The lights are on
It seems like everyone’s talking about Facepunch Studios’
survival game Rust, currently available as an early access title on Steam.
Rust, a game you may never have heard about, is one of the
hottest games on Steam right now. Facepunch Studios’ survival game is currently
available as an early access title and draws inspiration from other
sim/survival fare out there such as DayZ and Minecraft. Rust presents a brutal,
boisterous combination of crafting, building, and bashing other players with
crude implements to take their loot. We decided to dive in for a few hours and
take a look.
I choose one of the largest official servers to play on, one
that supports up to 200 concurrent players. I soon discover that playing on a
server of this size leads to immediate player contact of both the positive and
negative variety. Upon arriving in this new world, I move a few steps forward
and begin smacking a tree with a rock. “Oh sure, just like Minecraft. I can
probably use this to start crafting.”
Seconds after I begin my assault on the tree, I’m surrounded
by several half-naked men wielding rocks. The leader of the roving gang holds a
pickaxe of some kind, signifying his dominance over his rock-toting cohorts. He
also has pants and a shirt, making him a true status symbol in a world where
half-naked wanderers struggle against hunters and the cold. They make short
work of me, though I do try to inflict some damage with my own stone before
collapsing. I’m a fan of open PVP and corpse looting, so this does not dissuade
me in the slightest. In fact, I can’t wait to get some weapons of my own to
hunt those individuals down and return the favor.
But revenge will have to wait. On my next respawn, I come across
what can only be termed as a “noobie death bin.” Some clever, malicious
individual has constructed a house of sorts that can only be entered by
climbing up some stairs and jumping in. Once inside, a player with beginner
tools can’t escape in any way, and must use the suicide command (if they know it,
which a new player most likely won’t). As I look around for some way out of the
prison, I see someone appear on the roof. The spider has come to check the web.
A few gunshots later, I’m back to respawn territory.
The next respawn is short and sweet. I fought the bear, and
the bear won. Protip that I believe extends to real life – don’t try to take on
a bear with a rock.
My next life is a short walk into a radioactive compound
where a fully-equipped group of players with assault rifles and shotguns tear me
On my next respawn, I meet up with a roving band of rock-men
and we set upon nearby pigs and players for food and torches. The voice chat
allows several of the players in my quickly assembled entourage to communicate
as we rove the countryside in search of players with clothing, food, and weapons.
After some time, we begin a small base of operations with a workbench,
campfire, and other essentials. We build some things, kill some people –
basically a good time all around. This chance casual grouping lasts for some
time until I have to log for the evening.
For those curious about Rust that don’t want to engage in a
casual social slaughter, servers are available without PVP elements where
players can focus on crafting and battling nature.
Like other games in the same space, Rust features zombie
NPCs but as far as I can tell they are mostly just threats for undergeared
players. The real challenge comes from interacting with other players, making
the experience fairly dynamic and fun. Like many early access titles, Rust’s
current state will probably change substantially as it moves closer toward a
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I love how all the people in the screenshot hold rocks as if they were pistols.
From what I've seen, this game looks ridiculously fun and stupid at the same time. Kinda what Chivalry Medieval Warfare is like. Plain, stupid fun.
Good to see that there is a no -pvp option. I don't really like the idea of having people beating you to death with a rock over a tree.
That's it,I'm buying this right now!
Nice! I really need to get back in to PC gaming. It hasn't really interested me since the early 2000s and even then I was never serious about it.
This game has definitely peaked my interest. Now to find some time to dive into it!
I like this concept of survival, will try it for sure when the full version comes out :)
I would love to get this, and likely will in the next few weeks. I'm pretty excited to try it.
I've heard a little about this on some sites. Some people comparing it to DayZ and other survival games + Early Access success Stories. But I took a look at it, said, "I probably don't care about this", and moved on. No one really seemed to actually talk about what it was or why people cared about it. It was just, "that other game like DayZ sort of".
Thanks for a PROPER preview then, Mr. Tack. Oh, and the sweet real-life protip about bears... though I think I learned that one in 1996, thanks to Tomb Raider.
Though I still don't really care about this sort of thing, at least I now know FOR SURE! :P
I've been playing roughly two weeks, and I've put 45 or so hours in. Real fun.
naked people! I will buy it!
I don't know anyone who HASN'T heard of this game.