Project Zomboid is an “Early Access Game.” It is a zombie sandbox survival game. You probably surmised this from both the title and the backpack wearing heartthrob in the title picture. I’ve played through my fair share of zombie survival games and watched hundreds of hours of zombie movies at this point. They’ve become pretty ubiquitous in our culture. This leads to everyone thinking they could survive for longer than everyone else. Luckily now we have the chance to prove it. Unfortunately not in the main Steam release though because multiplayer isn’t included yet. There’s apparently a separate, official multiplayer beta that works but I haven’t tried it.
Anyways let’s break this down by pros and cons based on whether it’s better than real life or not.
- Sandbox zombie survival game.
- Vast and growing map (loosely based on a real world location)
- Allegedly Muldraugh, Kentucky. I’ve never been to Kentucky but I can assume that where I live in California is better. Con.
- You can even build zombie proof forts by chopping trees, sawing wood and scavenging supplies.
- Pro. I like building.
- Deal with depression, boredom, hunger, thirst and illness while trying to survive.
- Con. This is my life. The thirst cannot be quenched.
- Hundreds of zombies with swarm mechanics and in-depth visual and hearing systems.
- Proper zombies that don’t run. (Unless you tell them to in the sandbox menu).
- Points off for being zombie pretentious
You can also reclaim the wilderness. Because that’s the first thing I’m gonna do in a zombie apocalypse. Save the trees! Screw that. I’m driving a stolen Ferrari down the highway throwing Molotov cocktails out the window. I’m not in the business of wilderness reclaiming.
Project Zomboid is currently 33% off and $10.04. This is a little steep for me for a game still in development. The crew seems to know what they are doing and it is definitely going to get better, but I’m going to wait for fully integrated multiplayer. The zombie apocalypse isn’t as fun alone. Verdict: Skip it.