Hey TRS devs and TRS forum members I thought I was time for me to do a write-up of my thoughts and experiences on Evolve and it’s beta.
Ever since the Alpha I found playing Evolve amazing it when it worked(see Connection section), and the beta didn’t disappoint. However over the 5 days it wasn’t all sunshine on the gameplay front, but it wasn’t any fault of TRS. Evolve is very much a know your role and play your damn role game, and with people being people that doesn’t always happen unfortunately. Evolve I would say has a moderate learning curve. Now because I’m a crazy person and have really geeked out about Evolve, I feel that gave me a good knowledge base about Evolve heading into the beta. I would say the game is like a fighting game in some sense in that the more you put into learning about Evolve the more you get out it. I did this by reading a hell of a lot of the TRS forums and watching way too many hours of @GentlemanSquirl streams picking up tips and tricks on how to play, and when to do the “walk of shame” as the hunters. However playing with people that aren’t crazy like me or didn’t understand that this is not COD was at times both annoying and boring.
What I’m talking about is with a team of inexperianced hunters you are kind of screwed due to each character being vital in doing their role, especially when the person that doesn’t know what they are doing are playing Trapper or Medic. One time I just quit out of an evac game after I noticed our Val wasn’t healing anyone and just shooting her sniper rifle. The boring comes from when you have inexperianced trappers that never do any trapping since they never try to cut off the monster or don’t remember to use the dome, which just leads to chasing the monster for 10 minutes until it’s stage 3 and then it rolls the hunters. So most the time if I was in a party be it 2 or 3 we almost always knew we would have to put medic and trapper as our 1 and 2. In time I have faith this will get fixed as people learn the game and matchmaking pairs you with people of higher skill.
Where the game really shined was when I got a game full of people knowing their role and if I was lucky talking on the mics. When I finally got together a full crew of 4 people Evolve was one of the best multiplayer experiences I’ve ever had. The trill of trapping the monster and taking it down by everybody doing their part was just so rewarding. The monster, well hell the monster is just fun to play all the time, albeit very stressful at times too. Once you start to learn the intricacies of the monsters, of how to successfully fight at stage one and where to set up the perfect fight with the hunters, is very satisfying.
Evolve by its very nature is a social game, and I am a big fan of working with others in multiplayer games. However, at least on the consoles, since the advent of chat parties the amount of random people talking has plummeted. As everyone knows by now the best way to function as a hunter team is by talking to one another, and I feel at least some people learned this over the beta as more and more people started to talk as the beta went on. It was actually fun going into game, finding someone that talked, and saying hey I’ll add you to my friends list, then grouping up to fight some monsters. Not since Gears 1 did I add people to my friends list at this pace, and I thinks that’s really cool.
Now as fan of Evolve already I’ve been trying to champion this game to the friends I know that play a fair amount of games. Unfortunately its been met with mixed results. The best example I can give is my friend Nick, he played 2 rounds of Evolve at Pax Prime and was really interested in the game. So I kept bugging him to play the beta on PS4 since he signed up for the Alpha, but missed playing the alpha because he didn’t know the alpha was only for a few days. Now the problems start with is him on PS4 and me on Xbox as I wouldn’t be able to play directly with him. So after getting him to play the beta for a bit I asked what he thought and it was a meh. I asked him why, and he said it was because he spent most of his games just chasing the monster, never getting the “thrill of the hunt” feeling. Turns out it was because he kept playing with other new people that didn’t know how to really play Evolve, and trappers that failed to do any trapping. So I decided I would have him stream over Twitch, and I would coach him on how to play Val. After that he said the fun he had went up exponentially since he had a better understanding of the game. He came out of the beta with the thought of, if he had 4 friends he knew would get the game it would be an instant buy, but for now it’s a forsure Redbox rental after the player base understands the game better.