First thoughts after spawning in this new world
Unlike most survival survival games these days (at least multiplayer focused ones) we start off with a cutscene. You as the player ‘interacting’ with your son before your plane crashes on an island. You soon discover that it is inhabited by these tribal men as they are taking your son.
Your task now is to survive on this island by any means necessary and find your son and the other people from the flight. The game does a good job of informing you of what you need to do without being too overbearing. The HUD is not even present, even while aiming a bow. You have to judge for yourself where the arrow will go.
The game has this hardcore feeling at first but it is actually not exactly like that. Unless you select one of the harder difficulties, it can be a relatively comfortable experience until you progress a bit during the game. The crafting might take some getting used to but it is not that bad in hindsight.
The island and its inhabitants
The island size is relatively small compared to other survival games, so there is not much to it on the surface. On the island you’ll find a lot of interesting stuff. Villages with loot to collect, cave entrances ETC. You will also encounter animals you can pillage for materials and food.
Alongside those you will encounter humans on the island. The game officially labels them as mutants so let’s just call them that. Their pattern can be very unpredictable so choosing how to attack them can prove difficult at first. They come in different variants which we will not spoil.
You can also find sea life in the water too. Just be careful not to venture to far in unless you want to become shark food.
Other than that you’ve got your basic survival game activities: cutting trees, collecting food, farming, making a shelter ETC.
Combat and gameplay aspect
Gameplay wise it is nothing groundbreaking in terms of the genre. You have your standard ‘eat and drink to survive’ gimmick. Just be careful what you drink and what you eat, not everything is edible. Having no HUD might sound challenging, but aside from aiming certain weapons, it is not an issue at all in our opinion. It actually helps the game be less intrusive.
Combat is relatively straight forward when it comes to melee. You can block and attack, and depending on the weapon will determine how strong each of those aspects are. Some of the range weapons can be tricky to use at first like we said previously, as there is not HUD to help you aim you will have to trust your instinct with the trajectory of the projectile.
Overall it has solid gameplay, nothing to write home about but it works well enough to keep us entertained
The size of the map is decent, not too big and not too small. We’ve mentioned how you can find villages across the island but you can also find shipwrecks, boat on the water… all with varying amounts of loot.
The real challenge comes when exploring the caves. We won’t reveal too much, but the caves feel like the proper gauntlets of the game. Goes without saying that without the proper gear (or a light source) surviving down there would prove very difficult. However if you do manage to overcome all that each cave comes with some rather neat rewards and upgrades as well as story related items.
There is much more to it than the stuff we’ve just mentioned, but for the sake of not revealing everything, we’ll stop there.
In conclusion, the forest is a very good survival game. Whether you are playing it solo or multiplayer, it’s a good time. There is enough in it to keep you entertained, and while the combat is nothing to write home about it the exploration makes up for it.
If you are a fan of this genre, this is a good addition to your library