The term 'Free-to-Play' is slapped onto the side of a lot of games nowadays and it rarely lives up to expectations, with many of them carrying the undertone of 'Pay-to-Win'. With Unturned this isn't the case.
The game is a completely free to play zombie survival game, there is an option to pay to upgrade this to a Gold membership however this is purely for aesthetic purposes - Newer/slick UI, extra character model customisations, Gold username displays on the in-game chat, you can also gain access to gold-member-only servers with a few % bonuses like exp and loot but this is a level playing field as you can only play with other Gold members with these bonuses.
I don't wish to give much away about the gameplay but the game is awesome to play with friends and you can set up your own private servers fairly easily.
There are a few bits and pieces that I feel could
and most-likely will
be improved in the near future:
(There is currently a huge overhaul in development to the game so these points may/may not be valid once the update is live)
The above notes are just from my own personal take and experience of the game so far.
- The crafting system has pretty much zero guidance, and the recipes aren't exactly obvious. I don't like being spoon-fed but Stick + Bolts = Torch didn't occur naturally to me. The wiki contains everything you need to know about crafting.
- (Only in Player vs Environment) Once you have fortified, armed/equipped yourself, and have a steady income of growing crops the game becomes a lot less challenging - although I still manage to die in the simplest of situations... I would love to see roaming hordes on this game.
- At present the game only has one map, although the developer (The one developer working on this title) is in the process of creating a new Canada map.
- Hackers are a bit of a nuisance in online PvP servers.
These aside, I love the simple, blocky graphics, the open world feel, the insatiable appetite of your character - same goes for the zombies, the weapons and attachments, the survival mechanics, the trust issues, the uneasy silences, the countless naked respawns etc etc.
I would really recommend this game to anyone who enjoys surviving with friends.