“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 (4,333 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 23, 2013

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Buy How to Survive - Dead Summer Days Bundle - AUG'14

Includes 6 items: How to Survive, Heat Wave DLC - Abby's pack, Heat Wave DLC - Kenji's pack, Heat Wave DLC - Jack's pack, Kovac’s Way DLC, Hello my name is... Nina. DLC

Buy How to Survive - Storm Warning Edition

Includes 7 items: How to Survive, Heat Wave DLC - x 3 pack, Kovac’s Way DLC, Hello my name is... Nina. DLC, One Shot Escape DLC, Barricade! DLC, El Diablo Islands - Host

 

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"Looking for a different sort of ZOMBIE-HORROR-SURVIVAL game,look no further than this absolute gem of a game"
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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/).

Enjoy!

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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!

http://youtu.be/Rlp94BUyP8U

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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Reviews

“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

    Minimum:
    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
38 of 59 people (64%) 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.

10/10
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7 of 8 people (88%) 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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
I met this dude who got bit and he told me to get some @#$%in' drugs so I ripped some plants out of the ground and force fed him those. He was all right. Mission accomplished.

He said to look for his old boyfriend who I found hangin' out on a beach surrounded by @#$%in' zombies! Like, how old you gotta be to know that zombies=bad? Damn. And he was on crutches 'cause he sawed off his own @#$%in' leg. Man, that's hardcore.

This old dude and I become butt-buddies and he sends me on a series of fetch quests to get rope and engines and batteries, blah blah blah. On one of these missions, I meet the guy from Dead Space who's all like "woo I am an angel, come to my secret lair and I'll give you my gun" *wink wink*

No thanks, Dead Space guy. But I go with him anyway and learn a whole @#$%-ton more about crafting. I learned some pretty sweet @#$% from this guy. So I get sucked off by a bunch of zombie @#$%in' ostriches and start selling drugs to monkeys for mystic sigils.

I finally get a little creeped out by Dead Space guy and split to go find my crippled BFF. He's aight, just kickin' it on another island. Then there are these planes and a 9/11 conspiracy and little girls and a fishing sidequest. I @#$%in' love fishing sidequests.

TL:DR

4 islands of increasing size
cramped but great inventory / crafting
loads of zombies but it doesn't seem tedious
probably fun online
lots of opportunities to min/max
linear gameplay w/ sidequests

My only beef with this game is that you walk too @#$%in' slow.

8/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) 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:
Pros:
-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

Cons:
-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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Killed one of those headcrab things and i got one of the hardest achievements Cheap Kill (make 5 headshots by using only one projectile).

11/10 - IGN Review
Best game ever!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
this game is actually is fun to play....good story and variety for weapon to craft also its not to hard to search for weapon parts..well i enjoyed play this game
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
This game is awesome. a lot of things to do ,kill and craft. only thing i dont like is the lack of players online and that the online is only 1 other player besides yourself( im sure i got this game when ppl stopped playing). I wish more ppl still played or that they would make a newer version or updated. Besides that thumbs up
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
38.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
I enjoyed this. It's an isometric survival shooter with a crafting system.
Only complaint is that it's a bit short, maybe 20 or so hours depending on how you play. There's multiplayer support and challenges to extend playability.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Really enjoyed this game, great for a time killer.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
its a good game but i think there are to may zombies at night and its hard to get into a selter when all these mother ♥♥♥♥ing zombies are around you but still a good game
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
"damn a zombie" why would you say this when you can kill it in many different ways. with a bow,gun,axe,sword,stick,chainsaw, "or we can let it live " SAID NOONE EVER!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Overall, a pretty good game for the money. My only complaint so far is getting struck by lightning every 30 seconds during a storm.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
50.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Good game, with humor and logic. I would say its a good game to play with or without friends. Graphics, quests and choices. a different game to play this season.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Great local coop. Had a lot of fun.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Probably the best game i ever bought.
LOVE IT.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
it has an interesting gameplay and a lot of fun for small story game ..
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Lolz Good game better than PS3, I would recommend this to everyone who likes Third-person zombie survival
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
lovin it! simple. easy to pick up, easy to put down. twin stick shooter + dungeon crawler grind fest. got it on sale today, worth it so far.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
"How To Survive" keeps the player intertained until the end with new monsters, new objects to find (and craft), side-quests and Kovac's appearances(!) The day/night cicles and the fullfilment of basic needs such as hunger really made this game a fun challenge. Plus, it's interesting to play with different characters, as each has special abilities and unique stats.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
The Brief:

Co-op on How to Survive is fun, albeit buggy and crash-prone.
Single Player is the same as Co-op without another person, literally. The same...
Weapon selection is okay. You can craft some things early, others not so early.

One major thing hit me, and really bothered me...
"TBD"

I saw TBD on a best I made with an iron fork thinger and a bullet proof vest... As in TBD item of clothing..

As in DLC Maybe? I bought the DLC pack, but seeing an item labeled "TBD"

I don't think I have the Diablo DLC, yet, but seeing an item partially made that has to be completed within DLC is disheartening... It takes away from the game.



Short:

Buy it for Co-Op.
Expect Bugs
Expect half-♥♥♥♥♥ implementation of some crafting recipes.

It's fun, but it definitely has it's downfalls. Buy it on sale. ON SALE!
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