I probably shouldn't spoil the rest of this article, but I totally won.
None of this is to say that you have to play Kraken defensively. Just like Goliath, who can be played stealthily instead of in-your-face, Kraken can take the fight to the hunters if you play carefully. My favorite tactic – admittedly one that was given to me by Boccieri – was to float above the hunters, start charging my electric burst and then crash down in the middle of the fray just as the burst triggered, slicing off a a huge chunk of the opposing team's health. Drop a few mines, leap back into the air, zap whoever is weakest with a bolt from heaven, bathe everyone in electro spheres, repeat.
Yes, I was being coached by a developer, and yes, that might be why I won, but it was glorious, and some of the most fun I had at E3.
Don't worry though, I got my comeuppance later, as I tried out the new hunter medic, Lazarus. Rather than helping teammates with a healing ray à la Team Fortress 2, Lazarus resurrects them after they die, restoring them to full health. I did my best to keep my team alive, cloaking to turn Lazarus invisible so I could run past the monster unobserved and bring someone back to life, but ultimately we lost the fight.
Here's the rub though: It was still fun, even in defeat. That's reason enough to keep an eye on Evolve when it launches later this year, October 21, on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
- Key specs
- Game format Optical disc, Downloadable
- Online features Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser
- Drive capacity 500 GB
- Controller type Wired, Wireless
- Motion controls Accelerometer, Gyroscopic, Camera / optical
- Video outputs HDMI
- Weight 6.17 lb
- Released 2013-11-15
Microsoft Xbox One