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Scavengers didn’t even catch my attention when it launched in April. In fact, I ended up playing it by accident: a colleague’s computer broke, and I agreed to capture footage of a few games. I sat down for a good cup of tea, and I expected 20 minutes to mix and match the seemingly ordinary Battle Royale type: a few hours later, I realized that Scavengers is just like that. I got a lot of fun from it.
The name is suitable for games. Scavengers choose their own way through a mixture of battle royale and PvE plunder. Loosely speaking, competitions tend to focus on some exploration and AI groups and treasure hunts to start, and then the map brings three-person teams. Oh, and some storms will move quickly on the map, and if they are not in the shelter, they will quickly freeze your character to death.
The storm is an epitome of what the scavengers do right. Battle Royale type games require a way to limit the venue, which provides, but not a big circle approaching, you have these fast-moving areas, often catching the team by surprise, and forcing fast, unplanned moves. Pleasant It feels like you can take refuge in a building and wait for it, which can be a moment of temporary respite and a time to make the next move, or it can be part of an enemy team that you stumble upon with the same idea. It even made some narratives in terms of actually promoting the ideas you were looking for on the surface of this hostile planet.
This is a clever element, and the other is the way the game ends. It has a bit of Hunter: showdown energy. Once the team has collected enough “data” (the in-game monetary reward you are looking for), the mothership will land on the map, remind all teams of its existence and give them five minutes to get there. No matter where you are, there is plenty of time to get there, but the team is too cautious about it not enough: this forces you to quickly decide whether you want to fight the enemy trio at a distance or go across the door (there is a timer ).
Scavengers provide some amazing standoffs at these moments, especially when you get a team that truly understands their capabilities. There are many characters that need to be unlocked, and all characters are equipped with very different gadgets and guns, such as drop shields, healers, and big booms. You can use the scraps you clear during the mission to make unique items and load on that character: This is a simple upgrade system that is fun to explore in the game and make you feel that your robbery is largely worthwhile (I mean, a new automatic shotgun is quite impressive).
It’s hard to determine why Scavengers logged in for me, because there are not many things you wouldn’t see other games do before, and it’s better in some cases. I don’t think shooting is the best I have ever experienced. The role work is not particularly attractive to me. The things and vehicles for crossing and PvE are completely sufficient. However, the way around these cleverly designed elements (such as storms and upgrades and PvEvP push and pull) provides a very interesting rhythm for the arc of each game.
I don’t know if I’ve ever thought about games in these terms before, but Scavengers is a bit like a delicious shepherd’s pie with steaming peas. You have seen all the ingredients before: you know more or less what will happen. This may not be the kind of thing you ordered in a restaurant. However, shepherd’s pie is always delicious, and you are always happy that it appears on the card.
We play Battle Royale, or I will play it anyway, for a one-time friendship moment with our buddies. I will always associate PUBG with the time when a friend and I were trapped in the hangar, noticed a motorcycle with a sidecar, then zoomed in on the airport, all the guns were burning, making our ass laugh. Like many such games, Scavengers is more suitable for playing with friends, and its half-hour game consistently provides such scenes. This is not the most primitive, exciting or perfectly adjusted battle royale experience. But this is a very interesting hell.