Nether is a first-person urban survival experience unlike any other. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, Nether forces players to make life-saving decisions in a fast-paced struggle against players and the environment. Join tribes to battle for territory. Scavenge, craft , trade and loot your way to stay alive another day.
User reviews: Mixed (11,450 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 5, 2014

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September 9

Last Man Standing Stress Test - Play Now!




Hello Everyone,

Sorry that this message is getting our a bit late as we are currently updating our servers with our latest update.

Servers should be coming back online as well as our new Last Man Standing Servers which will be up during our stress test.


Last Man Standing
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All new game mode where the goal is to be the last player alive through the means of survival and elimination. (Up to 16 players)

Players can obtain items during the match by exploring areas throughout the map OR by killing nether, which have a chance of dropping items for your player to use.

Once the match ends, rewards will be handed out to the 3 MVP's and winner of the match

(Reward items are placed in your Global Inventory and can be used in the regular game mode)
(Reward will not be places in your Global Inventory if there is not enough space for the reward)

MVP rewards are given out to players who performed exceptionally well during the match:

• Most Eliminations
• Most Damage Taken (HP loss from hunger is not counted towards this)
• Most Valuable Inventory (Sell value of each item in the player backpack when he/she dies)


We've also place a new "Leaderboard" function in the controls menu for bring up the score-board during the Last Man Standing match. This is currently defaulted to the "Tab" key but can be assigned to something more preferable.

Please feel free to try out Last Man Standing and tell us what you think. We look forward to seeing you on the server.

Thank you!

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August 19

August Update #3 - Minor Fixes - Launcher fixes + Gold Value Changes

Update # 3 for August is a small update with some small fixes

Fixes
Launcher
-Various bugs in launcher have been fixed.

Rework
Currency
-Gold currency now has a different value and will be updated upon logging in
-In game store prices have been changed.


Please let us know your feedback on this current minor update.

REMINDER
While developers are still providing effective patches on smaller issues there is still a heavy focus on the current hacking situation.

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Reviews

“it sets itself apart from similar games such as Day-Z”
4/5 – Invisioncommunity

“its impressive recreation of a fallen city, proves to be a game you can get lost in for quite some time”
8.5/10 – Cramgaming

“Nether is a fantastic experience that, in the end, comes down to personal preference on how you choose to play it”
8/10 – GodisaGeek

About This Game

Nether is a fast-paced survival game that forces you to make quick life-saving decisions in an unforgiving environment. In this post-apocalyptic urban world, death is waiting around every corner, at the top of high-rise buildings, and in the grasp of powerful teleporting creatures known as 'Nethers'. These creatures and the other players are real challenges to overcome, requiring tactical gameplay, awareness, stealth, and cooperation. To navigate this high-tension environment, you must use skill and cunning in order to scavenge, trade, craft or loot for food, weapons, supplies, and other resources necessary to stay alive in a desolate and dangerous city. Team up with other survivors and take advantage of group play, as a tribe, to complete treacherous world objectives, or play as a lone wolf in an attempt to endure the hostile environment. In the end you must decide whether to Prey or Pray.

Key Features


EXPLORE
The game's landscape is a beautifully conceived vision of a post apocalyptic Chicago, ravaged by disaster and time. Almost every low and high-rise building can be individually explored in a cityscape that stretches 150 blocks. Beyond the city lies the Wastelands, an unforgiving desolate landscape that is slowly sinking into the earth.

SURVIVE, CRAFT, TRADE, LOOT AND SHOOT
Start off, armed only with a kitchen knife and scavenge your way through an environment on a daily battle to stay alive. Beware the Nether, poor mutated souls who roam the city in search of human flesh. Scavenge for food and water to stay nourished, and search for useful items that could be crafted into makeshift weapons to help in your battle for life. Hunt and kill Nether to trade their body parts to the mysterious Cult located in the few markets that scatter the city. Over time, build up your skills and earn rewards for surviving each precious new day. But always beware of the other survivors who may be only one moment away from death, and see killing you and looting your possessions as their only salvation.

TRIBES AND TERRITORY WARS
Find safety in numbers by joining a tribe. Only tribes can capture and own territory, and the urban landscape is the perfect setting for turf domination. Compete with rival tribes in territory wars for control of the city by capturing strategic landmarks to reap resources and experience; prove your dominance over all other tribes. Spy on rival tribes or infiltrate and kill them by playing as a Nether. Ambush them from above by swooping in for the kill using the wing suit. Tribes change the survival experience by establishing a true social construct, with all the consequences of behavior that you would expect in the real world. Your actions have real repercussions enforced organically through reputation and standing.

PLAYER AND GROUP MISSIONS
Players can complete an assortment of individual or group missions to earn money, experience and reputation. Perform vital supply runs between the markets, work with your tribe to take down the swarms of Nether lead by the vicious boss Reaper that sporadically surge to attack neighborhoods, or keep the creatures out of the Safezones by working in groups to repair the anti-nether devices when they fail.

CHARACTER CUSTOMIZATION
Nether offers a wide variety of character customization and allows you to play as a male or female character. There is a huge selection of cosmetic items and player taunts to assert your individuality along with entire outfits to play roles like survivalist, soldier and biker - or even just play in your underwear.

OTHER
  • Valve Anti-Cheat servers protect against hackers
  • First-person perspective creates a true survival experience
  • Meld of PvE (player versus environment) and PvP (player versus player) gameplay
  • New weapons and items become available as players explore the game world
  • Up to 64 players per game server
  • Single purchase, downloadable client allows full game access without subscription

Chosen Pack includes:

  • 50 Nether Gold
  • Chosen-Only Exclusive In-Game Item
  • 5 x 72 hour Guest Keys
  • Participation in Forums to Define Upcoming Game Features

  • Special Highlighted Name/Rank in Nether Forum

Believer Pack includes:

  • 20 Nether Gold
  • 3 x 72 hour Guest Keys
  • Participation in Forums to Define Upcoming Game Features

Watcher Pack includes:

  • Participation in Forums to Define Upcoming Game Features

Guest Keys

Nether "Believer" and "Chosen" packages come with Guest Keys that you can award to anyone.
For each guest key activated, you will receive one gold coin in game.
After creating an account and logging into the game for the first time, you will be able to see these keys on your www.playnether.com "Account Profile" page. You can award one to a friend by copying the corresponding URL link into an email. Once the key is activated there is a seventy-two hour window of real time in which they can play without charge.
  • Note: Our guest keys will only allow players to join our unsecured servers. Please look for the [Unsecured] tag in the server browser.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Vista/Windows 7 *64-BIT OS REQUIRED*
    • Processor: 2.4 GHZ Quad Core or Better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 460/ATI Radeon HD 5850
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows Compatible Sound Card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 *64-BIT OS REQUIRED*
    • Processor: 2.4 GHZ Quad Core or Better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows Compatible Sound Card
Helpful customer reviews
14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
976.9 hrs on record
PLEASE READ!!! DO NOT BUY THIS GAME!!!! POSTED 10/9/14

Let me start by saying Nether is an extremely fun game and sadly a very frustrating game as well. The high points in this game are a ton of fun especially if you enjoy open world pvp or survival pve. The low points usually make you turn the game off to cool down. Hackers/Glitches/Devs have ruined this game. As i type this it has been 2 weeks of Servers crashing until today where there are no servers left to join except for Last man standing PVP servers which let me stress is not the game you buy. I have checked their web site and they have not made a post since late August despite tons of people begging for help with servers being down and bugs that stop them from even opening Nether. It has now been 24-48 hours of no one being able to play the game and still not one word from devs as to what is happening with the game servers. It would be one thing if they posted saying server maintenance but it has now been 2 weeks of servers dissapearing with 0 communication. Steam should probably stop selling it as people will want there money back for this awful experience. So again I stress DO NOT BUY THIS. I will ammend this review if the Devs ever come back from their vacation.

Posted: October 9
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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
22.2 hrs on record
TL;DR: At the end of the review.

First of all, I'll bust a few myths about the game for you
1-Anything you heard about this game bein pay2win is complete BS. This game has one of the best microtransactions systems I've seen, since everything you can get is cosmetic like character skins and hats. The few things that are not cosmetic can be easily obtained with in-game money too. Oh, and cosmetic items are not lost upon death, so that means you don't need to spend more money after dying with that pretty hat on.

2-It's only a big open PvP Call of Duty game if you want it to be. If you get into a full server and go around the hotspots OF COURSE you will be shot to death all the time. It's the same in every single multiplayer survival game, since most people are still ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s regardless of the game they're playing.

I have too much to say about the game, so I'll just pick a few things to explain it.
-I think the game is already worth it for the scenery alone. The city is extremely accessible and detailed, and the graphics are good. It's hard to explain, but the place is just so beautifully made and immersive. I can say it's one of the best post-apocalyptic landscapes I've seen in games. It really lets you see the chaotic mess a decayed metropolis would be.

-The inventory system works well in my opinion. Won't go into a lot of details. You also have a global inventory with limited space, where you can safely keep things. Kind of like a bank. Nobody can steal from it.

-The skill system is character based. That means every time you die, you lose all of your character progression. Some people don't like that, but I think it's awesome for a game like this and works perfectly. First of all, the skills are not OP at all. They simply increase your odds. Your actual gaming skills still matter a lot more. It's simple stuff that you deserve to get if you managed to stay alive that long while risking yourself to get xp. Second, it doesn't take long to level up. You just have to know how to do it. A bit of the XP obtained goes into the account progression, which gives you some persistent bonuses you don't lose at death. Those are even smaller, but still useful.


-EDIT: according to someone that has been playing recently (I haven't because of overheating problems),
hackers seem to be mostly gone now from the game, either because they got tired or because VAC is getting them.

--A little storytime with a lesson--
->>Yes, one person can change how a lot of people behave. Most people are hostile in the game, but I realized most of them are bandits simply because everyone else is. I decided to try something one day.
I got up in a rooftop with a sniper rifle and helped people by killing the monsters chasing them. There were lots of bambies trying to get to the safezone. Then I would see in the global chat "wow, who did that? Thanks man, I thought I was dead". In about ten minutes, people were talking about the "guardian sniper" on the chat, and saying "why can't everyone be like that?".
After a while, I spotted some geared guys coming up my building. I thought they would kill me, so I took a defensive position. To my surprise, they just asked if I was the sniper guy, and told me to keep up the good work after giving me a ton of ammo for my rifle. That day, everyone started talking on the chat, asking if anyone wanted to team up, helping the noobies. Hell, they even cleared out a safezone breach together. So yeah, if you're friendly to someone in need, they will likely do the same to the next person.


--TL;DR--
Overall, the reason I think people are harsh when reviewing this game is because it has a learning curve, and they don't see that. They expect going in, getting the big guns and ammo and becoming max level without any difficulty. One of the reasons I like this game it's because it's neither simple nor easy. Just because you play other survival games doesn't mean you'll be good at this game immediately.

You have to learn how to survive. How to travel safely(using the metro tunnels, for example. Another amazing aspect of the game), how to loot effectively, how to defend a compromised safezone, how to level up and get money doing delivery missions and picking up airdrops, how to hunt nether and defend from bandits. ♥♥♥♥, it took me a long time to learn how to get guns(it's easier to find parts then craft the gun at a safezone than finding them).

If you're in doubt about it, buy the game. It's really cheap right now. Try it for yourself a bit. If you keep dying, remember what I said about the learning process. Look for tips online. Try to make friends at a safezone. Join a tribe. Go hunting together. Get them to teach you about the game. Explore the map.

Trust me, you'll have a lot of fun.

EDIT: A nice stranger told me about some technical difficulties I didn't know about, so I'll explain some of them here:
You need a 64 bit computer to run the game.

You are likely to run into a few problems here and there on your first time running the game, like logging in, joining servers... but I believe they aren't hard to come around when you look for help online. Oh, and if the game fails to start, try running as administrator
Posted: September 28
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
314.1 hrs on record
Okay, I'm gonna keep this short and sweet. Never have I ever seen one of the most enjoyable early access games in recent times, get ruined (well and truely) by its own creators.
When I first began playing Nether it was in its very early stages, when it was an enjoyable game and little progress could be made from discovering new weapons, outposts and the occasional bandit or hero along the way.
Now I look at this game and see a disaster piece. Courrier boxes to earn post apocalyptic currency, safezone that turn unsafe with no warning and above all, the greatest flop, the promise of vehicles, map expansions and weapon customisations that came in the form of weapon parts (the same weapon parts used to make the 8 or so guns available)

Truely disgusted at the dev team and despite them doing the best job they possibly could with the game (♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥) the result was a pointless sandbox where you choose a flag and kill for it. Utterly pointless, dont waste your money - better still; dont give the creators of the game a penny ever! They'll just ♥♥♥♥ away every shred of hope you have in them.
Posted: September 25
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Developers are close to abandoning this ♥♥♥♥ game.
Avoid.
Posted: September 26
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
30.8 hrs on record
Short Version:
This game sucks and I want my money back.


Long Version:

This game has a multitude of problems that are being paid no attention to despite the outcry on the forums to deal with said problems. The developers have basically abandoned the game and left a small team to use it as their little playground as they release 'fixes' that don't fix anything we NEED fixed. So many silly things that make this game either impossible or boring and just plainly rob you of your experience.

Pros

- You can be the exact thing you might very well be hunting in the games.
(Golems, Watchers)


Cons
Yeah, didn't see that coming, did you? That was the only redeeming part of the game for me.

Survivors

- The 'About this Game' section is full of complete ♥♥♥♥. There is no life-saving decision because there is no way to save your life. The game is riddled with hackers that seem to go unnoticed by the developers. This, combined with numerous bugs pertaining to weapons, stamina and the game's skill system make it impossible to play.

- The servers are constantly down or screwed up beyond all relief. There used to be between twenty to twenty-five servers, and now there's ten at the most with about three or four of them being US East and a similar number for US West- One not monitored by Steam VAC [which doesn't work with Nether by the way] in each category. There's currently a bug going about that makes it impossible to join servers. You click to join, it loads you in, then sends you back to the server select screen.

- None of the weapons are balanced in any way and all of them can kill you in a few meager hits, or even one. The game's enemies- the Nether -pose absolutely NO threat unless you try to intentionally get them after you by running into screamers, hordes lead by reapers or dropzones. Otherwise, there's barely ANY Nether around and they can be killed so easily that it's not even funny. It may take a bit, but odds are you'll leave unscathed if you follow the basic tactic of [W], [Mouse 1], [S].

- The game is VERY Pay-2-play. Some may disagree but your Nether Gold can be used to buy weapons, food, ammo and Nether Potions which allow you to turn into weak Nether that die far too easily.

- The only vehicles in the game don't work and actually explode or fly into the air on you if you try to get in them. I know this from experience, and it was a painful experience.

- As expected, the only people who you can really trust in that game are the people on your friend's list in Steam who you probably knew before you bought this trainwreck. Tribes mean nothing and hold no value as tribemembers will still gladly slaughter other tribemembers- even during location takeovers so their negativity with their tribe is entirely abolished once they capture it and make it out with your hard-earned items.

- Spawn locations for weapons and ammo aren't too far in between as a shotgun can be just a few steps away from an SMG or sword that does about 225 damage per swing, not including the game's skills.

- Hitboxes in this game are VERY poor, as well as the weapon system. Instead of a simple animation to slightly lean in to focus your aim, the game immediately changes your field of view, forces your perspective forward and puts the sight of the gun directly into your face in the course of a millisecond.

- Safezones can be attacked, and disabled for up to an HOUR unless players can band together to reactivate anti-Nether arrays in the safezone. People often hide in buildings around the safezones, an example being Lakeside, the biggest and most common safezone, and snipe down at anyone who walks in. Even if they killed you once, they will continue to kill you until you give up. This makes the game unfun and unfair.

- Medpacks and energy boost items can be hotkeyed, but they have absolutely no cooldown. You can keep downing pills in the midst of battle.

Nether

- To be a Golem or Watcher, you have to pay in the game's 'funbucks'. You can pay with in-game money, but it costs $1,250 just to be a Crawler Nether- only 1250 HP with about 125 damage output. You can also get a single one from completing the beginner tutorial. You only get three lives and do minimal damage whereas the human survivors get weapons that do up to five-hundred damage per shot. That's six shots to end your life just for you to spawn miles away from the actual players. You slowly die if you don't kill anyone to refill your food bar and have minimum damage output so this makes it impossible to do properly.

- As a Nether, you can get caught in a LOT of things in this game, especially the stairs. Trying to go up them often results in you being trapped in the stairs, and unable to move. While it is possible to get out, it's still ridiculous how traversing stairs seems to be impossible.

- As a Nether, when you teleport, your physical entity is still above ground. If you disappear and move around- you can still be killed by spray-pray.

- As a Nether, if you go to an outpost currently under attack and wait there until the outpost is secured, you can keep the Outpost in an 'attacked' state. Players may fire, Nether may still enter, but not spawn inside, and as long as YOU are within the Safezone as a Nether, it will remain this way, whether you're shooting or not.

Note

I just wanna throw this out there as well. I bought the Chosen edition- When it was $40, thinking I was about to have one of the best experiences of my life. A week later, the price dropped and the game was still total ♥♥♥♥. The developers don't try to talk to the community or interact, they just do what they want. Even as I typed this, they've released a DLC that forces you to fight other players, something that already happens day to day in the game if you can even get into it's ♥♥♥♥ty servers. I guess I should have expected this coming from guys who make mobile games chock-full of pay-to-play bonus ♥♥♥♥ that's similar to Farmville or Candy Crush. On their website and even their Twitter, there is nothing about Nether, only 'WARP', their ♥♥♥♥ty 6v6 mobile-MOBA. Nether so much potential and I can definitely see it going somewhere, but with the people working on it as it is who seem to think they can scrape by the bottom of the boat with such horrendous features running it, it's doomed to die and may have already died.
Posted: October 11
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
can't sync with steam = can't play the game

bug lasts since january, and they don't even think about fix.
just don't waste ur money into this
Posted: September 28
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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
WONT LET ME JOIN SERVERS!!!!
Posted: October 5
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
I'd have more fun hanging myself than playing any more of this game
Posted: September 27
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Worst fkn game ever...
Posted: October 3
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
♥♥♥♥ game in general, a waste of £7.00, i would have rather used £7.00 on CS:GO cases than this game, DayZ is still alpha and is way better than this.
Posted: October 8
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
98.0 hrs on record
♥♥♥♥ dis game! I want my money back! :<
Posted: October 6
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Bought the game on sale. New it wasn't gonna be good but still wasn't worth it.
Posted: October 9
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
18.7 hrs on record
Let's start with the good stuff : It's a nice game, lots of fun, realistic stuff and blablabla.

Now bad stuff :
1. Server are always full.
2. In those server 90% of the player wanna kill you because you are lvl 31 and got some epic stuff
3. No PvE server
4. Spawns kills
5. Loots are always the same, only luck will give you weapons
6. If Server aren't full, it's because you can't connect
7. SO MUCH F%&@# CRASH DAMNIT
8. If you fid a nice looting zone, there is a moth*****er behind you
9. If you walk more than 20 min without being shoot at, it's because the player that tried to kill you got killed by another one, keep running the other one is following you
10. If you get out of a safezone when tere is more than 20 player in the server, RUN ♥♥♥♥♥ RUN, or you gonna get spawn kill
11. When you first play, good player give you stuff and there friends, bad player, kill you and give it back to his friend, the loop restart
12. Did you said buggy? More like ♥♥♥♥*ng bugged car that will NOT save your ♥♥♥
14. Hacker, Hacker everywhere
15. There is no ''13.''
Posted: October 14
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
475.8 hrs on record
This game is terrible. I got it in November 2013 and it was getting better all the time, but the devs suck and only add content and never fix anything. The game just got less and less playable, and they gave us BS about the hackers getting banned from VAC implementation. Hackers and exploiters are rampant, because these guys don't give a ♥♥♥♥.
Posted: September 24
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Don't buy this game. It has too many bugs for it to be even close to playable, and the spawning system is trash.

Save your money and buy the competitor's survival games.
Posted: October 19
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Totally unplayable. I bought it back during the summer sale when it was only $3.49 and I wish I had bought some other game instead. I installed the game, created an account, and when I log in, it says "Status: Launching game". Did it launch the game? Hell no! Did I wait for a long-♥♥♥ time? Hell yeah! Should I get a refund? Hell yeah! Should any more people buy this piece of ♥♥♥♥? Hell no!

I searched the forums for a fix but it seems that it's on the game's end, not mine since other players are experiencing the same thing. I bought this game in early access and was hoping to get into it. The first time I installed this was a week after I bought it and it didn't run. Of course I uninstalled it and never touched it again. NOW, I decided to reinstall it and look for a fix. Instead, I just see forum threads of players like me complaining about the same bug.

I don't think the developers are doing anything about it, and probably never will.. Here's to wishful thinking that the game will be fixed and that my $3.49 wasn't a waste!
Posted: October 9
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
nether is so bad i bought this game and is takes forever to verifi through steam but still have not played
Posted: September 28
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
i hate you mber i cant even play the game becasue of stupid mber account i wish member to go to hell and screw nether all i ahve to say GO TO HELL
Posted: September 28
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Will restore your faith in humanity like Day Z, which is to say every player I've met is a ♥♥♥♥bag.

Edit: I've heard rumors of PvE servers, which would fix SOME issues I have with this game but it's just rumors, which is a pity because this looks like it COULD be a good game, if everyone who played it wasn't out for your blood al the time.
Posted: October 1
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.0 hrs on record
There has been alot of updating for this game in the last couple of weeks......too bad the devs are too ♥♥♥♥ing lazy to tell you what the updates are fixing ...last one they tell you about is sept 9 ...and i know there has been 5 updated download so far since then. until there is strictly a COOP server or a lan option. This game is a waste of time..
Posted: October 5
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