I finally had an opportunity to play a Demo of EVOLVE, and GOD DAMN! It is EVERYTHING I thought it would be!
If you’ve been living under a rock and didn’t manage to catch ANY E3 news then you may not be aware of this fantastic game. Evolve is a 4v1 Multiplayer Boss battle where one player gets to control the Boss character and the other 4 players are a team of hunters trying to take that monster down. It won almost every award you could possibly think of at E3 and, from everything we heard, was set to be this holiday seasons biggest hit. They were not wrong.
There are 4 classes of hunter, Assault, Support, Trapper and Medic, each with a series of special weapons to assist in taking down the monster. The key to this game is teamwork. No one character can do it alone. In order to succeed you all need to communicate and work as a team, using your specialized skills to help each other. Trappers can use a portable arena to prevent the monster from escaping, Support can use a cloaking field so the monster can’t see you or the Assault can use their Personal Shield to soak up any damage the monster can dish out. These are just a few of the nifty little tricks you’ll have up your sleeve, and to top it off, each class will have three character options with there own load out of awesome gear.
As the monster it’s a whole new ball game. You travel across the map killing and eating every other creature in sight until you gain enough experience to evolve into your next stage. You’ll also be able to give yourself a range of special abilities from Charge attacks to Fire breath to assist you in the battle. At your earliest stage you won’t be strong enough to take out the hunters so it’s important to try and stay out of sight, but as you evolve you’ll get stronger and much harder to kill. If/When you finally run into the hunters in your third and final stage, prepare to have the most epic battle of your life. Hunters have some sneaky tricks to try and take you down so definitely keep an eye out.
As I mentioned earlier, there are many other creatures that occupy the planet. Some of these creatures are peaceful, others not so much. The amount of times as a hunter that I was devoured by a giant plant or attacked by a creature hiding in the water was insane. There are also creatures that can give you a permanent boost like extra damage, speed and poison attacks. This works for both the Hunters and the Monster and can really change the way you play.
The game itself looks and sounds gorgeous and while the animations have occasional clipping issues and the jumping and climbing can sometimes be a little blocky, in no way does it hinder the amount of fun you will have while playing this game. The version we played was an early PC build played with Xbox 360 controllers so these issues may potentially be fixed by the time we get to the official release anyway.
All in all, I cannot wait to play this game some more. October cannot come fast enough. Pre Order this game now, you don’t want to miss out on the action.
Xbox One players will get an Exclusive Beta sometime in Spring (AUS) and Evolve will release worldwide on October 21st, 2014.