Well its been a while since I have logged into this site, I was very surprised by the new set up and how everything is laid out now. So now that I am back there is something I really want to get off my chest about a certain game series and the developers. Those of you who read my awful reviews on Valve/ Turtle Rock's Left 4 Dead games, I have seen a new light and have a new sense of feeling toward them and respect for the developers. Let me say this: Valve is a great developer and have made some great games in the past (Half Life, Team Fortress, Portal) and Left 4 Dead is no exception. My angry and hatred for those games came from me not playing the games right. These games are made to be played with friends and to work together to survive, and I sorely did not do that to its full potential. So over all, Left 4 Dead is good in my eyes, maybe not my cup of tea, but good for everyone else who wants some fun killing zombies.
Now what I am really excited for is the next game that is in development by Turtle Rock and Valve. And that game is Evolve. This game has got me really excited. For those of you who are unaware of this game, Evolve is a cooperative multiplayer shooter being developed by Turtle Rock. The premise is that four players control four different hunters who belong to a specific class (the classes being Assault, Medic, Support, and Trapper). All classes work and play differently and they all have the same goal, hunt down and kill the monster that is hidden in the area. Now here is the twist, the monster isn't an AI its also a person, and creates a four versus one scenario that I haven't seen in a game. The monster starts out as being rather weak and has to consume wild life or other players so it can evolve and grow stronger, and may even turn the tide against the hunters. The hunters have to deal with tracking down the monster sooner rather than later and also have to contend with the hostile wild life and work together to find and kill the creature. With that being said they're some other aspects that I want to address. Like mentioned before, the wild life on the planet(s) is far from safe, some are hostile and will attack the players out right or only when provoked. This will add a whole new layer of strategy and suspense for both the hunters and the monster. It has also been stated that there will be more characters in each class, more monsters, and probably more planets and areas to explore, so the possibilities are huge.
My concerns are mainly the fact that I am wondering how many different characters, monsters, and maps will be available from the start, but a lot of this can be filled in with DLC. On the topic of maps, how large will they be? Too big? Too small? The balancing may be an issue, but we will see in the days to come.
Finally I would like to draw attention to another game called Outrise. At the moment only some concept art exists but it seems a lot similar to Evolve in a sense. The concept of this game is more of a cooperative, Shadow of the Colossus where 15 players are on the ground or vehicles and have to take down a giant machine/monster that is also controlled by a player. This game has its similarities to Evolve but I think they both have enough fresh ideas that they can be both great games and worth checking out.
Well its great to be back and I look forward to writing more reviews and blogs very soon.