Escape from Tarkov Review


Escape from Tarkov Review

Online shooters won't stop mutating into weird new genres. First came survival shooters like DayZ and H1Z1, then came the battle royales that took the tension of open combat and distilled it into something more consistently fun. Escape from Tarkov feels like the next leap along that evolutionary branch. When I'm crouched in a bush trying to listen for the sound of footsteps over the thumping of my own heart, that shared lineage to DayZ and PUBG is crystal clear.

But Escape from Tarkov recontextualizes all that lootin', shootin' chaos through the lens of an MMO like EVE Online, where bad decisions (or bad luck) can mean losing gear that I spent hours working towards.

  

For the uninitiated, Escape From Tarkov is a survival game that takes the rules of battle royale and supersizes them - you choose what you take into each "raid", before trying to complete quests, loot valuable items and kill enemy players and NPCs. Die, and you lose everything you bring in with you. On top of this, you have to manage a fairly robust medical system that simulates fractures, pain and the effects of starvation and dehydration. 

In addition, your armour will degrade, in line with the caliber of bullet you're shot with and the ballistic profiles of the particular round: the same gun could fire different rounds that either ping harmlessly off your armour or blow a hole in it and kill you near-instantly. Tarkov is probably the most "hardcore" shooter currently in development, with all the positives and negatives that come associated with that. 

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Still, once you've graduated with your degree of not dying instantly from Tarkov's bloody syllabus, it's actually quite an enjoyable romp. The best trick Escape From Tarkov has up its sleeve is the way that it contextualises the loot and shoot gameplay, so you care about every CPU, water filter or even USB charger you find along the way.

The plot revolves around the city of Tarkov. Two aggressive corporations ruined the place after a greedy war.

Parts of the city are under the control of violent locals, the “Scavs.” Scavs and military corporations are at war within Tarkov streets, buildings, forests, and sewers. The local population is trying to flee, but others are looking to find fortune.

Chaos amok, there’re unseen borders all across the city. Different groups are in control of each area, but no group is free from large-scale conflict.

  

UN and Russian military units are blocking the city. Supply chains and communications don’t exist.
Still, surviving the city requires gear; you’ll need to find it first.

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