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When other players attack, it's with firearms and primitive weapons. To stay safe you must build bases or team up with other players in clans. Weapons and ammunition are modelled in detail. They have to be crafted and traded and are a key element of the game. This adds a strategic element to the game and the concept of trust -- who, what and when?
This need to collaborate and forge teams is intensified as the game continues while you are not playing. Along with deploying sentry guns and traps on your base, working with others to ensure you have protection and friendly players to keep an eye on things is essential (and can be coordinated via the related app).
You play Rust on a range of different maps with hundreds of other players. YOu can pull up the map during play but then need to use the compass to navigate to the locations you require to meet. Most of these are randomly generated. Throughout the levels are computer-controlled vehicles and airdrops of key supplies. This results in frantic battles for the parachute boxes when they arrive.
Rust has become very popular online with over five million copies sold. There is a companion app to the game that runs on your smartphone and allows you to control your defences, alerts you to attacks and browse the map. This also enables you to collaborate with teammates more easily.
It is coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in 2020. Before then there is a Rust Console Edition Closed Beta running to test the game.
Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Rust 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 12 weeks ago.
Cross-Platform: Play against people on different platforms, Xbox, PlayStation and PC.
You can play this game in the following styles:
In the US, ESRB state: esrb.org/ratings/36903/RUST+Console+Edition/ Rust Console Edition] rated MATURE 17+ by ESRB for Blood, Violence. Players explore the open-world environment, gather resources, create weapons (e.g., spears, machine guns, explosives), and defend themselves from wild animals and other players. Players can attack and kill enemies in frenetic combat, with successful hits resulting in large splashes of blood. Players can keep shooting animals or humans on the ground (i.e., postmortem damage), accompanied by large blood-splatter effects. Battles are highlighted by realistic gunfire and explosions. When human enemies are killed, they can be harvested for body parts and cooked for food.
The developer states that "this Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages, or may not be appropriate for viewing at work: Nudity or Sexual Content, Frequent Violence or Gore, General Mature Content"
14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.
- You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
- You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.
Rust Console Edition
Rust Console Edition: Deluxe
Rust Console Edition: Ultimate
- In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
- Trade Items Outside Game: Players can trade or bet items they have earned or purchased, on third-party sites outside the game. Where these sites offer the ability to gamble with items, they require confirmation that the player is 18 or over.
- You need a subscription to play online:
You can buy additional content for Rust that is usually cosmetic changes to weapons and outfits:
- The Elite Combat Pack
- Future Weapons & Tools Pack
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Release Date: 08/02/2018
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One
Content Rating: PEGI 16
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
Players: 1 (250 online)
Accessibility: 26 features
Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Persistant World