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The Forest

The Forest review

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2 years ago

Feature: Crafting and survival that hasn't outstayed its welcome

3 years on, The Forest is beautiful and terrifying by turns

The Forest [official site], a pretty-but-harrowing singleplayer survival/crafting game, has been traipsing through the Early Access woods for three years now, and it impressed us even in its earliest days. I've yet to have the pleasure of butchering turtles or being savaged by cannibals, but with The Forest back in the charts and well over a year's worth of development under its belt since the…

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Feature: No 2017 games included

Steam Charts: Normal Parameters

Cor blimey, it's only the weekly Steam Charts! As always, these are based on the accumulated sales on Steam over the previous week, not what's doing best for itself at this exact moment in time. A nice number one this week, but a rather old-fashioned top ten otherwise - with one unexpected aberration. N.B. there is NO VENGABUS this week. Repeat NO VENGA BUS. It'll…

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3 years ago

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Have You Played… The Forest?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. I've played enough Early Access survival games to have had my fill for now. The Forest [official site] is the one that sticks with me, partly because its enemies are creepy-weird cannibals rather than poorly animated animals, and partly because I'll never forget…

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4 years ago

Feature: Chasing Bambi

The Forest: Half An Hour Of John Trying And Failing To Hit Animals With An Axe

Having returned to The Forest last week, I really didn't want to stop playing. I ended up spending an afternoon I'd booked off as holiday back in front of it, and recorded half an hour or so of that. To share! After spotting a giant sinkhole, and being so excited I had to hit record, it's safe to say there's some early disappointment. But then…

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Feature: A Stalk In The Woods

The Deforestry Commission: A Return To The Forest

In checking up on the affecting and devastatingly difficult The Long Dark, and the underwhelming Stranded Deep, I ran into the same issue. After many months, I returned to these early access survival sims to find the same silly, easily fixed issues persisted, despite enormous great chunks of new game being added in. Not so with The Forest [official site]. This is a game that,…

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Feature: RPS Chat v0.86

Is Early Access A Good Thing For Players Or Developers?

Early Access games are here to stay, but is that cause for concern or celebration? We gathered to discuss whether early access benefits developers or players in its current state, and how we'd make it better. Along the way, we discussed the best alpha examples, paying for unfinished games, our love of regularly updated mods, Minecraft and the untapped potential of digital stores.

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5 years ago

Feature: Into The Wild

Survival Games Are Important

In early 2012, a mod for Arma II called DayZ was released. Two-and-a-half years later, its odd mixture of multiplayer, horror, and a need for players to keep themselves fed and watered, has given rise to the survival genre. Let's celebrate that genre.

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Feature: Jumping The Shark

A Log Book: The Forest Diary Part Two – Sharkrolling

My diaried adventures within The Forest began with my foolhardy attempt to build a log cabin. It was hubris. So following a remarkably similar plane crash into a remarkably similar - but slightly different - woodland, I've attempted a more modest life of brutal fights, daring cave escapes, and most of all, sharkrolling.

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Feature: A Stalk In The Woods

A Log Book: The Forest Diary Part One

The Forest has been doing really rather well on Steam's Early Access this year. A survival game with an emphasis on crafting and building, and yet it's not made out of cubes. In fact, it's really quite impressively realistic. Apart from, maybe, the mutant horrors. I hope. Oh God, please don't let those be realistic. I've decided I'm going to master this game. I'm going…

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The (New) Forest: First Update Adds Sharks, Better Ponds

Is an early access release shit? Not in The Forest. The survival horror survival sim is about building shelter and gathering food to survive against the elements, where one of those elements is "naked slick cannibals". Even in its first release it's a fun time, and now there's a new update coming today which introduces new features (sharks!) plus bug fixes.

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Feature: Helter Shelter

The Lighthouse Customer: The Forest

Each Monday, Chris Livingston visits an early access game and reports back with stories about whatever he finds inside. This week, fighting savages while becoming one in survival-horror crafting game The Forest. Interesting how priorities can change. Two days ago, my crafting goal was to build a log cabin. Today, I'm more interested in assembling a tower of human body parts. Of course, the day…

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Feature: Cannibals Of Fava Beans Wood

The RPS Conversation: The Forest Early Access

The Forest is a singleplayer FPS which mixes Rust-like crafting and survival with a setting more visually stunning than you'd think possible from a four-person indie team. It entered early access on Steam last week, and Adam and Graham spent the weekend shivering alone in the rain (and in the game) so they could bring you their impressions. Graham: I am slick and naked like…

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It’s In The Trees: The Forest Lands On Steam Early Access

Perhaps it's time to look at early access releases another way. Don't become frustrated by games which aren't yet what we hope they'll be, find games which right now are something we want. DayZ was once a brisk countryside hike. Star Citizen is still a gorgeous spaceship museum to visit, fleeting perfection for someone who wants nothing more than to gaze at spaceships. And The…

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Don’t Get Lost Along The Forest Trail(er)

Name a horrible situation you could find yourself in and I've almost certainly sat through a Discovery channel recreation of it. Les Stroud, Ray Mears, I just recently rewatched all of Bush Tucker Man. Yup, there's now nothing I don't know about watching other people tying to make fire in the bush*. It's for that reason that I'm intrigued by The Forest, a game about…

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Who Are The Real Monsters In The Forest? (Probably You)

Let's put words to it: 2013 was the year of the roguelike; 2014 is the year of the survival game. Whether they're still in alpha or not, this feels like DayZ and Rust's moment, and there are a dozen games on the horizon hoping to get in on the fun. The Forest is one of them, putting a significantly different singleplayer horror spin on the…

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6 years ago

Run, The Forest, Run: New Trailer For Crafty Survival Horror

The Forest is Minecraft meets Slender, or Lost: The Game, or Sir, You Are Henry David Thoreau, or any one of a number of other lazy comparisons that does more to make me look knowledgeable than it does to actually tell you about the game. Ahem. So watch this new trailer instead. It's Stalker meets Wurm Online!

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