The Front Preview (Steam Early Access)

For our The Front Preview, we play a survival open-world crafting shooter. We play the role of a resistance fighter sent back in time to stop the rise of a tyrannical empire. Collect resources, craft tech, build shelters, and fight monsters to accomplish our mission.

The Front Preview Pros:

  • Decent high-quality graphics.
  • 37.99GB Download size.
  • Graphics settings – dynamic resolution, graphics preset, windowed mode, fps, shader effects, anti-aliasing, shadows, view distance, texture quality, visual effects, foliage quality, FSR, and gamma correction.
  • Mouse and keyboard options – Invert axis and sensitivity sliders, the field of view slider, can remap controls, set aiming mode, advance mode, camera follow, and helicopter control styles.
  • Streaming mode – profanity on/off.
  • Server browsers are split into 3 types – Official, dedicated, and solo/hosted games.
  • Create your own dedicated server with your own options for – name, password, player limit, survival mechanics, and how resources work. There is a lot to tweak.
  • Solo/hosted also houses a crazy amount of settings just like the dedicated server. I mean you can edit jump height, exp rate, how much food will fill you up and so much more.
  • Two modes of play – PvP and PvE.
  • One main map with a second beta test version of a new map.
  • Basic character creator – male/female, head, hairstyle, and hair color.
  • Has Ark vibes for the game options, choosing a spawn point, etc.
  • Open-world survival gameplay.
  • Hunger, thirst, and stamina mechanics are in play by default.
  • Punch and collect resources from the world.
  • Full day and night cycle with different weather effects
  • Earn exp from everything and unlock new quests, crafting, and more.
  • Full crafting and recipe system.
  • Play how you want but you do get quests to help keep you on track.
  • On screen exp bar fills up as you earn exp.
  • The ui can be tweaked to your liking but it’s very clear and has a lot of trackers on it.
  • All your hunger, thirst, health, etc is displayed in the corner.
  • Compass helps navigate the world.
  • The map lets you filter by points of interest, it fills in question marks as you explore and you can put your own markers down.
  • Familiar controls.
  • You can craft weapons and items to hunt the many animals.
  • Massive tech tree that populates as you level up – basic, weapons, structures, vehicles, gear, supplies, and technology.
  • Basic tools and weapons can be crafted in the inventory menu whilst bigger things require a crafting table.
  • When starting out you have a protection status to help ease you in, after level 10 that’s it you are all grown up!
  • Just like Ark and Minecraft you hit trees, rocks, etc, and get the materials, different levels of tools change the speed and amount of materials you get.
  • You can just hold down the action button for swinging axes and using weapons etc.
  • There is AI in the game and they are usually hostile!
  • Set more within the modern world with broken down cars, and settlements to find.
  • By default when you die you drop everything in a crate and you can then try and get it back.
  • Once dead you can respawn in a designated place or respawn where you died.
  • Fantastic looking world.
  • Very addictive for those who like to craft and explore.
  • Territory flags help keep structures and items together but you can get raided in PvP.
  • Weapons and tools degrade with use and eventually break.
  • It does feel like a living world even in solo play.
  • All the quests have progress numbers to help.
  • Moving the mouse cursor on the map shows cos ordinates.
  • You can fast-travel between your placed markers.
  • Vehicles are a huge part and I mean you can build tanks! Or tractors, I mean you wanna eat.
  • Traps can be for humans or animals.
  • The base building is some of the best I’ve seen.
  • It goes to the level of you can program doors to open, set up alarms and generators and so much more.
  • Each time I advanced in the era of weapons and tools it felt like a whole new game and world again.

The Front Preview Cons:

  • No controller support.
  • Very daunting opening screens of menu options.
  • No real tutorial as such and instead is just a load of quests and checklists.
  • Very basic character creator and even calling it that is a stretch.
  • So much to take in especially if this is your first foray into open-world survival games.
  • Combat is very button-mashy.
  • You can completely break the game with the settings.
  • Takes a long time to get going in terms of base building and getting familiar with the combat.
  • If you let it the game can just destroy your productivity in the real world.
  • The animations of the Raiders and Ai is quite robotic.
  • Animals don’t move and react that well.
  • A lot of the performance can be up and down.
  • A big undertaking.
  • Griefing can get out of hand quickly.
  • Building and surviving on the PvP side of things is really tough.
  • Few hit detection and building detection issues.
  • The controls can be awkward and I mean more the ones where you have to hold a button to press a button.

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The Front:

Official website.

Developer: Samar Studio

Publisher: Samar Studio

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Steam Early Access

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!