"Cabela's® Dangerous Hunts presents players with a series of hunting challenges that emphasize their skills which improve based on their performance in the game," said Patrick Kelly, Vice President of Studios, Activision Value Publishing, distributor of the titles. "For the first time ever, this is a hunting game where the hunter can easily become the hunted."
Cabela's® Dangerous Hunts challenges players' hunting abilities with a selection of playable modes either through a first-person view that features different animals, scenery, and challenges. Career Hunt mode, the primary game mode, progresses over time through two types of game play -- challenges and charters. The hunt begins during the fall and upon successful completion of the sequence, the season progresses to winter where the player will be dealt a new list of challenges and charters to select from. Seasons continue to change each time a hunt is completed. A diverse array of hunting challenges present themselves to players, but they may also face unique challenges derived from previous hunting encounters. A unique player-hunter character will be created through each progression of challenges and charters. Each player's experience will differ from hunt to hunt.
Additionally, gamers may select from two other hunting modes. Quick Hunt mode allows players to fashion a hunt to their specifications. In this mode, they single out an animal to hunt, decide which region and season to hunt in, select the gear they intend to use and immediately embark on the hunt. In Action Zone mode, players face 12 levels of non-stop dangerous animal action while they navigate through the waypoints on each map.
The hunter profiles in Cabela's® Dangerous Hunts are character specific with evolving skill attributes including aim, stealth, strength, tracking and endurance. Gameplay success and failure throughout the hunts determine the evolution of the player-hunter's skill and attributes as well as the availability of new hunts over time.
To help perfect the player's aiming with both stationary and moving targets, the game features a target practice range. Additionally, a hunting guide and maps provide detailed information about specific hunting regions and individual game animals.
In order to hunt large and often unpredictable big game animals, players must purchase equipment with money earned by taking big trophies. Players acquire a wide selection of equipment, which include firearms, clothing, tents, and scents. In the event of a dangerous encounter with an aggressive animal, players have the ability to defend themselves by quickly drawing a personal firearm or knife.