Escape from Tarkov is an open world survival game. Enter a devastated city as one of two warring factions and battle for supremacy.
In the cluttered world of survival titles, no game has yet got everything right. DayZ, H1Z1, and Rust were all hailed as the new saviour but fell into the same early access grave. With a healthy level of scepticism in mind, then, Escape from Tarkov appears to be the latest community great hope. Still in beta, the game looks and runs better than most fully launched titles. The Russian developers behind the game have managed to cram incredible audio and visual detail into the tiny 4GB download thanks to a professional optimisation job. Players battle over 4 separate maps, taking on real life and A.I. controlled enemies, gathering loot and weapons before escaping. An RPG style progression system is also in place based on experience points. This focus on gritty realism creates an incredibly tense and gripping gameplay style where even a single bullet can end a potentially great run. Escape from Tarkov impresses on nearly every level, but buyers should be aware of the potential for future disappointments.
Escape from Tarkov is the best kind of early access game: a great experience despite its unfinished state.