So Turtle Rock Studios (the guys behind Left 4 Dead), headed off from Valve and decided to make a 4v1 game where one player takes on the role of the monster and the other four are hunters working together to track, trap and kill the monster. Whilst the hunters do their job the Monster is given a few options to win the game, either killing the hunters outright or munching on wildlife and evolving to the point it can destroy a generator on the level. Whilst the game comes out in February 2015 those pre-ordering the game or lucky enough to obtain a code have been able to play an Alpha Test the past weekend. Due to some initial problems the Alpha’s been extended until the 4th.
After playing the game for a while I couldn’t help but feel like it was an epic game of Pong, each side using their abilities to the best of their… uh ability, until one side wins the game. There are 4 hunter classes, each with their own advantage over the monster. When working together this group can effectively defend and take down the monster but if one or more players slip up they’ll be a lot more vulnerable to attacks from the monster. The Monster player needs to make the best use of their abilities too, be it fire breath, throwing rocks or electrocuting enemies from above. Players can earn perks for their character over the course of many games much like Battlefield’s progression system. They can also unlock variants of their class giving access to slightly different weapons, or unlock an entirely new monster capable of a different style of gameplay.
I’ve really been enjoying the Alpha and will probably end up pre-ordering the game at some point, my only hesitation is that the game might burn out too quickly. The developers have stated that there will be more content than seen in the Alpha at release, maps, hunters, game modes and a third monster but when compared to their previous game Left for Dead I can’t help feel I want more.
The three maps shown during the Alpha are extremely similar to the point I’m not even sure which one I’m playing on half the time. If we had varied settings, say a city full of humans to munch on or a failed containment facility with creatures on the lose I’d be a lot happier with my purchase and want to invest a lot more time in it. There is a possibility this sort of content will come out as DLC but with no indication as of yet what extra bang i’ll get for my buck three months before release I’m tempted to just pick this up on sale later in the year.
What have you thought about Evolve so far? If you’ve not had a chance to play yet this set of Evolve Big Alpha Keys (PC) just might be what you’re looking for! First come first serve, all redeemable on Steam so go go go, evolve and have fun!