The Forest is a first person survival horror game, currently in early access developed by Endnight Games. It is currently listed on Steam and is looking to be released on the PlayStation 4 at a later date. The game sees you as the main protagonist that was on a flight that crash land on a mysterious island occupied by a cannibalistic tribe. You have to scavenge supplies in order to survive, you then have to make basic shelter in order to start your journey of surviving in this hostile environment. The combination of eerie music, stunning visuals and the fact you have terrifying groups of cannibals hunting you down makes this game a real adrenaline ride.
The Forest has a slower pace compared to other survival games but the inclusion of the extremely intimidating cannibals really gets your blood pumping. When you first get into the game you try to scavenge as many supplies as possible from the plane before the first few search parties come looking for you, and trust me, they will. Once you get your first basic supplies you will be able to look at your crafting manual in order to build simple striations to just survive the first few hours. These include fires and huts. Once you get to grips with the controls you can build much more advanced structures like tree houses and log cabins. Along with this really nice crafting system they also have a nice range of traps, hunting materials and different types of fires that offer protection from the cannibals whose biggest fear is fire. The crafting works by the player clicking on the structure they want to build, a sort of ghost layer appears where you place the structure and it shows you what materials you need. You then start placing them over time until the structure is built. Along with buildings you can also hunt animals like rabbits and birds and cook them with a spit and a fire. You just place them onto the fire and wait, wait too long and they will burn and you won’t be able to eat them. This really makes the player have to think about multiple things at once and really makes them multitask, just as you would if you were actually trying to survive. Also the forest has a nice multiplayer feature where you or a friend sets up a game and you join and build with them, it really allows you to half the tasks and allows you to build really spectacular camps with protective traps and also a nice hunting section. For an early access game the forest has a very robust and also unique gameplay pace and features. These things really set it apart from other games in its genre.
The sound in The Forest is something that amps up the anticipation and the creepy feel that really makes the game pay off. It has crisp, clear sounds of birds, branches snapping, trees, the sound of footprints on the thick dirt and foliage. Even the sound of the fire brings up the immersion by so many levels. Also when the player spots a group of cannibals a high pitch sound effect plays, almost as if someone is slamming their hands onto a piano that not only scares but also puts the fear of god into you. It also plays if the group spots you, there is nothing scarier then just building something and you hear that noise, you instantly just sprint, you don’t know where you just run as fast as you can. The sound in this game changes it completely, if this game didn’t have these high quality crystal clear sounds it would be a completely different game altogether. The sound in this game is what really makes this the animal that it is.
The graphics in The Forest are stunning. The textures are such a high quality, the lighting effects are beautiful and the models are extremely well made. When playing The Forest when it hits early evening or even early morning and you see the sun pierce the trees and you see the rays hit the forest floor it is such a stunning and mesmerising sight. It is a truly beautiful game that rivals the biggest AAA titles.
My final verdict on The Forest is that for its early access status it offers such a vast amount of gameplay features and is built to an extremely high quality, I think it is a must for any survival horror fan, and shows such a high amount of potential. This is a game to watch out for, mark my words.