For the first time in gaming history, a survival game has surpassed early access and been officially released! Get this, not only one survival game but two at almost the same time. Unturned went live July 7, making it the first survival game ever to get its act together and move past early access.
My favorite part about Unturned is it’s free. Mmm, I love a free game. I can just click to download without a worry in the world. So, this game is indeed a zombie survival game. There are multiple ways to play. The first is survival mode where your character spawns on a map and needs to find supplies and survive the zombies. The second way to play is arena mode, and you’re doing the exact same thing as survival mode, but with a team online. The last person or team alive wins.
Be forewarned, this game has simple graphics. Despite that, it has a 9/10 user rated score on steam, and that is with nearly 300,000 ratings–so it’s no fluke.
The second survival game to have ever been finished is The Long Dark. It’s not about zombies. Shocking, I know. Instead, it’s about the frozen forests of Canada. There is nothing supernatural you have to face, just a long, hard, seemingly never ending winter. Yep, winter is here, and the most difficult part of this game is just living. It was released not even a month after Unturned, on August 1st.
In The Long Dark, you are a crashed pilot that fled global disaster (some type of magnetic issue that caused global power loss). What this game is all about is keeping yourself alive, and it gets peculiar about it. It takes into account all types of things including caloric needs, body temperature, wind chill, and much more. This is the real deal, and it’s hard. Here’s the trailer:
I love that theme song! I am really looking forward to this game. I haven’t got the chance to play it yet, but I’m really itching to start since its release. This has a 9/10 on Steam, a 4.5/5 on GOG, and 85% on PC Gamer. What’s cool about this game is there are going to be more episodes, and those are all included with your initial purchase. They’re yours as soon as they are released.
Now, what about the survival games that haven’t been officially released? First, I’ve been waiting for DayZ for years…since December 2013 to be exact. Yeah, these guys need to buckle up and get this game finished! This is an open world zombie survival game. It’s a big game with great graphics, and you can play it with friends instead of surviving alone. This game has been out for early access for four years now, and I’d be surprised to ever see it finished, unfortunately. But hey, you can’t still play it unfinished, and many people have had fun putting in hundreds of hours to this game.
Coming out of that disappointment, let’s talk about Ark: Survival Evolved. This survival game is set to officially release August 29th–so there isn’t much longer left! This is another open world and is very sweet because…dinosaurs! You can tame and ride flying dinosaurs even!! Check out the trailer:
I am very excited for this game, and I’m going to be all over it very soon. It’s coming out for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, OS X, and Linux.
Now, I know it looks like a bright future for survival games but there is this first. Survival games are known for always having early access, and never leaving them. Why? Well, they are a straightforward type of game. It’s an open ended game with no story line. There really is no better genre for early access. Some people think the bigger reason is that it’s a newer genre that people are trying to cash in on without having to actually finish. Get in quick with a partially finished game, make lots of money, and forget about it. I prefer being less cynical than that, but I’d hardly be surprised if that were the truth for some early access games. Another possible reason is just plain over reaching. A group envisions a massive, fantastic game with a hundred page list of features, and it ends up being an extensive project to take down. Maybe more than they can handle.
I’m not a hater on early access, though I am a little shocked by the prices of some of them. $35 for DayZ for instance. I want a complete game for that price, I don’t care if it’s going to be $60 when it’s done–I’m cheap. Overall though, I’m happy about early access. It lets us enjoy a game at a decreased price, and I think it actually improves the development of the game. However, I believe that it’s important to wait and hear what people have to say. There have been a few early access games that were horrible and a complete waste of money.
Some people think that survival games are a passing fad. I believe without a doubt that’s false. There are now two popular, highly rated survival games out and another just around the corner. These games are great, they are fun, they are what people want. No longer do we have to scrap by with early access titles with major game issues, and I’m really excited. I don’t know why I feel so connected with this genre, but there is just something about interesting post apocalyptic worlds that enthrall me.