Among Us is a game that released back in summer of 2018 that has just recently taken over the gaming industry. If you haven't seen this game or at least heard of it, I'm going to assume you've been living under a rock for the past few months. And after everything that 2020 has thrown at us, I can't say I blame you.
This game reminds me of a game I was completely obsessed with back in like...2007 or so. The game was called "Slasher" and it was on the-n.com (this was before The-N transformed into Teen Nick and all the games on the site that we knew and loved were completely obliterated). The concept of Among Us is very similar to Slasher, except I can argue that Slasher was more fun even though the interface of the game was basic in comparison to that of Among Us - and I'll explain why I feel it was more fun a bit later.
For those of you that are unfamiliar with Among Us, the game takes place on a spaceship. There's a group of little "astronauts" called crewmates that are working on doing a variety of different tasks around the ship - repairing things that are broken, downloading files, clearing asteroids, etc. The catch here, is that someone (or multiple people, depending on the settings) is a killer called an impostor, and they're going around the ship killing the innocent crewmates, while trying to blend in and get by unnoticed.
As a crewmate, your objective is to finish all of your tasks before the impostor(s) kill everyone OR vote the correct people off the ship before too many people are killed. If the crewmates complete all of their tasks before the impostor(s) kill enough people, then crewmates win. Crewmates can do different things like check security footage to see if they can catch someone in the act.
As an impostor, your objective is to kill as many people as you can before the crewmates suspect it's you and vote you off, or finish all of their tasks. Impostors can use vents to teleport to different places in the spaceship to execute crewmates quickly and leave the premises without being noticed.
During the game, everyone has to have their mics on mute while doing tasks/killing. If you're killed or voted off the ship, you must also keep your mic muted. The only time anyone who's alive can talk is during meetings. Meetings automatically happen when a body is reported. This is the time where crewmates can converse with one another about anything they may have seen that looked suspicious. Impostors can use this time to lie and make themselves seem as innocent as possible. Their goal is to not get voted off during these meetings. Also, each player is given one chance to call an emergency meeting every match. This can be used at anytime during the game, even when a new body hasn't been reported. The best use for emergency meetings is if a crewmate sees something suspicious, or if an impostor wants to throw the crewmates off and place blame on someone else.
The game is very fun, and you really get to put your lying and detective skills to the test. All of the biggest gaming youtubers and streamers have been playing this game nonstop. When the developers caught wind of how much attention their two year old game started suddenly getting, they announced that they were in the process of planning a sequel to the game. However, recently, they retracted their statement and said that instead, they're going to make significant updates to the current Among Us game.
I'm completely fine with this. The reason why, is because even though the game is a few years old, it's very new to majority of people. So them deciding to add new updates to the game rather than releasing a completely new one, doesn't really make a difference to me. New content is new content!
What I feel like this game is lacking is simply more content. And this is why I feel Slasher was more fun. There needs to be more roles, in my opinion. The game can get kind of stale watching the same things go down in similar ways every single match. I did some research, and I came across a post on Reddit where someone created ideas of different types of crewmates/impostors there could be. I will be dissecting this post in an upcoming blog in the near future to give my thoughts on the new roles the person suggested.
In the mean time, let me know what your thoughts are on this game, and also, what new features would you like to see in the updates coming in the near future? Let me know in the comment section down below.