Before Call of Duty, Battlefield, or Halo, there was the first-person shooter that started it all – Duck Hunt. You may chuckle at that, but Duck Hunt really was a groundbreaking game, and is still one of the most recognizable and widely-played shooters of all time. Well, one clever fan has harnessed the power of current-gen shooter Halo 5: Guardians to recreate the old-school fun of Duck Hunt, with an all-new twist.
Created by Halo 5 Forge User Spartan Blood 1, this version of Duck Hunt lets you blast away at a TV featuring a scene very similar to the one in the original NES game, but something’s different. You’re not blasting ducks, you’re shooting tiny Spartans, who are actually controlled by other players. The players in the TV have to stay out of harm’s way by using energy swords to bounce around, while the shooter tries to take them down with a limited amount of ammo. Really, it’s pretty clever.
Oh, and playing as one of the “ducks” actually looks kind of freaky. You’re suddenly tiny, stuck in a giant TV, and trying desperately to dodge the incoming volley of gunfire – is this what we’ve been putting those poor 8-bit ducks through all these years? I almost feel bad for them. Almost. You can download the Halo 5 Duck Hunt game, right here.
By the way, did you know that it was possible for a second player to control the ducks in the original NES Duck Hunt? Just choose “Game A,” and you can take command of the ducks using a standard NES controller. Despite the dozens of hours I spent playing Duck Hunt as a kid, I somehow didn’t know that.
Halo 5: Guardians is currently available on Xbox One. Duck Hunt, meanwhile, is available on the NES and in updated form on the Wii U (believe it or not).