The Bottom Line
While the commentary and some other things have changed, this game is basically an overhauled version of Deer Drive for Wii, but thankfully it's considerably less infuriating than its predecessor.
This game provided a few hours of entertainment, but not enough to justify the $29.99 suggested retail price.
- Lots of action, unlike many other hunting games.
- Multiplayer modes allow up to 4 players.
- Easy to play.
- Doesn't represent any kind of real hunting. Instead, it's kind of a video shooting gallery.
- Commentary is repetitive and often ridiculous.
- Not worth the $29.99 MSRP, in my opinion.
- Bird "hunting" game for Nintendo Wii game system. Includes ducks, geese, pheasants, grouse, and turkeys.
- Multiplayer mode supports 2 simultaneous players (Versus Mode), or 2-4 players taking turns (Hunting Party Mode).
- Single-player gameplay is done in twelve "tournaments" of five rounds each. You must earn a medal in each round to move on.
- Rack up points by hitting a legal target every time - "chians" of consecutive hits give you more points.
- Each type of bird "hunt" takes place in a different setting, with varied sets of illegal targets.
- Shooting illegal targets incurs a points-off penalty, and counts as a miss (breaking your chain).
- For ducks and geese, completely annihilate a group of birds to earn a "flock bonus."
- Where Deer Drive had "Breath Control," this game has "Hunter Vision;" both magically slow down the movements of the critters.
- If you don't have a large-screen TV, forget it. You really need a big screen for this game.
- Features a variety of Remington brand shotguns... but I couldn't tell a whole lot of difference in how they perform.
Guide Review - Remington Great American Bird Hunt for Wii Bird Hunting Game
Like its mammal-killing predecessor, this is much more a shooting gallery game than a hunting game - but birds seem to be more reasonable targets for such a game... even the turkeys, I guess.
On my way through the single-player game, I found the early "tournaments" to be pretty easy, and cleared the first two with all gold medals on my first try. It didn't get really tough for me until Tournament 7, but with persistence I finally managed to get gold on every round of the first eleven tournaments - but there are two in Tournament 12 that elude (and frustrate) me.
The Tourney 12 duck hunt seems defective, because there are a couple of birds in particular that always take more than one shot to take down, which breaks my "chain" of consecutive shots, thus making it impossible to earn enough points for gold.
I played Remington Great American Bird Hunt for Wii with some friends (also hunters), and later asked them (separately) what value they'd put on the game. Both said they expected retail price to be about $15, but they would wait to find it in a $5 bargain bin before they'd pay that much.
It's not a bad game, and it does provide some fun, but it doesn't deliver entertainment commensurate with its cost.
- Russ Chastain