One of the most frustrating, ill-conceived, glitchy, wastes of a DVD you will ever have the misfortune to put into your 360.
Its hard to know where to start with a review of a game this bad, the graphics? It looks like a dodgy PS2 port. The gameplay? Boring and repetitive. Or just the sheer mind numbing awfulness that is Cabela's Alaskan Adventure?
The game is first and foremost a hunting simulation (using the term loosely) with side events such as fishing, dog sledding, "Special hunts" and duck hunting thrown in to round out the "Adventures" of the title. So being a FPS aimed at hunters you would expect them to get the gun mechanics at least to a passable standard, right? Spectacularly wrong! Bullets drop with gravity and wind resistance, but they also seem to like to take the scenic route on their travels, bending wanted-style around whatever you seem to want to hit, i would have thought missing a charging grizzly bear at 5 yards aiming down the sights would be difficult, i was mistaken. Armed forces around the world are also attempting to harvest the Alaskan Red Squirrel for body armour as they can apparently take up to five shotgun blasts without even slowing down!
Animal AI is terrible, often to escape you an animal not attacking you will run straight at you, making it an easy kill if your bullets dont decide to take a holiday. I saw a herd of sheep I was stalking take a suicide run into a river when they caught my scent. I found animals were less likely to spook if you came roaring up next to them on an ATV rather than sneaking up on them from downwind. Not to mention coyotes, wolves and lynxs are capable of killing you from 30 yards away.
If an animal does get past you and you have to run it down be prepared for even more frustration as you have to stop every 20 feet to let your hunter catch his breath. This is despite the fact he runs like he has lead in his boots to begin with. You'll also have the pleasure of listening to him puff and pant like he is smoking 40 a-day while your target merrily waltz' off into wild blue yonder. Bow aiming also works from this stamina reserve, so chasing an animal down if it requires a bow kill becomes even more of a drama as you get within range and find you cant shoot your bow because you're knackered from running.
The fishing and dog sledding should provide a welcome respite from the hunt and break up the monotony. Should but doesn't. The mechanics of both are so horribly broken they become a labour in their own right. When you catch a nibble in fishing you have a split second to push the analog stick in the right direction indicated on screen or else the fish escapes and you have to do it all again. In sledding you're supposed to avoid the obstacles or your sled wrecks, but collision detection is so bad you take damage from nothing, unless the boulders have been taking lessons from the wolves about ranged combat!
This game is a relatively simple 1000, which is why, i can only assume, so many people have played it, it has that in its favour at least. Completionists should beware though, open season hunting has a habit of glitching and not allowing you to collect trophies(kills) so, as in my case, the weapon master achievements are impossible to collect without staring a new career from scratch, with no guarantee it wont glitch again.
Not worth the effort or the single star I have to award it, awful awful mess of a game.