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 (11,865 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 5, 2014

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November 11

November Update #2

Greetings survivors of the Nether Apocalypse. We would like all of our players to know that Pure FPS is dedicated to bringing you the best experience the world of Nether has to offer. We have just rolled back to a previous build, which is more stable, and are working on opening up more servers for everyone to enjoy depending on feedback. We are also taking steps to bring in more anti-cheat and anti-hack detection to go alongside the currently installed VAC.

We took over Nether from Phosphor Games in June 2014. I would like to replay the new features and fixes Pure FPS has made for Nether since then.

New Features:

  • Second playable Nether! Look for new Potions in the Store and in Gold Chests.
  • Second usable attack when playing as Nether. The attack is initiated with right click.
  • Cool-down timer for Health & Stamina items (Fixes Unlimited Sprint Exploit)
  • New game mode: Last Man Standing, released in September 2014

Main fixes:

  • Fixed obtaining items from the store or global inventory not checking your weight and size capacity.
  • Stacked items now display their total weight and size in the item description.
  • Fixed a bug resulting in being stuck sprinting or moving when interacting with popups.
  • Fixed a bug resulting in Reapers and their minions not giving experience.
  • Enemies can no longer hit players through walls by pressing against the wall.
  • Fixed Nether vision effect remaining on screen after the player switches back to a human character
  • General support and maintenance

For more details, please check out our Release Notes:

June Update #3 - Play as Golem, Walking Bug Fix, & More!

June Update #4 - Money Exploit Balances & Fixes

August Update #1 - Minor Fixes - More to Come!

August Update #2 - Fixes - Blocking & More!

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

Last Man Standing Stress Test - Play Now!

In addition to these fixes and features, we provided Steam Access codes for all of our players who purchased the game via our website.We’re continuing to make Nether the best game it can be, and will keep you all updated with additional bug fixes and game updates.

Thank you for your time, patience, and feedback.

The Nether Team

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November 7

November Update #1

Hello everyone,

We have deployed our last "silent" patch on November 6. We believe this one fixes the stability issue of the servers, although it will take a few days (as always) to monitor the situation and have final confirmation. Once this confirmation has been obtained, we will gradually re-deploy additional servers to meet the demand. We are dedicated to providing the best experience Nether has to offer. Please keep posting if you encounter any issue (or just to say "Hi!", we always appreciate it).

Thank You

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“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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

  • 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 "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

    • 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
    • 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
63 of 70 people (90%) found this review helpful
40.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Ok, blatently put, Nether is great or at least it was. Whilst this game was in Alpha, it was excellent. The ambience was top notch and the sense of lonliness was exactly how it should have been. Of course, every game comes with it's flaws but it wasn't too much of a deal given the game was in alpha and the bugs were only minor. A texture not loading here and there and a few sounds sometimes dissapeared. Everthing was going great untill the big updated started to happen.

When the motorbike was implemented through an update, it was obvious that this game was going downhill... and it did. Now what we have is more or less a focus on PvP to the point where it is now possible to play as the Nether (The creatures that inhabit the city). This removes all the ambience and idea of "It's them against us". Furthermore, the game began to degrade in quality. More bugs began to grow and the game began to just get more laggy throughout each update. They had also removed the ability to scavange the variety of weapons but instead replaced it by forging weapons together using the body parts of the Nether. Who knew that a demonic, spine, brain and eyeball makes an M9 pistol? Also, around the time that this game made it's movement from Alpha to Beta, all of the inventory, characters and accounts got reset. This also included the in-game money which some people paid for in the form of the Believers pack. All of the people who purchased these packs were going to be re-funded on the in-game money they may have spent. Now this is me speaking from personal experience so I don't know if anybody had the same issue, I had purchased the Believers pack back in the Alpha stages for £22.99 which means I had received about 20 of the gold coins or whatever the currency in-game was. After the reset, I was dis-heartened to find out that I actually was never refunded this in-game which I paid extra to receive.

In short, it shocks me that all those who paid for this game in it's Alpha stages now have a game which they didn't pay for and may possibly never pick up again. You had one job Phosphor Games... one job...
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135 of 181 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Terrible, terrible game. Very obvious re-skin of Infestation:survival stories aka 'Warz'. Worst purchase of my life and it sickens me that I actually gave money to these scammers. I was threatened with a ban when asking for a refund. Stay classy steam.
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81 of 102 people (79%) found this review helpful
25.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Dont buy filled with hackers...
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38 of 42 people (90%) found this review helpful
276.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 4

I will not lie, This game was god damn Fantastic when I first played it in Nov,2013. The Production company that worked on the game "Phosphor Studios" has long abandoned this game (Scumbags) and left it to Nether Productions who clearly are way over their heads. Game is clearly broken they make ZERO progress in fixing it and or making it playable. I BEG you NOT to buy this game or further endorse it.

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65 of 87 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
I want my 3 dollars back, you cᴜnts.
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36 of 43 people (84%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
10/10 Best buyers remorse simulator 2014
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38 of 49 people (78%) found this review helpful
49.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
If you don't hack, don't buy it, it was fun before all of the hacking.
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45 of 61 people (74%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Made my friend Colby cry.
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36 of 48 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
If you were looking to avoid the boring pointless tedium of games like Day Z or Rust, you're looking at the wrong game. Nether is basically just a heavy retooling of the same, tired, boring, unbalanced and unforgiving genre of "survival" concepts. There's little to no incentive to co-operate with other players therefore there's little point to survival. Treat each game more like a disposable burn session, there's no long-term here.

All-in-all, if you're just in it for the mindless combat, trolling players or exploring a post-apocalyptic wasteland which resembles Chicago bordering Detroit with some of the crappiest suburbs in-between, then you might enjoy it just for that. Otherwise, don't expect any spectactular story, end-game or goal-driven gameplay. If the Enemy players or AI aren't trying to kill you, then don't worry. The surrounding environment will do a great job to make up for that as your character can't swim in waist-deep water and despite being above water will begin to drown or take damage anyway.

If you're still not convinced then don't let the screenshots deceive you. Even at the highest quality settings, the game looks NOTHING like what you see in the screenshots or video. This game looks worse than Fallout 3 at the lowest settings even if you have the newest fanciest card. At one point this game did have promise and potential, however it doesn't appear to have lived up to any of it.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
a nice game where you can be spawn camped by greivers all day long. No need to look any further for a game that is not only pointless but encourages players to wait for others to leave safe havens to get an easy kill for not other reason than "heh, gotcha." Today I spawned in the world only to find myself on a bridge in wide open area. I took 10 steps and was promptly executed for my trouble. This is troubling as I spawned in the world with only 9 people on the server. Which means the game couldn't or didn't want to put me in the world where I could actually move without being shot down immediately. So much for gearing up and stealth play if the game lands you right in front of greiver.
The game really is pretty including the hordes of demons. I can deal with them. I cannot deal with asshats that play a game just to screw with the guy that just respawned. The game is expansive with no visible stoppage of play with movement and the massive and complex buildings and territory is amazing.
Honestly, you'd have a better time playing DayZ.

This game is a nice concept except for previously mentioned problems with "Safe Zones" being safe in the time you're there. Just wait until you leave. If someone doesn't follow you and kill you, you'll have a griever sniping you as soon as you leave. Again save your money and time.
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40 of 60 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29

This game sucks in all aspects, dont get me wrong it has a lot of potential but it never made it.
cant say anything else about it other than its a money grab.

and once again DO NOT BUY THIS GAME!!!!!!!! just garbage.
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34 of 50 people (68%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Forget the money, I want my 4.1 hours of my life back. This game suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucked!
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Friend bought me this to play with me... however its very much a "I want your butcher knife bro *BANG BANG*" kind of game. So everyone seems to kill you on sight when you spawn and for some reason no lootables were spawning near me. so my first impressions on this game are pretty bad. altho I am very intrested to give it more of a try but with me never getting anything to defend myself from the onslaught of butcher knife collecting enthusiasts. I dont see myself getting into this anytime soon.
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28 of 40 people (70%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
46.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Nether is an very fun game at least was. The game is a ton of fun especially if you enjoy open world pvp and survival pve. but alot Hacks/Glitches have ruined this game. and dev have seem to abandon the game.cheaters over run the server with no one to ban. and servers are down alot and it being a online game only leaves it unplayable. the game is dying but hoping for a come back.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Game used to be really fun but after the savage butcher knive hunters have gathered to kill everyone on site i wish i bought SUBWAY instead.
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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
It looked good. It's not really.
Just my personal opinion!
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Seemed like a great game, I watched a lot of gameplay, tutorials and such got really into the community. I finally got the game installed it and was quite excited. All was well I got into the game, but it was a bit laggy. I decided to restart steam, my pc etc. Got into the game again, same thing. So I finally deleted and re-installed the game, the server selection screen was fine all was going well again, chose a server and got stuck on the loading screen, never made it past that.

Basically the game looks awesome I just haven't ever gotten past the loading screen.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
316.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
I dont know what has happened to this game now :(
it honestly started off amazing, it was well designed, alot more enjoyable, servers were amazing. Their used to be a time long ago where there was about 20-30 seervers, and now its just 3... i do love the game, but seriously. add some servers again. you add no god damn AP servers, all you do is support US servers. there are other players in Aus that want to play without 100+ ping. And another thing, why am i still seeing hackers in secured servers.. this is a joke
i paid $18 for this when it first came out. i happily paid that because the game was starting off amazing. now i wouldnt pay over $3 for it :/
bring back te old nether. it was beautiful and sooo much better and bring back dem AP servers <3 please.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
362.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
As it stands, I regret that my advice is do not buy this game. Nether was 'released' without actually being completed - many game breaking bugs and exploits are still present, hackers run rampant, and many basic features, such as key -remapping, are only partially implemented. The devs have been basically silent for months, and the player base has been steadily dwindling to the point where there are now (as of 1st Nov 2014) only four active servers (EU Central, EU West, US East Last Man Standing Mode, US West). If you're thinking about buying this game, you need to either save your money and buy something else or accept that there's a substantial risk that you'll just be left disappointed, frustrated and out of pocket. Believe me, I don't take any pleasure in writing that, I loved this game.

If the situation changes (and I sincerely hope it does) I will update this review accordingly.
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