A few months back I introduced you to a highly addictive game called “Rust”. The game was released on the Steam network even though it is still in Alpha. (meaning they have a concept but are far from a finished product). It quickly became widely popular and the game that wasn’t even a game yet had thousands of sales pouring in.
Since my initial review published, they have removed the zombies from the game, added wear to your items, and tweaked a few things such as the map and sky. This all happened months ago, and it seemed no significant progress was being made on the game. Eventually there was only so much you could do with the game in it’s current state so I put it down and haven’t played it since.
That is until last week. I was home and bored so I thought I would fire it up to see what’s new… I ran across a strange option to “try experimental” upon startup …but blew right past it because I was anxious to dive in! ….only everything is exactly the same …you mean no progress has been made? So I played for a while thinking maybe there is something I’m missing but no… nothing changed. Frustrated I shut the thing off and went about my day.
Something in the back of my mind was creeping out… what was that thing I saw at start up? So I fired the game back up and clicked on “try experimental”. After some loading time comes this quite stunning title screen:
Ok the photo doesn’t do it justice, but its a dynamic scene and the very realistic wolf moves about slightly on screen. Not ground-breaking but this tipped me off that this isn’t just some untested update to the original game. So I start things up only to find… a whole new game!
They stopped updating the original game because they were rewriting the whole damn thing! To give you an idea I will put old and new side by side for comparison:
It’s the same, only different. The graphics are cleaner, the world is much different looking, and the interface has been changed significantly:
It took a lot of getting used to, the crafting and building systems have been redesigned, gathering is no longer confined to hunting down piles of wood in a field somewhere. I got some framework built for a house but couldn’t figure out how it all worked. (of course I could look it up but self discovery is far more fulfilling) There seems to be much greater building flexibility now because I stumbled on some other player’s houses such as this one built on the rocks (previously not possible):
While everything looks nice, the game is still really glitchy and practically unplayable as anything other than a sandbox. I haven’t had a chance to explore this new world in detail, however, I traveled quite a bit and never ran into a single animal or any type of civilization like in the original. I’m very interested on how the game will progress but for now I’m going to wait a little longer for them to knock out some of the bugs.
Have you tried Rust? What do you think of the new update?