The game ECO has open world players in shock with their new take on this gaming genre. The developers Strange Loop Games have created a brand new genre, which they have called Global Survival. The idea is that the actual game world is alive, much like our planet Earth. The players on the server are responsible for keeping the world alive, this means that the world itself can actually end up being destroyed. This would result in perma-death for both players and the server and a new game would have to be set up to play again.
The game works in stages starting with the creation phase. Players start by entering the new untouched world and must advance their own race. This is because the game has early stage disasters like floods or meteor strikes. But players start with a few weeks to prepare for the the disasters, allowing enough time to get ready. Once the civilisation has built up enough technology, they can avert the crisis. Allowing them to continue on to the next problem that may be looming.
One of the most interesting features of this game apart from the real-time world is the live ECO system. You are not alone on the world and you are sharing the planet with animals and plants. Which continue to live throughout the day on a 24 hour cycle, feeding, reproducing and living their lives. These NPCs and automated processes all come together to form a rich and fruitful planet. Which you will need to use to advance in the game. Players will have to watch what resources they use because they will not replenish if you use them all. For example if you kill every last animal on the planet, they will be extinct. Chop every tree down in the game and you will no longer have access to any wood. That’s providing you haven’t bothered to plant any more.
The game world is globally played with hundreds of other players joining the server on a daily basis. This means that a lot of players will be having an impact on the ECO world. Because of this mechanic players can vote on in game laws that will apply to the server. For example if the world is lacking in rabbits, they can put a ban on killing them. This will help improve the numbers of the species once again. The game plays out in real-time so it can take a long time for damages to the world to repair. So keep this in mind when joining the ECO world.
ECO server hosting has yet to be taken on by 3rd party hosts as the developers are still working on the game. As soon as hosting is available, be sure to check back on the website for prices.
Eco has seemed to have carved its on genre with its focus being on maintaining the planet that the server is focusing on rather than the player. We have tried to find some games that come close to what it does:
In a way, Minecraft has a lot in common with Eco. With the right mods attached to your server you can alter the game to be more community driven and even find extinct animals. Its not quite the same but when they made Eco they definitely created something new and awesome. Minecraft does have the similar craft and survive dynamic but it just doesn’t cut it when you think of how well Eco does it.
Minecraft is still massively popular to this day and has held onto a huge audience of players coming back again and again. It may be the most popular game of the last 10 years, taking over from the Sims franchise of games from Maxis.
If you enjoy the craft and survive side of Eco then check out Rust. Rust is a lot less peaceful in comparison and its more about player vs. player than trying to work together to keep the world alive. In Rust you join a tribe and set out to disrupt other players and their tribes. By stealing the resources and the crafted items of enemy players you can quickly climb the ranks on the server you are playing on.
Even to this day Rust is rated highly and continues to bring tens of thousands of players together all at once.
No updates or DLC have been written by us for Eco Global Survival.
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