With the new gaming fad from Last Man Standing Games, everybody wants a piece of the action. Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite started something big. The Culling, H1Z1, and DayZ are in and of themselves built around this concept: scavenge supplies to use against your enemies before you are killed by other players. The aesthetic of most of these titles are gritty, militaristic, and not very colorful with Fortnite being the exception.
In what should be a surprise to nobody, a new battle royale game is coming. What is surprising is that it uses the events of the rapture as its setting. It is from Explosm Entertainment, and is presented in an isometric style. Unexpectedly announced at E3 2018, Rapture Rejects was shown off highlighting its dark humor and offensive nature.
The game is different on a conceptual level—you start with nothing hoping to come out on top of everyone else. The presentation and how the game itself plays are quite different though. This is to be expected of a video game from the creators of Cyanide & Happiness.
As stated in the title, the rapture has come and gone with only a few humans left on Earth to fend for themselves. In anger toward God for not being taken to heaven, chaos erupts. Since there are no traditional armor or weapons to be found in sight, everything is made from household items. Firearms shoot two types of ammo: garbage and scrap. You can protect yourself with fanny packs and waffle irons, and recover health with alcoholic beverages. Some usable items you can find are explosive Magic 8 Balls and disguises that allow you to hide until the end of the match can help you get some vulture kills. Do not stay somewhere too long though—hell fire is closing in around you and everyone else.
Firing weapons and moving around feel odd to me, though it is probably due to me being more of a console player. If you are familiar with Diablo or Fate, you will feel right at home. With the overhead display, it should be easier to tell when someone is coming. However, the camera is much more close to your avatar. This is a good decision, as it adds tension. There are towers that can zoom out the camera so you can plan ahead if you see others heading toward you.
While the game is currently in alpha, it runs decently. I was able to play without a hitch on a five year old laptop, so it is clear that hefty PC builds are not necessary to play. The advertised player count is 100 like other games of the genre, but the lobbies I found myself in were much lower—around 40 players give or take. The gameplay itself is smooth and seems to have no real technical issues in matches. The only issues I have experienced are due to matchmaking in its first couple weekends of availability. I would, in most cases, not be able to play more than one match before the game would hard lock, forcing me to restart my computer.
There is a whole moral side to things I feel must be addressed. Usually this content guide material is saved for reviews, but I feel these must be said. As mentioned above, people are peeved at God for being left behind. This means that phrases like “God is a d*ck” and others are sprawled throughout the map. The gameplay itself is fun, but I cannot, in good conscience as a Christian, recommend it. Blatant blasphemous messages are something that I cannot shake whether fake or not. If there is a censor in the menu for this, then maybe I will look at it again. Proceed as you feel convicted.