The virtual hunting tradition, started by the developer Sunstorm Interactive with the first Deer Hunter hunting simulation in 1997, continues with the release of an upgraded and expanded version of 1999's Deer Hunter 3: The Legend Continues. Deer Hunter 3 Gold for the PC is a 3D hunting simulation published by WizardWorks (GT Interactive Software's Leisure Division).
New features in the Gold edition include added hunting locations in one of three areas in Wisconsin, a new rifle with an assortment of scopes, a new map editor to re-create your own favorite hunting spot and essential equipment, such as range finding binoculars and interchangeable scopes. Another bonus feature to the game is the Huntin' Country Music CD-ROM, which includes a 16-song soundtrack of "music to hunt by." In a new twist, you can even assume the role of the deer and have your online hunting buddies try to track you down.
You carry a powerful cache of firearms and gear as you travel expansive fields, forests, bluffs, and mountains of Utah and Missouri on the hunt. Go on an individual pre-season scouting trip (don't forget your GPS unit, you wouldn't want to get lost!), engage in a multiplayer expedition with your online buddies (via GameSpy), join a cooperative deer drive, or compete in a timed tournament hunt. All hunting areas are created from United States Geological Survey (USGS) terrain data and the landscapes depicted in the game are based on true environments. Accurate sounds, types, and appearances of trees, birds, and vegetation indigenous to the areas all work toward the goal of an immersive hunting experience.
Each hunting area is complete with seasonal changes of the environments, such as leaves falling from the trees as well as the daily changes of the sun rising and setting. Other realistic environmental affects include fish swimming in lakes and rivers and animals roaming the hunting areas. During the game you have the opportunity to drive a truck, all-terrain vehicle (ATV), and snowmobile.
The game features both Whitetail and Mule deer, quail, pheasant, woodcock, grouse, rabbit, squirrel, and more (including bees and dragonflies). Your choice of firearms include 15 different rifles, shotguns, bows, and muzzleloaders and actual data from Federal Cartridge is incorporated into the game for greater realism.
The original Deer Hunter 3: The Legend Continues was released as the first title in WizardWorks' "Outdoors" game line commensurate with the WizardWorks Outdoors Virtual Hunting Club. This club was launched with direct market flyers inserted in the Deer Hunter 3: The Legend Continues boxes, as well as all WizardWorks "Outdoors" games. Consumers can become a member of the Virtual Hunting Club for $10 and receive a T-shirt, access to a members-only website with demos, cheat codes, guest interviews, bulletin board, quarterly newsletter; special offers on computer software and an official member window decal and ID card. ~ Tara Hernandez, All Game Guide
CPU Type: Pentium
CPU Speed in MHz: 200 MHz (with 3D accelerator card), 266MHz (without 3D accelerator card)
Hard Drive Space: 127MB
Sound Card: DirectX 7.0 compatible
CD Drive Speed: 8X
Graphics Type: SVGA
Color Depth: 256 color
Graphics Resolution(s): 640 x 480
Compatible Devices: mouse, keyboard ~ Michael L. House, All Game Guide
|# of Internet Players||8|
|# of LAN / Wireless Players||8|
|Software Version No.||1.0|
|Software Version No.||1.3|
|Number of CDs||1|
|Number of CDs||2|
|Tech Support Efirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tech Support Phone||425-398-3051|
|Tech Support URL||www.wizworks.com/wiztech/index.html|
|Legal Copyright/Trademark Line||Sunstorm Interactive|
|Legal Copyright/Trademark Line||WizardWorks|
|Included in Package||38-page Instruction Manual|
|Included in Package||Huntin' Country CD Soundtrack|
|Included in Package||Registration Card|
|Official Product Website URL||www.deerhunter3.com|
|Feature 1||Take down your prey using pistols, crossbows, bows, shotguns, and rifles|
|Feature 2||Explore the wilderness of Missouri, Utah, and Wisconsin to locate and bag the perfect buck|
|Feature 3||Use the 7mm magnum rifle to focus and zoom in on your target|