After the most recent update, this game is just... Wow. It has surpassed DayZ and other survival games in almost every category. Since I've played this game for almost a hundred hours in a couple different stages of development, I decided it's about time to give this a review. I'll list some things I liked, disliked, and what I think need improved.
What I liked:
-First starting out. I loved how they provide you with a couple things essential to survival when you are first dropped into the post-apocalyptic wasteland. These include a bottle of water, a can of chili, a bandage, and a torch. This is important for newer players that haven't had a chance to master the controls/gameplay.
-Different biomes that are aesthetically pleasing. The zombies you encounter vary on the environment. Frozen zombies are harder to kill than regular zombies, and you're more likely to find dogs near farms.
-An inventory with ample storage.
-Potentially deadly effects such as infection, sickness, broken bones.
-ENDLESS AMOUNTS OF CRAFTING.
-Weapon condition and visual enhancements from the most recent update add a lot to this game.
-The leveling system and how it affects crafting was a very neat touch in my opinion. Ex: You level up from crafting and killing zombies. The higher your level, the higher the quality of your crafted items, and the better they will perform.
-The game rewards you for doing well by increasing your max health and stamina if you are healthy and eating well. If you get hit by zombies frequently, aren't eating/drinking well, or die, your max health and stamina will drop.
What I didn't like:
-Few gun options.. There's only a couple that are useful, only 7 guns, one for each type with generalized names. Ex: Sniper rifle (SR-10?), SMG (MP5), pistol (Baretta 92fs), Magnum (this one's okay), Pump Shotgun (Mossberg variant), Short Shotgun (shotgun with no stock), Hunting rifle (no scope? Only irons).
-Mining is difficult without an Auger, and minerals are hard to come by.
-Not sure if this was fixed or not, but on hills, zombies zig zag and are almost impossible to hit.
-Before the most recent update, the game looked like crap. Now, it looks so much better.
-Once you craft everything, you run out of things to do, and it gets pretty boring.
What I would like to see:
-More weapons!! I understand that it would be hard to include parts for many different weapons, but why not have various gun types each requiring certain parts, with a few different pieces tacked on to the original recipe to make them a different platform?
-Weather effects in different biomes. Ex: Freezing in snow.
-Suvivor NPC's, and possibly a rough story, maybe with missions.
Keep up the good work, I think the most recent update was a great addition to the game.