For a game that purports to be a “place to hang out with friends”, The Anacrusis is pretty friggin’ unfriendly. I really want to like it, but it sure is tough.
For starters, the game seems to be quite difficult, and there are no difficulty settings. I have yet to actually complete the first mission, through a combination of difficulty and bad teams. Players drop out all the time, and the bots are adequate at best.
There’s friendly fire, which has resulted in as much or more fails as the aliens, particularly since people don’t seem to realize it exists, and the fast and skatey nature of the movement.
The aliens themselves are also fast, and at times the swarms are relentless.
The specials are punishing, and frequently appear in pairs or threes. You have no margin of error with any of them, except maybe the brute.
There is no running, and the key you would normally expect “run” to be is more like melee.
There is no way to see how far you are through a mission sequence (at least that I have found). There do not seem to be any “rewards” for completing part or all of a mission sequence, either (other than a heal and an ammo charger).
There is no tutorial at all. No intro or back story anywhere – I have no idea who these people are, or what they’re doing other than running and shooting…somewhere.
There’s a bunch of the UI reserved for cosmetics. Absolutely no cosmetics seem to appear in the game.
Steam says I have six hours in. I don’t know that I have enjoyed any of them yet. Perhaps it is better with “good” players (or at least those with mics?)