Bass Pro, the Video Game – Take 2

Jeremy Elwood, SBJ Web EditorFor those who thought the hunting season only lasts a few months a year, think again.

Bass Pro Shops has returned to the video game arena with “Bass Pro Shops: The Hunt” for the Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360. The game is a hunting-themed follow-up to the retailer’s fishing-themed “Bass Pro Shops: The Strike,” released in October.

Players can choose from 10 North American hunting environments and hunt one of 24 species with a dozen different weapons ranging from rifles to bow and arrow.

The makers of the game, Psyclone, tout it as “hunting so real, you’ll need camouflage.” (I bet I know where you can find some … ) It incorporates many of the factors that come into play in the real hunting environment, including range and stalking ability.

Its predecessor, “The Strike,” received mixed reviews from many video game magazines and game players – some applauded the effort, while others didn’t think the game offered enough realism.

Personally, I think anyone looking for a realistic fishing experience is more likely to find it outside … in the water … where there are fish.

As a lover of video games myself – I have both a Wii and a 360 – I’m glad to see a company like Bass Pro reaching out to a group that might be outside its traditional audience. With all the talk of needing to encourage children to spend less time in front of TV screens, this could be a good first step to encourage those kids to explore what’s out in the real world.

And if nothing else, at least you can say no animals were harmed in the making of this video game.

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