KEY POINTS

  • "Ready Or Not" is one of Steam's top-selling games for December
  • The game is sitting on an Overwhelmingly Positive review score
  • Fans criticized the game's buggy AI and frustrating end-of-game hunts 

Following a long and worrying development cycle, Void Interactive’s tactical FPS game “Ready Or Not” was finally released on Steam as an Early Access title, dominating the rest of December’s releases as one of the platform’s bestselling and highest-rated games of the month.

“Ready Or Not” entered Early Access Saturday and officially opened the floodgates for plenty of fans who have been craving for a new “SWAT”-style FPS. Ever since its release, the game has received near-universal praise from the hardcore FPS community thanks to its gritty atmosphere, satisfying gunplay and unpredictable encounters.

Since launch, “Ready Or Not” has been enjoying a steady stream of players. SteamCharts recorded an average of 11,058 players, with a peak of 14,813, which is impressive for a fresh Early Access release.

What’s even more impressive is the general reception of the game on Steam and social media. “Ready Or Not” currently has 6,489 user reviews, 96% of which are positive, earning the game an Overwhelmingly Positive review score on Steam.

Many of the reviews from the players heavily praised Void Interactive’s dedication to realism. Player movement, suspect and civilian behavior, weapon handling and more have been embraced wholeheartedly by the playerbase.

Ready Or Not is a tactical police game featuring a high degree of realism Ready Or Not is a tactical police game featuring a high degree of realism Photo: VOID Interactive

On the other hand, some users complained about faulty AI and unintuitive bot squadmate controls. On rare occasions, civilians and suspects would simply stare into space or perform other unusual behavior. Meanwhile, AI squadmate controls were deemed somewhat difficult to use.

Map size in relation to in-game objectives was also criticized. Most scenarios tended to end up as games of hide and seek where players were forced to search each and every room in a large map for a single suspect or some other similar objective. This, paired with the game’s slow pace, would result in frustration for many players.

Regardless, “Ready Or Not’s” top-notch execution has led many hardcore FPS fans to gravitate toward the title, especially since not many games under the slow and tactical FPS genre have been released in recent times. Fans of the old “SWAT” games can find plenty to love in “Ready Or Not,” and the game can only get better from here as the devs continue to provide fixes and updates.