developer: Turtle Rock Studios
publisher: 2K Games
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet
Evolve is an online first person shooter, where appears combined cooperation and competition between players. The originators and creators of the game are the producers of the Turtle Rock studio, known mostly thanks to a popular game Left 4 Dead (prepared in partnership with the Valve Company).
Evolve is set in the future and tells the story of hunting monsters. The game has several modes of play, but in its basic form there are four mercenaries who fight with the beast. The beast is the fifth player. It is important that hunters have been described according to strictly specialized classes – there are involved in the hunt: trapper (or hunter), assault, medic and support unit. In the game there are also a few representatives of the class creatures, which you can play - each of them has a unique appearance and skills. One of the easiest to learn monsters is Goliath. It is something like King Kong with a fiery breath.
The matches in Evolve are different from what we know from the typical shooter game – the game is asynchronous and unique for each player. The hunters’ team begins for example from tracking monster – and this is a trapper’s specialization. This mercenary can lay out the sound probe, restrict movements of the enemy using a harpoon, or imprison him inside the force field temporarily. After fixing the position of the victim, the team must cooperate together - medic should heal, support unit should renew shield of companions and a assault has to attract the attention of a dangerous beast. In this part of game cooperation between players is important.
The situation looks completely different from the monster side. At the beginning of the game it has to flee from people who seek him and hunt animals and eat their meat. Only in this way the beast increases the chances to win the game - after consuming a right portion of carrion it may evolve into a stronger character. Then the player receives more points and the ability to choose the next special attacks. Animals which wander around maps can be also useful in other ways – they guarantee bonuses and take part in combats.
Evolve is Internet game and it has all the typical elements like similar games, including the ability to unlock new mercenaries, monsters and items. From the technical point, the game runs on CryEngine and looks good. Attention should be especially paid to interesting design of characters and monsters.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Intel Core i7 2.66 GHz/AMD A8-3870K 3 GHz, 6 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 760/Radeon R9 280 or better, 50 GB HDD, Windows 7 64-bit
Minimum: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz/AMD Athlon 64 X2 3.2 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB GeForce GTX 560/Radeon HD 5770 or better, 50 GB HDD, Windows 7 64-bit