Taste Test: Evolve Closed Beta

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Posted January 19, 2015 by in Asymmetrical
This is Taste Test, a series where we give an overview and our first impressions on a game. This time we take a look at the Evolve Closed Beta

We had a chance to play a couple of hours of Turtle Rock Studio’s upcoming asymmetrical multiplayer shooter Evolveand we made a quick video of it explaining the concepts of the game and our first impressions of it.

Overview

In Evolve, four hunters face-off against a single, player-controlled monster, in a new generation of asymmetrical competitive/co-operative multiplayer.

  • 4V1 – Grab three friends and hunt the monster or stalk the humans as the evolving beast. Whichever side you choose, you will have access to powerful weapons and abilities that deliver balanced, competitive gameplay.
  • Hunt Together or Die Alone – Choose a hunter that fits your play style. Whether you play as the Trapper, Support, Assault, or Medic, every role is vital and teamwork is key in surviving an encounter with the monster.
  • Beast of Prey – As the monster – the lone predator – you are the boss battle. Use savage abilities and an animalistic sense to wreak havoc, kill the humans and prove you are the dominant species.
  • Savage Planet – Neither flora nor fauna are friendly on planet Shear. Fall victim to natural hazards or use them strategically against your prey.
  • Character Customisation– Level up to unlock new upgrades, skins and perks for your favorite class: hunter or monster.  Earn your infamy on the leaderboards and become the apex predator.
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Positives

  • Core gameplay is fun, hunting the monster is highly frenetic, forces you to co-operate with teammates. Being the monster is empowering.
  • Great atmosphere; hearing monster footsteps and roars in the distance is exciting
  • Nice environment and level design
  • Maps are suitably varied, plenty of options for verticality opening up another dimension for strategy
  • Badges, weapon masteries, achievements and global leaderboards are good motivators to continue playing

Negatives

  • Can take a while to find and join a game, especially if you’re in a party
  • When you aren’t actively fighting the monster, you can spend upwards of 10 minutes just looking for it, which is tedious as all hell
  • Getting hit by the monster staggers and launches you, making it extremely difficult to do anything if you’re targeted
  • The cutscene where you’re dropped out of the ship after death, is time-consuming
  • Flora and fauna of the world are annoyingly obtrusive; sometimes they drop perks upon death, but most of the time they just hinder progress and waste your time when they get you in a death grip and force your teammates to come rescue you.

Closing thoughts

  • When the round is constantly full of action, it can definitely be a lot of fun. Tides constantly shifting in battle, forming strategies, team-building and planning etc.
  • Other rounds are constantly full of down time; waiting around, tracking, hiding. Can get very boring.
  • Playing as the monster works surprisingly well as a stealth game. The sneaking and avoiding until you can level up gets pretty interesting, especially when you’re such a large target
  • There should be persistent leveling for the hunters just like there is for the monster, otherwise the odds are really stacked against you
  • The Kraken is OP. I’ve never seen it beaten.
  • This game is probably most enjoyed with people you know, or at least have a direct line of communication with your party members
  • Evolve has potential to get old after a while; hopefully it will be consistently supported with content post-release

You can pre-purchase most major game retailers like EB Games or digital distributors like Steam. You’ll have the chance to become an apex predator when it comes out February 10th, 2015. Now, have you tried the beta? If you have, please let us know what you think of it!

 
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