Preview: Bigfoot (Steam Early Access)

You have a unique opportunity to gather a team of friends or go on a solitary expedition to the forests of wild reserves and feel like a real hunter for Bigfoots.

Pros:

  • Nice graphics.
  • 1.90gb download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Graphics-fullscreen, resolution, graphics presets, v-sync, display mode, and AA.
  • Solo/mp lobbies.
  • Survival gameplay.
  • Horror aspects.
  • Four character models.
  • Two maps-Glacier bay and Ross Lake.
  • The map is shown and you fill it in with location names as you discover them.
  • Crafting elements, find resources on the floor.
  • Day/night cycle.
  • Find and use new tools like drones, night vision goggles, cameras, and a flare gun.
  • Your goal is to hunt and kill Bigfoot.
  • It plays like a 4v1 game but the 1 is Ai.
  • Co-op is a much better experience.
  • Can lay traps.
  • Deadly wildlife like wolves and bears will hunt you.
  • Bigfoot is massive and does serious damage.
  • Online lobbies have a password entry system.

Cons:

  • Text in menus overlay.
  • Never saves my resolution.
  • No proper tracking like footprints or vegetation disturbance.
  • Solo is very slow and dull.
  • Spawn and instantly die is very common.
  • Needs a tutorial to help usher you in.
  • No controller support.
  • Fall damage is inconsistent.
  • Little draw to come back once you’ve hunted Bigfoot.

Summary

Bigfoot goes for a very direct self contained experience. You play as a hunter and must track and kill Bigfoot. Add in a load of deadly wildlife like bears and wolves and you have yourself a battle Royale of survival! The game is very basic at the moment and shines brightest in Co op as the Bigfoot encounters are a lot more edgey. I tried hard to like what is offer but the game still feels very early in development, the menus are obtuse and not friendly, the maps are huge and when you have very limited hunting capabilities it makes a very long uneventful session. Now I’m a bit biased against the hunting as I have been spoiled by the likes of hunter call of the wild, but a game based on hunting needs to give you the tools and mechanics to do it. As it is you may get a couple of sessions of laughs and scares from it but once you have hunted Bigfoot there is no reason to come back. I remain optimistic and will check back in with it at a later date.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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