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the Forest - Adventure Game
the Forest - Adventure Game review
Then the game is named “The Forest”, it must be an unusual forest. That’s right. When the protagonist Eric and his son Timmy survive a plane crash over a peninsula densely covered with forest, they soon discover that it’s inhabited by strange anthropomorphic creatures. Are they cannibals? Or can one get along with them? It’s a mystery, but there are others, just as creepy.
It’s a first-person survival game, with stealth elements as well as action, one of those popular in the 2010s. But, unlike fiery games like ARK: Survival Evolved, this one is down-to-earth, with even fantastic elements looking real. There is no civilization you can build from scratch: just primitive houses and simple weapons. You don’t have time to build cities: it would take more hands than two. Moral choices you make are often imperfect, as you’re not positive enough.
All this, plus great visuals, make the game so impressive. Its 3D world is large and mostly open: there are no predefined quests you are instructed about. You feel like a real urban dweller who suddenly happens in the wild and doesn’t know what to do. You are now responsible to protect yourself from the mutants, get yourself and your son enough food, provide a safe place to sleep, and so on.
The mutants are ambivalent in their attitude. They may seem friendly or at least neutral in the daytime. But in the night they’re out hunting, and you are the game. So protect yourself with all your intelligence and craftiness. Along with survival among the cannibals, you investigate the mystery of their origin.
Games like this often offer a multiplayer mode, simulating a group of survivors under the same circumstances. But the developers of The Forest explicitly say they are not interested in following Rust or other survivals. They prefer to let the player focus on the story, while the multiplayer is rather process-oriented. So, the game supports teams with up to 9 members, but the single-player mode seems deeper and more elaborate. On the other hand, after you’re through with the core mission, it’s not as much fun anymore, and multiplayer mode gives you a reason to spend a little more time in the game.
To provide even deeper immersion, the game supports VR (so far in PC version only). The officially supported headsets include Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, as well as other headsets compliant to SteamVR standards. If you want the deepest experience out of this game, you should at least try it.
The game is $19.99, and it means it assumes no microtransactions. The only thing that matters is your skill and inventiveness. Everything you may ever need is just around you… and within you.
The Forest, published by Endnight Games in April 2018, is a huge success, selling over five million for Windows and Sony PlayStation. The team of just four people has made an incredible bulk of work. But now they are probably back to their primary job, making special effects for some Hollywood blockbuster. Hope that’s why The Forest hasn’t received updates since February 2019.
- Nonlinear gameplay;
- Incredible immersion;
- Science fiction and mystic organically married;
- VR supported.
- The gory scenes are too terrifying for the game;
- The game seems abandoned since February 2019.