Awaking on an island with no memory, you have just one memento of the life you led before… A child's photograph. Who is this? You must search the island for useful tools that will aid in your escape. As time passes and hopes of survival hang by a thread, you realise that this island is not as it seems.
User reviews:
Recent:
Very Negative (40 reviews) - 17% of the 40 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Mixed (543 reviews) - 41% of the 543 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 3, 2016

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April 22

Changelog v1.0.3

Hey everyone,

A small patch has just gone live that has added French and Greek language options into the game.

An issue involving the intro cinematic on the Mac version has also been fixed.

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March 9

Better Late Than DEAD Launches - Full ChangeLog

Hi everyone,

Better Late Than DEAD launches with a few changes since the last update. We've made a few changes to some systems, fixed some issues and have added multiplayer saving . Full log is below:

NEW
Save in multiplayer

CHANGES
Stamina recovery when walking
Weight issue
Option to turn of shadows (option "Quality")
Struggling to find food
Animal spawns too quickly
Day/ Night Cycle rotation
Spawn Items
Spider gives instant blood loss
Sickness effect filter
Building a house
Texture clipping while building
Rock Model changing
Umbrella in the way in first person
Trees change shape in the distance
Lag movement
Change Final game
Change to FPS in the beginning

FIXES
Difficulty in picking up items
Animal sounds panning
Firelight passes through walls
Never get hungry still
Climbing palm trees bug
Can't craft an umbrella
Freeze at last screen on finishing the game
Still possible to never get hungry
Save FPS Mode
Constant wolf snarling in Lab
Sleeping wihle holding items
Raining inside
See through head
Infinite final keys
Ducks fly through rocks
Missing rock texture
Visible player problem
Shake tree warp
Tree texture opacity
Periodic lag
other player sounds
Hitting new trees in multiplayer causing crash
Wooden Tree Destroy problem

MULTIPLAYER FIXES
The client can get infinite items
No leaves in multiplayer
If host dies, server shuts down
When you enter too much text, the chat breaks
Second player unable to save items when leaving and coming back into the game - Final Key always exists in multiplayer
Daytime Desync

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About This Game

FORESEEABLE END?


Explore an open sandbox environment which, depending on your intention, could have or could not have a foreseeable end. But as you investigate further, you may notice some suspicious activity including animals that would not normally be found in an area like this and some inconsistencies that lead to more questions. It is up to you to discover the answers.

Craft items, quench your thirst, satisfy your hunger, fend off animals… What will you really need to escape the island? The answers are waiting.

FEATURES:


• Craft items using a combination of objects and methods like tying and cutting
• Build a shelter to protect you from rain and dangerous animals
• Online Multiplayer
• Lose blood, break bones, become poisoned and stave off hunger and thirst
• Varying weather conditions that affect gameplay
• Procedurally generated items that the player must find to leave the island
• Dangerous animals including wolves, spiders and bears
• Capture animals using traps
• Permadeath – Will you be able to escape the island or will you succumb to its menace?

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7/8 (All OS must be 64 bit)
    • Processor: Intel Dual Core 2.0Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated graphics with 1GB VRAM (DX9 compatible - Nvidia Geforce GTX 470/ATI Radeon 6900 series or greater)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7/8 (All OS must be 64 bit)
    • Processor: Intel Quad Core 2.4Ghz or above
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated graphics with 1GB VRAM (DX9 compatible - Nvidia Geforce GTX 470/ATI Radeon 6900 series or greater)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.9 and above (64 bits only)
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 2GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated graphics with 1 GB VRAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.9 and above (64 bits only)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 2GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated graphics with 2 GB VRAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
Customer reviews
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Recent:
Very Negative (40 reviews)
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Recently Posted
CipA
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 25
Better Save Your WALLET...
Helpful? Yes No Funny
1.1 hrs
Posted: August 25
fell through watch tower floor, became trapped inside of watch tower base. killed by alligator
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Xanfu
0.6 hrs
Posted: August 24
Not whole lot to say about this game that's positive. So, I won't say anything that's positive.

The bad: Horrible interface. You can't even just drink water or eat something from your inventory. Barf. Camera and targeting is loopy. Maybe if I drop some acid it will be more focused. Limited amount of content in general is sad. All in all, I would just bypass on this game, because I don't see the devs adding antything that would make me give this a thumbs up.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
tamilgaming
7.8 hrs
Posted: August 24
boring
Helpful? Yes No Funny
DragonStryder
28.3 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 22
Product received for free
Even Early Access Review
* take note that this review is made upon testing the game *


""I'm not part of the development team, nor am I getting paid, but I have offered to help the community report bugs to the developers, so the developers have offered to make me a moderator so I can be the bridge between community and developer... but everything below is my opinion""

The game is unique in many ways. it has a crafting system that i have never seen before, find materials, cut the materials, or even tie the materials.

the gameplay is okay. can still be better and i hoped that it would be better because of the suggestions we made for the gameplay. i hope things will sure improve along the way.
as the community finds ways to improve everything. but if the devs do something with it?

The AI is not the best yet. but also this was plannend to improve but never happend
Some tweaks here and there but nothing huge.

Overall everything looks good. of course its not finished but thats the reason this game is in Early Access.
The game is stable to play and you have everything you need to finish the game.
of course i hoped there will be many more things to improve the game and many features.

For an early access game i would say i cannot recommend to play it.
because the game is ''left for dead''

The multiplayer is up to 4 players but probably will be increased by time.
the multiplayer is basically the same as singleplayer only here you can work together to escape.

This was my review. hope you can enjoy the game if you buy it.

* take note that this review is made upon testing the game *
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Lord Dyran
1.3 hrs
Posted: August 21
The game runs poorly, and your character feels like a tank. It seems like there could be a good game here, but I just can't get past how sluggish everything is.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Shh'Eye '.'
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 21
Character controls like a pile of used bricks.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Weeaboo
1.6 hrs
Posted: August 21
Brought up pause menu to go eat, came back and had starved to death.

-12/12
Would not survive again.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Lostedge
0.6 hrs
Posted: August 21
It is poorly optimized and it tries to cash in on the survival crafting genre. It does a sloppy job.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
28dvadebila28
9.7 hrs
Posted: August 20
you total ♥♥♥♥♥s. :) just kiddin, ♥♥♥♥ game do
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
This is a pretty terrible survival game. First off, the game is super ugly, yet I only was getting 25-30 fps regularly on my high end computer, even with decreased graphics and turning advanced options off, showing terrible game optimization. Theres no map, and nothing of the game is explained. I died because I didnt know I had to go around shaking trees 7x in a row to get items, because why would I since that makes no sense. the crafting menu is terrible, showing pictures of what something takes, but no labeling items needed NOR what you're making (for some inexplicable reason) so its pretty pointless. I went the entire time unable to cook meat because I couldnt find sticks, and unable to find water, because even though I had a water bottle, I wasnt able to fill it with the water all around me. The interaction menu is terrible, as you have to hold right mouse to then click left mouse to interact. Half the time you need to be standing right next to something and looking at it in the perfect way, so you usually have no idea what you can interact with, and of course the game doesn't explain any of its mechanics. The tab buttons shows sometimes what you can pick up, but its hard to see and is inconsistent. The vitals UI is terrible. Running filled up my stamina bar, walking around outside on a tropical island when its not raining filled up my coldness bar, yet swimming in water made it go down (huh?). I had a sickness bar almost immediately going up, for no reason, then sleeping for 4 hours suddenly made it go away. The combat is terrible and you will suddenly be forced into it when you couldn't even see the enemy to begin with, and running away is impossible. Your thirst and hunger bars raise quickly and start killing you pretty soon into the game, in an unrealistic way and amount of time.

All in all, theres nothing positive about this game. Lack of direction, terrible UI and vitals system, bad crafting, lack of mechanics explained, terrible interaction system, ugly graphics, bad optimization, and everything else terrible. If you die you lose everything. I found dying liberating because it meant I could quit this game and never play it again. Sweet freedom!

2/10.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
Camera is awful, poorly optimized game, needs a lot of polish to be playable, definitely not worth $15 usd (got it in a bundle)
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
https://youtu.be/OLAWE5d8oGI

Whilst the graphics and sounds are decent enough the biggest challenge in this game is the cumbersome UI and sloppy camera. Everything just feels laboured and slow. The combat is pretty abysmal as is the scavanging mechanic which consists of shaking trees or opening boxes, and while there is at least crafting, there is a pretty limited amount of items to craft.

The only real highlight is the fact that this game actually has an ending, unlike most survival games, but its not really enough to salvage the overall experience. There is also dynamic weather, which is a nice touch but again not enough to raise the overall enjoyment.

Probably best to grab this on a sale unless you really love survival games and can live with the cumbersome UI and camera.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
This game is bad in almost every way, very "early access" and amateurish feel, nothing here is polished and developed enough to make it work as should. This game right now needs looots of work to be even mediocre.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
It is poorly optimized and it tries to cash in on the survival crafting genre. It does a sloppy job.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Brought up pause menu to go eat, came back and had starved to death.

-12/12
Would not survive again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Character controls like a pile of used bricks.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Not whole lot to say about this game that's positive. So, I won't say anything that's positive.

The bad: Horrible interface. You can't even just drink water or eat something from your inventory. Barf. Camera and targeting is loopy. Maybe if I drop some acid it will be more focused. Limited amount of content in general is sad. All in all, I would just bypass on this game, because I don't see the devs adding antything that would make me give this a thumbs up.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Started it up. Played a few minutes. Never again.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
579 of 647 people (89%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 11
This game was reviewed using a code sent by the developer/publisher.

Better Late Than DEAD is a survival adventure game developed by Odin Game Studios, being published on Steam in July of 2015 on Early Access.

As we have come all too familiar with the survival genre of games; you start off as a single character, dropped in the middle of nowhere and you are expected to survive. Games of this genre are often a hit from the start or just flop straight away. Unfortunately Better Late Than DEAD does not have a very bright future in my eyes.

Gameplay is…well, almost none existent. I started out in the ocean and had to swim at least five minutes before I got to any sort of land. I spent almost an hour exploring the island, finding a couple of houses, and that is it. Whilst exploring the houses I found that each of them had their own loot, strangely enough, the houses were all an exact copy of each other and the loot was spawned in exactly the same place. The loot that I found were again, everything you would expect to find in this type of game, cans of food, bandages, knives, etc. As far as game play goes, that is it. There is absolutely nothing else to do in this game; I didn’t find any animals, enemies, nothing.

The graphics are bad to say the least; the screenshots really shows the game in a different light to how it actually looks in real time. Awfully low quality textures on almost everything, the water certainly doesn’t look like how it does in the screenshots, and neither does the skybox. On top of the poor graphics, the animation side of the game is horrible; your character has just an awful run cycle that looks like some sort of jelly man was used to rig it – also this game features possibly one of the highest jumping ability I have ever seen in a game, I swear I was jumping up entire flights of stairs in one go… It should also be known, that from jumping, I managed to break my leg in the game twice and die from it once – lord knows how.

At the beginning of the game, I was presented with a cut scene that sets up for a quite interesting story; but that is it. After that intro, I found no other plot elements, or anything. I was particularly disappointed as I would have really liked to have seen more of it. Hopefully the developers will be adding something in via patches in the future on this aspect.

Better Late Than DEAD also has some audio problems. Whilst playing the game, you will have the same repetitive soundtrack playing in the background, and when it loops, boy do you notice it. There is an obvious cut in the track, and it just starts playing again; this for me seemed like a really basic issue which should not be seen in the game, it really ruined the game’s immersion (the little it actually had).

I really expected the world I was in to be full of interesting environments and buildings to explore, but sadly due to the copy/paste nature shown in the game, it all seemed to blur together and nothing really stood out as interesting. All of the buildings are exactly the same layout, tress look exactly the same, it just looks like someone has gone in and press CTRL A CTRL V over and over again to make it seem like the world is huge.

Sadly the game is very poorly optimized. Whilst the game has the options to run on all resolutions up to 4k, it certainly doesn’t run well. Playability is none existent at 4k, so I had to drop it to 1080p, and even then, I was not able to reach 60 fps and that is with my monster rig. This needs to be the top of their agenda at the very least.

At the time of writing this review, I have been playing for just over two hours; I honestly don’t see myself jumping into the game any time again soon, unless there are some major changes and improvements on what the game currently has. The last update to the game from what I can see is 18th November 2015, and even then, only two new additions to the game were added. If anyone is interested in the survival genre, there are definitely games out there that are still in early access, and are in a much much better state than this game at the moment. Even though the game is retailing for £6,99, I still cannot recommend this game. It may improve, but it is going to take a lot for it to be even worthy of that low price.

Tom's Score Card
1) Stay away
2) Not Recommended
3) Only recommended when on sale
4) Recommended
5) Highly recommended
6) This is a must play

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