Multiplayer and co-op gaming is just as popular as ever, and so game makers must figure out fresh and exciting new ways to build on that popularity.
One such game that seeks to deliver that unique experience and is getting a lot of buzz is titled Evolve. Various video game reporters were able to get their hands on the game recently, and some very intriguing information is coming out. Basically, the game is designed as a five-person cooperative multiplayer experience where players try to hunt and kill a vicious monster. The catch? Only four of you or your friends will be hunting the monster…the 5th player IS the monster.
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Evolve comes from Turtle Rock Studios, the developer behind Left 4 Dead, and 2K Games. It’s a mixture of first-person and third-person gameplay, the former if you’re one of the hunters and the latter if you’re the monster. But you won’t just be running around a map shooting at the monster wildly. Strategy is a key element to this game.
Each of the four hunter players will have to choose from a class, and none can choose the same class. Each one of the four will have their own abilities, as well as jobs they’ll be required to do for the benefit of the team using said abilities. Working together and using the various skills as a cohesive unit will be paramount to successfully hunting the monster. Fail to do so…and you’re likely going to become a quick meal.
Here’s a description of the four classes and their importance from Kotaku (be sure to click the link for much more information on the game):
The classes all play very differently, and you’ll have to dispatch with a full complement of the four classes: Medic, Assault, Support and Trapper. (You can’t, say, dispatch with four medics.) There is simply no way to effectively fight the monster unless you stick to your class’s designated skill: The medic must shoot a healing ray at injured party members, support must fire shields at the assault guy as he attacks, the trapper must smartly restrict the movement of the beast in order to let the rest of the team do damage. Teamwork is crucial, and communication is key. Without either of those things, the monster will destroy you, particularly since the monster player doesn’t have to worry about either teamwork or communication.
The objective of the game is simple: kill the monster. Do that, and you win. If you’re the monster, you either take out the hunters or evolve a couple of times and complete a certain objective, such as getting past some defenses to some scientists and taking them out.
Speaking of evolving, that’s pretty important…as you might have guessed. When playing as the monster, you’re vulnerable at first and will want to avoid the hunters. You’ll get a head start, but the human players have ways of tracking you and you’ll want to get them off your scent as quickly as possible. Once you feel safe, you can concentrate on trying to evolve. This is done by hunting and feeding on the various animals that live in the area—animals the hunters will have to sometimes deal with as well, as can be seen in the videos below. The bigger the animal the tougher to take down, but the more rewarding toward evolving. Each time you do evolve your monster gets stronger and more dangerous. Hit the max level three of evolution and you’ll become a nightmare that the hunters will want to hide from.
Evolve will be released on PC Physical, PC Download, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 later this year in the fall, and will feature multiple maps and monsters—the one seen in the video below is the only one that’s been seen so far. And though the game is an online multiplayer game, you will have the option to play and practice offline with/against AI companions/enemies, which is a big plus.
Oh, right, one last thing…jetpacks! That is all.
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