The original Left 4 Dead brought us murderous zombie multiplayer mayhem polished to a sheen and on a scale gamers had never before experienced. The simple premise of a team-based survival horror game jam-packed with so many zombies that even Serious Sam sat up and took notice had a universal and lasting appeal—one that led to an equally successful sequel and whispers of a third game in-development over at Valve. How could Turtle Rock Studios, the creators of Left 4 Dead, possibly follow up their own act? Let’s take a look at Evolve.
Evolve doesn’t stray far from its developer’s co-op gaming roots, but it builds on them in significant ways. Turtle Rock’s sci-fi multiplayer shooter finds a team of four alien hunters dropshipped onto a planet. Their only goal: to survive and take down a giant, powerful alien monster who is also player-controlled. Each hunter is a different class, and offers up different skills that complement those of their team members. In order for the hunters to have any shot at taking down the monster, they’ll have to function seamlessly as a team, with each member knowing when and where to situationally use their particular skill.
The four hunter classes include Assault, Medic, Support, and Trapper. Each class plays differently from a strategic perspective and will present new depth to your gameplay style as you play each one. Assaults carry the big guns, but Supports are no offensive slouch and additionally offer shielding abilities, while Medics heal teammates and slow the beast down with tranq darts and Trappers snare a target for a certain amount of time, allowing the team to deal some heavy damage.
Meanwhile, playing as the monster gives you access to a metric ton of hit points and special abilities, including (in the case of the first monster debuted in the trailer above, named Goliath) throwing boulders, breathing fire, and charging at or performing a leap attack on your opponents. While it may seem unfair to be outnumbered 4 to 1, the monster also has the ability to level up, or evolve, so to speak, by capturing and devouring other wildlife he encounters in the level. Accordingly, the longer the match goes on, the more it swings in the monster’s favor, while it’s generally in the best interest of the hunters to end things as quickly as possible.
We’re looking forward to getting our hands on Evolve as soon as possible, but it sounds like we’ll have to at least wait until this fall, at which point the game launches on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
In other gaming news this week, release your inner goat, speculate on the death of Xbox, spend your Valentine’s Day gaming, and more. Read on!
- If you’ve ever wanted to wantonly run around as a goat and “ruin parties and trash houses”, well, Goat Simulator (coming this spring to PCs via Steam for $9.99) is your kind of game.
- The Thief reboot is coming soon, and Looking Glass Studios is amping up their media release. This week, we meet the Thief Taker General, who isn’t terribly keen on Garrett traipsing around the city.
- Could Microsoft really be contemplating killing the Xbox? According to the Washington Post, a couple of influential shareholders are hoping so. Something to keep an eye on...
- Warner Bros. doesn’t seem to be particulary concerned with maintaining a good relationship with their fanbase. Their latest Batman offering, Arkham Origins, suffers from some game-breaking bugs that have actively been preventing some players from completing the game, but according to their community manager, no patches are in the pipeline.
- Rockstar wants you to spend your Valentine’s Day in Los Santos, and plan to encourage you to do so by releasing a Valentine’s Day Massacre Special free update for GTA Online.
- Speaking of Valentine’s Day gaming (and judge not, because this is how us humble bloggers plan to spend Feb 14), remember that the hotly anticipated single player DLC for The Last of Us, titled Left Behind, launches this Friday as well. If you’ve been itching to revisit the game’s ruined America or shiv a few Infected, be sure to pull this down.