Project Zomboid is an open-ended zombie-infested sandbox. It asks one simple question – how will you die? Whether surviving in Knox County free-roam or controlling Indie Stone mascot Baldspot in his quest to save his injured wife Kate – death is always a certainty. Quite how long you manage to put it off is another matter…
I have a lot of hope for the future of this title, but in its current state there really isn't much to do after completing the tutorial, the game is a bit too easy and you can't yet interact with NPCs.
However for me to give this game a 7/10 at such an early stage really speaks a lot for the quality I see this game achieving in the future.
For a game so early in it's life it's still extremely enjoyable. The "story mode" while short, has so many intricate nuances, it has more replayability (that may not be a real word) than a lot of full priced, big budget titles. I realised this was something special when I discovered what my little bald mascot (the main character, filthy people!) could do with the pillow he found in the cupboard. The disaster that can strike if you're distracted by the news while making soup. The genuine panic I felt, not the character in the game, but MY panic when I opened a door to find a horde. This was a silly little demo story but I was sucked in.
I've since gone through a city population of sandbox characters. Some I took time over, balancing attributes, thinking about his job and getting a whole little back story in my head. Just to have the poor fella die from a scratch the first time he stepped out the door. I've gone on infection-fuelled killing sprees. I've hunted NPC's under the cover of darkness, I've scavenged the map dry and boarded myself indoors until the supplies run out. I've never played the same game twice and that would make this game worth a full price tag, and it's only just begun (as the saying goes)
It has it's issues. It can lag after a few in-game weeks. There are bugs and glitches and it's still "bare" by comparison of what the game can and should become. A dedicated development team combined with a passionate fanbase should lead to the ultimate zombie survival simulator. he main character doesn't make Rambo look like a kid camping in the back garden and he doesn't shrug off a run-in with a horde of zombies. There's no "karma" gimmick because this is a world without consequence. Be a tool, be a hero, hide in a cupboard and live off crisps. This game is beautiful but not everyone will see this, but then not everyone likes zombies? I tend to think these people are idiots.
You're not an idiot are you?
For years I have been looking for a TRUE zombie game. A zombie game where zombies don't run and a bite leads to infection. I was absolutely positive that I would never find a game like that, all the big zombie games contain the kind of zombies I don't like, running zombies or zombies that conveniently never bite you.
Then I found this game. I seriously froze up when I saw it. A real zombie survival game. I downloaded the demo. I couldn't believe it.
I found the game I was looking for.
This is by far one of the best (RPG) survival games of the zombie genre. With no silly 90’s action storyline or giant *** whoop'n boomsticks, you'll find yourself relying on nothing but the instinct to live. But being alive isn't all it's cracked up to be, considering this game revolves around the fact that 'This is how you die' is shown before your eyes as you start the game. You see, this is a serious survival horror RPG. With enough elements of some of the greatest games thrown in: Isometric view, lots of blood, amazing soundtrack, no save/load (Though I must admit, I do hope they implement a save & exit) You are here to live as long as possible, scavenging food, quietly avoiding hordes of zombies, taking down the competition before they get you first. (Yes, some NPCs want nothing more than the shirt of your back... COME TAKE IT!!!)
This game will get your heart pumping, your fingers twitching. You want to live as long as possible. Show your friends you can easily outwit them if a real 'apocalypse' arrives. If you want some seriously good practice, this is the game for you.
Oh and guess what? Alpha testing is the current version, meaning this is merely the foundation of a game that we all know is going to be of epic proportions once fully released. (Even though it's already breaking the amazing sound barrier)
So get your hands on it now while it's cheap, or never get the thrill of what a real zombie survival game should be.