For those of you looking for a fallout-ish experience, you won’t find it here
For the very few people who actually read this review, I’m going to start off with everything bad that it does.
1) The community feels as dead as all the enemies I had to kill to complete one objective
2) The game does nothing new, it’s like having a kit named “build your own post apocalypse survival game” written in pen on a bit of tape, to which the tape is stuck on a pseudo G.E.C.K device.
The purpose of a game like this is to do what similar games of its genre did and build on those ideas and make them better. Not fabricate what already exists and slap a “done” sticker on the front.
3) There is very little explanation about how skills, items and game mechanics work, only basic key mapping like moving, turning and combat.
4) The story is fairly mild at best
5) Melee combat is dull
6) Quests have a tendency to “bug out” or have confusing objectives, one situation was where I needed to go to a point on the map, let an NPC follow me and walk back to the start point. Apart from I failed the quest somehow on the first try, the game never explained how or why.
When I went back there the NPC that was meant to follow me no longer appears, and as such I have no idea how to complete the quest.
Other situations like questing disappearing from my menu also happen frequently, meaning quests I was halfway through needed to be picked up again from a guy quite literally 3 miles away and completed in one go.
7) Menus are very clunky, from the start I was bombarded by a bunch of skills I didn’t know (and still don’t know) the effects or uses of.
8) The crafting system does nothing new
9) How skills work is never explained, you have to figure it out via tooltips.
10) For me this game took over 50 minutes to download, unpack and patch before I could play.
11) I have no idea how they got the screenshots on the store page, I push everything to max and it still looks like something a commodore 64 would play.
So what is good about it?
Well for a start it is actually very well made. The skills menu and the depth of control you have is refreshing. You don’t get your hand held and from the start you can wander in any direction you please.
Speaking of wandering, the map is a very good and from my current playtime I could guess that if you wanted to skirt the edge like a racetrack it would take you several hours to do so on horseback or via a vehicle, it has many interesting points and few “blank” spots. Yet the map still does not feel crowded...
If you are a nerd like me you will probably understand the skills system quickly, it’s very D&D style with character sheets and raising skills that all affect your other skills. The mechanics are probably what holds this game up.
Dialogue feels forced but it’s fairly frequent, not every line is voiced but there are greetings you get from time to time. What makes it better is the lack of hand holding and the freedom you are given.
I know I have scorned games that have committed fewer crimes than this one, but I honestly see it getting better later on. I’ll probably keep playing for another 30 hours, I doubt much more than that.
It’s kept me busy for almost 10 hours, it’s very consuming once you get immersed.
If I had to give a score it would probably be 6/10
It has lots of bad points but for me mechanics outweigh graphics, voice acting and story