From a first-person shooter perspective, players travel through remote expanses of craggy foothills, pine forest, and snow-swept mountainside, to stalk towering moose and elk, sure-footed mountain rams, and more than a few big, angry bears. Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2012 sticks to the series' tradition of realistic hunting simulation in extreme outdoor conditions. Building upon intricacy of the virtual wildernesses in previous Cabela's games, Big Game Hunter 2012's environments offer the player more choices while posing new dangers.

In some locations, virtual hunters can climb above the brush for a better shot, but risk being spotted themselves. Those who choose the low ground may be well concealed, but have poor visibility of their surroundings. Each of the animals is programmed with authentic behaviors, and observing their movements can yield clues to their mood and future actions. The wilderness is rife with natural hazards, so players must balance speed with safety when the trail leads through difficult terrain. The game's dynamic weather system also adds a realistic unpredictability.

To even the odds, a wide selection of virtual firearms and Cabela's brand outdoor equipment is available, as virtual hunters gear up before each expedition. Rifle upgrades and special-use accessories can be purchased as players progress through the game. As with the previous year's Dangerous Hunts 2011, Big Game Hunter 2012 is specifically compatible with the Top Shot Elite Wii Remote gunstock. ~ T.J. Deci, All Game Guide