7 Days to Die first appeared on Steam Greenlight on June 13th, 2013, developed by the Fun Pimps. After much praise on Steam, a console edition was Published by Telltale and Ironworks and released on July 1st, 2016.
7 Days to Die is a crafting, zombie survival, tower defence, sandbox and First Person Shooter (FPS) with Role Playing Game (RPG) elements.
7 Days to Die throws you into a post-apocalyptic world full of the undead and your only goal is to survive. You start off with the bare essentials for the first part of your journey, weapons and clothes are a must have. Weapons are needed to fight the undead hordes and clothes to regulate your character’s body temperature, for example: running in the desert with a jacket will cause death by heatstroke. It’s the realism in the game that adds to the experience, but can frustrate, especially when in front of a campfire your temperature will rise and make you overly hot. Other essential needs are hunger and thirst. You will have to search high and low for food, unfortunately, sometimes it can be a challenge to find but that adds to the tension as the undead are not the only danger, your health needs looking after which creates a survival game with a real feel for danger.
Building a base or fortifying an already existing house is one of the other things you must do to survive. Additionally, adding spikes also helped greatly in my experience, as long as you don’t keep falling into them. In the years of playing 7 Days to Die on Steam, and now PlayStation 4, I always found boarding up the houses and adding your own touch to them exciting. When Day 7 arrives these bases will be your lifeline. The blood moon will rise each 7th day, bringing hordes of feral undead in its wake. You must fight for your life, or hide, that works too.
Crafting is another absolute essential to your survival, and 7 Days to Die makes sure there is a lot of varied crafting options as you progress. The ability to craft guns from parts and a motorcycle is a must, as you don’t want to face the hordes without defence or a get-away. The crafting in 7 Days to Die is simple enough in its easy to access menus and assists you with each recipe by telling you what you need and how to build it.
The menus in 7 Days to Die have evolved greatly over the years becoming more simplified each time. The only gripe I had with the menus was the map section in which I could not figure out how to track my partner, so it made it difficult to find each other once one of us died and spawned quite far away. Luckily bed rolls can solve the problem of spawning too far away, though. In the main menu in 7 Days to Die it was really difficult to find out how to launch split screen, which may have lead people to believe it wasn’t included. Another downside to the menu was no character customisation like the PC version has. While there are a lot of pre-made characters and The Walking Dead 5 pre-order skins to choose from, it felt unnecessary to remove such a feature.
The controls on the PlayStation 4 at first were hard to get used to but as time went on and skills leveled up it became a lot easier to master. 7 Days to Die is a game that is difficult at first, you will have no idea what to do, but that is no reason to quit early. Small quests at the start will help you with basics and once you learn the game, and given time, it opens up a world full of possibilities.
7 days to die in the PlayStation 4 version has also incorporated trophies, which is something I feel was missing on the steam version, however, if you use cheat mode these are unattainable.
Graphics and Sound:
Better graphics does not always equate to a better game and 7 Days to Die is proof of this. It barely feels like a step down from the PC version at all. The trees swaying in the ominous wind, the owls and dogs calling in the night adds to the pure tension and fear 7 Days to Die creates. There’s nothing like being locked up in your base at night and fearing for your life with zombies moaning at your door. Some of the issues, though, impacted the overall feel. Split screen struggled with lag due to rendering 2 worlds at once. If both players open menus at the same time it can also create lag. On single-player, the issue didn’t pop up as much, but it was a pain when fighting hordes of zombies and also took away from the experience a little.
7 Days to Die on PlayStation 4 is a must-buy for people who have never played it before. If you have it on PC, stick to the PC version. The PlayStation 4 version does have a few bugs on release, but that does not affect the game as a whole. I have confidence that The Fun Pimps will fix all these issues in time. Their updates on the PC version were always swift and they were always on the spot with fixing issues people had. In its current state, it is great to sit in front of the TV and play with friends or on your own. It is a must-have for anyone who loves the survival genre and zombie games. My favourite moment in playing the console version is when Day 7 arrived and we were not prepared. Hordes of zombies destroying our home, death was welcomed at this point, until I spawned a machine gun and rocket launcher as we were not ready for the nightmare that arrived that night.
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This review is based on the PlayStation 4 version of the game. Gameplay may vary on other platforms.