Survival games on PC are all the rage at the moment. Mostly with Zombies, but there are a few non-zombie titles too.
Essentially, you are dumped into a world with little or nothing and sent on your way. Most of them will include crafting, base building, hunting (or indeed being hunted), differing weather conditions and, in a lot of cases, other players. Some games will have you figure out what you can craft from what, others will employ a kind of levelling up where you get some points and a finite amount of choices. All of them will involve some level of grind (you need materials to be able to craft things after all). However, in all of them, the focus is on crafting and gathering. Even in PVP you need to craft more weapons, better weapons, better armour, some bullets etc.
This is where I should switch off and, quite possibly, fall asleep. These kind of games are everything I have spent my gaming life trying to avoid. I have been an FPS player since original Doom, always multiplayer and always looking for a game that gives me the option of a 20 minute “quick fix”…even if I end up then playing for 10 hours. Occasionally, and MMO would hold my interest briefly, and then back to FPS.
And yet, I love Survival Games now. I have lots of them (although I confess that the more unforgiving ones are not being played a lot at the moment…yes, I am a scaredycat).
I blame FrankieOnPCin1080p and Sl1pg8r personally. They are both responsible for my love of Ark: Survival Evolved and Frankie is the reason I bought Arma 2 for the DayZ mod. They both seemed to be having a great laugh, so I thought “I’ll have me some of that”.
After getting Ark and DayZ Mod, I figured I would try H1Z1, which I also love..so then Miscreated happened, Rust and most recently 7 Days to Die. I can’t explain it. I know I should hate these games..but I don’t. They are fun, even the grindy bits.
The key, is to get some people together that enjoy gaming and that you can have a laugh with and, even the most boring sounding game in the world can be fun.
To that end, I will be posting shortly about the Discombobulatory Ramblings servers that are available.
In the meantime, take some time to head over to Frankie & Sl1pg8rs’ channels, look for their Ark playlists, make yourself comfortable and settle in for a bloody good laugh. Then, when you buy the game (on PC), let me know and we can join up :D
See you soon