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Rust Review

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Posted: 15 months ago, last updated 11 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and Ben Kendall.


Rust (also, Rust: Console Edition) is an online survival game set the wilderness. You explore, gather and craft materials to manage hunger, thirst, health and protection. The preparation is to ward off the threat of bears, wolves and (more commonly) other players looking to steal your hard-won spoils.

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. YOu can pull up the map during play but then need to use the compass to navigate to the locations you require to meet. 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.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

Release Date: 08/02/2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Shooting and Strategy

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: @FcPnchStds


Duration: This game will take between 80 hours and 100 hours to complete. It takes tens of hours to become proficient at the game and many will play for over 100 hours due to the open-ended nature and draw of team-based play.
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.


Rust usually costs £39.99 to £69.99.

Rust Console Edition

Xbox One £39.99
PS4 £44.99

Rust Console Edition: Deluxe

Xbox One £49.99
PS4 £49.99

Rust Console Edition: Ultimate

Xbox One £69.99
PS4 £64.99
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.  

You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to subscribe, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4.
You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to subscribe, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One. You can buy additional content for Rust that is usually cosmetic changes to weapons and outfits:
  • The Elite Combat Pack
  • Future Weapons & Tools Pack

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 16 for violence

Rust Console Edition rated MATURE 17+ by ESRB for Blood, Violence. Players explore the open-world environment, gather resources, create weapons (e.g., spears, machine guns, explosives), and defend themselves from wild animals and other players. Players can attack and kill enemies in frenetic combat, with successful hits resulting in large splashes of blood. Players can keep shooting animals or humans on the ground (i.e., postmortem damage), accompanied by large blood-splatter effects. Battles are highlighted by realistic gunfire and explosions. When human enemies are killed, they can be harvested for body parts and cooked for food.

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"

Skill Rating: This game is enjoyed by 16+ year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity.
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.


Although you can't select the difficulty, there are ten servers set to the "Softcore" game mode, which offers a slightly easier experience by allowing you to reclaim items when you die via reclaim stations.

At nighttime, unless you have a light source, the game is very dark. This makes it difficult to discern different items and also making traversal more of a challenge. For every 10 minutes of night in-game, there are 50 minutes of daytime, so you can prepare.

In addition to the ability to disable blood, you can also remove and censor all the nudity in the game in the in-game menu. There is a map item in-game, which you can use to clearly see your location You can zoom in on any part of it, giving you greater clarity on specific locations if necessary.

There are visual cues, although some are small, and additionally can be hard for people with colour blindness to see (ie. a red cross on a green tree indicating it can be cut down can be hard for someone with red/green colour blindness to make out). You can scale, customise and adjust opacity of the head-up-dislpay to make text and icons much more visible.

Although you can remap keys on PC you can only remap two controls in Rust on consoles; your sticks and the button for your special action. You can switch to toggle for talking, sprinting and crouching. There's an auto run option.

Much of the game requires you to be able to discern different sounds, such as gunfire from leaves rustling. As there is no way to have this information displayed in a visual manner, this is a barrier for deaf or hard of hearing players.

Most of the guidance, such as direction and tutorials, is displayed as text which is sometimes a similar colour to the background (light blue on dark blue) and is often quite small. Although individual players cannot choose to filter the chat, many servers have a chat filter in place that not only censors the chat but also removes the players who type it from the game.
Our Rust Accessibility Report details 29 accessibility features:

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