I’ve been playing Second Extinction on PC and so far love the gameplay and shooting. I am actually finding it quite challenging (in a good way) as I have attempted the first campaign mission solo a few times now and ultimately failed each time despite being granted 3 revives per attempt. That said, I have been completing a lot of dynamic side missions and picking up all the bones and sinew that dinos drop which inform the meta-progression and let you upgrade weapons (with dino parts!?) and gain account experience.
Another aspect I like is the dynamic map that responds to player activity and success. The map is divided up in different regions that then show how well humans have been fighting back the dinosaur invasion or areas where we are failing and the dinos spread into other regions, become more numerous, or more dangerous with excessive mutations. This has a direct connection to in-match games. Playing the campaign mission I was forced to travel across several different regions so in some cases the threat was lighter and in other cases I was being swarmed with special types of dinos with powerful mutations and barely surviving. There are also dynamic optional objectives that spawn across the map, are shown during region-select, and appear in your matches like drones to capture or supply caches to liberate. That is all a nice touch.
This is still early access though and I have been frustrated by the graphical presentation a bit and I am not sure if what I am seeing is intentional or a bug. Despite playing with the video settings a lot the game seems to have a slightly blurry or unfocused presentation like a very thin layer of vaseline was smeared across my vision.
The other issue that feels more like a bug is that there are regions or areas that are covered in an aqua blue/green fog that is fairly thick. My sense is that was supposed to be more localized or present differently, but there may be something that is glitching here, not sure. I tried watching some YouTube videos to see if it was duplicated for other players, but haven’t seen it yet (actually saw some brief moments of it in a montage of clips). Everything is still quite playable, but the fog feels off. I will play around with settings again and might even reinstall to see if that helps.
So graphical issues aside I quite enjoyed my time with this, and I am eager to see how it develops.