PAX Prime 2014 | Hands-On With Evolve

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I feel like several times a week I’m asked, “HEY WEIRDO! Why haven’t you played Evolve yet?” and several times a week I respond with, “Because I suck and haven’t made an appointment at any of the conventions.”

That’s the truth. But there’s also another element. I’ve been a bit hesitant to book an appointment with Evolve because I’m typically not one for online multiplayer shenanigans with strangers because I get all tense and worried I’m going to suck. Weird, right? Like, I typically give NO shits about what others think/say/etc. But I strongly dislike rude people and there tends to be an abundance of those on the internet. WHO KNEW?!

So, yes. My silly anxiety slightly impacted my decision to hold off on booking an appointment Evolve. And with the release date sorta-kinda around the corner (February 2015) I thought I could wait to play Evolve within the comfort of my own home..with bots.

But then those of you who have played Evolve kept telling me how AWESOME it was and how RAD and how FUN and how AMAZING it was and DKFJLSDFLJFK it made you feel. So, when an appointment booking request made its way to my inbox I thought, “Well, this could be an interesting experiment and a chance for self-growth.” So I booked an appointment.

How did it go, you ask?

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I was able to play two rounds as the Assault Class (I preferred Hyde over Makarov as Hyde has a flamethrower and life doesn’t get much better than that) against a Kraken and a Goliath. Fortunately for yours truly the dude playing as the monster hadn’t played before (I’m told those have a major learning curve) so he was super easy to take down. Which, again, is very fortunate because there were MANY times I was, like, hanging out in the very back of the group not quite sure what I was doing except shooting our tracking animal Daisy which I mistook for the Goliath.

…Yeah.

I can’t help but think of Evolve as a lovechild between Titanfall and Monster Hunter, and it totally works. I mean, you’re jetpacking around, using rad weapons, supporting your allies, tracking down this huge-ass creature thing and you’re ALL working together to make it happen. Or trying to. Three of the five players had never played Evolve before so we had quite a few laughs. I, um, never admitted to anyone that I was shooting Daisy half of the time, though. That’s kind of embarrassing.

Needless to say I’m pleasantly surprised by the amount of fun I had playing Evolve. Working with three other people proved to be a majorly fun experience. (“Majorly fun”? Really, Britt?) Then again the folks I played with were kind, light-hearted people so I didn’t experience the typical anxiety I generally┬ádo, but nonetheless I’m totally and completely convinced Evolve will be a day-one purchase. I might not play with strangers, but if I can grab a few friends and crank that difficulty up I think it’ll be a grand ol’ fucking time. And plus, I need more flamethrower in my life.

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