Preview: Darwin Project (Steam)

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Darwin Project takes the battle royale genre up north, where an impending ice age has given rise to a twisted new reality show in which ten participants must fight to the death under the Show Director’s gaze.

Pros:

  • Nice cartoon style graphics.
  • 5123MB Download size.
  • TV game show presentation.
  • Set in the snowy Canadian mountains.
  • Two modes- Solo and Director.
  • Battle Royale, Survival gameplay. 10 players get dropped in an area, Scavenge parts from trees, Furniture etc and craft fires, arrows, and weapons. Last player standing wins.
  • Full crafting suite presented as a crafting wheel which can be customized to taste.
  • The map is made up of hexagons, Each hexagon Is an area.
  • Craft on the go.
  • Follow leave footprints in the snow.
  • Warmth meter, Craft a fire to warm up otherwise you start to freeze, Screen fills with ice and you start taking damage until death.
  • Minimap- Only able to view it in houses.
  • Two weapon types- Melee and ranged.
  • Warm up area as you wait for players.
  • 10 player count.
  • Get noise markers for general enemy positions.
  • Can craft and lay traps.
  • Clue system to help track enemies.
  • Tense fun paced gameplay.
  • Decent loading times.
  • Earn fans (EXP) to level up.
  • Basic wardrobe/character creation section.
  • Graphics- Resolution, Fullscreen, Graphics quality very low to epic and V-Sync.
  • Rebindable keys and invert axis option.
  • Private match option.
  • Full Twitch and Mixer integration. Cast votes to your viewers.
  • Stats/Awards section.
  • Leaderboard with filters.
  • Director- You are in charge of the game and can use special abilities like shut down areas, Drop nukes, Give health or invincibility to a player and many more.
  • Director camera- You can jump to characters or have a free cam.
  • Action Points- Used by the director, These slowly charge up and each action you want to do have a charge amount.
  • Upon death, you can spectate.
  • Kill feed that also displays damage dealt to people.
  • So much fun to play.

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Cons:

  • No achievements.
  • Huge knockback on arrows, Like ridiculous knockback.
  • No tutorial.
  • Doesn’t support a controller.
  • Only Male characters atm.
  • Director needs more camera options and have it feel more streamlined.
  • No fans gain as a director.
  • AP is slow to build.
  • No real feedback on director performance outside of a star rating.

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In Summary:

Darwin project sounds such a good take on Battle royals. It does deliver in a lot of ways, It’s just a shame you have to play so much and watch many videos just to know what is on offer in the game craft and attack wise. I still feel uneducated on what you can and cannot do. I liked the Director idea but it atm feels like an unrewarding experience with little feedback and integration. I remain hopeful as this could be a fantastic game with some great tournaments, I just hope it doesn’t go full streamer only status.

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!