>spawn in farm town
>punch two zombies to death with fists in seconds
>remember compliments of barricading system
>initiate search for wood
>find pile of perfect plywood and 2x4s next to mailbox
>stand on top of plywood
>walk towards farm house with wood in hand
>start glitching out on stairs so jump
>continue jumping while holding wood facing toward ground
>test control of wood
>tests conclude wood is the perfect flying machine
>carefully maneuver myself through the air
>get all the best combat gear in the game at one prison
>casually walk away and make distance between myself and the horde
>get killed by zombies while trying to open door
>just because i lost my plywood
tl:dr, if you find plywood, dont lose it
But now for a more serious review.
This game is very promising to me. Ive done other early access games and seen what happens to others and the greatest thing about sandswept is that they have learned from the other indie devs' mistakes. The keep us updated weekly with a detailed report on the progress that is made in that week and if you follow their twitter, one of the staff will give you a "today on the dead linger" even if it is not interesting what they are working on, they will still tell you.
This game is not for everone AT ITS CURRENT STAGE. This game has very little content at the stage its at now (Build 14). It can get boring very fast because of this. The barricading system truly is unique and a good system but aquiring wood (i got lucky finding my wood) is very tedious because of the massive amounts of space it takes up in your backpack/ inventory. Im assuming they are going to rely on cars for the bulk of house fortifying and base building. The gun controls are a bit wonky, particularly with rifles. The gun sounds sound like the sound a toaster makes when your toast is done. Neighborhoods consist of 2 different types of houses copypastaed 50 times (and the occasional house under construction that has valuble plywood). The towns are pretty cool looking for as early as the game is as long as all the builings are actually on the ground. The graphics are potato but thats expected for such an early game.
The thing these people are doing great with is bugs. The game is less buggy than arma 2, you know, the game made by a large company that is a fully developed game. While the game may not have much to do, at least you can do the little stuff you can without worrying about random deaths, dissapearing items, and infuriatting bugs of that nature. Another thing they seem to be doing well is the variety of weapons. I hope they continue to add more (and possibly take off the made up names for real world guns, just a pet peeve). Theyve done great with the calibers too. Not making it to where there is basically an indivitual caliber per gun but most calibers have 2 guns. Another good feature they have is that you can play solo, or coop, OR multiplayer. Im not a fan of games that you pay money for but they wont even add in a simple coop or singleplayer mode because the lead developer thinks singleplayer is too easy or some other ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ excuse (looking at you Rocket at DayZ). The best feature about this game at least for right now is randomly generated maps. I dont even know why you would make an open world survival game with non randomly generated maps then you get games like DayZ where no place in the 225km map matters except for the 3 firehouses and 3 airfields. Random generated maps add truly endless playability where each map is completely different from the next and no one has an advantage simple because they know where to go as soon as they spawn in.
As for the critisism this game recieves, remember, this is an early alpha game that IS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE PLAYABLE. It is supposed to be used for testing and improvements and polishing. Not going far ahead of their schedule to appease the illiterate masses who failed to read the early access game disclaimer, which they have done great with.
Why should you buy this game?
It depends, are you looking for a game to keep you entertained for hours on end?
If so, then no. At its current state it wont keep many entertained for more than an hour at a time including myself
Are you looking for a zombie game whose developers say they want to take thier game a step up from DayZ and all the clones it has spawned? (not saying that as a bad thing. all the dayz clones are the only good thing about the game) And you want a small discount and to witness the production firsthand?
If so then yes. I have gotten my money's worth simply following the progress of the game.
Even if you said that you wanted to be entertained by this, you should still buy it. I feel that the game is fairly underpriced and you will support their dvelopment by doing so (even though apparently they are still on budget and have plenty of funds)
Or just buy it to fly on plywood