The Fifth Day is a post-apocalyptic survival game set in the time after mankind's extinction to the machines that it created. Your role, as one of these machines, is to survive in the hostile world left behind by man.
User reviews: Mixed (623 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 25, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Early access allows for a unique opportunity to incorporate community feedback into the development process in order to produce the best product possible. Using this feedback the game can be tailored to fit the community expectations and provide a better gaming experience for everyone.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“With many new additions and improvements planned for the game based on community involvement, it is difficult to give an exact date at this point. Over the next few months, the game will continue to evolve as new content is added and bug fixes are implemented in accordance to community feedback.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Many exciting new features and changes are planned to be implemented as the game progresses through its alpha and beta stages. A few of which can be found below:

  • More NPC Characters - New machine AIs with varying and unique behaviors that will greatly enhance the level game flow.
  • Expanded Hacking - Many more options and commands for hacking and programming NPCs are planned for development.
  • Expanded NPC A.I. - Better A.I. will really provide an interesting challenge to both online and offline play.
  • New Construction Options - There are quite a few new features for construction that have been planned as well as suggested by the community that will be exciting to implement.
  • Weather Effects - Dynamic weather system that will bring new challenges as well as visual improvements by creating a more atmospheric world.
  • New Environments - New levels, environments, and biomes are planned for addition in later versions of the game.
  • UI Enhancements - Various improvements and polishing for the user interface will make for more immersive play.
  • New Online Game Modes - More online game modes, including possible team based survival play.
  • Additional Skills - New skills and abilities to provide more customization options to your character.
  • More Power Source Types - Additional options such as thermal and hydrogen based power supplies will create more diverse play as each will introduce unique costs and benefits to using.
  • Expanded Sound Design - More SFX and atmospheric sound development will greatly add more immersive qualities to the world.

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is currently in Early Access Alpha, therefore bugs and other interruptions in game play may be encountered. It is advised that you purchase the game at this stage only if you are willing to actively support the future development of the project.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price of the game will gradually increase over time as important checkpoints are reached in the development process. Based on the breadth of content added, the final version will most likely range from $20 - $25.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“It would be great to have deep involvement from the community in the future development of The Fifth Day. The community forums and early access reviews are good places where users can help by offering suggestions and ideas to further the development process.”
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July 24

Update V0.0.6.20

Hello Everyone!

Here is the latest patch for The Fifth Day. We have implemented a new time of day and weather system that should improve graphics quality and add some variation to the sky and fog coverage. The AI pathfinder is getting closer to completion as we have fixed several bugs that have been slowing the rate of development; hopefully once testing and ironing out the rest of the bugs in the new system is complete, we should have the updated pathfinder out soon.

See a full list of changes for this update below:

  • Added a new time of day and weather system with dynamic ambient lighting, fog, and cloud coverage.
  • Added 20 sky phases for day, night, foggy, partly cloudy, and clear weather periods.
  • Added custom shaders for horizon color blending, sky transitions and dynamic fog.
  • Added moon illumination and dynamic shadows during night time.
  • Added dynamic shadows to flash lights, hunter search lights, and charging stations.
  • Implemented deferred rendering for improved light performance with multiple light sources.
  • Fixed bug with time of day counting seconds incorrectly.
  • Fixed bug in multiplayer time of day syncing incorrectly.
Cheers,

-Touz

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July 11

Update V0.0.6.12

Hello everyone!

The latest patch for The Fifth Day is up. We are still primarily focused on developing the new AI pathfinder to address the current issues with the NPC navigation and will have it implemented as planned in version 0.0.7. Otherwise, the latest update introduces a brand new tutorial level and environment to help better explain some of the new game-play mechanics, such as the CNC machine, as well as further clarify some of the more important points glazed over in the previous tutorial.

Furthermore, for anyone interested about plans related to map design, we do intend to pursue building a more interesting and diverse environment once work on the AI Pathfinder and A-life system is complete :)

See the full change log for this patch below:

  • Redesigned tutorial level to better explain game-play concepts in a new environment.
  • Added CNC Blueprints 015 and 016.
  • Added Forester Sport S12P and TAC-12 blueprints to CNC Blueprints 004.
  • Added Forester Model 47P blueprints to CNC Blueprints 006.
  • Added Marekov (Shadow) D-3 blueprints to CNC Blueprints 008.
  • Added spray paint can as a new rustic grade barrel and CNC crafting resource.
  • Added camera fade in to player spawning.
  • Added camera fade out to tutorial conclusion and player death.
  • Updated tutorial message popups.
  • Fixed a bug in tutorial spawning offsetting players.
  • Fixed a minor bug in tutorial messages using extra white space in areas of key-press instructions.
  • Tweaked opacity and fade equation on item highlight shader.
As always, feel free to send me any questions, feedback or suggestions about the game directly to thefifthdaydev@gmail.com.

Cheers,

-Touz

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About This Game

The Fifth Day is a post-apocalyptic survival game set in the time after mankind's extinction to the machines that it created. Your role, as one of these machines, is to survive in the hostile world left behind by man. Explore, build, and hack your way to victory in competitive online survival, or face the wastes alone in offline freeplay mode.

Key Alpha Features

Explore a world left by man, where rogue AI roam the lands previously inhabited by their creators and masters.


  • Explore dense forests, radioactive wastes, and abandoned cities in hopes of finding resources and surviving to the next day in this desolate world.
  • Join competitive online play. Survive alone or with a partner through a series of five days to come out on top as the superior machines of the new world. Elimination by death brings the challenge to a whole new level as players are removed from the competition after being destroyed.
  • Win online matches to upgrade your character's skills and become the most feared and dangerous machine left behind in this new world.
  • Find resources and construct your own settlement. Build anything from small wooden encampments to get you through the night to reinforced bunkers with automated defenses to protect against intruding AI.
  • In order to power your mechanical being, you will need to find and manage power sources that each bring different advantages as well as costs to using them.
  • Hack enemy AI to follow your commands or support you in your ventures.
  • Face the wastes alone in single player freeplay where all you have is your own strength and willpower to survive in this post-apocalyptic world.

Development Roadmap

With early access development, community feedback is vital towards producing the best product possible. Since the start of pre-alpha development, feedback and suggestions from the community have greatly helped in shaping the game to the state it currently is. The game has come a long way since the initial Greenlight submission, but there are still lots of improvements and features that can be made.


As the game progresses through alpha, here are a few features planned for implementation:

  • More NPC Characters - New machine AIs with varying and unique behaviors that will greatly enhance the level game flow.
  • Expanded Hacking - Many more options and commands for hacking and programming NPCs are planned for development.
  • Expanded NPC A.I. - Better A.I. will really provide an interesting challenge to both online and offline play.
  • New Construction Options - There are quite a few new features for construction that have been planned as well as suggested by the community that will be exciting to implement.
  • Weather Effects - Dynamic weather system that will bring new challenges as well as visual improvements by creating a more atmospheric world.
  • New Environments - New levels, environments, and biomes are planned for addition in later versions of the game.
  • UI Enhancements - Various improvements and polishing for the user interface will make for more immersive play.
  • New Online Game Modes - More online game modes, including possible team based survival play.
  • Additional Skills - New skills and abilities to provide more customization options to your character.
  • More Power Source Types - Additional options such as thermal and hydrogen based power supplies will create more diverse play as each will introduce unique costs and benefits to using.
  • Expanded Sound Design - More SFX and atmospheric sound development will greatly add more immersive qualities to the world.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® XP or later
    • Processor: AMD 1.8 GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows® XP or later
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.4 GHz or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
    • Processor: AMD 1.8 GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT or better
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible
    • Additional Notes: Two-button mouse recommended
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.4 GHz or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 or better
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible
    • Additional Notes: Two-button mouse recommended
Helpful customer reviews
56 of 62 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
Early Access Review
I really tried to like this game, it felt like it could be something special even if it was really F-ing hard. But as the game is now, I can't play it without feeling increasingly frustrated at nearly every aspect of the game.
Yes, its a good game, it held on to me for almost a week, but my patience for it has ended, and I just can't play this anymore.

Pros:
- Crafting - Done in two ways, one by assembling tools & guns through your inventory screen (provided you have the parts), the other through some machine that cannot be moved or made (luckily there's more than one).

- Loot & Materials - All found in small flashing crates in almost areas. Most of the loot is pretty easy to find, but expect copies along the way. You can also, if you have the scematics, use the craft machine to recycle items in your inventory. And there's at least 3 Harvesters (that I'm aware of) that you can control & gather Wood, Ore, and Concrete for you.

- Jumping - Once you figure it out, you'll be able to jump at ridiculous heights, helps when you need to access an item & simply want a safe spot (I'll explain why in Cons).

- Building - As the trailer shows, you can build stuff. You can build pretty much anything in Wood, Concrete, or Brick. The Turrets however require a bit more to build & start up (but they are your base defenses with pretty epic range), and get their own drives.

Cons:
*Note - This is being developed by apparently one guy*

Bots (Enemies) - Every survival game wouldn't much of a challenge without enemies, but these enemies are relentless, annoying, and frustrating. Hunters (looks like Terminators with helmets) move a somewhat slow pace, but have ridiculous range, their mere presence WILL make you run for your life cause there won't be a viable way to fight them at start, and they can shoot you twice & you're dead. Suicide Bots will walk up to you and blow up (after having a seizure).

Bots Spawns - Random spawning is also understandable, but most times you'll as if the game intentionally TRYING to kill you as if you're the end of days or something. You can be walking along and then 1 foot away, an enemy spawns (sometimes you'll get a group).

Bugs - The bugs hurt the play experience a lot. Some enemies will clip on ladders then one second later they're back on the ground, then back at the top again. The menus during multiplayer will randomly stop working, making something simple become abyssmal level frustrating. Since the Hunters will war with the flying hive bots, you can expect some ridiculous lag. When building stuff, you can expect some decent lag, but the more you place & build, then more it goes from ok lag to WTF lag. And best of all, Bots can walk THROUGH WALLS that you built! Making your defensive walls pointless.

Building - Since the Dev tries pretty hard to add realism like gravity to the game, don't expect anything like Minecraft building in this game. If just one piece of your structure is even SLIGHTLY off, expect all your hard work to go to hell, and even better, you lose ALL of the used materials if the building falls. And it gets worse, sometimes you'll hit a point where the Auto-Placement will go where you don't want it, making custom projects almost impossible.

Multiplayer - Despite the game having 352 positive reviews, hardly ANYONE is online to play. Most people I've seen was 4 people in one room (including me). Most times though, the lag & menu bugs will increase rapidly while playing multiplayer (big bad for multiplayer only gamer types).

One Map - Thats right, just one map. The items' placement is random, but buildings, repair station, recycle machines, everythingelse in completely preset. And though there is a ridiculous huge tower out there, the point of it has not been discovered or explained - as that is, the huge tower is completely pointless & serves no other purpose than to take up space.

The Hunters always getting the drop on me, even while having a Radar was getting to me.
My health getting low forcing me to move slower than Yoda with a cane.
No real plot or story in the game.
But bots being able to walk through walls while being able to spawn in unfair spots, that pushed me over the edge.

Sorry to say, but you'll find less frustration in Dark Souls. I'm starting to regret even buying it...

Rating: 5/10.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Early Access Review
I bought it after seeing all the good reviews with 'It has potention 10/10' ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ in it and now Steam doesn't accept my refunds because it has been months since I bought it. It's another buggy unfinished survivor game with either broken or unused mechanics, I wouldn't recommend it. Wait until We Happy Few comes out, it's at least trying to be original.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Early Access Review
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246 of 273 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
Early Access Review
Stay away, simple as that.
The game itself after almost a year of development has gone basically nowhere. Same three bots since the begining, looting system is currently a chore to pick up anything that's inside a box/bag, game lags on lowest settings possible, in the dark sections of the game it's basically pitch black even on the highest brightness settings.

The Robots:

The Hunter is broken, always has been. In the begining it one shot you and could detect and walk through walls. One year later the only change is now it takes two shots to kill you. With how the damage system works the more damage you take the less mobility you have. One shot takes you from 100% down to 18% essentially crippling you. Leaving you to wait to die or take an hour to find a repair station to fix the damages. Personally I liked it better when they insta-killed me instead of me stuck there waiting to put the second bullet in me.

The Kamikaze bots are stupidly easy to deal with. They walk slowly, stand in place to explode, and take five seconds to explode. Making it insanely easy to just walk up to them to activate their self destruct and then casually walk away.

The Hives I don't know if they've been changed or not because I kept getting shot down by Hunters before I could get anywhere near one of their nests. They're insanely hard to shoot down and hack considering their high mobility.

Overall they can detect you before you even know they're there and you end up just getting gunned down.

Loot System/Items:

The loot system is rudimentary at best. picking up individual loose items is a breeze but picking up items in boxes or bags is time consuming and grating to grab items out of. Oh by the way the ammo comes in a box that you have to open first then take the ammo out of adding a needless step to looting. When grabbing items from a box/bag you have to click it then select the item then take an amount of said item. There is no double click to grab the whole stack or singular item. Items now no longer come in completed products. You now have to go out and find the seperate parts to craft said tools to do anything.

Weapons:

Melee weapons are a joke in single player. Good luck getting close enough to whack a Hunter to death, the Hive Drones are out of the question, and "Why would you even?" with the Kamikaze bots. Guns now need to be built which is the only way to effectivly defend yourself against the Hunters and Hive Drones. So have fun hunting down every single part. Also you can't break down items into their base components or continue to craft on an incomplete item. Making anything you've finished crafting with only the parts you had effectivly useless.

Hacking:

Hacking is overcomplicated, if you don't know coding before hand you're going to be referring to a guide before you memorize the basic commands (if you can even stomach playing that long).

Power/Mobility System:

I like the power system in this game, you need capacitors to store charged up power and you need reactors/solar panels to generate power. The more weight you carry the more energy you consume. If you run out of power you have to slowly waddle around or stand around a bit to generate some more power (unfortunatly you're not going to be able to stand around much). The jumping system sucks, let's just sit here for two minutes while I charge up my jump to get over a two foot high ledge. Basically making jumping a chore and something to not bother with considering most of the map is flat anyway.

Optimization:

This game is terribly optimized. It lags on the lowest settings possible. The brightness setting literally doesn't even matter for it does basically nothing for the pitch black sections of the game.

After all of this my only advice is never buy this game or wait for another year to see if something significant has been done. After a almost a year in development this game has basically gone no where and it won't get anywhere fast. Just avoid the game and find something else to buy/play.

(Edit) The reason I have 16 hours on this game is because when it first came out the game had a fun masochistic challenge to it, even though the AI had quite few advantages. In the beginning we had a little thing called the RFID Tracker. It allowed us to see enemies on the map due to their RFID chips installed. So you could effectivly avoid enemies before they could even auto lock onto you or run out of the range of their auto lock before it was too late (F.Y.I This item isn't in the game anymore.) . The PvP aspect had you set in teams of two to survive against three other teams. Unfortunatly when the PvP was first introduced you couldn't win with your partner being alive, it was coded to be last man standing. So you either ended up murdering your team mate in the beginning with the basic tools given to you or have a battle royale at the end. Game was fun at first but with nothing new to up the anty, fix issues, or add more interest to the game it gets dull and repetitive.
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147 of 223 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
Early Access Review
Screw what people say, with all those "Not Recommended" comments.

This is, to be honest, one of my first reviews... And, it actually kinda saddens me that this game is getting so much hate.

Yes, The Fifth Day is incomplete. It's obvious. But, it's not bad... Actually, I find myself loving it when I find another person to play it with, as Multiplayer makes the Death Game so much more fun.

Simple, you start out with nothing (Sadly), and work your way around the map, avoiding hunters and other dangers while keeping your power up, until you can find a Hacking Tool, a harvester, and a construction tool. Then, you multi-task exploring for ammo, weapons, weapon parts, etc. and managing your base, its power, its defenses, and the supplies your harvester(s) collect.

Yes, it's obscenely hard in single player, especially when you have nothing to work with... But that's the point.
It's not supposed to be a solo experience.
It's supposed to be either a team of people, working together to make a base, and survive who knows what, or a fight for your life as you hunt for supplies, watch out for hostile players, and hope that there are still harvesters around to claim so you can survive on your own.

Please, if you're thinking of getting the game... Get it. Support the game devs, expand the community, and wait who knows how long for an update. (Yes, it's updating... But think how hard it is to make this kind of massive game, with all those A.I. trying to hunt you down and destroy you. Along with managing the hacking gimmick... yes, you can hack everything except for other players. It takes a hellish amount of time to master, but if you can get hacking something to make it friendly before it kills you down, then you stand a chance for experimentation.)
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