Open Country Review (Steam)

The hunt is on with our Open Country Review, The wilderness isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you work hard, learn how to use the environment, and be one with nature, you too can become a Master Outdoorsman. The real question is, Do you want to?

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Open Country Review Pros:

  • Nice graphics.
  • 17.96GB Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Controller support.
  • Controller settings-Invert axis and sensitivity sliders along with vibration-on/off.
  • Graphics-fullscreen and resolution.
  • Can rebind controls for both keyboard and the controller.
  • Connect to Epic Games Store account and use that screen name. (optional)
  • Multiplayer has host (private/public, map, co-op or vs and target animal) and join (room filter and browser).
  • Hunting gameplay.
  • Three maps- Snowridge, Tumnus Valley, and Mellow Hills.
  • Character creator- male/female, face, skin tone, hair, hair color, and facial hair.
  • In-game cutscenes.
  • A bar is used as your main hub where can choose hunts to take on and interact with other players and characters.
  • Tutorial missions at the start to break you in.
  • Camp- build and upgrade your camp to create a save and spawn point along with the ability to sleep.
  • Many mechanics at work- energy levels, water, food, and carry capacity.
  • Get injuries that obscure your game like concussion will cause the game to go blurry and out of focus intermittently.
  • Map- comes all filled in with animal locations but you can add and discover new points of interest. A handful of markers like danger, resources, or a good hunting spot.
  • Earn EXP to get points to put into abilities like sneak better, carry more items, access to more recipes or recover more when resting.
  • Forage stones, sticks, and food from the land.
  • Day/night cycle.
  • Noise meter and notifications.
  • You can buy and sell goods with Nancy at the lodge.
  • Buy new clothing to change your stats, buy scopes, rations, and callers.
  • ATV for covering a lot of ground.
  • Find parking spots for fast travel with the RV.
  • Hunter senses will show anything interactive within a certain range.

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Open Country Review Cons:

  • Limited character creator choices.
  • Bare minimum graphic settings.
  • Performance issues.
  • Slow-paced.
  • The map markers don’t show up on the navigation bar until you are close by.
  • Close to “point of interest” text pops up constantly even if you are in the place!
  • Missions cannot be pinned to the screen and instead you have to keep bringing up the menu.
  • No indication you have done a mission or a mission step.
  • The early parts of the game are just a lot of back and forth between areas.
  • No easy way to track kills.
  • Render pop-in makes it very hard to see things.
  • You cannot rest if you don’t have enough food or your meters are too low.
  • Hunter sense requires the drawing of your resource bars.
  • A small set of crafting recipes.
  • Couldn’t get the online to work properly.
  • Slow not fun mission structure.
  • You don’t get mission markers on the compass bar.
  • Had it several times where icons wouldn’t show on the compass bar or the noise meter wouldn’t show or work.
  • You can’t lie down. when on the ATV the camera will start going crazy.
  • Feels scripted with animals in guaranteed places.
  • Animations are janky.
  • Small jumps or drops can randomly cause a concussion.
  • Spend more time managing your meters than hunting.
  • Doesn’t do anything different.
  • Feels like a step back from the genre.

Related post: Hunting Simulator 2 Review (Xbox Series S)

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Open Country:

Official website.

Developer: Funlabs

Publisher: 505 Games

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  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 5/10
    Sound - 5/10
  • 6/10
    Accessibility - 6/10
  • 5/10
    Length - 5/10
  • 5/10
    Fun Factor - 5/10
5.6/10

Summary

Hunting games are one of my favorite genres with my virtual kills in the 1000s, I’ve played arcade to full simulation hunting games so I was eager to check out Open Country. I wish I didn’t bother to be honest, straight off the bat the graphic settings are nonexistent, the graphics whilst not the worst they are certainly not the best, and with constant pop in and slowdown, seeing anything is impossible. I don’t like the mission structure especially for the first hour, you go to an area hunt or collect something then return back to the RV then the lodge to get 2 seconds of dialogue then it’s rinsed and repeat. You earn exp and get to put points into many stats to increase or decrease their efficiency but even that is basic and it never felt like it worked or had any profound effect. Shooting is horrible and Sluggish, it gets a tad better when you eventually get a scope but that’s a long way off. Hunting is more arcade than sim and the tracking is so minimal I prefer to say it doesn’t use it. The meters to show how much noise you make is broken with it deciding at random if it even shows up! I don’t like beating games up but this feels like an early doors demo of a game that isn’t sure where it wants to go. Open Country never sits in a lane and instead tries a lot but succeeds in none of them. It might be cheap but at the moment the game just isn’t there, from the performance to the gameplay, it’s just a huge letdown and very underwhelming bordering on disappointing. Be prepared to spend all your time managing your meters rather than hunting.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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