Reviews by strykerryo

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Hardly a "Survival" at all..

strykerryo | Dec. 21, 2013 | Review of How to Survive

I picked this game up full price, from it's description it sounded like the type of zombie survival game I always wanted to play. Sadly, it is literally only such in name and description. All the elements are sort of there, the "open" map, ammo, limited inventory, food and water stats, but their implementation is all wrong.

Few of them really matter, you get tons of ammo as drops, and managing water and food is pretty irrelevant, you quickly stack some items for that so that it's more of a petty maintenance than an aspect of survival.

The so-called open map is really just swathes of map with small pathways cut into them, with just a few open spaces that are usually there just for the sake of variety it seams. The only "Open" element is that of course it isn't a linear game and you can run back and forth between areas and quick travel between maps, but it's far enough from just backtracking.

The combat isn't too bad, it works for this type of game, if it wasn't for the overabundance of ammo and the overpowered weapons from the very start. Combat soon feels more like something you just do on the way and not much more enjoyable than running from place to place.

The crafting is another annoyance if you need a particular item, you have a limited inventory, that's okay, you shouldn't be able to carry everything with you.. but then there is no storage area. It's already not fun to run around this island aimlessly, I don't want to have to run around looking for that one damn ingredient, usually for a quest (what else is there to do in this game?) Just a limited item storage for SOME things, I can decide what to get rid of later, but a few times I've already dropped something I needed to find again, much to my annoyance.

The overall feel of playing this game was BOREDOM. I was falling asleep at my comp, I soon couldn't take it. It's not too relevant but the final straw was all the damn "Krovac's Rules" cutscenes. Think he's a neat quirky charcater? Wait till you have to endure overwrought, way too long, unskippable video tutorials with the same crappy music, for something that should be explained in 2-3 lines of text.

All these other reviews make it clear to me that they haven't really played a survival game. Don't want to be mean, but it's kind of important to remember what a survival game is so we can actually get a good one. This just isn't it. I'm not even sure they played the game, like the regurgitated the game descriptions and other reviews. It's very deceptive, because it's far from the experience this game actually provides; a top down action game with bad map design and useless aspects that are little more than busy work, that drains the fun out of the concepts of crafting, exploring, or survival.