Evolve

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Bloody co-op shooter pits human hunters against monsters.
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Parents say

age 11+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 17 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Cooperation and thinking about consequences of invading habitats of animals overshadowed by glamorization of bloody sci-fi gun violence.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Humans attempt to save settlers endangered by predatory animals on an alien planet. Although their primary objective is noble, the hunters enjoy their violent job hunting and killing aliens. Suggested that at least one hunter is a psychopath.

Ease of Play

Somewhat tricky controls, and players fight other players, meaning success depends on skill. Shooter veterans will do well, but inexperienced players could have a very rough time. 

Violence

Players play as monsters or humans shooting and killing each other with guns, slashes of claws, traps. Innocent alien animals frequently get caught in the crossfire. People and monsters scream in pain; blood spews from wounds. Bleeding carcasses, bones of hunted wildlife litter environment. 

Sex
Language

Infrequent but strong language, including the words "f--k" and "s--t."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One of the human hunters chomps on a lit cigar.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Evolve is an online multiplayer shooter and action game. Players either work in groups of four armed human hunters to take down giant alien monsters or take on the role of a monster to hunt the humans. Combat results in gushes of blood sprayed across the environment and screams of pain. Some of the humans use very strong language, and one smokes a cigar. The focus here is on frenetic, bloody, sensationalized combat, but players also will cooperate as part of a team. Thoughtful players also may contemplate the underlying roots of the game's violence -- that humankind invaded a habitat home to other species -- and think about how such conflicts might be avoided. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9 year old Written byaxl1 June 15, 2015

Over reaction again

Ok first off. I would like to point out there's barley any blood and it disappears after a minute. So that's not a problem. I myself play this game an... Continue reading
Adult Written byUsernamesSuck March 7, 2015

Hardly any issues/concerns, though could be scary for younger gamers

The violence is pretty mild for the age rating. The only time you're actually fighting humans is when you play as the monster, and even then it's so u... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byHax-Money March 9, 2015

Really fun

For me, this game is incredibly fun, and nail biting at the same time. As long as you're okay with blood/violence, you will love it. Only thing to worry... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byDapperLizard October 15, 2016

Really *facepalm

Again with CommonSenseMedia getting everything WRONG. Sure there is blood, but the combat is so fast paced you can hardly ever see any of it. And language, yeah... Continue reading

What's it about?

EVOLVE is an asymmetrical multiplayer shooter set in a distant future where humanity has colonized distant planets; the inhabitants of one of these planets are under attack by massive alien monsters. A group of hunters assembles to dive down to the planet with the aim of destroying the monsters and evacuating the settlers. The action pits teams of four players in a quartet of classes -- assault, trapper, medic, and support -- against a giant monster controlled by a fifth player that can attack in a variety of ways, from throwing boulders to slashing with its claws. The monsters are wildly overpowered compared to the humans, but working together as a team, the humans stand an even chance of defeating the titanic aliens. Different game types provide varying objectives for players and monsters, and players earn experience points as they progress to unlock new hunters, monsters, and abilities.

Is it any good?

With no real narrative, Evolve is essentially pure action. It appeals to a player's thirst for constant thrills and competition and to people whose primary reason for playing video games is to cooperate in teams and pit themselves against the skills of other players. If this sort of multiplayer experience is your thing, you're in for a pretty fun ride.

There's a surprising amount of cooperative strategy on the hunter side. Classes are key, each one with distinct abilities on which the rest of the team relies. You can steer yourself toward playing your favorite classes most often, but it's cleverly designed to make sure players try and eventually become proficient in each role. And being a monster is just a blast. Whether you're tearing into the hunters or exploring the world, killing and eating animals to mutate into an even more powerful creature before confronting your pursuers, stepping into the skins of these massive beasts is a unique experience. There's no other game quite like Evolve.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the impact of violence in media. Do you feel differently fighting monsters, animals, or aliens in games as opposed to humans? If so, why do you think this is true? Should you feel differently?

  • Discuss cooperation in games. Do you enjoy working as a team or playing alone? If you prefer working as a team, does it matter whether you're playing with friends or strangers? How about locally or offline?

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