How to Survive
Publisher: 505 Games
Developer: EKO Software
I know what most of you are thinking right away, another zombie game come on! Yeah but I figured I would give this a shot since it is close to Halloween and I know that a lot zombies will be out then.
Unlike most zombie games one of the games main features is survival and this is I thought I would be interested in more than the main story.
So hopefully this game will answer all your questions on how to survive, and how to survive the recent rising of the undead. So grab a soda, a bag of chips, and your favorite baseball bat and let’s go kick some ass!
Once How to Survive has started you have a few choices to make. I decide to play offline by myself to get my bearing in-game before playing a co-op game with friends.
You can play How to Survive offline with 2 different story modes being story mode or challenge mode. From the looks of it challenge can be very hard, so I’ll keep it to story mode for now.
Next you have to select from 3 base character to play, each have some minor abilities and stats with a little difference. They look good for starting this game. I decide to go with the female character because she has the highest stamina, which help for getting in and out of situations fast.
Now that you have a character the next thing is to do is to pick the overall game difficulty you have two choices normal or hard. I’m going with normal since I have just started.
Finally we get to start the game, there is a short movie that explains how you got on the island after a plane crash. The next thing you find yourself washed up on a beach surrounded by dead bodies.
The game plays like most RPG game with WASD movement and you use mouse click to attack, pretty standard stuff here.
On the beach is another survivor, who seems to have been bitten. This can’t be good. He asks you to help by find a native plant that helps with pain. You agree and venture off to find the plant.
After finding the plant and returning to him, he tells you of a friend of his that has a plan to get off the island and you should go seek him out. Now you fun really starts from this point on and this is where I’ll stop the storyline before I give too much away.
How to Survive basically plays like a hack and slash game with an on the fly crafting system, by combining items to make better items. The whole concept is a really good idea, which lacks the execution in the end. Controls are very sloppy on the PC and at times you feel overwhelmed as you are attacked from all directions with any solid control of your character.
How to Survive will not win any awards for outstanding graphics, as is the case with most top down style games. The graphics are smooth without any stuttering but there is a lack of detail which can be attributed to being zoomed out quite a bit.
How to Survive graphics are pretty good overall there is nothing earth shattering here but I can’t complain a whole lot.
How to Survive has really put a lot of thought into the sounds and effect they are the highlight of this game.
How to Survive has decent sounds and effects, but what really makes the game is the music which is general spooky as hell.
How to survive had all the potential in the world, but this is another bad port from console rushed out to PC to make a quick buck! Controls at times are sloppy which can make for some frustration as you get to higher levels of the game. The game maps are poorly designed. Most maps are nothing more than a maze made up of barrier being place so you can go certain ways and everything is squeezed to fit the islands map.
When i first started playing I thought since this game revolves around the crafting of items to make yourself stronger, but when you get right into it there are so many limitations in crafting that once you find a weapon you like there is little or no reason to craft anymore.
Can it be fixed? Yes, but the real question is will it be fixed? Not sure time will tell. Just like this was a zombie apocalypse the game has a rough edge like it was thrown together while fighting off the zombie hordes and held in place with a large amount of duct tape.
I love it when little studios put out games and I always will support the little studios, but this game is just not executed well at all. So at this time I cannot recommend this game to our readers, I say wait till it is patched.
Update : The legal actions have been suspended and apologies were issued by complainant.
Just to add a little icing to this cake, when I was about to publish this over the weekend there were a lot of allegations brewing about the internet about How to Survive. Allegations of theft of models and other intellectual property, which just so happened to have Steam pull down this game. So I’m not sure what will happen to this game in the future, but I’m sure it will not be pretty.
Verdict is 3 of 6
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