Monday, March 7, 2016

The Culling: Is it worth it?

A fun new game has become the focus of many youtubers recently called, The Culling. The Culling is an early alpha stage game that has a Hunger Games theme, where you and 15 other contestants must battle for survival until there is ultimately a winner.

Many youtubers have shown its interesting mechanics such as spending your Funk Points, the in game currency, to craft different weapons or items to help you succeed in your battle to victory. Others have show how well the game play works for an alpha stage game.

While the combat maybe a little buggy and the guns are overpowered you have to keep in mind it is in alpha. It still has the potential to be an amazing game. At the price of under $15, its hard to beat.

That being said, it may not be for everyone. University of Buffalo student Nate Torre said "I tried to run the game on my new laptop and had a lot of issues. Loading the game was extremely difficult and once I entered the game, the servers were so laggy it was unplayable." He also changed his settings down to lower settings and ran into other problems.

If the settings are turned all the way down to accommodate computers that can't run such a graphically intensive game, the game looks a bit like blurry pixels. There isn't really a happy medium. You have extreme settings for computers that can handle all the textures. Medium settings for a decent computer, which still don't look all that great, and the low settings which are a no go.

I had similar results as I loaded the game on my main computer and on my laptop to test the settings. My main computer is up to date with new graphics cards and ran the game smoothly with little issues. However, my laptop which is only a year old couldn't handle the game on its lowest settings. Not to mention everything morphed together so your character didn't have eyes and a nose, he just had face. His body no longer had abs and an upper chest, he just had chest.

Overall, The Culling has great potential and it is currently great to play if you have a computer that can handle it. If your system does not meet the requirements listed on Steam, you may want to hold off on your purchase until some of the graphic and server issues are fixed. The game programmers are constantly working on The Culling so many of these problems will be fixed in the very near future. You can check out a preview of the game on their website and keep updated with their bug fixes and issues here.

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