Hunting Simulator 2 begins with Tutorial in which the main commands for playing are explained from how to hunt your prey all the way to the use of the commands to be given to your hound.
After completing tutorial you will find youself in your home with relaxing background music, home that acts as HUB for accessing the features and preparations for adventure.
From the hause you can consult the collection of weapons, trophies, unlocked music tracks, practice shooting in shooting range and more. You are given small amount of money to be spentt on purchases, weapons or various equipment and LICENSES.
In Hunting Simulator 2, being a simulator, you will not be able to go around and chase every animal you come across using any weapon. Each weapon is suitable for a certain type of animal, also before hunting a species you must make sure to buy the license, which varies from region to region.
I will tell you the truth, I spent more time then expected in the shop, where there are numerous items to buy. It starts from the licenses, which are divided by animals, each of them presents a list of possible calibres that you will have to use to hunt them.
Following the weapons, divided into 4 different categories, from sniper rifles to traditional to modern ones, bows and crossbows. Each weapon differs not only in aesthetics but also in characteristics.
In the lower right part of the screen you can see not only the price but also the capacity of the bullets, company and type of weapon. On purchased weapon you will have to choose type of caliber, keeping in mind which animal you intend to hunt.
Overall weapons can be enriched with optics, which vary in characteristics, price and use, to be purchased and installed on weapons according to the purpose.
Choosing the weapon and the optics is fun and you will need to make your mixture with binoculars, powders, lures, anti-odors and aromatic baits. Really depends on what type of animal you want to hunt and make whole thing easier.
Each of them, boasts unique characteristics and they are illustrated through description that explains their use. As the saying goes, the eye also wants it’s part, and this is where clothing enters the scene.
You can buy headwear, shirts, gloves, trousers and shoes, which in addition to acting as an aesthetic factor allow you to resist, for example; the cold or have other benefits. Finally, there is no shortage of backpacks, which give the possibility of carrying multiple objects.
The shop ends with the companions, the hounds that you can bring with you during the hunt, who will help you to follow the tracks and thus flush out the animals to hunt.
So much for the store. Being a simulator, there is also the possibility of consulting a vast library from the hause, which illustrate everything there is to know about hunting.
Before going hunting as anticipated there is the shooting range, which helps the player to practice aiming. Once you have made the necessary purchases, you are ready to go hunting, choosing the region.
The scenarios are very large to explore, consisting of various types of animal species, turrets and other places to hunt. It is possible to orientate yourself at any time both through the radar and map.
By recalling the map, you can set reference signs to remind you of the location of a specific animal or your home. Being a hunting simulator there is no story to follow, you will be left free to hunt for the time you deem appropriate.
Each killed animal can be sold or used as a trophy, in the first case it will clearly allow you to get some money to spend in the shop for the purchase of the mentioned items.
Shooting an animal with an unsuitable caliber or if you do not have a license will earn you a very high fine which will affect the budget.
Hunting Simulator 2 graphically speaking on console is not striking, especially if played in the third person, and on the technical front it is sometimes subject to frame drops, albeit not excessive.
Nothing that can ruin a profound experience, faithful to reality and generously long-lived, although inevitably repetitive. The absense of a story like other hunting titles and leaving the player to “do some” makes the title quite dispersed.