Thank you BlueEagle Productions for sending us this game to review!
I’ve been playing FPS games for a while and they usually take place in well-lit areas and have a wide variety of maps and gameplay modes to choose from. While UNLOVED offers plenty of gameplay modes, the environments are dark and dreary and there are not many to choose from.
If you enjoy survival horror and FPS games, then you’ll appreciate the combined gameplay that UNLOVED provides. Up to four players can partake in exploring the randomly generated levels to complete their objectives without dying first.
The levels typically have locked doors and chests that have keys/omens scattered around that have to be located first. There’s usually a generous amount of weapons and ammo laying around too. The default game mode (Ultra Violence) has a slight delay when picking up items and opening doors. The Arcade mode is faster paced and lets you collect items and open doors instantly. Since I’ve recently discovered SUPERHOT, I enjoyed the Hot Mode where the enemies don't move unless you do. Last but not least is the Classic Horror mode, where there are larger areas, stronger monsters, and slower moving players.
Though picking up every single weapon and ammunition is tempting, the more you grab, the more monsters will spawn and start homing in on your location. If you have greedy friends, this game will get very challenging quickly! The starter weapon is a pistol, but you can swap it out to a shotgun, nailgun, or railgun. Each weapon has an alternate fire mode which is activated with the right mouse button.
Besides weapons there are mysterious objects scattered throughout the levels. By collecting these pictures and other items, you can unlock memories or character customizations. Even if you die, the objects you’ve collected will stay with your character. If you don’t die, you’ll earn karma which can be used to upgrade your persona. If you play online, it’ll be nice to stand out from the other players out there.
Unfortunately, I didn’t see too many online matches. There is a LAN mode available if you want to play alongside those in the same household. You may have better luck going that route than finding a reliable online game to join.
UNLOVED won’t be for everyone though. While I do enjoy FPS games, I have never been a fan of survival horror titles. Unfortunately, this game pushes the latter genre too much for my comfort zone. The environments are gritty and the atmosphere is very dark and creeps me out. It truly felt like I was exploring a haunted house and waiting for the next creature to jump out at me.
On top of the creepy atmosphere is the over the top violence. Many of the wretched creatures already have their guts hanging out and make you cringe upon seeing them. Once you attack them, blood starts to spray and splatter everywhere.
UNLOVED is definitely not a game for kids or the faint of heart. If you like horror movies and FPS games, you’ll probably find a lot to like in this game. It’s a bit too dark for my tastes which is not surprising since I’ve never been a fan of horror movies anyway.