Posted by Itamar Lourenço on July 30, 2013
Bird Hunter 2003: Legendary Hunting

Bird Hunter 2003: Legendary Hunting

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  • Publisher: Atari
  • Developer: Sunstorm Interactive
  • Release Date: Oct 10, 2002
  • Store: Kinguin

“Bird Hunter 2003: Legendary Hunter combines the best of three previously released Bird Hunter programs — Upland, Waterfowl, and Wild Wings — into one package. Enhancements include a “create-a-gun” feature with customizable textures for bows or guns, new graphics using the Serious Engine, and six large hunting areas covering more than six square miles. Hunters can travel the environments by foot, boat, or vehicle (ATV, snowmobile, and truck) and give six specific commands to their faithful hunting companions (more than a half dozen species of pointers and retrievers are available for upland and waterfowl).

Bird Hunter 2003 includes several significant new features in the areas of Grand Slam and Banded Birds, new AI, and custom content. In addition to the turkeys needed to fill up the Grand Slam trophy room, players can now hunt for extremely rare banded birds in all four sub-species found in the U.S. Dogs learn and adapt behavior based on the hunting style used (no two dogs act the same). A level editor provides customization of hunting venues or creation of new ones, and a projectile editor lets players create shotguns or arrows with customized textures. Hunters and vehicles can be customized as well.

Dog commands include hunt, flush, heel, stay, fetch, and OK. Using the right dog for the right situation is important to successful hunting. black labs, Chesapeake Bay retrievers, and golden retrievers are top choices for hunting all 12 species of waterfowl, while vizsla, English pointers, and Brittany spaniels are ideal for stalking the eight upland bird species. Players can also practice shooting skills on still targets, or at a skeet and trap range with a wide array of available weapons. Other features include equipment such as birdcalls, decoys, blinds, binoculars, and compasses, variable weather conditions and time of day, realistic bird behavior, a logbook, statistic tracking, and more.”

 

Review

As a first on this kind of hunting game I guess not much could be expected. The graphics could be better, even for this time (of release).
The gameplay is plain straight forward and some of the animal dynamics are well thought, others not so (you will get some bugs even with the update).

If you like bird hunting, you’ll have some fun with this game.

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