- System: Xbox One, PC
- Publisher: Scavengers Studio
- Developer: Scavengers Studio
- Release Date: Full Game Spring 2018
- Pricing: $14.99
- Rating: T For Teen
- Genre: Action, Battle Royale
- Players: 1-10 Players Online
- Official Website: http://www.scavengers.ca/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Assuming that you haven’t played the PC version for whatever reason, we’ll first describe what you actually will be doing in The Darwin Project. Ten players are sent off to a closed snowy region and must survive until there is only one player left standing. Players will have to endure surviving the cold—which is a constant threat against you and will kill you after long exposure—constantly changing areas that get closed off and such and other opponents. In The Darwin Project, there aren’t tons of guns to use or a multitude of vehicles. The only thing you’re armed with is an axe, a bow and the ability to make traps to defeat your opponents. The Darwin Project is simple in this regard but it works for a multitude of reasons.
The first reason why this simplicity works so well in The Darwin Project is because it removes a lot of the randomness of most battle royale games. Fortnite and Player’sUnknown Battlegrounds is a mix of skill and random luck depending on what weapons and gear you find upon landing. In The Darwin Project, you will never find much on the field—outside electrical items that are placed on the map randomly—besides trees and chairs to rip apart for materials in making tools for your character. The Darwin Project requires players to get better and to make the most out of what gear they can forge and they can use it. Sure, you can use your bow and arrow to snipe enemies or hack away with your axe but a good survivor will make traps and lure their opponent into a false sense of safety. This is where The Darwin Project excels in comparison to the other games we mentioned, you need to use your mind and quick thinking to survive more often than not.
Another fun element of The Darwin Project is the Show Director. Unlike Player’sUnknown Battlegrounds and Fortnite, the Show Director is another player who embodies a monitor that floats in the field at all times. The Show Director can’t directly hurt players but can cause damage in the form of Nuking the environment, healing a player, shielding a player and closing off parts of the map earlier than they should close. This is where The Darwin Project gets really interesting as it no two games are the same. Often, when you think one strategy might work, The Show Director can easily cause a shift in your plans and might even make you a target—which he/she can do—thus keeping you on your toes. The Darwin Project might be simpler than most battle royale games but that simplicity leaves a lot of room for more things to happen than the more formulaic nature of most games like it.
Graphically, The Darwin Project is pretty nice on the Xbox One. While the PC will of course have some slight strength in how it runs with a good rig, we didn’t notice too much of a difference between either version. We did notice some lag and technical issues with the Xbox One version during some moments while playing, but it never caused us to die early or anything of that nature. We’ll probably say The Darwin Project runs better on the PC overall, but it’s not a huge difference. Though, maybe an Xbox One X—if The Darwin Project gets tweaked for that version—might be stronger but we couldn’t tell you yet.
Now, since we’ve previewed both versions of The Darwin Project—the Xbox One version and PC—we want to say ultimately, neither one is better than the other. Both versions of The Darwin Project run well and both adhere to the same themes as each other. We do want to try out the Duo Mode for the Xbox One as we didn’t see that in the PC version, but we could bet that would be available on the PC in sometime too. The Darwin Project is a solid game overall so far and that is why we can say pick whichever version you want. Ultimately, you’re getting the experience based on your gaming preferences and that is a good thing for any game at the end of the day.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Fun and simple survival combat/gameplay
- Solid visuals
- Playing as the Show Director is still great
- Controls very well on the Xbox One like the PC
- Frame rate issues/technical issues still happen from time to time