Rust – PS4 (PS5 Review)
Rust, a multiplayer survival game that originally launched in 2013 on PC, has finally landed on consoles. I want to be clear upfront, I was told PS5 isn’t officially supported and may have more bugs, but I did play on the PS5. The loaded game quick and the only bug I got was I never “closed” the game and just put it in rest mode. Upon turning it back on it did throw an error. Never had an error in-game though. Enough of that, onto the review!
Rust was one of the first in the survival genres that did it right and has been for years. Being a huge multiplayer game as well is no small feat. But with its move to consoles, what are we to expect?
When you first join a server, there’s really no helping hand or tutorial. The only hand you may get is a rock smashed into your face from another player. You do get a few words that prompt on the screen explaining how to open the map and the crafting menu, then it’s all on you to survive.
You wake up on a beach with nothing but a rock and a torch, and it’s up to you to survive. I will be completely upfront about Rust players, they are jerks and will not hesitate to kill you. It took me many deaths to attempt to even harvest anything, even with my microphone on pleading with people to not kill me. I even walked up to someone’s building, dumped materials in good faith proclaiming on the mic, I don’t have much and I’m just exploring around. Just for the other player to grab what I left, took off after me and killed me with a spear. Yeah, it was a little demoralizing.
The server I jumped into was only an hour old, so almost everyone was spawning on the beach, hauling trying to resources and watch their backs. After countless deaths, I finally was able to sneak around gather a ton of wood and stone and decided to set up a two-room building and be somewhat protected. I set up a fire pit and just said there, not knowing what to do. Watching figures run by but not attempt to break-in. Someone did come up to the house saying he had nothing and would give me everything on his body if I let him in.
At this point I was VERY hesitant, considering all the times I spent saying that, could there really be someone that wanted to team up finally? Or were there 2 other people outside waiting in the shadows ready to murder me and talk all of my stuff? I took the chance and had an amazing time with my new friend just building, dying, and upgrading the base. It turned into two stories, we had crops laid out, and fishing traps up. I stayed up until 1 AM playing with this dude and had a legitimately great time.
Now, Rust is always live. There is no logging out and your base and body disappear. Your body drops where you stand and if you left the door unlocked…well sucks to be you. I wasn’t able to play the next day due to just being insanely busy, but I wanted, no NEEDED, to get back in the game. When my player awoke. I wasn’t in my base. In fact, my base was completely gone. Numerous trees I used as landmarks were gone. Pumpkins were growing everywhere. It was a completely different game. All of the hard work, gone. I was alone again, to start my survival again. But I was raring to go again.
Now with all that being said. Rust on console is an amazingly cut-throat multiplayer game that the consoles were missing. Using a controller felt fine, it didn’t seem cumbersome like some games that come from PC to console. Crafting and placing items easy and items snapped to each other. I will say that this game may not be for everyone. This isn’t a casual game, you have to be on a mission constantly. One of the best tips I can give you is to find some players you can team up with and start helping each other. That may sound easy, but I promise that it isn’t. I did have a co-worker that said the roleplayed being law and justice of the land. People would come to them for help and they would go out and punish whoever wronged that player. Now that is something you can’t do in really any other game.
Though I really don’t have complaints about the game in general, mostly just the players 😀 There are some improvements I would like to see. I would love to make it easier to group up, and not have to go into a menu to group up. Taking your eyes off the screen is a death trap. One more thing I kind of had an issue with, is when you are gathering resources, sometimes the ‘X’ or bright light is very difficult to hit. Maybe an option for a crosshair or dot or something. Maybe I’m just not that accurate with a controller though too haha.
Graphic-wise, it seemed fairly limited. I am hoping that it was just a little toned down for release and it will get some more definition and smoother textures as the game takes off on console. Also, the next-gen console should be able to smoke it so I’m hoping for that next-gen upgrade in the future to really set this game off.
Even with my negative player experiences, which is actually part of playing the game, I had a blast playing Rust. If I had more time to be consistent in a play schedule, I’d love to find a group of players to create the ultimate compound, helping and recruiting players who have no one and just dominate with having a good time!
Note: GameOctane received a digital code from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for reviews is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience.
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+ Really easy and quick to get into a game
+ Same Rust as you would expect
+ No lag and plenty of players
- Graphics and textures were a little light
- Wish it was easier to get grouped and not leave the main screen