Turtlerock Studios and 2K Games announced that Evolve Stage 2 is currently available on Steam to play right now… for free.
Blues covered some of the teasers that 2K let loose leading up to the game’s re-release, but today the developers and the publisher pumped out the shooter as a completely revised, revamped and reinvigorated experience.
They pumped out a new trailer for Evolve Stage 2, featuring the new content and upgrades, but to be completely honest it still looks a heck of a lot like what I suppose would be called “Stage 1” of Evolve.
You can check out the trailer for yourself as it covers the all new skills, redesigned maps and the rebalanced monsters.
My biggest gripe with the first game was that it was just too sterile. It was a homogenized experience made so no one felt like a loser. In reality it should have been a cold, hard, unforgiving game about survival. The asymmetrical multiplayer was done a heck of a lot better in Dying Light, and the deathmatch respawning and “everyone is made equal and useful” dynamic stripped away any sort of urgency or thrill from the title.
What would have been cool is if players choose their template but then got to pick from a pool of skills to give to their hunter. This way teamwork wouldn’t be forced on players, it would be learned and mastered. You also wouldn’t end up in the situation where everyone is locked into playing as a specific class for a round.
I think the limitations on the execution of the concept, mixed with the obnoxious DLC program, and coupled with the lack of a proper campaign mode just made Evolve look forgettable.
In fact, Evolve and Dying Light almost had identical fates to Battleborn and Overwatch.
Some shills posing as game journalists are still trying to push the sexism agenda with Battleborn – that it’s a game that does female character right – but agendas can’t save a game if it doesn’t have fun gameplay.
For Evolve Stage 2 they hope that the new skills, the larger maps, the rebalanced monsters and the overhauled gameplay might help revitalize appeal in the title. Well, we’ll see if it works. You can grab a copy of Evolve Stage 2 right now, for free, by paying a visit to the Steam store page.