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SuperCrit's new open-world survival game has just entered into Early Access on Steam. You can pick up a digital copy of the game for only $24.99. The game's theme and gimmick? You have to survive in a harsh world where dinosaurs rule the land.
It's a brilliant concept that I'm shocked hasn't been replicated by AAA studios. I'm guessing all those boardroom meetings about recycling old, stale ideas like a single pair of underwear being passed around and worn by frat boys is still the tall order of the day.
I was shocked to see this game on Steam's front page as there was about $0 worth of hype surrounding it. I guess I need to start visiting better gaming sites, eh?
The Stomping Land has a pretty straightforward premise: you're in an open-world, there are dinosaurs about; you need to form a tribe and survive. Sounds simple, right? Well it's about as challenging and dynamic as DayZ, so anything can happen and anyone can die at any time.
As mentioned on the Early Access page...
“You are a hunter and a scavenger. You survive in a world with dinosaurs, and if any one of them catch you, they will end you in an instant. In fact, you can't kill most dinosaurs with ease, and the ones that you can don't provide plentiful amounts of food. It's the large ones that matter. The ones with bone crushing jaws and skull smashing tails that roam the island and fight each other, who provide the food you want. It's up to you to find methods of surviving for as long as possible, so you can tame these creatures to protect you from the relentless threatening engagements.“
If you're thinking this is some crappy looking game with a rip-off premise, think again. The Stomping Land could easily pass for a typical AAA Xbox 360 or PS3 title.
In fact, you'll probably get a real kick out the trailer below, because it looks like a much better game than what I was originally anticipating.
Moreover, this game is getting some really rad review scores and feedback from Early Access buyers, as most people have some really dynamic and completely original stories to tell about their brief time with the game.
Someone simply described The Stomping Land as “Kidnapping Simulator 2014”.
If you read through the reviews, it sounds like there's a lot of kidnapping and killing and hunting and survival and awesomeness that takes place within the game.
If sales spur for SuperCrit's title like it did for Bohemia Interactive with DayZ, then I can easily see this becoming the next big category of copycat games in the larger AAA space.
Of course, I should warn you to exercise caution because this is still an Early Access game and that means that it could be here today and gone tomorrow, and you might get a refund or you might not get a refund. It depends on what the executive clergy at the sanctuary of Steam deem befitting for the audience.
If you want to give The Stomping Land a pound of your wallet's flesh, feel free to do so by paying a visit to the Steam Store.