Raft is not a game for everyone, and while being firmly seated in the survival genre, it is a far more casual affair than the kings of the genre such as Ark Survival Evolved, Conan Exiles and Rust.
However casual doesn’t mean its easy. In some aspects, I found the kings much easier.
A Strange Choice of Pallete.
The colour palette used by Raft seems out of place for PC title, it’s very much the style utilised by Nintendo, a broad base selection of colours in various hues that give the game an innocent cartoony vibe. At the same time, it’s not a bad aesthetic and works very well for Raft, it’s certainly not the norm for survival games, and some may be a turn-off.
The modelling, however, is second to none, every model I have encountered in-game looks fantastic, and texture work is additionally top-notch
Raft is built around exploration, for me, this is one of its strongest selling points, as exploration is one of my favourite aspects of survival games and some titles don’t provide enough interesting locations to make this a tangible playstyle, Raft avoids this pitfall by providing a wide and diverse array of explorable locations as well as underwater exploration.
Heavy RNG & Little Selection
In most survival games you set off to find whatever materials you want, wood, iron, dinosaurs, thralls, salty 12-year-olds to torment for clickbait youtube videos, Raft however at the start is very RNG dependent, you float around. You hope that useful items come into range of your grappling hook.
The Crafting system is basic and functional, and building fulfils its purpose well while maintaining a very authentic castaway look.
The character customisation is around 0% with only two predetermined models to choose from, for me, this is a real immersion killer, in survival games, I like to create a custom character as I will be using it for 50-100 hours minimum.
I found it very hard to get used to the pastel-shaded wardrobe and defined features of a character I had no choice in designing.
So You Don’t Like it?
I wouldn’t say I don’t like it. I like it well enough for what it is, a lite survival game that feels “Wii like” in execution, for some gamers that is exactly what they are looking for, a simple game to solo or co-op, But I prefer the grander concepts and pvp action of Ark Survival Evolved, Conan Exiles and Rust.
Still, I will be checking back on Raft from time to time, with better Character customisation I can see myself putting in 100+ hours.
Worth a Buy?
Raft is a very solid game that has come leaps and bounds since its first release. It maintains a healthy peak ccu of 5-6k and both the community and developers are very invested in the product.
A solid purchase for fans of casual survival, co-operative PvE content and exploration.
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