This review is an unedited version of the review written by Zombie Dredd and published in the Tech Magazine: Issue 23 July 2015.
Evolve is a game that promised to evolve the first-person shooter genre but sadly missed the mark.
While many readers may prefer their games to feature a single-player story, Evolve is a game that all but removes that aspect and forces players online to join their friends or faceless partners from around the world in a battle featuring a three-storey monster and four human hunters.
Players can play as either one of four hunter classes or one of the three available monsters, with both the hunters and monsters varying in the abilities they bring to the fight. The hunters need to ensure that the monster does not evolve to a more powerful stage, with the goal to generally kill the monster, while the monster needs to feed on the local wild life, evolve and kill the hunters.
The game does feature a number of modes that include – as hunters – saving civilians on the planet Shear, but ultimately, if you kill the monster you will still win the round without achieving the objectives.
For a lot of players, the idea that they will need to play online will put them off the game, but thankfully, there is an option to play the game without real-life partners (or opponents), and let the computer control the rest. This does not however make up for the missing single-player campaign, and the computer-controlled partners prove to be pretty useless at times – especially as you need to rely on effective teamwork to take the monster down.
The attraction for many may be the fact that they can play as a monster in the game. Each monster is unique, with the Goliath being a powerful but slow creature, the Wraith being a speedy and agile one and the Kraken being the in-betweener.
The game is one of the better looking first-person shooter games in a while and it does try to change the traditional shooter formula with its ‘asymmetrical’ (four versus one) gameplay. Tracking elements, circling birds over dead wild life and other general attempts to add to the feeling of being the hunter (or hunted) is certainly unique.
However, all of this and the monsters themselves are just not enough to make the game a must-buy. Combined with the repetitive gameplay generally, it’s difficult to recommend the game to players wanting a good single-player experience, but for those looking for some co-operative action, the game may entertain for a while.
Available for: Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC
Distributed by: Megarom Interactive and available at all retailers of games