Played around 140h so far,here is my review:
At the time of me writing this,the game is still in EarlyAccess which means it isn`t feature complete at all and may have a long time ahead until finished. BoP is made in Unity and was recently updated to Version 5 of the engine,bringing a lot of nicely done effects and overall graphics.
Beasts of Prey is not your typical sruvival-game that spawned like mushrooms after the DayZ mod for ArmA 2 OA gained a lot of attention,there is no need to gather food nor do you need to drink (yet,may change,unlikely according to the dev).
It let`s you focus on the important part,survival against dinosaurs and other players,if you are into PvP.this is optional/depends on the serversetting.There is also a small tribe of mutant/cannibals that lurk the woods to keep things interesting.While you can flee/avoid any PvE contact,you need to engage once you reach a certain Tier of things to craft since dinosaur leather and other things are needed to craft high end equippment.
The gathering system is sort of tiered,too.You will not be able to mine for ore without a pickaxe for example,it`s not too complicated tho.
Crafting & Building is nice and goes off the hand easily.You have means to claim land to build on and aside from starter houses that are just bigh enough for a bed and a workbench,you can build very big bases.
There are means to defend your property and also ways for other people to come in,like explosives to open up the gates for example (does not apply to PvE setting).
Since the introduction of ladders to climb walls,the variety of bases suffered in my opinion.Before it wasn`t needed to create airtight complexes that resemble a cube from the outside,people had many different setups that ranged from wide areas with differences in height to forts that you would find during the wild,wild west.
At the moment it is more cubes than anything so for the time beeing,you have to deal with that and copy this layout if you want to give people at least a challenge to raid you.May change for the better in the future,i sure hope so.
Lets talk about everybodys darling,weapons:
There is a somewhat wide array of useable weapons,ranging from Pistols to Heavy Snipers with different pro`s and con`s and damage models regarding other players or dinosaurs (do not try to hunt a T-Rex with a Handgun and expect success). The handling is alright,everything you would expect from gunplay is already in the game and ready to be enjoyed. There is no decay on tools or weapons so if you do not drop anything,it is yours forever to be utilized,as long as you can keep crafting ammo of course.
Whats next,dinosaurs of course.Don`t ask me the names of all the dinos that are in the game,aside from T-Rex and Velocyraptor,i forgot everything from my childhood. The models are nice to look at and got enhanced a lot during my time and i doubt that we saw the last update regarding GFX on this sector already.
Granted,the AI is a bit dull but do not forget that this is still E.A and be grateful that the times of Dinos spawning inside your base or walking right trough your walls to eat you are gone.
For a team that small (changing numbers but 1 main-dev that keeps the game moving forward), it is an incredible archivement to deliver something like Beasts of Prey,even in its current form. There is still much to do and certain elements should be redone or adjusted to fit the setting better but overall the game is great.I have no idea what the exact price is at the moment,chances are high that you are reading this because there is a sale so let me assure you that for that amount of money,you get a lot in return.
The game is enjoyable alone (might get boring after some time),with friends on a private server (you are free to host your own private gameserver/open it to the public) or you can play with strangers on a community or official server.
If you are like me and seek the thrill of having other players around to fight against or form alliances,you will get your moneys worth of fun.
Just keep in mind that the game is far from finished and best played with other people,many things i just wrote could already be changed for good at the time you are reading this.
I may have missed something important,if i get a brainzapp what it is i will edit this review but thats it for the moment.
Would i recommend this game? Yes,even with all the flaws it currently has,it is something different and it is worth your money