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Video Game / The Hunter Classic

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The Hunter Classic (Stylized as theHunter Classic and originally just known as theHunter) is a free to play First-Person Shooter hunting Simulation Game developed by Avalanche Studios in 2009 and has been regularly updated since. The game is known for being one of the most realistic hunting games and is available on Steam and their own website.

Not to be confused with The Hunter: Call of the Wild, a game by the same company.

The Hunter Classic contains examples of:

  • The Amazon: The Piccabeen Bay hunting reserve is located in an Australian-style jungle.
  • Animals Lack Attributes: most animals in the game have no genitals, except bison, water buffalo & banteng.
  • Annoying Arrows: Averted for the most part, but very large game such as bison and water buffalo require expert aim in order to be brought down with bows or crossbows, as anything less than a heartshot, brainshot, or spine-shot may result in the player having to track the wounded animal down over long distances.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Hitting the brain will always kill an animal, but with many animals, the brain only takes up a small volume of the overall skull, so if one does not know the exact location of the brain, one can easily miss and only damage bone, causing the animal to flee.
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  • Do Not Run with a Gun: Players walk while aiming, but cannot run.
  • Infinite Supplies: Averted, players must buy consumable equipment and ammunition from the store using either in-game currency (called gm$) acquired from missions and harvesting animals, with premium currency(called em$), or by purchasing a membership to get free standard ammo replenishments after every hunt.
  • Unbreakable Weapons: Weapons do not require maintenance.
  • No "Arc" in "Archery": Averted, arrows from all bows and crossbows are affected by gravity.
  • No Scope: All weapons that can have a scope equipped can obviously be fired without one.
  • Ornamental Weapon: Almost all weapons have some sort of aesthetically enhanced skin, mostly either engravings, pearl grips, or gold plated barrels.
  • Patchwork Map: The hunting reserves are situated on archipelago with various biomes from Arctic to Australian desert & rainforest.
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  • Present Day: The game takes place in the Present Day.
  • Sawed-Off Shotgun: The "Primal" pump-action shotgun is an aesthetic variant of the regular shotgun and is modeled to look like a compact combat shotgun. This was given as a reward for purchasing the dinosaur-themed Spin-Off theHunter: Primal in its first month after release. Despite the shorter barrel and magazine tube, there is no effect on the actual stats of the weapon.
  • Short-Range Shotgun: Averted, shotguns loaded with buckshot have an effective range of roughly 40-50 meters.
  • Sniper Pistol: Depending on your stance, the weapon you're using, and the shooting skill you have on it, it is possible to take down game from very long ranges using the various handguns.
  • Sniper Rifle: Scopes can be added to almost every rifle in order to improve accuracy at long ranges.
  • Sniper Scope Sway: All weapons, regardless of having a scope equipped or not, will have a level of aiming sway. This can be reduced by crouching, proning, holding breath, and by leveling up the shooting skill of the weapon.
  • The Straight and Arrow Path: Players can choose to use bows and crossbows rather than guns.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: The Drilling Combination Gun has two barrels, one chambered for 16 gauge shotgun shells and the other chambered in 9.3x74mmR
  • Trophy Room: Players can purchase a Trophy Lodge to display some of their most prized trophies.
  • Wall of Weapons: Inside the Trophy Lodge you can display some of your favorite weapons on various gun racks and cabinet displays.