Based on the failed June 28, 2005 mission Operation Red Wings”. Four members of lone survivor synopsis SEAL Team 10 were tasked with the mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shahd.
Much of the actual game is spent trying to avoid monsters and find your way around obstacles such as locked doors and, much like the older Resident Evil or Silent Hill titles, there is a fair amount of backtracking in order to use found items on previously impassable sections. Like all good survival horrors ammo for your pistol is hard to come by and so items such as flares and decaying meat must be used to help distract the monsters allowing you to sneak past them. In all honesty there is little variety to the gameplay but the constant fear of being alone and vulnerable means this isn’t really an issue.
There are more problems to the combat though, and all are connected to the backtracking. First off, the game features a standard “die and retry” death mechanic that I do not think fits very well. Whenever you die, you almost always have to go back the exact same path that you did before and repeat the same sequence of actions. This essentially requires the player to do even more (non-engaging) backtracking, something that is already lessening immersion for the player. Given the strange story and gameplay based on resource management, I think death could have been implemented in numerous other ways without resorting to the standard trial and error way.
Still, engaging story material only goes so far in a big-screen adaption, and, thankfully, the Lone Survivor cast is packed with solid talent in even the smallest roles – including Eric Bana as LCDR Erik S. Kristensen and Jerry Ferrara as SGT Hasslert – ensuring that the character drama is as equally evocative as the gun fights. The principle players each bring a different element (and backstory) to the screen with exceptional (and stirring) performances from Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, and Emile Hirsch – each one successfully carrying their respective SEAL from carefree brothers, joking and teasing one another, to shattered and worn-down heroes in an impossible situation.
Lone Survivor is pretty much about surviving. In the game world you have to explore and while you explore you have to be careful to take enough food and sleep. You have to keep your sanity stable as well by consuming pills. the game really relies on resource management and as you go through the game the more depth will be added to the overall survival mechanism. Since the items are important therefore exploring in the game is very rewarding as well.