What Survivalist did Right
Nice building system
a cool feature in Survivalist is the building. you can build fences and razor wire to protect your chosen home base, protecting you from zombie hordes and raiders. you build houses for your followers and fellow survivors. you can build bunkers to give you an edge when fighting gun wielding hostiles. by the late game you'll have a nice little town.
Large open world to explore
something that Survivalist did right is its large open world for you to explore. you can also set up your base anywhere you want
Hostile Factions Attack events
the cities are the best places to find loot and food but going into them often will cause your base to be attacked by looters or zombie hordes. this adds some nice challenge to the game, it makes it dangerous to visit the cities a lot.
What Survivalist did Wrong
No real choices in dialogue
several times during the game you will be able to make dialogue “choices”. the only problem is that they really aren't choices. you will get three ways to be a jerk without the choice to be nice or understanding. or you will get three ways to be nice and understanding without a choice to be a jerk.
Zombies are way too fast
Zombies in Survivalist run as fast, if not faster than a speeding car. im not joking. when you see a zombie it will be on top of you in 1 to 2 seconds.
Worst shooting system in a game ever
shooting in Survivalist is horrible. really horrible. if shooting worked this way in real life armies would be still be using swords. when you aim at a zombie or hostile NPC you have to wait about 5 to 10 seconds to even have a chance of hitting them. and if you or they move your “aiming” resets completely. and with the zombies being so fast it makes it impossible to wait to aim. also hostile NPCs seem to have pin-point accuracy hitting you virtually every shot.
Way too fast Day/Night system
Survivalist has a Day/Night system. during night your view is even more limited and more zombies are racing about. the problem is that the day is about six minutes.
you and all your friends are weaklings
this makes sense for you. i mean you’re a hedge fund manager. but why is every friendly person a weak shell of a human being? by that i mean that they will run out of stamina after just a few seconds of running. or they can only hold a few things of food before running out of storage space.
Annoyingly unhelpful Tutorial
In Survivalist they have kind of “learn as you go” tutorial. you play in the game world while they teach you want to do. the problem is it doesn't work. as i was leaving my bunker for the first mission i got hurt and needed to heal. but because they had to tell me how to open my inventory i couldn't. they didn't give me the pop-up message on how to open inventory until i got to a certain place. the problem with that is that there are two very strong zombies in the way between me and that place, and with my person slowed even more by the wound i already had i could barely get past them.
Bad inventory system
another annoying thing in Survivalist is the fact that you can’t not drop things. you can only destroy them. also you can not select how much you want to destroy, you can only destroy the whole stack. this was really annoying to me as during my play through i had too much stuff and had already gotten ridden of all the junk out of my pack. i had a 50X stack of gold and if i dropped 10 i would be good. but i couldn't so i had to lose my 50 pieces of gold.
I know I know, graphics aren't everything. but Survivalist looks worse than a PS2 game. everything is jagged and blurry.
Survivalist is by no means the best RPG zombie game out there, but it isn't the worst. if you really like RPGs and/or zombie games you should try Survivalist. and if you hate it you've only lost 5 bucks.