Review: Sons of the Forest
Sent to find a missing billionaire on a remote island, you find yourself in a cannibal-infested hellscape. Craft, build, and struggle to survive, alone or with friends, in this terrifying new open-world survival horror simulator.
After their surprise 2014 smash shit, Endnight is back with one of the most anticipated games of the year... 'Sons of the Forest'. Taking everything that's loved from the first game, this expands, builds on, and improves every aspect of the game. The enemies are scarier, the world feels more alive, and the drive to survive is greater.
After sinking myself in this world for a few hours you really get a feel of how massive it is. The new map is fantastic and the forest feels more full and alive than it did before. The island feels dense and it's a lot easier for the enemies to hide and sneak up on you. The building aspect of the game has been completely overhauled making it incredibly user friendly and overall very simple to grasp. You can easily spend hours building your compound of endless possibilities.
The canibales and mutants have also been overhauled with complex new a.i. that really makes them feel alive. They are terrifying and often times fight better than you will. They team up with their friends, retreat when tired, and rescue their injured allies. The caves themselves are more terrifying than ever feeling more alive and grimy than the first game.
A big draw for lots of players is the fact that even in solo mode, you aren't playing alone. The addition of companions makes the world feel more alive and makes the boring tasks of chopping trees feel like a blur. They fight with you, help you build, and live your life with you like your playing with your best friends.
Even though this game isn't story based, the optional story is deep and very interesting. Fans of the first game will feel the impact of the story more than most but no matter what its more crazy and well planned out that you'd expect from a survival game made by a team of less than 10 people.
While the game was released in early access and has ways to go, this is by far the best survival experience to date. Everything feels so real and all your actions impact your ability to survive.