After staring at a motionless screen, screeching bats in a cave fill the empty space; giving a nice jumpscare to anyone that hasn’t played the game before. Although, this is no scary monster that needs to be immediately fought, but rather the main menu. There is an option for multiplayer and solo at this starting page. Besides the menu, the forest is the location where most time is spent while playing this amazing game. That may help explain why the name of the game is “The Forest”. The first thing “The Forest” has to offer is a lot of background story. It could be easily turned into a novel. Playing as Eric, the main character, starts off on a normal passenger plane. Unfortunately, the plane crashes on a very... interesting island. Eric and potentially other players have to navigate the island to survive. The second thing “The Forest” has is the ability to do many realistic actions such as cutting down trees, making fires, crafting, and making shelters. The third aspect of “The Forest” is it being unique in which the game requires that players cooperate to accomplish tasks. Unlike most games, all the players are forced to stick together because of the crazy things that inhabit the island. Lastly, the game has high quality graphics and textures that come at a very high cost.
The most important part of “The Forest” is the storyline. Eric is on a plane that malfunctions and crashes on the island. Eric wakes up very dizzy and hungry with just an axe that he finds lying nearby. There are items scattered around the plane such as meds, pop(soda), and food. At this point, Eric’s only goal is to find help and get off the island, unless the player has other plans. There are many weird artifacts lying around and questions to ask about the situation. Why are there only a couple other bodies laying around? Where is everyone else? Where is the other half of the plane? As the days pass and the story progresses, the player will start to learn that they are not the only one on the island. Mutants are roaming around, ready to kill any intruders. Although, the forest isn’t their real home. Deep underground in caves is where their true home lies. There are tons of different cave systems with different items for the player to find such as a flashlight, chainsaw, or even a katana. The more the player runs around in the forest and in underground caves, the more they will realize that there is a lot more to the background of these mutants. This storyline was one of my favorite aspects of the game because it allowed more adventure and curiosity than just grinding the same thing for a reward. Along with this fantastic storyline comes some of the best outstanding gameplay I have played and seen.
Even though the game has a very deep and developed storyline, it still needs to be fun to play. It is completely up to the player’s free will what to do next. The player can even make a treehouse overlooking the ocean. The creators made the game more realistic by adding endless options of things to do or make. There is also an option to craft or make whatever type of weapon or tool that could actually be made in a forest. Almost everything I want to use in the game, can be crafted. Even a gun! The developers put in the right amount of items/buildings to craft so that there are many options, but not so many that it is confusing. Besides the endless creativity, encountering a mutant will happen sooner or later. During the night, these mutants climb to the top of trees and shriek so piercing loud that it sends a shiver down the player’s spine. This creepy vibe will get anyone’s heart pounding in seconds. When the player does encounter a mutant, it is not that hard to evade or kill it. The only bad part is that these mutants get smarter and smarter as the days pass. They will start traveling in packs or even carry their own weapons. The player will have to craft better weapons and build a fortified base to stay alive. But playing on the same map and re-playing the same storyline may seem like it would get boring, but it can be super fun at times.
To have a more fun with the game, the player will need to gather some friends. The player is able to team up with seven other friends or players to figure a way out of this island or do mess around. Unlike many other games, not working as a team will cause many players to die. Power in numbers takes a very big role in this game both for the players and the mutants. Taking on a bunch of mutants by only on player probably isn’t the best idea if they don’t have proper equipment. Another reason teamwork is very important in this game is the ability to make fast enough progress. If everyone is making their own home or going to go explore different caves, progress will be too slow and mutants will kill anyone that is not prepared. When everyone does work on the same project or go into the same cave, the players are almost unstoppable. This sense of cooperation can also rub off on real life giving the player a little advantage against people that play solo. Being able to play with friends is definitely one of my favorite parts of the game. All of this may seem to be very fun, but the game is only about four GBs (gigabytes), which means to most players that the graphics will not be up to their standards. They are very wrong.
“The Forest” has some of the most outstanding graphics and textures I have ever seen in a video game. Having it playable on PC means that it will bend to however the player wants the game to look. As long as the hardware this game is running on has enough power, the game can look more real, sharp, and colorful than any movie or console game that exists. That is one of the reasons I can keep coming back to playing the game. The only drawback to these high quality graphics is the cost. To play in 4K (ultra high definition), it will cost almost a minimum of $2,000 to spend on hardware. It’s sad that PC’s cost so much money because it turns a ton of people away from experiencing these more demanding, high quality games. Spending a fortune isn’t the only option to play “The Forest”. To play in a smooth 1080p (high definition), it will only cost up to $1,000 with the right hardware. Even if this is too expensive for tight budgets, a $700 laptop will allow the game to run, but not at the high quality every gamer dreams of. When played at these higher settings, the player will see life-like features such as grass shimmering against the sun, an ocean so real it feels like they are actually there, and perfectly angled, detailed shadows just to name a few.
After playing the game, the player will realize that it is very strategic and needs a lot of knowledge to make more progress. The first thing “The Forest” has to offer is its very in-depth storyline that is equivalent to a novel, only in game form. The second thing it has is great gameplay that will keep anyone playing for hours. The third aspect of “The Forest” is it coming with a great multiplayer system that encourages cooperation between players. Lastly, the game comes with high quality graphics, but they come with a very high price tag. “The Forest” is not yet a very well known game, but with this content, it will soon be at the top of the charts once it is on all platforms. This is one of the best free world fps (first person shooter) games I have played, and I definitely recommend it to anyone that likes any and all video games. I have played my fair share of “The Forest”, and I still am learning the secrets of these... experiments.