You’re gonna hear me roar.
Games like Evolve are the games that you have to play with friends. Coming previous games that offer big worlds and concepts but sadly doesn’t deliver (you know who you are), Evolve embodies its title and delivers an equally awesome multiplayer gaming experience that gets better with each gameplay.
Set on a distant planet called Shear, Evolve tells the story of humans who have established colonies on this planet, which is being attacked by a group malevolent ‘Monsters’. William Cabot was the person assigned to deal with these so called alien Monsters, letting him assemble a team (called ‘Hunters’) that would help eliminate the threat. These Hunters mainly consists of expendables, psychopaths and war veterans.
Presented as an asymmetrical multiplayer only game (there is no single player campaign), Evolve lets you play either the Monster or one of the four Hunters. The first person game lets you well, evolve your skills as you progress through the game. As a Hunter, you can either kill the Monster or complete a separate objective depending on the type of gameplay that you choose. As a Monster, you have the ability to kill other creatures and hunters and with this, it can help you gain more powers for more powerful attacks.
With Evolve, teamwork is key since the playing part of the four team Hunters require all of you to work together to help defeat the Monster. Four of the Hunters come from four classes: a trapper, a support, a medic, and an assault class and as you may have noticed, all of these classes need to work together for a successful fight against the Monster – Trappers can help slow down the Monster while Assaults and Support help bring it down . Medics are there to help fallen comrades.
When you play the Monster, you are also expected to do your best against surviving the Hunters. You also get to unlock other types of Monsters that you can help grow stronger each time you feed on a victim or any form of wildlife. You also need to learn tactical and subtle attacks which weirdly emulates how a creature like that will be in a real world setting.
The more you play with Evolve is where it gets more interesting and more challenging. What a budding fit for a game title. While the main aspect of the game is to engage your friends on a multiplayer setting, bots are also available if you decide to play alone – which sounds less fun that it already is.
Graphics are great, but nothing that would stand out as a game made for next generation consoles, but you won’t really care much for those aspects considering how awesome the gameplay is. That being said, the progression system can be annoying at times, but that’s just a small nuisance for a game that will definitely have you playing for hours on end.