The Forest Review

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Posted: 5 months ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Forest is a survival horror game where you are the only passenger to live after a plane crash. You explore a mysterious forest to find food, shelter and safety but soon have to battle strange cannibalistic people.

Although some will like the jump scares and creepy horror vibe, it's really the living, breathing world that is the most appealing. Every tree and every plant can be chopped down. You can build a camp, start a fire to keep warm, scavenge for food, construct a small shelter or large ocean-side fortress. As well as lay traps and defences to keep a safe perimeter.

What's unusual about the enemies in the game is how their programmed intelligence means they don't always attack. Sometimes they keep their distance, or follow you, or lure you into traps they have made. The game works to question whether it is you or them that are perpetrating violence. In combat, they regularly protect one another from injury, remove torches, surround the player, hide behind cover, drag wounded tribesmen to safety, keep their distance, use tactical decisions, not overextend into unknown territory, and occasionally surrender out of fear.

The game is open to how you want to play, although if you wish you can follow missions that lead to a conclusion of sorts with two different possible endings. The game features a day and night cycle along with varied terrain and locations. If you die in the game you are sent back to your shelter save point. To avoid dying you must manage your health, energy, stamina, hunger, and thirst levels.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 30/05/2014

Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 20 hours and 25 hours to complete. It will take considerably longer to find all the extras and establish a strong and stable life on the island.
 
Players: You can play this with 4 players online. You can play online together with other people which enables you to construct more ambitious camps and have more resources to survive.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

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.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 18 due to strong violence and violence against vulnerable and defenceless characters. Violence in the game can at times be bloody. When fighting a mutant, dismemberment or decapitation does not occur, however, once the character falls to the ground they can be decapitated or dismembered. This is not instantaneous but will take several blows with each accompanied by voluminous splatters of blood. Human limbs, heads and cadavers in various states of butchery are frequently seen throughout the game.

ESRB MATURE 17+ for Intense Violence, Blood and Gore and Partial Nudity.


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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

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)... read more about system accessibility settings.



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