I was prompted to purchase Big Buck Hunter Safari for two reasons. One, I absolutely love playing the arcade version of the game with my fiance whenever we see it. Restaurants, bars, etc. Two, the other Big Buck Hunter plug & play games had such excellent reviews. I was so, so, SO disappointed - at first. I realized I had extremely high expectations for such "simple" technology. The graphics are half of what they are on the arcade game which is sad in itself, but it also makes the game play very difficult. There's five animals to hunt in the arcade, three here. Things I was excellent at in the arcade version (ie, bonus games) I'm HORRIBLE at now. The batteries also die VERY quickly. Calibrating was difficult at first, we had to move so far back the cord was nearly fully extended. Unlike the arcade version... where you point the gun isn't so much the point. It's where you move the crosshairs on the screen. When playing in the arcade, you miss, you miss. And you can tell why, and adjust accordingly, it's really quite excellent. When playing at home, calibration is either high, or low (depending on where you put the sensor bar) and you just have to make sure you put the cross hairs in the right place. So the aiming is very different - therefore the game play is very different. So to recap the negative, less animals, worse graphics, and aiming is not nearly as precise. Now! There ARE some positives. Once I got over my original shock about how dissimilar this is and the arcade version are (they shouldn't have the same name, if you ask me...) And once I realized I couldn't point the gun where I wanted to shoot, I needed to move the CROSSHAIRS where I wanted to shoot, I did have some fun. It's very affordable, and I had some fun with it. Is it a replacement for the real thing? No way. Did it meet my expectations? Not at all. Am I having a good amount of fun for my dollar? I am. Most of the time.
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