From the developer Endnight Games comes the sequel to the acclaimed survival horror game, The Forest. Explore an island crawling with dangers, mutants, and cannibals in search of a missing billionaire. It’s time to scavenge, construct, and survive the wilds. Get ready to experience the Sons of the Forest.
Welcome to the Wilds. You’re in Danger
Sons of the Forest begins with the player on a rescue mission. We are being helicoptered into a remote island in search of a missing billionaire and his family. Things quickly spiral out of control as we are shot down and crash hard, with only a brief glimpse of a figure in white holding you at gunpoint. From there the game begins in earnest, where you explore the mysterious island.
The story is deep, much deeper than one might expect from a survival horror game. I can say there are connections between this game and the original title The Forest that released in 2018, but you don’t have to play that to understand what’s going on. It stands on its own magnificently. However, considering how much you can do with this game in terms of building and survival, you could easily play for days and never touch the plot. It’s cool like that.
Make this House a Home. Or at least a Doomsday Bunker
There are several facets of Sons of the Forest as far as game-play mechanics. Let’s start with the newest additions: followers and commands. Your first follower is Kelvin, and he’s not doing so well. So, you will have to give him orders. Kelvin is not the only follower you will have, and you’ll be able to get them to perform various objectives. Using the notepad, you’ll be able to have your follower gather resources, build, or clear areas.
The biggest aspect of the game is building. With the UI you’ll be able to combine items into bigger items or build structures to help survive. You will need shelter to brave the elements, or your stats will fall. Food, water, temperature and more are all needed to be maintained to keep from falling ill or dying. The wilds are not the only thing that can bring your adventures to an end. Cannibal tribes roam the forests, and mutants stalk the night all eager to sink their teeth into you. And for that, you’ll need to arm yourself with whatever means you can in hopes of survival.
Downright terrifying. Like a warm fleshy blanket
It’s rare that a sequel will not only hold on to the good parts of the old game but improve on it with new ideas without overdoing it. Sons of the Forest is an amazing game if you’re looking for a base building and survival with a healthy scoop of isolation horror. Be it playing alone or with friends, you’re sure to prove your worth.
Sons of the Forest is available on PC through Steam.