Scum is an Early Access open world survival game, so you probably know the general drill: spawn on an island with essentially nothing, run around gathering resources to craft stuff, loot houses for gear, watch out for zombies and other players, and keep yourself fed, hydrated, and healthy.The simulation running beneath it is an extensive one, however. As Tyler noted in his preview back in April, Scum has a heck of a lot of meters that allow you to track the status of your character to an extreme degree, everything from your heartbeat to your vitamin and mineral intake, what's in your stomach and what's passing through your digestive track, and even how many teeth you have.With all that simulation comes a lot of gross stuff: if a game is tracking the amount and type of food passing through your intestines, you can probably guess it doesn't simply disappear when it leaves your body. It's not all disgusting: there's some pretty cool stuff I've also come across playing it this week. I'll … [Read more...] about Cannibalism, crafting, and extreme bodily functions in survival game Scum
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Oceanic survival game Raft is one of the biggest Steam hits of the year. Now that many players have arrived at its Early Access ending, we’re on the hook for new updates. Last week, indie developer Redbeet posted a teaser for new additions, featuring a scary looking bird. But it’s likely that any new update will include a lot more new stuff. Raft began life as a 2016 student project in Sweden, which was posted onto itch.io as a free demo, gaining a significant following. Last month, a paid version of the game was launched on Steam, where it currently sells for $19.99. The game quickly became a hit, selling more than 400,000 copies in its first two weeks, according to Steamspy, and reaching number three in the Steam charts. It’s been tearing up YouTube with Let’s Play videos amassing hundreds of thousands of views, while also being picked up by big YouTubers like The Family Gaming Team. But as players pass the current in-game finish line, its popularity has … [Read more...] about What’s next for oceanic survival game Raft?
Metro Exodus has some bad news for agoraphobes: this latest instalment in the irradiated series will see hero Artyom leave the dark tunnels and bunkers that have been its traditional stomping ground, and head out into more open world areas. Not the the open world seems to be much friendlier than cloying darkness of the tunnels...Read moreThe best upcoming games of 2018As Artyom, you're one of the survivors of a nuclear war that destroyed civilization as we know it. On this new journey you're joined by your wife, Anna and a bunch of Spartan rangers, and you can expect delays because you're travelling by train. Your first stop? A patch of desolate Russian wilderness, which you can explore at your leisure. The story is pretty clear about directing you towards a church in the distance, but this is not one of those ones with the fun hymns and the potluck dinner afterwards. There are no object markers, just a map and a compass, which makes a directionally challenged player like me … [Read more...] about Metro Exodus brings the underground series into the light, and adds new open-world sections
I'm a pretty bad neighbor in Grimmwood. I help myself to food and weapons from the communal storage shed in town without asking. I silently explore for hours without contributing to the town's defenses. I ignore the global chat almost completely. I'm like the guy who doesn't kick in a few bucks to pay for the pizza but then helps himself to a couple slices when it arrives.But something changes all that. Something softens my heart. Something makes me want to reach out and connect with the other members of the community. And that something is me getting in big trouble and having to beg for help.Grimmwood, now in free open beta, is a 'social survival game'. Players, randomly grouped together, inhabit a town on a procedurally generated map. Every night at midnight monsters attack the town, and every night their attacks get more and more deadly. That gives everyone all day to explore, gather resources, craft weapons and tools, and fortify the town's defenses in hopes of surviving the night … [Read more...] about Testing the kindness of strangers in Grimmwood, a ‘social survival game’ now in free open beta
A continued focus on characters and choice ensures State of Decay is unlike any other zombie game around. It’s been a good few years for games starring the undead. There’s The Last of Us, of course, and Sony is also prepping Days Gone. Dying Light is brilliant and, though Dead Rising has lost its way, its brother, Resident Evil, returned to greatness last year. Among all of its zombie-slashing siblings, State of Decay is unique, however – and that’s my favourite thing about it. A focus on survivors and hope is what makes State of Decay stand out. Where other universes descend into the grim darkness of man’s inhumanity to man or zombie-suplexing cheese, State of Decay keeps it grounded and simple. In a bad situation, people band together, though survival is by no means assured. My hands-on session for State of Decay 2 drops me into the game several hours in and in a pretty good situation. My community of survivors is well stocked with ammunition, gas, … [Read more...] about State of Decay 2 hands-on: a thrillingly open-ended survival experience – but with the open world bug woes you’d expect