An in-depth gameplay video with two matches demonstrating the offline mode in Evolve [official site] has popped up. If you’re curious about Evolve but aren’t a big fan of games with a multiplayer focus, or are already gearing up for the game’s release and are interested in how its offline mode works as a tool for practice and experimentation, feast your eyes on this beast.
Both featured matches are Solo Exacuation Defend mode, with the first from the player-controlled monster’s perspective. Commentary is provided by a pair of enthusiastic chaps, and props to whichever man spake the immortal words “when you kill them to their death”.
In both matches the monster is a Wraith, which seems to be designed for sneak attacks, abductions and generally confusing the Hunters. Interestingly the Wraith starts the match at its maximum level, meaning the player has access to its full range of powers from the outset – but they have no means of recovering any lost health. As a result their playstyle involves a careful game of cat and mouse, managing their health carefully whilst making best use of armour. Their strategy hinges on attacking and distracting the AI hunters while minions do the bulk of the work attacking objectives.
The second match, from the Hunters’ perspectives, is a great demo of how an experienced player will constantly hot-swap between their various team members, making the best possible use of their abilities to execute a common strategy. The AI appears to do a reasonable job when the player’s not driving – as evidenced by how close the first match was.
It looks like offline play will offer plenty of opportunities for dedicated online players to experiment with different strategies and Hunter combinations, and to get a feel for the strengths of monsters versus different team loadouts, as well as offering those who prefer solo experiences to get a little Evolve in their life.