Evolve - Xbox One

Release Date:

February 10, 2015

Also on:

Xbox One PS4 PC

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Also on UK.
8.5

Summary:

Evolve is a true next generation multiplayer shooter featuring addictive adrenaline-pumping 4v1 action. One player-controlled monster must evade and outsmart a team of four uniquely skilled playable hunters. Evolve and overpower as the monster or team up and out number as the hunters. With endless combinations of hunters, monsters, maps and game modes to choose from, no two hunts will ever be the same. It’s survival of the fittest and any side can win.

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Details

  • Developer(s):
    • Turtle Rock Studios
  • Publisher(s):
    • 2K Games
  • Release Date(s):
    • February 10, 2015
  • ESRB Rating:
    • Mature
  • Player(s):
    • 1
  • Player(s) (Co-op):
    • 2-4 (Xbox Live)
  • Online Player(s):
    • 1-5 (Xbox Live)
  • Online Play:
    • Optional
  • Add-Ons:
    • Available

Technical Information

  • Required Disc Space:
    • 34.71GB Minimum
  • Engine:
    • CryEngine
  • Game Format:
    • Blu-ray Disc
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 46 Hours
  • Kinect Voice:
    • Optional
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2015-04-02

Darren_Summerell

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Xbox One

9.1

'Evolve' on the Xbox One was developed by the guys at Turtle Rock Studios for all of the major next generation consoles including the personal computer and the PlayStation 4. Published by 2K games and distributed by Take-Two Interactive, 'Evolve' launched to both critical and commercial success. The game was released in February of 2015 with the goal of being one of the best XB1 multiplayer experiences available. We got to get our hands on the XB1 version of the game and before long we found ourselves completely immersed in the world that Turtle Rock had developed. While the game definitely isn't for anyone, we found a lot to love about the title. Keep on reading to see if you would agree with our assessment.

'Evolve' takes place on the planet Shear, which is located in the far reaches of space. In this time period humanity has mastered interstellar travel and they are using the technology in order to colonize any inhabitable planets that they come across. The colonies that make it to Shear are considered to be the most valuable colonies in the 'Far Arm' of space, so humanity is appropriately freaked out when monsters come from nowhere in order to attack the colonists. These creatures range in size from diminutive all the way to monstrous, and they seem intent on satiating their blood lust. As the monsters press their advantage in destroying the colonies, a planet tamer named William Cabot is brought in to deal with the issue. Cabot is charged with killing the monsters while evacuating the colonists that are still alive. In order to do this job he needs to get together a harden group of warriors to help him. These warriors consist of war vets, expendables, legitimate psychopaths, and professionals of every trade. The story itself is rather simple to follow, somewhat like 'Jurassic Park' in space, but it is intriguing enough to get gamers on the edge of their seats in order to play.

'Evolve' is a game that will appeal to only a certain demographic of people. The fact that it is a rich looking, fascinating, multiplayer game will get many gamers on board. The fact that it is ONLY a multiplayer game will also push many people away. We chose to dive in and look at what was so fun about the various multiplayer modes that the game offered, and this is what we found out.

Hunt

This is the simplest and most straightforward of all the different game modes that 'Evolve' has on offer. In this mode the human players are split into two teams. You have the four player controlled Hunters and a fifth player controlled monster. The goal of the Hunters is to kill the monster before it can get to the central power relay in order to destroy it. In order for the monster to destroy the relay it must evolve into its third stage. Otherwise the monster can try and kill all human players in order to win that way.

Nest

In this mode strategy is put on the forefront. There are six different monster eggs randomly spawned all over the map. The player who controls the monster must protect them all for 18 minutes. The player controlled monster can opt to hatch any of its eggs in order to help defend the rest of the eggs. the Hunters either kill all of the eggs, or get defeated themselves. This mode involves a lot of tough choices while both teams scurry to get the leg up on one another.

Rescue

The colonists in the aforementioned story finally make an appearance in this game mode. In 'Rescue' all player controlled characters are once again split into teams: hunters and monsters. In this game mode colonists will be randomly placed all over the map. The hunters must locate, revive, and protect as many of them as possible while they try to escape. The monsters are out for blood and if they kill five colonists before the Hunters save five, then they win the game.

Defend

In this game mode Hunter characters will protect a refueling station from the incoming fully evolved monsters. The monster players will try to destroy the power generators while the Hunters try to protect them until they are fully powered.

As you can see, there are many ways to enjoy playing multiplayer in 'Evolve'. In fact, you can even decide how it is going to be for you when you play. You have the option to 'Quick Play' join games. This enables you to enjoy single matches without a commitment for longer matches. Or you can join in on the 'Evacuation' mode which creates a story mode out of a five map contest against other players. There are normally five player controlled characters total, but if you lack anybody you can appropriate computer controlled bots to fill out the rest of the team.

Looking past the multiplayer aspect of the game we can talk briefly about how it all controls. The game itself is a shooter and the combat is intensely in focus, due to the nature of the game. This is all meat and potatoes here, full of starch, and you aren't getting much more tha nwhat you see on the back cover. The game handles tightly and the weapons are a joy to fire. we liked breaking down the strategy behind being the lone monster, but it was always more fun to work as the Hunters due to the human teammates that you had.

The game itself looks pretty great, with most of the attention being paid to the character models of the different stages of the monsters. For a science fiction game we found it pretty grounded, without any fanciful or far reaching levels--which was interesting. Most of the action takes place in and around Shear.

While 'Evolve' on the Xbox One is a rather lean experience, lasting only as long as you want to play with your buddies, it is still a fun one. We enjoyed our time with the game and would suggest it to social gamers.

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