I’m surprised nobody has made this yet, and I originally didn’t want to, but someone told me they wanted to hear about it, and the fact that we just today got word on the alpha, best chance to make it is now, so here it goes. This first post will be about Kraken, and I’m going to tell you about it unlike any review you’ve read before. Please tell me if you want more. This is gona be long…
(If anyone has played the game and wants to share some moments (even you, devs) then please go ahead)
All along I’ve wanted to play as the monster, it not only allows me to beat entire teams alone, but carries a deeper personal meaning, but enough of that, here’s how playing Kraken was,
When the match started, it showed the awesome beast on human territory, eating the corpse of a dead human with a message following that said “Run, the hunters are coming!” which immediately put me in a flight response. Instead of a jump (or flying), I lift off into the air and glide, much like the ability in Infamous. I felt an urge to be meticulous and do things a certain way, such as: don’t dwell in one area, leave as little tracks as possible, only eat things you can kill in one hit, don’t use abilities as they cause noise (which let me remind everyone, noise is a HUGE factor is this game for both sides). These rules I gave myself drove my character onward in directions I didn’t plan, almost as if I was an actual animal, using only my surroundings as my sense of direction. Never before have I done that in a game.
As I just filled my meter for stage 2, a pack of trapjaws arrived to stop me, and they really did feel like the game’s version of a bully, not scary, or threatening, but like C’MON MAN!!! That took effort and time with hunters not far behind, and they nearly just ruined it (if not for my evolve meter being full). Being the calculated person I am, I used the trapjaws as a diversion and sound cover up for the noise of my evolution. It worked perfectly, and oh, how satisfying it felt to be a new, bigger, and badder creature.
After narrowly escaping the grasp of the hunters (which I did so by not letting the trapper get me in their line of sight), the process began once more. Speeding up to the final fight to keep it shorter than it has to be, I was stage three and felt that finally, I was in control. After so long of being chased and pressed forward, the fact that the choice of where to fight, how to fight, and how the fight goes, is now up to ME, was as relieving as it was rewarding for living that long. Screw my past rules, it was go time!
In short, I started by luring the hunters from the generator by keeping out of view, drawing them toward my little pocket under the building until SURPRISE!!! As I’ve stated in other posts, the key to beating Lazarus is to focus him but just as important, to always attack two people at once. As Kraken, it’s important that you think a step ahead of them, guess their next move, keep tracks of your cooldowns, etc.
Laz down, Hyde down, oh I sense their realization that they saw this wasn’t going their way, being zapped by this living lighting storm that is the Kraken, and they ran. After killing two and downing the rest, feeling near victorious, I wondered why the fight didn’t end, that was until a 400 pound rhino skinned mutt with an actual spike mohawk started CLIMBING THE GOD DAMN WALL (looked as though she was running away to delay for dropship, no teammates in that direction either, smart as hell AI), which might’ve not been surprising if it weren’t for the fact that I evolved next to a pack of those things!.
Anyway, downed Daisy, won the game, and that, was my first ever taste of Evolve… and I am sorry for that length. If you want more, say so, and which class.