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Lens flare in a hunting game? ASC takes the Unreal engine to the sports genre.

DETAILS
Publisher ASC Games
Developer DreamForge Entertainment
Genre Sports
Origin U.S.
Number of Players 8
Net Support YES
Accelerated YES
Expected Release Date released
Minimum Requirements P166 MHz; 16 MB RAM; 100 MB hard drive; Windows 95

a d v e r t i s e m e n t


Comparing Deer Hunter to TNN Hunter is like comparing an AMC Gremlin to a Camaro.
Gobble, gobble! Gobble, gobble! Squawk! BANG! WAAAAAH!
Is that a Skaarj in the bushes?


TNN Outdoors Hunter

First Look: The Unreal engine takes this bargain basement genre to the big time.

September 18, 1998   18:00

Deer Hunter, Bird Hunter, Big Game Hunter--all these %$# hunting games flat out suck. They are low-budget affairs, usually programmed in a couple months, with engines seemingly scavenged from the shareware scrap heap; they're little more than boxed up versions of Prairie Dog Hunt.

And the sight of experienced game companies like GT Interactive and Activision pitching these things at people in Wal-Mart and regularly making the Top Ten is not a pretty sight.

But if there is anyone working on a hunting game that serious hardcore gamers might be interested in, it's ASC Games, which has licensed nothing less than the Unreal engine for its first hunting title, TNN Outdoors Pro Hunter.

So rather than scrolling around a pre-rendered sky, as in Deer Hunter, and "moving" by clicking on a 2D map, the gamer/hunter will be in a real 3D world, with actual animals that move, flee, and behave with actual artificial intelligence.

In addition to moving game, there will also be innocuous animals, such as chipmunks and songbirds, that may throw off the potential hunter with their movements and rustling.

And if that's not enough to make you feel like you're out in the wilderness, you'll also have the company of your very own hunting dog, whom you can name whatever you like. Together, you can explore a variety of landscapes, including hills, woodlands and marshes in different seasons and climactic conditions.

Unlike some of its 'competitors', TNN Hunter will let you hunt a wide variety of game--rabbits, quail, squirrels, deer, elk, turkeys, ducks, doves and geese. Multiplayer modes will be included, with both LAN and TCP/IP play, ala Unreal. Different gameplay modes include training and tournaments besides just the general hunt.

Dreamforge Entertainment is developing the game, the same group that recently completed Sanitarium for ASC Games.

Although we haven't played a working version of TNN Hunter yet, we are obviously familiar with Unreal, and we believe that with Unreal's ability to depict believable outdoor environments with ambient animal life, TNN Outdoors Pro Hunter will put all the other hunting games to shame.

We expect to have a beta of TNN Hunter within a few weeks, and we will provide a more in-depth, hands-on preview of the game at that time.

--J.B.


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Images

Dog chases rabbit
For the birds
It's a turkey shoot
Lens flare detail
Mr. and Mrs. Bambi
Shadowy mountains
 

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