We love on-rails shooters: They are filled with action and you can start shooting things right from the start. They offer lots of fun when done right, and Evolution 2: Battle For Utopia is one of the best examples of this genre. In fact, it is the best on-rails shooter we have played in 2019. The world is gone and filled with all kinds of enemies: Mutant spiders, thugs, flying creatures… You name it, Evolution 2 has it. And your mission, if you accept, is to clear out these bad boys by shooting non-stop: What can go wrong? Let’s start playing Evolution 2 on BlueStacks and find out what it offers.
Basic Mechanics: What Is An On-Rails Shooter?
If you ever visited an arcade saloon, you already know what on-rails shooters are. Have you ever played games where you get to shoot at the screen with plastic guns? That’s what an on-rails shooter is. You cannot control your character and the enemies keep coming, the only thing you can do is shooting. Evolution 2 is exactly like that, but gives you a little freedom: It is possible to switch between covers and you get to use lots of shiny things. The game opens with a battle and looks exactly like this:
This screen is fixed – you never get to “move forward”. See the cover on your right? You can switch to that cover if you want, by using the d-pad at the bottom left. And you can pick your targets by clicking directly on them. Your character will automatically shoot at the nearest enemy, but picking targets becomes important at later stages – we will explain how this system works in detail in our battle system guide. For now, know that all missions in Evolution 2 are played exactly like that: You get a fixed screen, you fight against hordes of enemies (don’t worry, you have infinite ammo) and after killing enough of them, the mission ends.
The mission screen: After completing a couple of stages, you get to fight against the “boss”.
Completing a mission will give you XP points and lots of other useful things. Make sure to read our leveling guide to learn more about them.
Your Base Of Operations
As a commander fighting against alien enemies, you must have your own base. Luckily, you already have it: After completing the tutorial battle, you can start using it right away. It contains five sections and they will be unlocked during the main story progression. Once you clear Stage 1, all sections of your base will be unlocked.
Headquarters: This is where you can take a look at the global leaderboard and find about special offers in the store.
Lab: For doing lots of research: You can run projects for creating new weapons, armor, and other equipment. It also gives you bio-fuel, one of the important resources in the game, for free from time to time.
Workshop: Once you complete research, you can produce it here. This is also the section you can upgrade your character and equipment.
Hangar: Your hangar can be used to increase your resource storage capacity and upgrade your drones & helicopter. To access missions in remote areas, you need to upgrade the helicopter. And the drones are used for collecting resources on the world map.
Center: And this section is the most important one: By clicking on the globe, you can see what kind of missions you can do. The main story progresses here.
Overall, Evolution 2 uses pretty simple mechanics: Fight against enemies to collect resources and use those resources to upgrade your character. Your goal is to upgrade everything and become the ultimate warrior. And to do this, you need to fight non-stop. The battle mechanics of the game are quite fun and keeps you alert at all times: And this is what makes Evolution 2 an excellent on-rails shooter. The progression system encourages you to keep going and you can really feel that your character is improved after upgrading him. If you are looking for a fun game where you get to shoot at things non-stop, Evolution 2 will be one of your best options. We plan on playing this one for a long time and we prepared lots of other articles about it: Make sure to check them too. And now, without wasting any more time, let’s save the world!