Dinosaurs are rad. Sadly, they hardly ever seem in video video games. So I used to be excited to play Second Extinction, a brand new shooter that includes dinosaurs, each massive and small. What I wasn’t anticipating was how a lot this early entry sport would remind me of Future, or how a lot enjoyable I’d have taking part in it.
Second Extinction is a first-person shooter with some mild RPG components, which might be performed solo or in groups of three. It’s set sooner or later after mutated dinosaurs have taken over the Earth. How did this occur? Why are they mutated? I don’t know. The intro is brief and doesn’t clarify a lot past telling me it’s as much as my staff of mercenaries to kill all of the dinos and reclaim the planet. Lot of stress to placed on my shoulders, however I’m down to provide it a shot.
Gamers choose a personality, every with their very own skills and perks. One character can carry two main weapons; one other can turn out to be practically invisible in the event that they cease shifting for a bit. Then, you head all the way down to Earth to finish a mission set in an open world map crammed with smaller aspect actions and many dinosaurs. Like Future, you may as well go to this massive open-world with out taking a mission, simply to discover and full aspect quests like gathering dino eggs or activating radio towers. Regardless in case you are on a mission or simply exploring as you kill dinos, you earn XP and acquire sources, all of which can be utilized to improve weapons and unlock new skills. You then use these new skills and higher weapons to, you most likely guessed, kill much more dinosaurs on extra missions. Repeat as a lot as you want.
It’s a easy however efficient loop, and it principally works as a solo sport, even when I discovered myself getting extra overwhelmed when taking part in alone. Second Extinction likes to throw enormous crowds of dinosaurs at you, however fortunately it’s enjoyable to mow them down or blow them up with grenades or exploding barrels. Issues turn out to be much less enjoyable whenever you begin to run low on ammo or well being. Then, the sport turns into extra of a horror shooter, as you creep across the planet making an attempt to keep away from dinos whereas in search of a campsite or provides so you’ll be able to fill up.
One other factor this sport shares with Future is that there’s no solution to pause the motion, as the sport is all the time on-line. At one level I needed to step away to go to the lavatory, and I needed to conceal my injured character in some timber far-off from any dinos. It was scary and memorable, however I’d nonetheless like a pause button.
As gamers filter completely different areas of the open world and full missions, they collectively have an effect on the variety of dinos that spawn in several areas. That is represented in-game by way of a menace degree that may go up or down. Selecting missions and aspect quests in areas which are simpler or tougher is part of the pre-mission setup: Would you like extra XP and sources? Nicely, you can strive doing a mission within the hardest zones that week. Or load into a neater, much less infested space to get fewer rewards, however come again alive. Twice per week the map is up to date to indicate how gamers are altering it. It’s a cool concept that hopefully will get tied into future updates and options.
Second Extinction is a part of Xbox’s Preview early entry program, so the sport continues to be in growth, with new content material and options coming in future updates. On the sport’s official website, the devs are promising new characters and weapons and even a horde mode. Xbox and PC crossplay can be coming later this yr.
With plans so as to add extra to the sport shifting ahead, I’d like to see extra dino selection. In its present state, you principally struggle raptors and a handful of raptor variants. There are few greater dinos to come across, however I’d like to see flying dinosaurs or some even greater creatures. Then once more, the raptors on this sport are already scary sufficient. Maybe I’ll remorse asking.
Second Extinction is out now on Xbox Sequence X/S and Xbox One by way of Recreation Move. You can too kill dinos on PC by way of Steam Early Entry, the place the sport was first launched again in 2020.