can't take anything with the word "varmint"
in it seriously. Fortunately NRA Varmint Hunter is
a game that's in agreement with my sentiment. Like
the flag-waving redneck who's fly is wide open, NRA
Varmint Hunter is unaware that its shortcomings are
fully exposed and therefore is unable to be taken
seriously. Not since Atari's Duck Hunt have we ever
had this much fun with a videogame.
is amazing is that the game teaches us all about firearms.
We learn how to select a gun and exactly what kind
of bullets to put into it for the best results. We
learn that heavier bullets are slower but more accurate.
The amount of powder used in the bullet determines
its energy. If it doesn't burn at the proper rate
it may cause the barrel to vibrate thus affecting
accuracy. Once we learn the finer points of ballistics
which seems to be held in as high as regards as rocket
science, it's time to put our knowledge to good use
in the sophisticated, time-honored tradition of blasting
furry little varmints to smithereens. What a concept!
I'm so glad to be alive in this day and age.
not so sure that the people this game targets are
even capable of operating a computer. Even if they
are, there are better games available for free on
the internet. Aside from the "realistic physics"
of the guns and the "realistic" movements
and habits of the varmints which include ground hogs,
prairie dogs and coyotes there doesn't appear to be
too much that is realistic about this game. Even if
the most exciting thing in your life is lying motionless
on the open prairie waiting to bag a gopher this game
doesn't go beyond that. I guess for some it just doesn't
get any better than that.
you experiment with the bullets and the powder for
the proper trajectory you just continue to press the
R button to reload. Locate your prey, aim, shoot,
reload and do it all over again. Points are awarded
for killing animals. The further away they are the
more points you'll score. Which I guess is a good
thing since instead of having a living room full of
trophy weasel heads on the wall you can just impress
your hillbilly guests with a printout of your score.
the game is awful. Everything looks fragile, as though
it's created out of construction paper. The environments
appear static even when there's supposed to be a heavy
wind blowing. You can use binoculars to locate your
prey and laser sights to get a bead on the defenseless
creatures but that's all the movement you can perform.
The depth of the gameplay is so one-dimensional that
it only has one side.
rocks at cars would be a more fun than shooting rats
in NRA Varmint Hunter. Playing this game made me feel
like a hobo at a garbage dump with a metal detector.