Today, I added yet another beta released survival game to my library. Raft. The tale of waking up on a 2mX2m plank of wood floating on plastic with nothing more than a hook, and scavenging from an ocean of garbage.
So far I've managed to burn through three hooks, two fishing rods, and a spear alternating between feeding myself, protecting myself and desperately trying to give myself just a little bit more leg room. I've stabbed sharks, taken pot shots at seagulls (get the hug away from my potato!) and managed to fill my non-existant pockets with various kinds of garbage with which to continue "surviving". If you can call a life lost on an endless ocean, alone... surviving.
Okay, so not entirely alone. I might pluck the wings off that hugging gull and have a friend for a while!
Kidding. The game does have a co-op mode, but I've yet to use it; having only the one play session under my belt. I find the entire thing oddly... mellow. Even when you're dying of thirst or hunger, I don't get the normal sense of urgency or panic I do from other such games. Maybe it's the sound of the ocean (note: do turn down the ambient noise, it's quite over powering.), or maybe it's the fact that you have no literal control over where your artificial island home goes or how fast. You can swim some, and there is the occasional dot of land poking up out of the waves: but largely you just drift in world empty save for the garbage of some civilization you haven't seen yet, and the ruins of other, failed, survivors.
So far, I am utterly enjoying the experience, but you do need to pay attention: there is no tutorial. You need to figure out how to survive on your own, but thankfully it's pretty obvious from the build menu what does what and how quickly you can/should make stuff.
Has anyone else acquired this soggy survival experience?