Posted: 5 months ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.
Author: Andy Robertson.
When other players attack, it's with firearms and primitive weapons. To stay safe you must build bases or team up with other players in clans. Weapons and ammunition are modelled in detail. They have to be crafted and traded and are a key element of the game. This adds not only a strategic element to the game, but also the concept of trust -- who, what and when?
This need to collaborate and forge teams is intensified as the game continues while you are not playing. Along with deploying sentry guns and traps on your base, working with others to ensure you have protection and friendly players to keep an eye on things is essential (and can be coordinated via the related app).
You play Rust on a range of different maps with hundreds of other players. Most of these are randomly generated. Throughout the levels are computer-controlled vehicles and airdrops of key supplies. This results in frantic battles for the parachutes boxes when they arrive.
Rust has become very popular online with over five million copies sold. There is a companion app to the game that runs on your smartphone and allows you to control your defences, alerts you to attacks and browse the map. This also enables you to collaborate with teammates more easily.
Coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in 2020. Before then there is a Rust Console Edition Closed Beta running to test the game.
Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN
Release Date: 08/02/2018
Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Players: You can play this with 250 players online. Numbers on a particular server will range from 128 up to 500, although performance can vary when there are many hundreds of players. On Xbox One this is listed as up to 100 players in the online servers.
Cross-Play: Play against people on different platforms, Xbox, PlayStation and PC.
You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One. You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4.
Rated PEGI 16 for strong violence and ESRB TEEN for blood and violence. The developer states that "this Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages, or may not be appropriate for viewing at work: Nudity or Sexual Content, Frequent Violence or Gore, General Mature Content"
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.
Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.
The following games are like Rust. They address a similar topic or offer a similar way to play. They are good options to play next and also good alternatives to Rust for younger age ratings.
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