STAFF REVIEW of Rust: Console Edition (Xbox One)

Wednesday, June 2, 2021.
by John Elliott

Rust: Console Edition Box art Rust is a game that I have heard about in passing, mostly from my young children who would watch YouTube videos of players pulling pranks on each other and my children laughing at the hilarity of it all. From a distance this looked like something that I might play if it ever came to console, so when the opportunity came a knocking I asked my kids if Rust: Console Edition was something I should review, and I was met with a resounding yes. So here I am, jumping into a game I know very little about with a 10-year-old boy leading me through this adventure.

Jumping into the game I became instantly disappointed as Rust: Console Edition looked and felt dated right from the first moments I jumped into it. With that initial impression I did some research to glean some more information about Rust and found out that this title has been on PC for about 8 years now, and this console version of Rust is pretty much a straight port. This explains why it feels dated and why I am getting some eye strain playing through this title. Don’t get me wrong, it still is a pretty good-looking game for its age, but coming to consoles, especially knowing what the Xbox One and Xbox Series X can do, it is definitely underwhelming and bland in the graphical department.

If you were like me and don’t know much about Rust here is a brief synopsis: Rust is a multiplayer survival game where you can play with up to 100 players. Starting off with yourself in your birthday suit and armed with a rock you must use your smarts, patience and at times brute strength to survive in the world of Rust. Using your rock to break down resources nearby to build weapons, other tools you may need, and of course to get yourself clothing. Eventually you have to build some shelter to keep yourself out of the elements along with providing some protection from hostiles such as animals or fellow players. During all of this surviving you have to remember to do everything else you would do in real life to survive like eating and drinking as well. Not to mention that this is a huge multiplayer experience where you can either be a loner, create friendships with other players or become enemies which will obviously result in conflict.

On the surface this does sound like a lot of fun, but, and it’s a very big but – other games in his genre do it much better, much prettier and with a whole lot more improvements. Realistically it’s great that they are bringing Rust to console players finally, however, if you aren’t going to add anything new to compete with games that are newer on the market – what are you offering gamers to play this on console who have been playing this on PC already?

As someone who hasn’t played Rust before I absolutely got my arse handed to me on every occasion with gamers who have a bit more time to dedicate to being on the server that you compete with them on. Scavenging for supplies becomes just as dangerous, if not more, than hunting animals or other players in the game, because if you’re focused on that then you’re just leaving yourself open to be snuck up upon. This constant state of fear may be fun for a lot of gamers out there, but not this one, as I do enjoy games but in a lot of cases I am an average gamer at best and in essence, easy pickings.

As I progressed through the game I felt like I was punching water and with every task I did to get ahead, as it quickly filled back up with some new problems or setbacks each step. This is the whole purpose of the game of course, to just survive, but unless you get some help from some friendly people, you’re pretty much doomed to fail. Did I mention if you manage to get your shelter constructed, put away some resources in it and log out for the day that you can still be attacked by the other players in the game and all of your hard work is literally flushed down the toilet? For all intents and purposes, this game is not meant for casual players and you are severely penalized in the game if you are a casual player just looking to play now and then. Casual players do have an option with the purchase of their own server and inviting only people they trust to not rampage on them or pillage all of their loot, but that does seem to take away from the essence of the game and who wants to spend even more on a game that should have better options for the casual market.

If you’re really into this type of hardcore survival game and can get over the dated graphics, controls and overall feel and this was the only game you wanted to play everyday, 7 days a week for 8 hours a day, then I can honestly see you really enjoying Rust: Console Edition. If that doesn’t appeal to you then this might be a hard pass otherwise. However, this is if the developers were to take the time and build a Rust 2 from the ground up specifically for consoles and not just a port, keeping in mind that not everyone, especially console gamers, can dedicate that much time to a single game to just survive and succeed. If they can overcome these issues and make the title a bit more modern then we could have a really amazing game. Sadly, they didn’t do that and we are left with what I feel is an unfished game trying to cash in on its popularity.

**Rust: Console Edition was reviewed on an Xbox Series X and provided by the publisher**

Overall: 7.3 / 10
Gameplay: 6.0 / 10
Visuals: 8.0 / 10
Sound: 8.0 / 10


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