The Culling is a battle royal style PC game that started out as a battle royal style PC game. Noble concept eh? Now, if you aren’t familiar with the current lot of battle royal type games then the opening line to this may be a bit confusing, but I’ll explain if you give me a minute…
The Culling (Early access on Steam) is the newest edition into the battle royal type game. If you are unfamiliar with that genre of games let me fill you in. Have you seen the Japanese movie Battle Royal? No? Alright. Have you seen a more resent movie called The Hunger Games? Yes? Great! It’s a lot like that.
The premise of the game is that you start off in a box, dropped in the middle of an island. Totally random spawn, each time every time. You get one life so you have to make it count. You aren’t alone though, so this will prevent you from going crazy and start talking to a volleyball. There are 15 others on this island, the same situation you are in, The objective is simple, don’t die. Strategy is important as you are not (at least not as I write this article) rewarded for killing your opponents. Maybe you want to camp it out for a while and just outlast everyone else? Maybe you want to craft a blow dart gun and a hatchet then chop your enemies down while they’re vomiting. That’s entirely up to you.
You are able to find items, or craft items. You are able to craft basic items from stone and wood. Basic items consist of crafted spears, hatchets, armor, blow dart guns, etc…while some items you can find while looting are hammers, knives, baseball bats and an entire arsenal of guns. There are 3 tiers of weapons, the better the weapon, the higher the tier. There is also a wide array of chems you can pick up that have varying affects on the user. The last thing is FUNC. FUNC is the currency used in game. You need a certain amount of FUNC to craft, heal and call in your airdrops.
Air drops are important because you know what airdrop you’ve selected. This may be the only way for you to get a high end weapon, or maybe you have selected a more defensive airdrop with pepper spray and a taser. Depending on what your personal strategy is, you may want to save your FUNC and call these in ASAP. The only problem is, nothing is subtle in this game. Everything you do make noise, and a lot of it. If you’re recycling a weapon in exchange for FUNC, people will hear it. If you’re healing, people will hear it. Air drops are no different. They fly in on the world weakest drones in which anybody with decent aim or enough rocks can knock right out of the sky. Nothing is yours on the island, that is for damn sure.
My final take on this is that I absolutely love it. I’m having a ton of fun playing it. Whether I’m play a team game (8 teams of 2) or a Free For All I’m into it. For something that is still considered to be an Early Access game, I have yet to experience anything that I haven’t experience in a final release of a game. I would like to get back to my original point in calling this a strict battle royal game that was created as a battle royal game. There are others out there such as H1Z1’s Battle Royal, and Ark’s Survival of the Fittest. Big difference is both of those started off as a totally different game. Both of those started off as survival games with a PVP element. The developers later discovered that people are much more into killing each other than building a hut or walking around for hours looking for metal. The Culling is strictly a battle royal game with in your face PVP action. It is not for the faint of heart. If you’d like to see it in action check out my stream on Twitch and if you think you have what it takes to be the last one standing them download The Culling now on Steam for a mere $14.99. They could be charging more for this, and it really wouldn’t surprise me if the price goes up upon it’s final release. Be sure to get in while you can.