Alright, I owe a couple of people in this thread an apology for being ignorant, particularly @Liil
. You were right and I was wrong. I have now tried both because I finally caved and bought Escape From Tarkov
earlier this week and hot damn! This game is something else, isn't it?
I think I'm obsessed with it.
Staking out a fresh kill to see if any vultures are coming for a piece.
After picking up the cheap version of the game (I still think the price tiers are a little scummy) and getting to grips with it over the past week, I've come to the conclusion that this game is probably the best shooter I have ever played in my life. The guns feel and sound excellent, the customisation is beyond ridiculous and the sheer terror you feel when you hear a gun going off close to you is just tremendous. Tarkov really sells the idea that a gun isn't a toy to be used for fun, but that people die
using these things. Also, the way people collapse in this game when you shoot them is just too real.
I have never fired a gun in real life, and after this I don't think I want to.
The roguelite RPG metagame surrounding the action is also a lot of fun; I've been grinding out a few quests while trying to make it out not only with my life but with enough building materials to slowly upgrade and improve my hideout. The adrenaline rush you get from gunning for the nearest extraction point with a camping bag full of valuables is crazy. At one point I got into a firefight with minutes to spare and I literally limped to the extraction with only a few seconds left on the clock. I needed a minute after that.
I also find that this game doesn't get me salty the way other hard games do. I mean, it sucks getting your PMC killed when you just decked him out minutes earlier, but the downtime between runs makes it so that I never get too worked up about anything. I've gotten into the habit of doing a low-stakes Scav run, collecting some stuff and actively seeking out combat to improve my skills, then doing a PMC run and taking things a bit more slowly. It's a flow that works real well for me.
If there's one thing that grinds my gears it's that you will never know who killed you and where you were shot from
. I get that they don't show you, it's simply not for you to know, but it would be helpful and I could learn so much more if only they would tell me.
Anyway, just wanted to share. I am happy to admit that I was wrong about this game. Now if you will excuse me, I have some corrugated hoses to find!