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.
- 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.
*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...