“A real Gem” – Destructoid at E3 “Offers a different experience for zombie game veterans” – Co-Optimus “Has a lot more going for it than smashing brains and gory, red goo ... With a surprisingly deep crafting system” – GamesRadar You're shipwrecked on an isolated island, a desperate castaway in a total freakshow world.
User reviews: Very Positive (5,654 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 23, 2013

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October 21

How to Survive New DLC NOW LIVE!!!!!!

Survivors! A number of you asked for a free roaming mode while others wanted an endless survival mode. Well, check out the 2 DLCs being released on Steam today!

On One Shot Escape (http://bit.ly/1wk7HQ2) you’ll have just one chance to fix a vehicle and flee the islands, but watch out… resources are scarce and highly randomized…

On Barricade! (http://bit.ly/1rnH88t) you’ll have to spend your days gathering resources and fortify your position with barricades, obstacles and turrets to protect your friends at night from the incoming hordes of creatures…

We have also bundled all available DLCs on the “Storm Warning Edition” you can check it here (http://store.steampowered.com/sub/45469/).


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September 4

El Diablo Islands DLC is now live!

Great News Survivors!

El Diablo Islands – brand new DLC for H2S Steam version - is now available!


Don’t wait any longer to download it and venture to a new set of volcanic Islands: discover new fauna and characters and learn to craft fantastic tools and weapons taking advantage of the different weather effects to face the most surprising enemies.

New exclusive contents of the DLC are:
  • Extension of the original story
  • New main and side quests
  • New characters: Scientist & Scientist's Assistant.
  • Fog and Storm weather effects
  • Environment: Volcano (3 islands)
  • Weapon: Electro Gun, Blower Gun
  • New zombies
  • Game element: Toxic clouds, Lava flow, Electric pylons, Weather remote controller, Electric backpack, fireproof boots.
  • Living Animal: Iguana.
  • Zombie Animal: Iguana

Players will have the choice to continue playing the original story or to restart it in its extended version.

You can also invite a friend to play online the new quests with you even if he doesn't have the DLC yet!

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“How To Survive is more than just a solid zombie role-playing game, it's also one of the best games of the year. With its mix of Diablo-esque hack and slash and dual-stick shooter action, 505 Games' newest Xbox Live Arcade game is a real surprise. It has a deep crafting system and a world you can't help but want to explore. How To Survive rewrites the book on zombie RPGs!”
90% – Gaming Nexus

“While there have been several games that have recently released that fall into the growing zombie survival genre, How to Survive manages to do enough differently to earn its place among the crowd. The game’s strong emphasis on crafting and juggling basic human needs helps distinguish itself from other titles. Additionally, the story campaign features a tale that manages to contain a few plot twists despite its simplicity. One area where How to Survive shines is the game’s strange brand of humor which is helped along by the title’s decent voice acting. In all, How to Survive is recommended to any fans of either the undead or survival simulators. Those who enjoy intricate crafting or top-down gaming should also give it a look.”
4 Stars – Examiner

“In terms of graphic and sound design, How to Survive looks good and sounds even better. The lighting gives real-time shadows based on not only the source but the time of day as the shadows move with the passing sunlight. The island is beautifully rendered, and animations are fluid and zombie deaths are pleasingly gory, chunks of body parts will liter the ground and roll depending on the shape of the surface”
8/10 – Gamer Horizon

About This Game

  • A real Gem” – Destructoid at E3

  • Offers a different experience for zombie game veterans” – Co-Optimus

  • Has a lot more going for it than smashing brains and gory, red goo ... With a surprisingly deep crafting system” – GamesRadar

You're shipwrecked on an isolated island, a desperate castaway in a total freakshow world. How will you survive?

Collect the pages of a Survival Guide and figure it out, of course! Find food, water, and shelter before you perish. Uh oh, is it getting dark? Figure out how to get through the night! While you’re at it, gather up some of this awesome stuff and piece together over 100 handmade weapons and tools—from shotguns to Molotov cocktails. Now you can defend yourself and your friends like a boss!

• Choose one of the three playable characters, each with different characteristics and skill trees.

• Explore four islands filled with unique flora and fauna and a variety of abhorrent monstrosities.

Collect “Survival guide” video chapters to learn tips that will save your life!

Play with a friend offline through the story mode or go online and play with a friend through 8 demanding challenges..

• Try the “Iron Man” difficulty for a demanding hardcore game experience.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Ati 5700 series/NVIDIA GeForce GT240 or equivalent
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 7 GB available space
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389 of 480 people (81%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
edit: updating review. evidently its getting some attention, so I figured I might as well expand and clarify.

tl;dr edition: neither good nor fun. do not buy unless its deeply discounted.

I can not refer this game in good faith. There are 2 major things wrong with How to Survive.

Firstly, take a look at the DLC. If How to Survive truly is an indie game, control of the project has been overtaken by greedhead corporate dumb think leadership. Someone (likely 505 Games) has opted to make DLCs out of basic features that should have been part of the basic game. Examples are an extra harder difficulty and a hardcore feature. Other DLCs (Heatwave) resemble what would have been unlockables for games only a generation ago. Lastly there are the DLCs that suggest the core game was released unfinished taking the cutting room floor scraps and selling them off as DLC when they got to them later. I don't know if the nickel and diming customers business model bothers you, but it sure as hell bothers me.

The second problem is the game itself. Its not good. How to Survive is a perfect example of the tidalwave of schlock being put out by the burgeonning indie industry. It is an inferior imitation of mainstream titles like Diablo and Torchlight. It tries to be unique and original with additional survival features like hunger, thirst, and sleepiness, but they're implemented in a way that make the game tedious and annoying. The quality is painfully amateur and inconsistent. Struggle as a melee character, but have 2 triple bladed boomerangs and you're so golden the game gets dull. The content is particularly slim. Each island is painfully small. And the game itself manages to be as repetitive as Diablo and Torchlight, but in the most flat, boring, and completely unrewarding manner possible.

How to Survive lives up to its lousy meta score. No idea why this game has such an overwhelmingly high positive customer review count. The $15 asking price with the lazy DLCs is crazy to me. Other games How to Survive is trying to be are the same exact price and offer more and better quality content minus the annoying survival gimmicks and DLC. Specifically either of the Torchlight games.

Honestly, my recommendation is to not buy How to Survive at all. If you absolutely must take the plunge, as stated in the tl;dr above, buy it when its 80-90% off. That way you won't feel too ripped off when you find out how painfully below average it is.
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127 of 162 people (78%) found this review helpful
32.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
A fun, 'Diablo'-esque Third-Person RPG, "How to Survive" caught me a little off guard. At $2.25 (Summer Sale 2014), I certainly wasnt expecting much but was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this title from 505 Games.

The story is straighforward - play as one of three protagonists stuck on a deserted island infested with zombies, and learn 'how to survive' long enough to find a way out. The gameplay is fun, good graphics and atmospheric sound, M&K controls are intuitve and responsive, features a broad selection of weapons (from Axe's, Machete's, Bow & Arrows, Molotov Cocktail's to a wide variety of guns), and interesting characters. The game's strength however was the Inventory setup - which allows you to collect a seemingly random mish-mash of junk from your travels around the island and combine them in various ways to create useful items (Eg. String and a wooden stick to create a fishing rod, An old bottle, kerosene and a scrap of fabric to create Molotov Cocktail's, An old rubber tire, an axe and string to create body armor etc etc).

'How to Survive' might not break any new boundaries but 505 Games have taken on a disparete variety of gameplay elements and executed extremely well to create a refreshingly fun, zombie-horror romp. At $2.25, this one is a no-brainer - A Definite Recommend (8/10)
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128 of 179 people (72%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
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I Like:
+ easy control
+ three characters with skills development
+ creation of weapons, armor, medicine, etc.
+ equipment is shown on figures
+ some nice finsiher
+ day and night cycles
+ two levels of difficulty
+ offline & online coop

I Dont Like:
- no tension, no thrills
- characters all play the same
- much too small islands with automap
- unnecessary because half-baked survival elements
- too much ammunition and material
- simple pickup and delivery quests
- story is a joke

Caribbean and zombies? Is the Dead Island for arcade tourists? After a shipwreck you are stranded on a beach with little more than the clothes on your back. The game treads pretty familiar ground in its premise of playing as a survivor in a zombie apocalypse.

How To Survive is a guidebook that teaches one the basics of survival. You need to craft items, hunger, thirst, and exhaustion, all while fending off the limitless hordes of brain-eating zombies.
You can choose between 3 classes, Jack the typical bruiser, Kenji the assassin, and Abby the nighthawk. Each have own strengths and abilities and specific items they can craft. Weapons are more entertaining to craft, even if most blueprints you find aren’t that exciting. Armor crafting is very important, as more armor means less damage from zombies. By combining various bones, tires, and metals a nice set of armor. Many combined items can be disassembled without a penalty, so you can take the components of a weapon that you no longer use to build a new weapon. Ammo could have offered one, but it’s unlimited. Bullets are everywhere, and arrows easily crafted/retrieved.

Experience is given for killing enemies, crafting new things, and obviously for finishing quests. This is when you will see How To Survive’s light RPG mechanics come into play to use on skill tree of the character with each level providing a skill point.
Missions begin simply: find a canister, fill it with gasoline, and looking for other objects that will help you to leave the island group.

My favorite part in the game is the coop mode. Your survival partners use separate characters, each with their own saved progress. The game will use the host’s checkpoint so keep this in mind when hopping into different people’s games. The game scales very well for co-op, as more zombies will join you when partnered up. But... Characters are tethered to each other by the boundaries of the screen, so you can’t wander to different parts of the island and must stay fairly close to one another.

How To Survive is an nice take on zombie survival. The crafting is the most interesting part on the game, and the co-op definitely heightens the experience. Its not perfect but a great little coop romp.

Score 63 / 100

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41 of 51 people (80%) found this review helpful
20.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
NOTE that for the record I use a Xbox 360 Controller for this game 100% of the time. There will also be a bullet point Pros/Cons review near the bottom of this.

How to Survive is in my opinion a well done game to say the least. The game has a simple yet elegant combat system that I found satisfying, it takes patience to truly master zombie slaying as you must take time to zero in your aim for those rewarding headshots. This is better then many other games as it adds a touch of needed skill to it. The game also contains a decent variety of zombies to slaughter including some undead animals that prove to be quite scary when encountered. Many zombie types also require you to change up your strategy as a nice bonus, while you normal zombies can be dispatched with melee weapons, zombies such as Fatties require a ranged approach as they will otherwise blow up in your face upon death. One issue I had here though was running zombies tend to get ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ when right on you and I found it hard to aim at them as they attacked while running circles around me. The island settings also do nicely, between varied terrain and well done lighting the game's presentation is both beautiful and terrifying. One of the game's strongest points is its well done crafting system, playing the game I constantly found myself wanting to find new items to combine to produce more deadly weapons and armor. This is further expanded by crafting and adding attachments such as scopes for homemade guns to decrease aim time or pulleys to give your bow more damage. Another nice mechanic the game has is a day and night cycle where at night an abundant number of more mutated and aggressive zombie type foe come out to play, what really sets this apart from other games is your ability to fight these off by simply staying in the light. With a campfire your safe and to travel you can simply grab a torch from the fire, however you will drop the torch to the ground if you need to use any other weapon, and while you can use a flashlight with a weapon it is a directional light, so if your not careful these creatures can come up from behind you and attack. The game also sports a decent Hunger/Thirst/Sleep system that adds just a little more spice to the difficulty, however if you acquire both skill perks to double these meters you'll find yourself rarely having to maintain them. The game contains a few different character to play as each with different stats and available skills to acquire. A couple of which have a unique ability to craft a specific item only as them. As said the game does contain a leveling system in which each level grants a skill point of your choosing, however out of the 12 or so skills I had playing Jack I only found 4 or 5 of them to actually be worth something. While the story isn’t the best it was still rather entertaining and when taken the time to scavenge and keep yourself properly equipped the main story ran about 15 hours for me across 2 days of constant play. Now though the game lacks any sort of structure building mechanic the game does allow you to drop items anywhere and will never disappear which really came in handy as I tended to have a hording problem in this game. I have a friend that I got to also get the game and together we found the multiplayer gameplay just as fun, you can either to a simple challenge which is essentially an island with a single goal such as finding a plane to escape. You can Co-Op the story, this part was especially cool as while my friend was just starting his story I was well into mine and I retained both my stats and all the items on me allowing me to easily aid him in his story. All in all I'd say this game is worth trying especially for any fan of zombie and/or survival game, to those of you I'd say you wont be disappointed.

So in a nutshell:
-Satisfying combat system
-Addictive crafting system
-Well done setting
-A decent story both in quality and length
-Enemy variety
-Day/Night cycle
-Hunger/Thirst/Sleep systems
-Level and skill progression
-Multiple playable character
-Rebindable Controls

-Zombie AI can be a little wonky but rare
-Camera style made some areas extremely difficult to navigate
-Some what low variety of melee weapons
-Controls for aiming seemed to be off at times (Xbox 360 Controller)

One final note is that I found that getting information on more advanced stuff was hard, especially seeing how typing "How to Survive..." in an internet search engine usually found unwanted results.

My finally score for this game as a long time zombie and survival game lover is a solid 8/10, while its of course not a AAA title it does very well with what it has and I find myself strangely addicted to continue playing and watching as my character started as a hopeless shipwreck survivor and evolved into the perfect survivalist.
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42 of 57 people (74%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Pretty good game, but camera work ruins whole gameplay in a cooperative mode. It's just annoying. It really bothers me and many other players too (i have seen a few posts about it, players actually begged developers to fix this). However, single mode is interesting and provides fun for couple of hours and i think that if you like zombie survival type games (and playing alone also) you will like this game. Is it worth buying? For single playing only, yes.
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34 of 46 people (74%) found this review helpful
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Diablo 2 meets Fallout meets DayZ.

The result is a fantastic coop experience!

1) Gameplay
Well, it's rather classical. Using either a mouse + keyboard combination or a gamepad, you're hitting / slashing / shooting zombies. It works just fine with both, and you can switch to an axe with a simple press if you're getting swarmed with your bow. Obviously the game is an hack'n'slash with zombies so you can expect all its traditional elements: special zombies and bosses. How To Survive also features a neat craft system, so you can gather as much crap as possible in order to make the weapon of your dreams. One issue with that though, the inventory tends to be full most of the time since it's so small. As for the survival, you can hunt, gather plants or fruits, water, then cook it all before heading to bed.

2) Story
You're a survivor, so you meet other survivors who just happen to want the same thing as you: survive in order to escape the zombie outbreak. Though the game is rather humorous, guess we'd all turn out crazy if zombies started to invade the streets.

3) Graphics
Nothing much to say. The game looks nicey with "realistic" graphics, which somehow manages to feel refreshing. Hooray, no pixel shading!

4) Coop
It's as good as the singleplayer: there are more enemies and they tend to hit harder since you're two. Yes. Two. That is a bit disappointing, but at least they did it right. Well, almost. Both players have to stay in the same "screen" in order to progress, so don't expect to finish a quest while your partner is farming xp.

5) Conclusion: I picked it up for almost nothing and didn't actually expect the game to be that good, def one of the most pleasing hack'n'slash and coop game I tried. The survival elements and the crafting system tend to spice up the gameplay, which is just what the genre needed to last longer. I'd love it even more if the game was a little longer though... 8/10
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104 of 173 people (60%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Addicting. Stayed up all night playing this with my husband. We lost track of time, so he got 3 hours of sleep for a 12 hour day of work.

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44 of 68 people (65%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
I really tried to give this game a fair try. It simply wasn't as interesting or enjoyable as it appeared to be in the Steam store. The premise is neat but the execution is lacking. Crafting could be cool, but most of the time your tiny inventory is full up with junk. You have no homebase so there's nowhere to store excess stuff. Also, where you sleep for the night is highly limited and really annoying. There is usually only one secure bed shack per island. And for some reason, when you go to try and use it, a red light and alarm goes off every time, alerting tons of zombies to your location for no real reason. The most entertaining aspect of this game is watching the short "Kovac's rules" videos. Save your money and buy State of Decay instead for a much deeper zombie survival crafting game with a better plot.
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25 of 36 people (69%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
God I play a lot of zombie games... I wonder what the new "zombie" will be and how long it will take to get here? Oh well, I shouldn't let that get in the way of telling you about How to Survive! HtS is actually a very enjoyable little game, kind of like Zombie Driver, Alien Breed and Diablo II ran a train on Krater. I can't put my finger on it, but it really did feel like I had played HtS before, and to me that's a really good sign that a game is made properly (at least to my liking, anyway). I found it challenging, but not so much that I wanted to go Super Saiyan on my screen, and was genuinely interested by the plot twists and creative story. I found this surprising because HtS, at first glance, looks like your run-of-the-mill horde grinder, but upon closer inspection I found it to be much more.
The crafting system is elaborate enough yet easy to understand, that it is not only enjoyable, but essential to the gameplay. The environments are colourful enought that you don't feel like you've been sating at ants scurrying across tea-stained paper for hours, though a little more variation like cave systems would have added a bit of contrast. Everything worked, no bugs, no pulling my hair out looking for fixes or walkthroughs, and the in-game tutorials on how things work were humorously done, adding an element of comedy that you don't often see in survival games.
If you're beween AAA titles and you're looking for something casual to break it up a bit, How to Survive has to be one of the best little games I've played in a long time. Fun, interesting, satisfying.
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26 of 39 people (67%) found this review helpful
64.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
I was originally quite interested in this game until I saw the low Metacritic score, which I am EXTREMELY glad I overlooked, because this is now one of my favourite games. I just wish I had ignored the low score earlier. METACRITIC IS WRONG.

I am seriously amazed that the Metacritic score is currently sitting at 60%, I would definitely put this game at a 90+%.

Basically I was looking for a game that I could play Local Co-Op with my girfriend, and this game does not disappoint, her and I love it. She is not an avid gamer either and it is not easy to get her into a game.

I can wholeheartedly recommend this game to anyone looking for a great Local Co-Op experience.

As you can probably see from this review, I don't typically do this, but I felt compelled to give this game the respect it deserves. IT IS AWESOME.

I want to write more, but it's late and I have to go play How to Survive instead of studying for my exam tomorrow morning.

So I guess the main issue I have with this game is that it's ruining my grades at school and keeping me up until all hours of the morning.

If you have somehow managed to read to this point, STOP WASTING TIME AND BUY THE FRIGGING GAME ALREADY.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 21
not expect from the next "game about survival" something completely new, but still the gameplay is pretty interesting, especially in coop with a friend. also big plus is the presence of the storyline, humor, good execution.

highly recommend
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 15
I really like the game, it's fun, beautiful graphics, the combat system is fast paced, the crafting system looks really good with endless possibilities and along with all that, Kovac's humor is very entertaining.

If it feels like there is a "but" coming, to me there is.

The game is great, has very well thought out elements, but it's a little more hack and slash, action game, than a survival or RPG.

Has all the elements of a great RPG, skill tree, crafting, but, it always feels very linear.

You have a story to follow and a path to follow and although you can go back to pick an extra herb or gather more resources, you feel you don't really need to since the game is progression in front of you and behind, is behind.

The DLC available adds two game modes that feel a little more "open end", but, still feels like this could have been huge and falls just short of it with the constrains imposed by the design followed.

Good fun though, and with co-op you can laugh with a friend while hacking through hordes of zombies, that die in countless ways.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 21
This game is pretty kool !! I like the Diablo Style Play and the crafting system! I picked this up on Sale for the xmas sale the Storm Warning Edition for only $1.99 !! Well worth the price if you love a Diablo style zombie killing game with all the DLCs :) I say give this one a go !!! Bigtime if you can get it cheap !!! And dont forget your Guide !! :P

I started to play this a bit more and man this game can get uber hard at times :) It was at night and low sleep so needed to rest and man it can get crazy trying to clean a sleep/save zone out lol I also love how you can hunt the deer/boar and track the blood if you dont kill it in one shot!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 22
I write this review when it's holiday sale 2014. This game is really worth the price, I get it when it was 90% off (around $1.1 in Indonesia at the time). I purchase the storm pack and I also purchase the rest of dlcs available. I had played for 11 hours before writing this. Ok this game is really great in concept. I thought it was just a meh game, but it's not. It's actually very good.

this game is kinda like diablo 2 with zombie as it's theme. you are a survivor that cast away in remote island and trying to find a help and keep survive

- cheap
- a lot of customization
- great scavenging element in zombie survivor game
- great music, environtment and kovak's unique video tutorial :)

- repetitive
- npc meet zombie, and zombie ignores them like they are statue..
- text for island is hard to read :( I know it's minor thing but for a guy who is bad in sense of direction like me it's confusing if you don't know the where you stand now
- there should be a button to display item scattering on the ground like diablo has
- silly quest.. why do we have to get parcel. it's zombie apocalpse , we don't have time for that :(
there is santa zombie that will explode when you shoot it. I'm not sure if it's like that. I played it during winter. it's highy recommended!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 21
sadly it isnt a very long game which is a shame because the game itself is extremely fun imo, i've just invested in some of the dlcs on a 90-91% sale to help the longevity of the game, but even now i dont think ill get many more hours out of it, good thing they were cheap.

great game if you buy it on a good sale, definitly not worth the full price in comparison to other games when comparing potential play time vs price.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 21
OK, I had in the back of my mind that I had seen a bad review about this game ages ago, so never thought about buying it.

But seeing it on sale today I thought, sod it, just try it :) And im glad i did. Its pretty bloody good, if your into this sort of thing. Its a different take on all the low quality first person zombie games that we got flooded with this year, and that in itself is refreshing :)

I havent played many hours though, so I cant comment in detail on the games mechanics, but Id say its easily worth the £1.50 I paid :). Thats a bit harsh actually, now i know what it is i would have easily paid £5 for it :)
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42 of 78 people (54%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Survived many fierce battles against zombie hordes. Got killed by a random boar while trying to get a drink from a well.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 22
Kovac's Rules!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 21
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Step 1: Buy the Storm Warning Edition
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The game is great so far, for the price I (should) have paid for it. My hours did not count up for the first playthrough for some reason, so I'm taking my time making a small review for people who will complain about a 'useless' review. It's greatest strengths is in it's simplicity; find things, use things to stave off bad things, become better, win game. The most hyperbolic way I can describe the game is if Don't Starves mechanics fused with Diablo's action segments. Also, the game doesn't take itself too seriously, and I can respect this decision from a gameplay standpoint. Some goofy hazards like exploding zombies and tell-tale lightning strikes create challenging/annoying moments, and doesn't put itself out of its way to suspend disbeliefs.

The bad is also there, and become very apparent from the beginning. This game was meant for consoles, and plays as much. This becomes apparent in online multiplayer, as both players are confined to the same camera. Do not sprint to the bottom of the screen; you will land in a pile of zombos. Having controller support is great, but the game will immediately assume you want your button prompts from your game pad if it is plugged in, even if you've been playing with Mouse and Keyboard the entire time. As for interacting with the world, it has a problem of hiding objects simply by placing brown items against brown floor, which is abundant on this island. There is a faint notifier via bloodstain, but that isn't really explained and you just kind of have to figure that out.

Then there's crafting. Quite possibly the biggest aspect of survival in the game, and it is also the biggest upset. Let's say you want to make 200 stacks of arrows. You need twenty sticks, and a sharp object. If you want to make them all, you have to click the stick, then the Craft button, and then the sharp object. You're going to have to do that twenty times. Later, you find out that you can improve the arrows further with feathers. Guess what? Click those arrows, then the Craft button, and then click the feathers. Twenty times. ♥♥♥♥IN 'ELL YOU CAN CRAFT MY ARROWS, JOHNATHON. Perhaps it was made this way on purpose to create tension while crafting in the middle of the field, but with the earlier problem of a shared camera in multiplayer, it becomes a groan worthy exercise in busy work and trying your friend's patience.

Can't say I've gotten in far enough to judge the game for the initial price it asked for, but it is functioning/not crashing/not boring. For $2.00, it's worth getting into. As for why I suggested buying the Storm Warning edition, it's because it comes with all of the micro-DLC, which are basically updates that should have come free (new difficulty settings, new game modes, etc.). The skins I can see as being small DLC, but asking money for things like game modifiers and difficulty levels is beyond homosexual.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
I was killed by a deer!
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