(Submitted by Andrew Peters…Thanks, my fellow survival ho-rror loving ho-mie! 🙂 It’s interesting to see the end results of this particular game. I fo sho would’ve backed the shit out of it when it was on Kickstarter, and I’m still going to check it out. I’m just maybe not in a super rush, especially after getting your take on it… 😉 xoxo)
Let me start off by saying that I truly love video games. Not all video games, mind you, but a whole hell of a lot of them. I don’t have a specific genre that I love more than another, but gun to my head, I would have to go with survival horror. Like, actual survival horror or something more semi-recent like Alien: Isolation, where you have limited ammo and it relied on stealth, thinking a situation over and not being hasty and using your tools to survive. I’ve also like a lot of the older PS1 RPGs, because not only were there so many secrets, but you got to know the characters and involved in the story. Now, I know I have stated many times that I have mixed feelings on zombies. I love old zombie flicks, especially the Italian cinema zombies, but now I feel they are overused and they all look the same and plots are far too similar. Having said that, I’m also not into Minecraft. At all. In fact, in 2011 when I was at E3, I was playing a demo of it and people were watching. The booth babe was walking up to each player and asking what they were building and what they thought of the game. When she approached me, I honestly replied, “I don’t know. I have no idea what I’m doing or what’s going on. Am I supposed to know or did I miss something? This is kinda dumb.” I set down my controller and left.
So, why did I talk about those various things and my experiences with them? Well recently I played 7 Days to Die on PS4. I know it had been out on Steam for PC before that, but I played the console version. When I read that it was a mix of RPG, zombie survival horror and castle defense with some Minecraft thrown in for good measure, I thought that this sounded really interesting and to be honest, it is. A game where you literally have to craft everything and I do mean EVERYTHING. Clothes, weapons, armor, food, shelter… the list goes on. Not only that, it pits you against the undead, which will run at night or all the time if you choose for them to do so in the options. You also have to beware of your elements. You can freeze to death or die of heat stroke and I noticed something else about the rain, like how wet you are? Guess it can destroy certain armors? I dunno, I couldn’t figure it out. However, you can also build all kinds of shelters or fireplaces and make yourself food or drinks to keep you alive. As you do so, certain aspects of your character level up and holy shit, is there a lot of them.
Now while all that stuff I listed could be considered “awesome” to most gamers, I found it to be far too overly complicated and confusing. After you choose your stereotyped character, you are immediately thrown into the game with no idea what is happening or going on. Immediately, I began wandering around, but there is a small tutorial that gives you the basic functions for some of your actions… note that I said SOME and some basic missions to accomplish that will be the basic roots of everything you need to do, like make a shelter, make a fireplace, make armor, make a stone hammer. Okay, so I have to build all of this shit, because apparently it’s some sort of post apocalyptic world where none of that shit lasted? Ok, that’s the point of the game, so whatever. You’re either with it or you’re not. I unfortunately was not. I did not enjoy this. I did not have fun. Probably because I suck at this type of game.
Right away I felt lost. It took me some time to get my bearings on the game and when I thought I was, I calmed down a bit and was kind of enjoying it. But then, I began to suffer from heat stroke and this is where my biggest issue is with the game. This didn’t stop. It was constantly happening and as a first time player, there was nothing I could figure out to do. Getting water or finding shelter would be the best thing to do and I was even instructed to do so. But when I found shelter, I was given no indication on what to do. Ok, so get some water then, but from where? That wasn’t clear either. Soon, a couple of zombies were trying to break down the door and all I had was a goddamn rock hammer. Needless to say, I died. A lot. If it weren’t zombies killing me, it was the fucking heat stroke or in one case a bear. A fucking bear came out of nowhere and killed me. Oh and everytime you die, you have to backtrack to where you died to get all of your stuff back and then re-equip it. Hooray for tedious tasks!
I don’t consider myself a casual gamer, as I constantly play games, new or old. I can pick up any game, figure it out and be really good at it. I enjoy trophy hunting as well, which adds challenges to most games. But with 7 Days to Die, I have never felt more inept in my life and this includes my first time with a woman. (“Lol!!” -D.P.) I struggled so hard to figure out what I was doing, mostly because of the vague mission tasks you are given. They tell you what you need to do, but not much else besides that. While I am trying to figure this out, a random zombie (which, by the way, feel really scarce and I honestly didn’t see that many) would start attacking me, so I would have to back off and come back later, only I would start getting heat stroke and frantically and angrily try to figure out what to do in that situation. It’s a game that is constantly throwing obstacles, challenges, tasks with random difficulty spikes at you, with little to no instruction on what was going on or what to do. Unless you somehow know what to do, which I didn’t nor could I figure out. Just thinking about this game makes me feel frustrated, like it gave me PTSD.
Graphically speaking, it’s clearly wasn’t made for the PS4 as everything looks blocky and choppy and honestly, looks like shit. Maybe I’m just hating on the game now, but visually I would say it’s not impressive. I didn’t have problems with the sounds, but I didn’t get to hear that many as I never made it too far into the game. Speaking of another problem I had, what’s up with the hit detection? It seems like zombies or fire or whatever random bullshit the game threw at me could hit me when I was nowhere near it, yet I literally had to be within docking distance of a zombie to hit it. Don’t know what docking is? I’ll let Diana charmingly explain that to you… (“What I do is not up to you…” ;))
This is so disappointing. I really wanted to like this game and I really wanted to get into it, but unfortunately it’s a game made specifically for a specific type of gamer and that’s not me. You can check out my videos below and hear me go from frustration, to almost nearly enjoying myself and then to rage.