Editor’s note: The Forest is an EARLY ACCESS game on Steam. What is Early Access? Basically you pay money to play the Alpha state of certain games, games that are mostly still in progress of development. Expect bugs, glitches and a completely unfinished state with Early Access. What is the appeal of it? Well, it lets you get a glimpse of certain games that you may be excited for, and lets you test out the mechanics before a final release. Think of it as a paid demo experience.
Is it unfair to critique a game in such an early state? Well, we at Press Start think that if a game has the galls to ask for your money, than by all means it’s fair to review it. If people have to pay for it, then we’re allowed to critique it. However, this review will not follow traditional methods as usually done on Press Start; no score will be given. I will sum up my thoughts on The Forest and you will decide if Early Access is worth your time.
One day. No, not even one day, more like 6 in-game hours. That’s how long I lasted in my first playthrough. After setting up the scene where you are on a plane to parts unknown with your infant son in tow, the plane quickly crashes onto an unknown island, where upon waking up, you see a eerie figure pick up your son and whisk him away. So there is a plot, but right now it’s very threadbare.