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 (21 reviews) - 19% of the 21 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Mixed (496 reviews) - 44% of the 496 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
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Recent:
Very Negative (21 reviews)
Overall:
Mixed (496 reviews)
Recently Posted
Chinezninjablade
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Haven't played more than a hour. It's mechanics are weird, I some like that (or I just can't figure out how) I can't do first person. Very glad I got this on sale.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
[UnSv][N-G]neostanley
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
I think this game definitely has potential to be a really good survival game!
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liquidmind
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
The usual Survivor feeling with a lot of gathering. Survive against wild animals. The story line looks kinda promising.

Death means death, which is per se nice, but should not have been implemented before death-bugs were removed. UI feels clunky. Crafting is more annoying than it would need to be. There's hardly any context-information telling you what stuff is or what it does.

All in all, it has potential to be a fun game for a while, but at the current state, it is not worth the full retail price. Maybe at a later state, but not now. You can get better survival games for the same price.
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bobdolebot
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
The only way to describe this game is in a poem i wrote while losing twenty minutes of my life playing BLTD.

"Beating your head against a brick wall,
hoping that a brick will fall,
hitting you in the head,
you'll finaly be dead,
NEVER TO LOOK FOR A FREAKING A STICK AGAIN!!!"

I mean seriously how do you screw that up, its a staple in every crafting game, because you need it for tools.
I found a knife, went to the nearest bush, and swiped at it... Nothing, maybe it needs to be harvested... Nope... Really?!?
You mean to tell me that this a crafting game that makes finding sticks a endever that will end in death.
Congratulations developers you just screwed up one of the easiest gameplay mechanics EVER.
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Captain Monkey brains
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
This is one sad piece of garbage, how can any developer put out a very bad poorly optimized game even with updates. It has very good premise and intrigue, just can't get past that failed optimization which ruins gameplay. If you can make it snappy and put a real update in then i'd play it again, until then.......yikes.
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Waggers
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
Wost game ever !
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ki113r
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4
Nooo noo no!
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MrRifter
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Not so great...
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ComatoseBadger
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 29
Not worth the time or money.
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TheDabbeh
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Not worth the time or money.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
31 of 38 people (82%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
This is one sad piece of garbage, how can any developer put out a very bad poorly optimized game even with updates. It has very good premise and intrigue, just can't get past that failed optimization which ruins gameplay. If you can make it snappy and put a real update in then i'd play it again, until then.......yikes.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
The usual Survivor feeling with a lot of gathering. Survive against wild animals. The story line looks kinda promising.

Death means death, which is per se nice, but should not have been implemented before death-bugs were removed. UI feels clunky. Crafting is more annoying than it would need to be. There's hardly any context-information telling you what stuff is or what it does.

All in all, it has potential to be a fun game for a while, but at the current state, it is not worth the full retail price. Maybe at a later state, but not now. You can get better survival games for the same price.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
514 of 572 people (90%) 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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785 of 990 people (79%) found this review helpful
99 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 26, 2015
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115 of 122 people (94%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: April 9
An impressive example what can happen if you buy early access games. Changed rock skin, but not the important parts of the game. Game felt like brutal early alpha version and now they launched it, because "it is finished!" Cash grab. Nothing more. Avoid it.
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259 of 327 people (79%) found this review helpful
28 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 26, 2015
TL;DR
Better Late than Dead is too early access to recommend spending your hard-earned cash on, unless you're a die-hard fan of survival games (like there aren't enough to choose from).


Better Late than Dead is a game that is still marred hugely by it's early access state. For those familiar with survival games, BLTD is the quintessential example - but with too many flaws currently to rationalize the price.

BTLD is a game of too many button presses. In most games, you could press E or F to pick up a nearby item. In BTLD you must right-click to zoom in (on an already slightly off camera angle, another thing that bothered me), pan over to the item in question with a slightly unreasonable amount of exactness, and left click.
The inventory systems mirrors this as well. Clicking an item current brings up a context menu, but the only options currently are to drop or equip something. This means that all food, water, bandages, etc must be used from the quickbar, when in many cases it could be more easily used straight from the inventory. This issue is exaserbated by the fact that there are only 4(?!) quickbar slots. Eating a mango should be a quick trip to the inventory, but it is instead a matter of equipping it, activating it, and THEN eating it. Pressing the relevant quickbar key doesn't automatically activate, you must click another time before watching your character enter into an awkward eating animation.

Speaking of animations, that is another thing this game does poorly from what I saw. The character runs in a very goofy fashion, especially if he becomes injured. Injury seems to be incurred too easily - I walked for several in-game hours on a broken ankle or whatever caused by jumping off a rock that didn't come up to the character's knees.

Lastly, the character model is pretty ugly. His beard doesn't look even the least bit natural, and neither does his butt. It seriously looks like the left side is twice the side of his right, which is made worse by the aforementioned running animation. You're probably thinking, "I could seriously care less about this character's butt", but lemme tell you, you'll be looking at it for the majority of your time playing BLTD.
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157 of 188 people (84%) found this review helpful
101 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 22
Another Surival game where the screen shots look cool and make you think the games going to be good but it's actually just ♥♥♥♥. 0/10 rather be dead than late.
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78 of 84 people (93%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 14
[FEB 14, 2016]
As of now the game has not undergone any update since last year, now the game is looking more dead than ever. I suggest that you stay away until it more work has been done on it or it gets finished.

[OLD REVIEW (JULY 30, 2015)]

[Recommended = 32 of 50 people (64%) found this review helpful 1 person found this review funny]

[THIS IS AN EARLY ACCESS REVIEW, CHANGES ON THE REVIEW WILL CHANGE OVER TIME UNTIL IT IS FINISHED.]

This game shows promise, however it's in early alpha so there is not much to do yet.

mechanics that need improvement(in the short amount of time i played):

player movement,

combat system.

graphics.

key bindings.

camera.

though playable, it's still not recommendable to many.
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169 of 221 people (76%) found this review helpful
138 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 9
The first game I used for a refund, works great, got my money back in like 3 days.
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137 of 178 people (77%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 17, 2015
Bad player movement

Horrible combat system

Massive mouse acceleration

i got a refund as its so bad
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