Coming soon to PC and Xbox, in Early Access, The Anacrusis, a cooperative first-person shooter that you can play with up to four friends. Here are the first impressions of this Left 4 Dead with aliens.
The problem with Left 4 Dead and similar titles
Before anything else, you have to make something very clear: the franchise Left 4 Dead set the bar very high (especially its sequel). On this basis there is a sad reality: many, in their own way, want to be like Valve’s award-winning game, but reality showed that, so far, no other title of the style has managed to measure up.
Without going any further, in the last time they came to light Back 4 Blood Y Aliens Fireteam Elite. And, although they can be more or less entertaining, the reality is that none managed to even touch the heels of the highly successful zombie title. Not even the mentioned Back 4 Bood, which was developed by the creators of the L4D.
As if the solidity of the Left 4 Dead not enough, there is another important point in its favor: its modest price. While their copies (at least the ones mentioned in this note) are $ 59.99 and $ 39.99, respectively, L4D and its sequel are available for $ 9.99 each. So why would anyone choose a game that is three times as expensive and with more playability problems?
Already eat the damn orange
Either way, I’m running off the axis. I do not come here to talk to you about L4D, but I come to comment on the first impressions that it left me The Anacrusis. I know I should leave the Valve game behind, but it’s impossible not to make comparisons, because dear readers, The Anacrusis It is nothing more than an L4D but, this time, the enemies are aliens.
In short, we are a group of four who have to survive an alien apocalypse. For this we will have a wide range of classic weapons such as rifles, shotguns and machine guns, and special weapons, such as turrets and flamethrowers. In attack mode, we will also have a great variety of grenades (explosive, electric, slowing down). In addition, we have a shield that will allow us to protect ourselves for a few seconds.
To differentiate itself from the already mentioned 2008 title, The Anacrusis adds a mechanic that seeks to change the way we play each game: improvements for our character. Throughout the map we will find material compilers that will allow us to choose between three options, which are usually divided into improving our attack or improving our defense.
Are these new elements enough to lift their own flight? I wish I could delve deeper into it, but there is a sad reality: my personal experience was not entirely good. But, being positive, that is not due to bugs far from it. By testing the game before it was officially released, I was forced to be accompanied by bots. I’m pretty sure the experience would have been completely different if I had the chance to test it with real people and not with bots that couldn’t even do something as basic as jumping. Needless to say at this point that, being an Early Access title, it has very little content. Only two episodes have been unlocked so far. Although it is expected that throughout this year we will not only have more episodes, but also more game modes; at the moment the content is really scarce.
It is difficult to give a verdict with a game that is so lacking in content. Without a doubt, there is still a lot of water to pass under the bridge to see what else is offered to us as players. However, there is something about which there is no tutorial: The Anacrusis is nothing more than a Left 4 Dead. Not even the mechanics by which it seeks to differentiate itself make it feel like a slightly different game.
MINIMUM: Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system – OS: Windows 10 – Processor: AMD FX-8350 / Core i5 6600K – Memory: 8 GB RAM – Graphics: DX11-compatible GPU – DirectX: Version 11 – Storage: 25 GB available space