Have you ever wondered how Jurassic Park would play but with the dinosaurs extra ravenous and wild? Well, that is precisely what Second Extinction aims to deliver! This multiplayer first-person shooter (FPS) game puts players in a world dominated by mutated dinosaurs tasked to reclaim humanity’s rule over it. The game’s title perfectly summarizes its main premise. You, and up to 2 of your mates are tasked to prevent just that, a Second Extinction.
So, have you tried the game before? Or is this the first time you’ve ever heard about it? Nevertheless, here is our early access review of Second Extinction.
What is Second Extinction?
Second Extinction, at its core, is a very simple game. It is an FPS game where up to three players can roam the open world fighting hordes and hordes of hostile dinosaurs. The game offers tons of unlockable and customizable weapons and gear to keep the gameplay loop fresh. On top of blasting away at dinosaurs, the game also has several optional objectives players can complete in either Free Roam or Campaign mode.
Moreover, it allows players to do as many objectives as they want on three varying difficulty options before they can choose to beat the never-ending waves of enemies. Second Extinction’s Campaign mode sees players undertake six missions that take place in varying parts of the game’s open world. Depending on the skill level of the player and the difficulty they chose, each mission can last 10 to 30 minutes. Take note that the mission time and how challenging it may heavily depend on if you are playing solo or with a complete party of three.
Second Extinction, like most team-based FPS games, gives players the chance to choose from a diverse set of characters/heroes. Seeing as the game is still in Early Access, there are only 5 heroes to choose from. While admittedly still lacking in options, the provided heroes all have unique abilities and quirks. This ensures that each hero plays differently while also providing lots of fun to boot. It is worth noting, however, that the heroes feel bland and uninteresting in their current state. Furthermore, the dialogue still needs a lot of work as well in our opinion.
While the game also offers a complex narrative story, players should just stick to the multiplayer fun. Second Extinction’s story is mediocre at its best, and truly forgettable at its worst.
Is it Worth Playing in its Current State?
There is no other way of saying it, but we believe Second Extinction still needs a lot of time in the oven. Although the visuals are impressive and the gameplay loop is excellent, its weaknesses are just too glaring at this moment.
That said, the game successfully builds on the solid foundation laid out by previous team-based FPS games. Playing it with your mates should provide a great time. You can easily burn hours and hours of your precious time playing Second Extinction. Most particularly, if you are a fan of dinosaurs and shooting them down. There is certainly fun to be had with this game.
However, if you intend to play this game by yourself, turn back now. On top of the lack of mission variety, enemy types, and interesting story bits, Second Extinction is a very rough game. Expect to encounter annoying disconnections and various game-breaking bugs playing the game at its current state.
Second Extinction holds a lot of promise, but the developers still need work to do to make it a passable game, at the very least. It is extremely tough to unironically like this game. Its weaknesses and rough edges hinder the way of fun too much. You are better off finding another FPS instead to give you an enjoyable experience. However, keep this game on your radar if you love these kinds of team-based games. Try it after a few months and maybe it will be in better shape.