The survival game genre has started growing in popularity with games like Rust and DayZ, but since then numerous other interesting survival concepts have appeared on the market. With the help of The Forest, the open world survival game takes its first steps into the horror genre.
The main idea in The Forest is quite simple, you are the only survivor of a plane crash and you have to explore the forested island in the best way you can in order to find the necessary tools to survive.
Unlike other survival games that have missions or quests, in The Forest you don’t have either one. Instead, the main focus is placed on exploring the game world and, at the same time, you need to take your own decisions as you try to survive.
The Forest places a lot of emphasis on things such as crafting for example, as you are responsible for creating your own weapons, tools and shelters that will allow you to survive. The only downside in this game surely comes from the fact that the island isn’t uninhabited, instead here you can find a multitude of woodland creatures and mutants. These creatures aren’t hostile towards the player, but there are a multitude of situations in which you will actually get killed unless you manage to avoid them. The developers didn’t want to answer to the question whether these creatures are your friends or enemies, but according to the players, they do attack you most of the time, although there are situations in which these are just looking at you.
Since there’s no way to know if these creatures are friends or enemies, it’s important to use tactical decisions in order to make sure that you don’t attack them, as this will just bring a lot of harm and problems in the end.
Alongside that, The Forest does a great job when it comes to creating an immersive, large island that allows you to truly test your survival abilities. You will have to create traps and a shelter, collect supplies and hunt animals at any given time. In addition to that, you need to defend your base in the best possible way as well.
The Forest manages to provide a great set of graphics that seamlessly combine with the game premise in order to form a cohesive, exciting and massive game world that you will surely appreciate. The sounds in this game are very good, and many times you will actually rely on them in order to stay alive.
All in all, The Forest is a very interesting survival game with an interesting premise. While some will argue about the inclusion of its monsters, this is a great game with a wonderful, action packed experience. It’s recommend to check it out right away, as this surely is one of those survival games you do not want to miss!