Friday, July 25, 2014

7 Days to Die - A Zombie Survival Crafting RPG FPS Open World game

My buddy and I got ourselves each a copy of 7 Days to Die in the previous Steam Sale. And we are not sorry that we did! We took a bit of a chance on it, seeing it's still in Alpha and was released on Early Access, but damn, it's very good so far!

The game was Kickstarted last year (click here for the Kickstarted page), and they managed to get backers to pledge a cool half a million Dollars, and they only wanted $200k to make the game.

The game is currently version 8.8 Alpha (we started playing when it was 8.7), and it's already such a fun game! It does have a few bugs, but that is definitely to be expected from an Alpha build on Early Access.

Although you can play the game solo, I highly recommend to rather play with a friend coop. I've never been a fan of Zombie Survival games where other players are a bigger threat than the actual zombies. There are tons of servers online to join, but you can also host a game yourself, which is how my friend and I are playing at the moment. It did take some tinkering to get it to work properly, but once you have your settings and port forwarding stuff sorted, it's relatively smooth sailing after that.

You start the game in a random spot on the map, which looks like this:

On you, you only have a very limited number of items, like a bottle of water, a bandage, some food and so on. The first order or business would be to get something to defend yourself with - you can punch things, but using a weapon is of course better. The first thing I always make is a crossbow (Daryl style!) - the materials you need is quite straightforward for that (some grass, which you turn into plant fibers, some sticks, and then for the bolts some more sticks, feathers and sharpened stones).

You will also get hungry and thirsty soon, so your second order of business will be to scavenge for some food and water. This comes in various forms, and you can even hunt some of the wildlife and cook their meat (you can even make bacon and eggs!)! Just be careful though, carrying the raw meat in your backpack smells, and that can attract zombies real quick...

After you got some food and water to help you survive your first night, it'll be a good idea to find somewhere to actually stay safely for the night - best bet here will be to find a house with either a basement or an attic (you'll have to clear the house of zombies first...), or even a place with a ladder so that you can get on the roof.

The thing is, when night comes, the zombies start running and they become a lot stronger. Not fun when a bunch of them are chasing you believe me! (don't worry, if this puts you off the game, you can always set your own game to have it so that zombies never run).

The zombies pretty much do what they're supposed to - stand around, chase deer, or if they hear or smell you they'll start going after you. If you outrun them, they'll eventually forget about you. You can distract them with sounds as well.

You can craft all kinds of things. You can literally build a house from scratch. Their is a detailed physics system, so you won't see blocks hanging in the air in this game like Minecraft. Zombies will also damage whatever is between you and them, and if they break part of your building's foundation, the whole thing might just come tumbling down.

Once a day (by default) a plane drops some supplies. This can be antibiotics or other medicine, crafting recipes, ammo, guns, building materials, etc. One thing I really hope for is that the devs get a better sound effect for when the plane fly over, it doesn't sound too good at the moment hehe. But that is a tiny thing that bothers me.

You can dig into the ground (use a shovel when it's dirt, and a pickax when you hit stone!). Your tools have durability, but you can make new ones or repair existing ones. You can even, once you've learned the right recipe, reload your own ammo. Firstly, you'll need a forge (stones and a pipe). You will also need bullet tips - for that you need a mold. To make the mold you need an existing bullet tip (get that from a regular bullet, simply take it apart) and some clay. Clay you get by digging in the ground. The mold you use at the forge with lead to make more bullet tips. Lead you get from scavenging the world for stuff like fishing sinkers, or car batteries. Next, bullet casings - this you can loot from objects in the world, usually trash, or you can make your own. Once again you need a mold, and your material here is brass (brass you get from breaking down things like trophies or door knobs). Lastly, gun powder - you can also get some in the world, or you can make your own. That's luckily easy - simply take a pickax and break down boulders you see. Sometimes they'll give you coal and potassium nitrate powder, which you combine to make the powder. Finally, at a blistering speed, you can combine your bullet tips, bullet casings and gun powder to make ammo.

You get all kinds of zombies/enemies. Fat ones (which soak a lot more damage, and usually drops spam for some reason), cheerleaders, naked zombies, nurse zombies (sometimes carrying medical stuff), zombie dogs, and even giant wasps (they drop honey, good for hydration and hunger!). Depending on where you are, like the snow biome for example, you get lumber jack zombies, and they're also tough as nails.

Another way to get a steady supply of food is to start a farm. You need a gardening hoe of course, and water (which you can bring with a bucket if you're not close). Then you need seeds (funny how you get potato seeds in the game hehe), which you can now plant. But be careful, the stupid zombies can trample your crops! Harvest regularly, and make some blueberry pie - good stuff!

I can carry forever about this cool game. My suggestion would be just get it and see for yourself. Just keep in mind it's still in alpha, and with that comes bugs (we've experienced a few believe me - nothing game breaking though...), and regular updates which will probably mean you'll lose your save game. Still, it's a great game, and the potential for a phenomenal game is definitely there. The next update for it, version 9, is due for 8 August according to the devs, and it's gonna be a big one! (check out their website)

Get it on Steam here


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My ever growing list of Steam games

I've been on Steam since I got Half-Life 2 back in December 2004. At first, I hated Steam, like I'm sure many other people also did back then. But now, I get sad when a game I want isn't on Steam. As such, I have, over the last few years, purchased many a game on Steam, and here's my list as of 15 July 2014:

  1. 10,000,000
  2. 7 Days to Die
  3. AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome
  4. Adventures of Shuggy
  5. Age of Wonders III
  6. Alan Wake
  7. Alan Wake's American Nightmare
  8. And Yet It Moves
  9. Anomaly 2
  10. Anomaly Warzone Earth
  11. Aquaria
  12. Atom Zombie Smasher
  13. Avadon: The Black Fortress
  14. Awesomenauts
  15. Back to the Future: Ep1 - It's About Time
  16. Back to the Future: Ep2 - Get Tannen!
  17. Back to the Future: Ep3 - Citizen Brown
  18. Back to the Future: Ep4 - Double Visions
  19. Back to the Future: Ep5 - OUTATIME
  20. Bang Bang Racing
  21. Banished
  22. Bastion
  23. Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY Edition
  24. BioShock
  25. BioShock 2 
  26. BioShock Infinite
  29. Borderlands
  30. Borderlands 2
  31. Braid
  32. Broken Age
  33. Brutal Legend
  34. The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
  35. Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box
  36. Cave Story+
  37. Cities in Motion 2
  38. Cogs
  39. Company of Heroes
  40. Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
  41. Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor
  42. Counter-Strike: Source
  43. Crayon Physics Deluxe
  44. Crusader Kings II
  45. Crysis 2 Maximum Edition
  46. Cubemen
  47. The Darkness II
  48. Darksiders
  49. Darwinia
  50. Dead Space
  51. Dear Esther
  52. DEFCON
  53. Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten
  54. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  55. Dishonored
  56. DLC Quest
  57. Dota 2
  58. Dungeon Defenders
  59. Dungeon Siege 2
  60. Dungeonland
  61. Dustforce
  62. EDGE
  63. Eets Munchies
  64. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  65. Eufloria
  66. Europa Universalis III
  67. Faerie Solitaire
  68. Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes
  69. Fallout: New Vegas
  70. Far Cry 3
  71. Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon
  72. FEZ
  73. Fieldrunners
  74. From Dust
  75. Frozen Synapse
  76. FTL: Faster Than Light
  77. Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition
  78. Garry's Mod
  79. Gemini Rue
  80. Ghost Master
  81. Gish
  82. Gnomoria
  83. Grand Theft Auto
  84. Grand Theft Auto 2
  85. Grand Theft Auto III
  86. Grand Theft Auto IV
  87. Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City
  88. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  89. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
  90. Gratuitous Space Battles
  91. Gun Monkeys
  92. Half-Life 2
  93. Hammerflight
  94. Hector: Ep 1
  95. Hector: Ep 2
  96. Hector: Ep 3
  97. Hero Academy
  98. The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
  99. Infinity Wars
  100. Jack Lumber
  101. Jamestown
  102. Just Cause 2
  103. Kinetic Void
  104. King Arthur - The Role-playing Wargame
  105. King's Bounty: Armored Princess
  106. King's Bounty: Crossworlds
  107. King's Bounty: The Legend
  108. Left 4 Dead
  109. Left 4 Dead 2
  110. Legend of Grimrock
  111. LEGO MARVEL Super Heroes
  112. LIMBO
  113. Little Inferno
  114. Loadout
  115. Lugaru HD
  116. Machinarium
  117. Mafia II
  118. Magicka
  119. Mark of the Ninja
  120. McPixel
  121. Medal of Honor
  122. Men of War
  123. Men of War: Assault Squad
  124. Men of War: Red Tide
  125. Metro 2033
  126. Midnight Club II
  127. Mirror's Edge
  128. Monaco
  129. Mount & Blade
  130. Mount & Blade: Warband
  131. Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword
  132. Multiwinia
  133. Natural Selection
  134. Neverwinter
  135. NightSky
  136. Orcs Must Die
  137. Orcs Must Die 2
  138. Osmos
  139. Overlord
  140. Overlord: Raising Hell
  141. Overlord II
  142. Path of Exile
  143. PAYDAY: The Heist
  144. Penumbra: Overture
  145. Pid
  146. Pinball FX2
  147. Plants vs. Zombies: Game of the Year
  148. Poker Night at the Inventory
  149. Portal
  150. Puzzle Agent
  151. Puzzle Agent 2
  152. Really Big Sky
  153. Red Faction: Armageddon
  154. Revenge of the Titans
  155. Risen 2 - Dark Waters
  156. Rochard
  157. Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken
  158. Rogue Legacy
  159. Rome: Total War
  160. Sacred 2 Gold
  161. Sacrifice
  162. Saints Row 2
  163. Saints Row: The Third
  164. Sam & Max 301 - 305
  165. Samorost 2
  166. Sanctum
  167. Sanctum 2
  168. Serious Sam 3: BFE
  169. Serious Sam HD: First Encounter
  170. Serious Sam HD: Second Encounter
  171. Shadowgrounds
  172. Shadowgrounds: Survivor
  173. Shank
  174. Shatter
  175. Sid Meier's Civilization V
  176. SiN
  177. Sleeping Dogs
  178. Sniper Elite V2
  179. Snuggle Truck
  180. Solar 2
  181. Space Pirates and Zombies
  182. SpaceChem
  183. Space Run (added on 16 July 2014)
  184. Spiral Knights
  185. Spirits
  186. Splice
  187. Starbound
  188. Steal Bastard Deluxe
  189. Steel Storm: Burning Retribution
  190. Super Meat Boy
  191. Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
  192. Swords and Soldiers HD
  193. Terraria
  194. ThreadSpace: Hyperbol
  195. Time Gentlemen, Please!
  196. Toki Tori
  197. Torchlight
  198. Torchlight II
  199. Tower Wars
  200. Towns
  201. Trackmania Stadium
  202. TRAUMA
  203. Trine
  204. Trine 2
  205. Tropico 4
  206. Universe Sandbox
  207. Uplink
  208. Vessel
  209. A Virus Named TOM
  210. VVVVVV
  211. Waking Mars
  212. The Walking Dead
  213. Wallace & Gromit Ep 1 - 4
  214. War of the Roses
  215. Warhammer 40,000 - Dawn of War - GOTY Edition
  216. Warlock - Master of the Arcane
  217. Wizorb
  218. World of Goo
  219. X3: Terran Conflict
  220. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  221. Zen Bound 2
There you have it. I will play all of those games. No, that's probably a lie. I really want to, but I just know that time and the willpower will never allow it. A lot of the games I have tried so far, but most I haven't even installed yet.

Here is what I'm currently playing though:
  • Infitiy Wars
  • Banished
  • 7 Days to Die
  • Batman
  • Age of Wonders III
I would like to do mini reviews of the games I like, so I'll link to those from this page as I do them :) Anyway, feel free to let me know in the comments what games you reckon I absolutely MUST add to my collection, and why (the games I really like playing are bold, that will give you an idea of what I like...)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Another Logitech product just failed

In a previous post I bitched quite a bit about how Logitech products are failing me. And now, yet again another Logitech product I own has failed me. Shame on you Logitech!

This time around it's my Z506 5.1 Speakers. They just died without provocation. I read up and it seems this too is quite a common thing, it seems something vibrated loose inside. My father-in-law is good with such things, so he is checking to see if he can figure out what's wrong with them.

Come on Logitech, stop making stuff that breaks! Or is this normal for stuff that is out of warranty with you?