Cabela's Dangerous Hunts is a first-person shooter in which the player goes on hunting trips. The game features "Quick Hunt", which lets players jump right into the action by choosing equipment, a hunting tag and hunting the required animal. In "Action Zone", you start off in a small portion of a map and a certain amount of a dangerous animal will appear. Once the animals are hunted by the player, a portal opens to the next round. "Career Mode", allows players to create a profile and then customize their stats, age, and appearance. In all three modes, there are penalties for non-game animals, which will result in failing. The terrain is another thing the player must pay attention to. Falling into deep streams or off of high ledges can result in an injury and failing the hunt. Aggressive animals such as bear, cape buffalo, and leopard will attack you, which also results in injury and failure. The player also has an energy limit. After a while of hunting, the player will become tired and need to slow down. This effect can be reduced by carrying lighter equipment and conserving energy.
There are twelve exotic locations which feature twenty-six animals, both exotic and average. Game like rhinoceros, zebra, and hyena are more challenging than your common deer, elk, and wolf.There are also a variety of weapons to choose from: eleven types of rifles, three types of handguns, two types of bows, one type of crossbow and three large hunting knives for protection. The player can also use different items to aid in the hunt. Items like scent removers and different animal calls will help attract the animals, while ground blinds and tree stands will help camouflage the player. Also, the time of year effects the weight and actions of the animals.
You start by doing multiple challenges throughout the seasons until you beat them all.
- Cape Buffalo (Kenya, Africa)
- Impala (Kenya, Africa)
- Zebra (Kenya, Africa)
- Rhinoceros (Zimbabwe, Africa)
- Leopard (Zimbabwe, Africa)
- Kudu (Zimbabwe, Africa)
This game has been given mixed reviews from critics, 6.8/10 by IGN, and a 6.1/10 by the press. The game was said to have "passable" gameplay and a very neat feel to it. This game is featured in the PlayStation 2's Greatest Hits series. The game also spawned a sequel, Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2, which was released in 2005 for PlayStation 2, Xbox, Microsoft Windows and GameCube.
On July 30, 2010 Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2011 was announced for the Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo DS, and PlayStation 3, and was released on October 19, 2010, on all of the consoles, except the Wii, which was released and a week later. It was the most critically acclaimed and popular entry in the series.
The game also spawned a sequel, Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2, which was released in on November 16, 2005 for PlayStation 2, Xbox, PC and GameCube. On March 4, 2006, a PSP port was released, titled Cabela's Dangerous Hunts: Ultimate Challenge. The port adds new modes and features.