The theme of the week is the ID@Xbox Survival Sale, so we put on our brave pants and stepped out into the big unknown in search of adventure. Well, not completely unknown because we've played these titles before, but you get the point. You might notice that we're missing Sean and Luke this week, but you will find, however, that the rest of us have pulled together and concocted a list that would challenge the likes of Lara Croft. Grab some rations, fashion a raft out of back hair and sea turtles, and let's find us some adventures to survive!
Heidi - Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey
Survive your evolution in Neogene Africa starting 10 million years ago. Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is a third-person open world survival game where you Explore, Expand, and Evolve to advance your clan to the next generation in the exciting new adventure from the creator of Assassin’s Creed.
Kes - Don’t Starve
The premise is in the name, Don’t Starve. You get dropped into a colour pencil styled world with those hard gothic overtones, you fight creatures in a procedurally generated map, and you try and live while progressing through stages. You die, you start all over in a roguelike fashion. That rinse and repeat methodology of game design is supposed to give every death meaning, make every battle have the rush of climactic finitism. I have had that exciting pulse in other roguelikes, but not in Don’t Starve. I think this is because layered on top of the roguelike are survival mechanics that mean you are also trying to live through stomach pains and illness and cold and whatever else. Nah, bruh. I think this was a turn-off for me. It was one too many struggles in a game that makes me sad just by looking at its perfuse triangle characters and sad schoolboy drawings. I tried on my own, I tried in co-op, I tried on my PlayStation Vita. Don’t Stave was boring me to tears every time, making me want to play other games that did each gameplay mechanic justice, rather than what I perceived as a relentlessly irritating half-mashed version of two things. On top of this, if you fail my gaming sensibilities on my Vita — my beloved, beautiful Vita — there is no coming back. But, I think this hybridised style of game is, no doubt, someone’s scene, and that makes it worth picking up in the sale! So, please, let me know if this sales pick was your scene in the comments.
Don’t Starve: Giant Edition is an uncompromising wilderness survival game full of science and magic. You play as Wilson, an intrepid Gentleman Scientist who has been trapped by a demon and transported to a mysterious wilderness world. Wilson must learn to exploit his environment and its inhabitants if he ever hopes to escape and find his way back home.
Tom - Blair Witch
Inspired by the cinematic lore of Blair Witch, experience a new story-driven psychological horror game that studies your reactions to fear and stress.
Any of these titles coincide with your choices? Let us know down below!