7 Days to Die is marred significantly by technical problems, poor porting to console and amateur presentation, which is a real shame, as the minute to minute struggle to survive is actually quite compelling, especially with other players. But unfortunately its potential isn’t enough to redeem this terrible title.
7 Days to Die follows the familiar formula of placing you in a harsh world where you need to gather resources to equip yourself, build shelter and survive against nature and the zombie horde terrorising the area. It’s a clichéd setup, but one that can be exciting and entertaining in the right circumstances.
In this case, the right circumstances are during either local split-screen or online multiplayer. With other players involved, their intractable nature opens up wonderful opportunities for emergent storytelling. Working together to build an impregnable fort is rewarding come night when the zombie horde is most vicious and laps up against your walls and traps in their frenzy. Meanwhile, skirmishes with other players over resources are equally enjoyable. However, the fun is all too fleeting; 7 Days to Die’s many faults easily overshadow the fun.
The poor visuals are immediately obvious. Muddy, low detailed textures are draped over everything, including characters and zombies. Meanwhile, the presentation disappoints even further due to poor, repetitive animations. This becomes even less forgivable when the draw distance is revealed to be extremely limited, with the world shrouded in fog a mere handful of steps in front of you.
When you start moving around you’ll notice terrible dips in frame rate randomly occurring, and the game even freezes for a second or two every time it quick saves, which is often. A cluttered, unintuitive menu system for crafting and inventory management makes the core gameplay suffer, along with a feeling of little to no impact when you swing weapons, and no difference between them; whether you’re swinging a stick or a sledgehammer. But of course you may not experience these issues at all as 7 Days to Die frequently crashes whilst loading a save. Indeed it’s a poor offering both technically and mechanically.
However, what’s worse is the fact that this title has seen a full release on console whilst its PC counterpart is still in Steam Early Access. It’s baffling why they’d port the game in its current PC state over to the Xbox One, especially with the Xbox Preview Program as an option. It screams a lack of investment in the game’s future and comes across as feckless from developers The Fun Pimps and Iron Galaxy.
And there’s just so much potential clearly bubbling below the surface. A vast crafting system allows for some impressive structures to be built. Furthermore, the scrounging for resources, weapons, food and water is rewarding and simple. You need to eat and drink to survive as well as manage your comfort by wearing clothes to stay warm or staying in shade to stay cool. Animals roam the countryside and can be killed for their pelts and meat, that’s if they don’t eat you instead. During the day the zombies are shambling threats to be avoided but at night they are fast and ferocious foes to flee from. Meanwhile, the aforementioned human interactions through multiplayer open up even more threats and opportunities for adventure.
Indeed, 7 Days to Die has so much potential, but for every neat idea there’s a game-breaking flaw that completely overshadows it. On PC it still has a chance to blossom into a great survival game, on console we’re stuck with an embarrassing, awful port.
Thanks to Xbox and The Fun Pimps and Iron Galaxy for supporting TiX
TellTale’s fantastic Game of Thrones episodic series recently launched its second episode on our beloved Xbox One but unfortunately, it hasn’t quite gone according to plan.
The second episode of the story driven title contains a frustrating bug which makes player choices from the previous episode fail to import – a fairly important feature for this series.
Thankfully, TellTale has acknowledged the problem over on the games support site and has revealed that a fix is currently in the works and has been sent over to Microsoft for verification, it’ll hopefully be available to download within the next 7-10 days, fingers crossed!
Just hang on a little longer fellow gamers, the patch will be here soon.
With Season 4 of the TV show now officially under way on FOX it was only a matter of days before we heard an announcement around Season 2 of Telltale’s BAFTA Award winning series based on the same comics from Robert Kirkman, the Eisner Award-winning creator and writer of The Walking Dead.
The Walking Dead: Season Two – A Telltale Games Series will continue the story of Clementine, a young girl orphaned at the outset of the undead apocalypse, now left to her own devices to seek safety and survive in a world gone mad. Now assuming the role of an ordinary child, players will struggle to outwit both the dead and the living in situations that will test their morals and control the flow of the story through their decisions and actions.
The terrifying nature of Robert Kirkman’s world has allowed Telltale to push the boundaries of interactive drama in video games to a place that has had fans anxious to know what will happen next in this series. Today we can finally lift the veil, albeit only a little, on how this story will continue, and we’ll soon be putting players in the shoes of a lead role that will challenge their expectations of how to survive in a world where no one can be trusted.
said Dan Connors, Co-Founder and CEO of Telltale Games.
Expected to premier later this year, The Walking Dead: Season Two – A Telltale Games Series will consist of five episodes that will be released over the course of the season and will conclude in 2014.
An official announcement trailer and additional screenshot are included below for you enjoyment.
Telltale Games has today shared the news that their award-winning game series ‘The Walking Dead’ is now available for purchase from UK retailers. Published by Telltale Games and distributed in the UK exclusively by Avanquest Software, The Walking Dead game was originally an English-only digital download when the series debuted in April 2012. This new retail release includes subtitled versions in French, Italian, German and Spanish for the first time. It compiles all 5 episodes in the critically-acclaimed first season of the game on one disc.
The Walking Dead has earned Game of the Year honors from over 80 media outlets worldwide including Metacritic , USA Today, Wired, E! Online, Yahoo!, The Telegraph, Mashable, Polygon, and GamesRadar, and recently won the BAFTA Video Games Awards for Best Story and Best Mobile Game.
The Walking Dead is set in the world of Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book series. Players experience life-changing events, meeting new characters and some familiar to fans of the comic book series, in events that foreshadow the story of Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes. The Walking Dead offers an emotionally-charged, tailored game experience – a player’s actions and choices affect how their story plays out across the entire series.
Do NOT get this confused with the other The Walking Dead from Activision!
Telltale Games are very well known for making amazing point and click adventures such as The Walking Dead, Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, and the Sam & Max series. But if you’re not a PC gamer, you might not be aware that they have made a very popular poker game known as Telltale Games’ Poker Night.