Don't let the low metascore fool you. This game might not be the best zombie/crafting/survival game ever made, but it has a lot to offer when playing co-op. Even if the game feels as though it could have been bigger. The idea of keeping your character fed, hydrated, and rested while exploring zombie infested islands and crafting useful items from scraps is a fun idea that is implemented well with this game -- the world, items, and crafting options just seem a little lack luster.
The survival aspects of the game, eating, drinking and resting, are presented simply. Safe houses must be discovered and cleared out for the character to have a safe place to rest. This part of the game works well. The safe houses get progressively more difficult to clear, and they are spaced appropriately throughout the game. It would have been nice if the islands were larger. The player must search for wild edibles or hunt for food. Foods can be cooked and combined, but a lot of the times there is little to no reason to do it. While it's fun to make a dish a Fish 'n' Chips, there is no difference from that and just a cooked fish. This part feels as though it could have used more work. Maintaining good hydration is another survival aspect that is done simply and effectively. Fresh water can be found around the island, and the player can store water in different containers. These containers can be re-used for water again, or for storing other liquids. Various fruits and items can be mixed with water to make "mix drinks." This part of the survival felt as though it got more attention. Every new drink that was discovered had different effects, and that led to more creative use of inventory space.
The back packs are a tad small; however, if you are planning on playing co-op, which I highly recommend, the back pack size works extremely well. It took extra coordination between my partner and me, but that added a lot to the co-op.
The combat is solid and balanced. What would be overwhelming at first, in time becomes just another brawl on the beach. The learning curve fits well with the progression of the character.
The story is nothing exceptional, but that's not why I played this game. However, all of the npcs are voice acted which is a breath of fresh air.
The asking price for this game feels right on. It's a steal when it's on sale.http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=269475707