Video Preview: Evolve Is Left 4 Dead 3000

Evolve is the next game from original Left 4 Dead developer Turtle Rock, and that alone should be enough to turn an eye or two or however many you happen to have. I was a giant firebreathing space mutant recently, so I can’t judge. I got to go hands-on with Evolve’s second batch of Hunters and gameplay options, and I came away with opinions. Powerful ones, beastly thoughts that couldn’t be caged by mere words alone. So I made this video for you instead. Watch it below.


  1. Cinek says:

    Animations of the monster are amazingly… poor and disappointing. Look like from a low-budget production, not something that aspires to be AAA title. At least for this large, two-legged monster. (small monsters seem to be much better)

  2. rinseout says:

    My wife says you have a really annoying voice and she wants to smash your face.

    • Phendron says:

      Have you tried anger management on her?

    • The Laughing Owl says:

      The more important question is, why are you showing a woman a video about a hardcore game?

    • The Random One says:


    • rinseout says:

      Your replies have somewhat lightened her mood :) Thanks chaps!

    • Kein says:

      I have to agree with your wife >_>

    • Juan Carlo says:

      There’s nothing wrong with his voice. He has the voice of an NPR “This American Life” correspondent. Some people like that.

    • airknots says:

      Nathan sounds like Hamilton from Vice: link to

    • hamburger_cheesedoodle says:

      Nathan just needs the right setting to showcase his voice. When he got surly and sarcastic in the Daikatana videos, it suited him perfectly, and I quite enjoyed it there.

    • Tom Walker says:

      No, the voice is fine. Not so much a fan of the reading from a script, though. Much prefered the rambling Twitch stream improvised silliness. I’d like more of those.

  3. Phendron says:

    It seems like the focus on multiplayer games these days is on rosters and team-building options, probably Dote-it-up’s influences spreading across genres.

    I am cautiously excited about this.

    • Cinek says:

      So… you want multiplayer-but-singleplayer game?

      • Phendron says:

        I don’t really understand your question.

        I like to strategize with my friends. I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt that this game will have depth and options.

  4. Gurrah says:

    I wan’t to be excited about this but I am not … what I loved about either Left4Dead was that sense of vulnerability and hopelessness, scrabbling together weapons, ammunition and the odd med-kit but this seems to be too much of a boring boss fight without meaningful decisions just pressing buttons and hoping for the best, because the medic is right behind you, ready to piece your bits together after being beaten to a pulp by a 10 foot monster. I don’t get any sense of danger from any of those videos, I am sad to say.

  5. MkMax says:

    so do the monsters actually… die ? or do they eat bullets forever ? (could say the same about the hunters to be honest, how many punches from the huge abomination can you eat ?)

    damage feedback seems to be lacking, the skin seems to be tearing in one case but not the rest, how the hell do you know how many million bullets you still need to take it down ?

  6. Big Murray says:

    The big problem with this is that it seems to take the Tank battles from L4D and make them into an entire game.

    And the Tank battles in L4D weren’t particularly good, and actually were quite boring once you figured out the best strategy to take care of them.

    • LionsPhil says:


    • neckro23 says:

      Sure, the tank battles vs. AI can be pretty ho-hum after awhile.

      Tank battles against humans who know what they’re doing are, however, deliciously tense affairs, especially in Realism mode where you have to maintain your situational awareness at all times (because the game is no longer doing it for you). That seems to be the dynamic they’re going for here, and I’m pretty sold by this point.

    • Syra says:

      Against a good human opponent in VS mode it can get all kinds of tense, most players suck because actually being able to practice with tank is so rare, but I’ve met a few amazing tanks who can rape an entire team with methodical precision, and the team was rather good. Even a competent tank will kill one or two guys…

  7. velocerator says:

    It’s clear they are targeting a completely different group of people than l4d players which is understandable since they’re a small studio, I doubt they could touch Valve. However I just can’t figure out who they’re trying to get, I don’t quite see any group this game appeals to. On top of that it doesn’t look too good in general, but that’s mainly because I don’t see it having any replay value at all… Maybe they’ll surprise me though.

  8. Amun says:

    Ugh, what’s with the stale footage? Why not just write this shit down so we can read it?

    • appropriate touching says:

      Yeah, you so-painfully-clearly wrote this out so you could read it over the video. Just put it on the site.

      • DrollRemark says:

        It’s really weird, at times it doesn’t even sound like Nathan wrote what he’s reading, because he seems to miss the emphasis on certain words that you’d expect the original author to make.

  9. Tarn says:

    I miss words. :-\

  10. mashkeyboardgetusername says:

    This looks like a lot of fun but I’m still concerned about the balance, a lot of what I’ve seen so far looks like the hunters have huge advantages over the monster. For example: their manoeuvrability, decent health (one vid had a hunter caught by himself for a little while and the monster couldn’t kill him before the others arrived), easy tracking (blue footprints seem to allow chasing at full speed), abilities the monster has no counter to, and being able to set up for the end of the game.
    I can’t help feeling that could well spoil the game, I know the monster’s meant to be weaker at the start but it just seems too skewed at the moment, it sounds like the monster’s on the back foot for the whole match and that just doesn’t appeal.

    Also, as Nathan says, replayability. A randomised monster for each map and a randomised end goal for the map (maybe even that the hunters don’t know?) could go a long way to stopping things getting routine.

  11. Radiant says:

    Nathan Grayson slowly dragging RPS into the 19th century

  12. Moddus says:

    I’d be interested in seeing how people play this game if they’re already familiar with team based/monster based games.
    At this time I can only think of Natural Selection (2)/LFD players as having experience in general monstering (knowing when to chip players, when to pick off, when to bugger off.). Which is exciting since they’re my core gamer crowd right now.

  13. tvcars says:

    So I hear you like crowd control with your left 4 dead, so I took the crowd control out of your left 4 dead and put 1 big monster in dawg cause you suck. Lol. :D

  14. iainl says:

    I’m getting a bit worried that every report from this Preview Event thing mentions about final-form monster gameplay turning into the team of humans turning the reactor room into a killing box and then the monster loses. Presumably it’s not beyond the abilities of Turtle Rock to rejig either level design or win parameters to fix this (multiple reactor rooms, like the paired bomb sites in Counterstrike seem the most obvious solution), but I don’t want to buy a multiplayer-only game where rote strategies are found so quickly.

  15. Parabox says:

    Is that a reference to Top Gear 3000? If it is, I might be the only person to get that.

  16. chiablo says:

    I don’t like the 1v4 setup in Evolve. Left 4 Dead’s multiplayer was amazing because the infected team required coordination in order to actually get a kill. Evolve looks like they just scrapped the strategy element and gave the monster an absurd hit point pool, which is frustrating for both teams.

  17. says:

    With that flat delivery, I kept waiting for Nathan to say, “Basically, I played Evolve.”

    Like this: