Fear the Wolves
Developer: Vostok Games
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Genres: Survival, First-Person Shooter
To secure the top spot, players will need to worry about more than just other survivors. Across the hostile wastes, everyone is threatened by deadly anomalies and the dynamically-changing weather – voted for by players and spectators, both in-game and on streaming platforms. As time wares on and day turns to dusk, survivors must stay on their toes and constantly adapting to new situations.
Protective gear allows players to explore dangerous off-limit radioactive zones inaccessible to less-equipped opponents - but filled with powerful loot. All the while, the howls of mutated creatures echo through the wasteland. Wolves and much worse lay in wait for foolish players who don’t keep their wits about them.
Further breaking the mold of the genre, every game is made truly unique by the irregular and unpredictable spread of deadly radiation, which organically closes in on players with different stages of toxicity, all of which can be battled and avoided in different ways. Safety is rarely certain, and adept players will need to read the environment to determine when it is no longer wise to remain in an area.
Finally, every match ends with a dramatic race to the extraction helicopter, with only one of the handful of survivors able to make it. Will you pick off stragglers from a rooftop until you are the only one alive? Or would you rather make a mad dash for freedom, leaving your pursuers behind and escaping under the cover of night? Each extraction is unique, with the final area layout and your skills deciding the winner. Cosmetic customization options and a deep progression system reward you for your victories and close-calls.
All this, rival players, tight shooting mechanics, and an arsenal of guns, attachments, armour, and melee weapons mean no two matches are the same.
Brutal FPS battle royale in the irradiated remains of Chernobyl
20+ weapons with dozens of attachments, across a wide variety of effective ranges and situations, including melee
Radiation spreads dynamically from area to area, and can be survived with the right gear
PvE elements keep each match different, with wolves, mutants, and other hazards a constant danger
Finish matches in style with the final battle around the extraction helicopter
Artifacts found in the wasteland change your gameplay experience significantly
Fear The Wolves - Launch Trailer
Fear The Wolves - Early Access Launch Trailer
[GAMESCOM 2018] Fear The Wolves - Release Date Trailer
One thing I do hope is that Fear the Wolves gets the attention it needs from Battle Royale fans or fans of games with more than meets the eye that awaits those that give the game a chance. After all, this is a game I recommend regardless and I hope that its player base steadily grows given time. Until then, I can’t justify a score higher than the one you see below.