A Rust review is incoming…

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…but not till early next week. As Early Access ended, there was a server wipe yesterday evening so I’m going to play a bit more now that I can build up my blueprint collection and base knowing that everything isn’t going to be snatched away from me. Rust‘s world of multiplayer survival can be harsh at the best of times, so it’s only fair that I find out if the promise of actual progress can lessen my sorrow.

The wipe also means there are fewer people running around with machine guns, so hopefully it’ll be easier for me to survive long enough to craft some machine guns of my own. Until now I’ve found that there are so many trigger-happy folk slaughtering everyone they run into that it’s impossible to get anything done. Things might be worse than usual because that’s how the monthly life-cycle works: the official servers are normally wiped once a month, so I can see how more people might turn to player hunting in those last few days.

You can read more about those wipes and the philosophical meaning behind them just over here. This was an more dramatic wipe than the usual, taking away blueprints as well as buildings, so there may have been an increased sense of nihilism above even the Rust norm.

But perhaps the end of Early Access and this new phase won’t make as much difference as I think it will, and my impressions of Rust will remain much the same. It currently strikes me as a game that’s defined by a harshness that dominates both its survival systems and the mindset of its players. Sometimes, those players will do cool, interesting things! Most times, they’ll just kill you.

If you run into me on the island, please don’t shoot. I’ll give you my rock.

7 Comments

  1. Antongranis says:

    I did watch a video of rust, and it looked horrid. Kill on sight seemed to be standard operating procedure, even when the victim was a naked person with nothing to steal…

    • Zelos says:

      Nakeds are not innocent.

      If they’re not trying to take your stuff now, give them a couple days and they will be.

    • Evan_ says:

      Can’t tell if that if you expressed aversion or joy about that phenomena. It’s definitely the latter for me.

    • Iaksones says:

      Nakeds often have several minutes worth of raw materials on them, as they’re staying mobile until they can get a complete starter base up quick. Way more efficient to crack a skull than a boulder.

  2. bongobo says:

    Rust is the purest expression of the evil and inefficiency of libertarianism.

  3. BORG says:

    Ok Rock Paper Shotgun, it’s been more than a month since Rust’s exit from Early Access and we are still waiting for you to give your review to be reflected on Metacritic. What is taking you guys so long? It’s now March 21 and this hasn’t been updated yet. You’ve had 6 weeks as of March 22 and still you haven’t reviewed the game. There’s been more than a month to review it. Get on with it already.

    • BORG says:

      Oh, well forget it. I found your review the least you could do is have linked to the page the review is on within this article.