The Forest Brings an Open-World Dynamic to Survival Horror

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The Forest | oprainfall

The Forest is a promising-looking indie game from studio SKS Games that’s scheduled for a PC release some time later this year. In the game’s trailer, the premise is set: you play in first-person as a character that has been in a plane crash. Lost in a forest, it’s up to you to survive by building yourself a shelter out of whatever you can find, hunt and cook your food, and maintain a fire for warmth.

Of course, that’s not all there is to the survival half of The Forest’s promise of survival horror. You’re not alone in the forest. You will also have to protect yourself from fleshy humanoid mutants that prowl around looking for fresh meat: mainly, you.

Upping the scare factor is the potential for the game to be used along with Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset that brings first-person gameplay to a new level.

There are several elements in The Forest that make it unique as a horror title. The game’s night and day cycle, changing weather, and open-world setup add some realism to the protagonist’s situation. Players will also have the option to choose whether they want to battle the cannibalistic creatures with basic tools like stones and sticks, or set traps for them.  And, since these humanoids are rumored to have their own “beliefs, families and morals,” fighting or trapping them might not be so simple.

The game is currently up on Steam Greenlight.


About Angela Hinck

Former Contributor: Content Manager- Situated in sunny Florida, Angela spends plenty of time watching anime and playing video games. RPGs and survival-horror are her go-to genres; but if it's weird or different, she's willing to give a shot. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BA in Creative Writing and now puts her skills to good use writing about the nerdier things in life, including news and game reviews for Operation Rainfall.