Great news for Battle Royale fans as Steam favorite Darwin Project PS4 version is released to Playstation Store for free after years of early access trial.
The multiplayer survival game has been released for Playstation 4 for free after 20 months of an initial early access period.
While the game has been around since January 2018, it has only been available as an early access version.
Released for PS4, Xbox One and PC via Steam, the game has become an online favorite with battle royale fans.
Developed and published by Scavengers Studio, Darwin Project was first released in an early development state in 2018.
Since then it has become one of the most played and highly rated titles on Steam, receiving over 13,000 Very Positive reviews.
Online gaming outlets have also reviewed the game very highly with Digital Trends stating that Darwin Project is “the closest thing to ‘The Hunger Games’ we’ve played yet”.
The game is set in the post-apocalyptic Rocky Mountains, where ten players are dropped into a survival situation.
Each player is equipped with a bow and arrow as well as an axe and must survive and eliminate the other players.
Similar to Fortnite, players must gather resources in order to craft items and weapons as well as upgrade gear.
Equipment must also be used to great effect if a player is to gain an advantage over others by utilizing traps, gliders and tripwires.
The artistic direction of the game is also very similar to Fortnite due to the use of Epic’s Unreal Engine 4.
What sets Darwin Project apart is its unique take on the now convoluted genre.
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Rather than ten players battling it out to be the last man standing, Darwin Project adds an eleventh player so to speak.
The eleventh player can act as a God of sorts, with the power to influence both the match and the game’s Spectators.
Using tools via the game interface, the “Show Director” can bomb areas of play, close zones and create storms.
They can also hand out powerups to players, put the pressure on a streak player or restore health to players near death.
An immersive Spectator mode is also one of the game’s unique and key features.
Gamers can view matches via the game’s Spectator Mode and can have a large impact on the outcome of the match.
There is a direct interaction with the Show Director where Spectators can vote for the Show Director’s next target.
Spectators can also place bets on the potential winner of the match and bid to temporarily gain the powers of the Show Director.
This allows the winning Spectator to influence the match as the Show Director using the powerful tools available.
Darwin Project is an excellent addition to the Battle Royale genre and even more so because of its unique gameplay features.
It is very rare that a newcomer to a genre brings something new to the table and that is one of the main reasons to play this game.
As good as Fortnite, Apex Legends and Overwatch are, they are starting to get a little old, and with some aging gameplay.
So if you are looking for something a little different then Darwin Project is for you, and players of Fortnite will feel right at home.
Darwin Project is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC via Steam.
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