), I really am quite the pacifist. Killing in theHunter was a secondary consideration for me, as I went about seeing what I could unlock without firing a shot (spoiler: I did actually try and shoot a deer in the end – seemingly unsuccessfully). In the end, the ‘went about’ bit turned into one achievement for walking a mile, and this one popped for pretty much clicking on every track and droppings marker I could find. And they say we’ve evolved past our primal hunting skills.
I don’t see myself jumping back into theHunter any time soon. I’m sure it has fantastic appeal for the American market who all voted for Trump and who continue to argue passionately for their need to possess an assault rifle, but for me, I’m not a ‘kill a creature, track its blood drops and then finish it off’ kind of guy.
But I do love a good walk. And on that note, Avalanche delivered.
Staring at Animal excrement, not so much – but hey, you’ve got to get out of your comfort zone, right?