Originating in December of 2007, this game is considered one of the best Source mods ever created (not coming from me, but from a majority, because that would be bias!).
An exceptional FPS, with a great community. Gameplay almost never gets repetitive, with numerous maps and unique players. Visuals are what you'd expect from a Source mod; motion blur, HDR and whatnot. Teamwork can be very critical depending on the map, such as requiring zombies to work together in specific strategies or survivors sticking together to heighten the chance of survival, although teamwork is usually not present due to poor communication or stubborness.
Lag compensation is quite horrid and the hit boxes can be also which makes me deduct a point on the score.
The game is quite easy to get started in, but has the typical motto of "hard to master". It is difficult for starting players, but you get better at the game rather quickly, so do not feel discouraged if you lose a lot in the beginning! Some servers offer modifications such as models, trails, stats, infection cure, and more. The community is slowly deteriorating away, but hundreds of players still play each day.
There are up to six survivors to choose from, all with their own unique voices and quotes. Survivors can use voice commands as mentioned, "panic" which gives you a temporary stamina boost, a flashlight, and many other actions. There are weapons of course, and unique melee weapons too. Some weapons include rifles, shotguns, chairs, IED explosives, grenades, and even props themselves.
Zombies must attempt to kill all the survivors before running out of time, lives, or the survivors reaching a point. The carrier is basically the 'alpha zombie', having more strength, health, and the ability to infect and 'roar'.
Modes you can play are objective mode (ZPO), survival mode (ZPS), team arena (ZPA), and hardcore (ZPH). An additional modded mode called Deathmatch (ZPD) is present, which pits survivors versus survivors. There are also some deathrun maps. Some maps may require you to barricade, and some may even require you to dodge blocks fired at you. The maps are very unique and creative, adding to the endless replayability factor. Some maps may be well balanced, or very survivor/zombie sided.
My overall score of this game/Source mod is: 9/10 and I highly recommend this game!
Side note: game's an incubator for Russian and Brazillian children shouting into their terrible mics.
Posted: February 24th, 2014