Unturned Review (PlayStation 4)

Unturned Review (PlayStation 4)

UNTURNED is an open-world survival sandbox where you assume the role of a survivor in the zombie-infested ruins of modern-day society and must work with your friends and forge alliances to remain among the living. Find weapons and supplies to survive against the zombies and gain experience points which can be used for upgrades while you progress through the game.

Pros:

  • Chunky voxel like graphics.
  • 1.50GB download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Controller settings-Invert axis, sensitivity sliders, and acceleration slider. These settings are separate for player 1 and player 2.
  • Two-player local split-screen support.
  • Character creator-11 classes each with a unique buff like costs less to upgrade, unlock new skins, face, hair, beard, skin color, and hair color.
  • Two modes of play-online and offline.
  • Eight maps-each varying in size and biomes like snow, desert, city, or farms.
  • Four difficulties-easy, normal, hard, and custom.
  • Cheats can be turned on or off.
  • Survival gameplay.
  • Random respawn points.
  • Third and first-person views.
  • Can ride vehicles.
  • Tutorial pop-ups.
  • Stamina bar used for jumping and running.
  • Hunger and thirst bars.
  • EXP pops up as you kill zombies.
  • Zombies act on noise and sight. You can crouch and Crawl past them.
  • Salvage items for materials.
  • Melee and ranged weapons.
  • Play how you want.
  • Puzzle elements.
  • Custom world settings- many options including loot spawn chance, zombie spawns, durability, boss chances, vehicles, and many more.
  • Big boss fights can be had.
  • Different zombie types.
  • Online-create/browse servers.
  • Earn EXP and level up by selecting skill tree points.
  • Can lean to the left or the right.
  • Find and do quests.
  • A lot of fun with friends.
  • A rarity on weapons.

Unturned Review (PlayStation 4)

Cons:

  • No tutorials.
  • Constant screen tearing and slowdown.
  • Wide-open spaces with nothing in them of note.
  • Combat is messy with any more than one zombie at a time, is instant death. A
  • Delay on button presses which is more apparent when swapping weapons quickly.
  • Small storage space.
  • Slow-paced.
  • No end game or direction.
  • Sound effects don’t fit for some reason.
  • Random respawn are a bitch.
  • Doesn’t explain anything.
  • Feels more random and luck-based.
  • Tanky feeling vehicle controls.
  • A lot of clothing to pick up.
  • When running the view goes like a fishbowl look.
  • Pop in happens a lot.
  • All the menus need extra steps and presses, even bringing up the map is a pain.
  • You can lean to the left or the right for some reason.

Unturned Review (PlayStation 4)

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Sound - 6/10
  • 6/10
    Accessibility - 6/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Fun Factor - 6/10
6.4/10

Summary

Unturned didn’t really click for me, I get what it’s going for, it’s an open-world survival game where you need to craft and shoot zombies to survive. My issues are the lack of any help with telling me this along with all the obtuse menus and options that confuse me more than they inform. It’s the kind of game you can jump straight into but spend ages just walking around a massive open space with not much going on. Hitting zombies is not particularly satisfying. I can see glimpses of what it wants to be and that can be achieved but only with friends, cheats, world manipulation, and time. The running around scared is fine when it happens and the gunplay is OK when it happens but it’s a game that wants you to stealth around until you get lucky with the weapons and then goes all out but it just doesn’t have the payoff or hook to keep me there playing.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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