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The survival genre of video games has been heating up over the past few years and The Forest is a new addition to this rapidly expanding gaming market. It takes place in a very remote, heavily forested area where the player must guide the main playable character to find his son through the dense bush and escape deadly encounters with the hostile enemies. Throughout the game, players will encounter the cannibal creatures that have chosen to inhabit the forest and must survive their onslaughts. Players will sometimes encounter them while foraging for supplies during the daytime. Sometimes this won't trigger a response. However, when the night sky falls, then all bets are off and players must fend for their own survival as the moonlight triggers a pseudo psychotic episode in these enemies.

The cannibals that players will encounter aren't always truly hostile in the sense of an aggressive enemy though. In fact, they seem to be more interested in their own self-preservation and the player is more of an inconvenience than a threat to them. Players will often note that the cannibals will keep their distance and sometimes even try to communicate with players positively. While in heated combat, they will often try to flee and keep hidden in order to strike at the most opportune moments when players are particularly vulnerable rather than reacting aggressively towards their presence.

Besides these questionable enemies, The Forest follows a rather simple gameplay procedure that's not unlike other survival games on the market today. When the sun is out, then players must build traps and gather resources to help construct their shelter and develop crude weapons and ammunition to defend themselves. When night falls, it is all about survival and players should ideally remain protected within the fortress that they were able to build during the daylight hours. This process repeats itself until players are able to progress within the game to reunite with the character's son. However, there are no set linear missions in order to accomplish this. A player's survival depends entirely on their own decisions and how they choose to act at any given point during the game. Sometimes, interacting positively with the enemies can give players insight into what's going on and how to move forward.

The Forest has generally been well-received and has excellent reviews from its early access phase. It is also an excellent seller having sold over 5 million copies to date. This is likely due to the game's truly awesome visual presentation. Its graphics are primarily due to the developing team having a background in film and media, which gives the game a very cinematic feel and experience rather than being the standard mission-based video game. It's certainly something to consider adding to a library today!

Game Information

Release Date
30th April 2018
Endnight Games Ltd
Total Rating
Content Rated
M (Mature)
Game Modes
Single player, Multiplayer, Co-operative
Player Perspectives
First person, Virtual Reality
Puzzle, Simulator, Strategy, Adventure, Indie
Action, Horror, Survival, Open world
PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4