A long time ago I received an invitation to play The Finals, a game I knew nothing about but a few friends told me was one of the most innovative FPS offerings in a long time. I was skeptical, but even though I’m barely a competitive multiplayer player these days, I took the plunge and found out that yes, it was true.
Now everyone seems to understand the same thing.
The Finals is currently engaged in a large-scale playtest, which has blown the Steam rankings beyond GTA 5, Baldur’s Gate 3 and Rust. Only the usual CS2, DOTA2, PUBG and Apex Legends are ahead. Since its activation on Thursday, the population has continued to grow and now reaches a peak of 229,992 players. And it could go even further once the server issues are resolved, as they are essentially at capacity and as a result, they are down.
The Finals combines fast-paced gunplay, custom character kits, verticality, and most importantly, destructible environments to create a deeply unique shooter experience unlike anything else on the market. Not a battle royale, not a mining game. Yes, there are traditional objectives in the game modes, but the way you approach them with the flow of the game is totally different from anything you’ve played before.
The Finals comes from Embark Studios, which is also working on ARC Raiders, an F2P and PvPvE extraction shooter in addition to The Finals, which we first saw at The Game Awards in 2021. But I have l impression that The Finals is the most attractive project. . Here’s a trailer, if you haven’t seen it yet:
The destruction is… savage. And it’s not just a slick trailer, it actually looks like it. We just don’t see that in most shooters these days, because most haven’t tried to go down that path at all. I remember when people always wished there were more games like “Red Faction” that relied heavily on the physics of destruction, but games that actually tried this are few and far between. But The Finals has to be the best implementation of the concept I’ve seen in ages.
There’s no actual release date for The Finals, but it’s the largest test yet and a far cry from the closed alphas I played before. I’ll have to look back and see how it’s evolved, but I was deeply impressed then, and I have to believe it’s only getting better now. The test runs until November 5, so you have plenty of time to register. You can download it now on Steam.
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