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H1Z1 : Just Survive Review

Why would you choose H1Z1 over DayZ?

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Matt Purslow (after 1 hour play time)

1244 days ago

Theoretically because its feature set is broader; H1Z1 has vehicles, construction, a full crafting system, and a world that's easier to explore. Unfortunately it's all half-finished, and instead of being a game that feels solid in areas and weak in others, it's just a shambles across the board. Therefore there's no reason to pick H1Z1 up over DayZ. The fact the game as microtransactions is probably a reason for many to actively not choose it over DayZ.

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What can you craft in H1Z1 : Just Survive?

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Matt Purslow (after 1 hour play time)

1244 days ago

Tools, weapons, backpacks, sheds, buildings; H1Z1's crafting feels a combination of DayZ's realism with Rust's fort construction tools.

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How open is H1Z1 : Just Survive to explore?

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Matt Purslow (after 1 hour play time)

1244 days ago

Akin to every other survival game out there, H1Z1's world is an open sandbox, so you can explore without any limitations from the moment you spawn.

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How deep is the crafting in H1Z1 : Just Survive?

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Matt Purslow (after 1 hour play time)

1244 days ago

There's a lot to make in H1Z1, and it's one of those games that does nothing to tell you how to make things. This can be frustrating when the combinations needed don't appear logical. Also there are many items that require huge amounts of materials that won't fit in your backpack, which leads to frustration. So the crafting does have depth, but it's not well implemented.

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Should you buy H1Z1 : Just Survive now or wait for it to come out of Early Access?

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xNuke (after 1 hour play time)

910 days ago

If you want to play Battle Royale then by all means grab it now. AFAIK it will cost tickets (real money) to play BR when the game releases as f2p.
If you're into survival then I recommend waiting for release or at least a good sale

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Matt Purslow (after 1 hour play time)

1244 days ago

Yes, or at least until it's received a vast amount of updates. At the moment H1Z1 feels exceptionally underdeveloped.

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How good are Daybreak Game Company at releasing regular updates?

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Matt Purslow (after 1 hour play time)

1244 days ago

SOE have released a few updates since launch, but that has only been a matter of weeks at time of writing. It remains to be seen how dedicated the developer will be over the long-term, especially considering their separation from Sony and the departure of several key staff members.

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How active is the PvP community in H1Z1 : Just Survive?

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Matt Purslow (after 1 hour play time)

1244 days ago

Pretty active. Like DayZ, kill-on-sight is still a popular pursuit for many players, so playing on PvP servers is still a tense thrill/pain in the arse (delete as applicable).

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How grindy is PvE in H1Z1 : Just Survive?

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Matt Purslow (after 1 hour play time)

1244 days ago

H1Z1 has PvE servers, and whilst 'grindy' isn't the right word for it, it does have its frustrations. Because no one is worried about heading into town because they can't be killed by other players, severs feel constantly stripped of loot. If you're not the first person to the town, the likelihood is there will be nothing there for you.

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How scary are the zombies in H1Z1 : Just Survive?

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Matt Purslow (after 1 hour play time)

1244 days ago

Not all that scary. In their current form they're fairly thin on the ground, and are more of a nuisance than a frightening monster. They seem to be able to replicate DayZ's teleporting-through-walls trick, too.

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How good are the graphics in H1Z1 : Just Survive?

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Matt Purslow (after 1 hour play time)

1244 days ago

Built on the Planetside engine, H1Z1 is fine in the graphics department, but does lack a great art-direction. Almost all of H1Z1s world feels drab, flat, and lacking in character. It's quite a bland visual experience.

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How does H1Z1 : Just Survive run on your PC?

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Matt Purslow (after 1 hour play time)

1244 days ago

H1Z1 runs fine, with no massive performance hits locally. Server side things are a bit more iffy, with lag not an infrequent problem for many players.

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Why do gamers stop playing H1Z1 : Just Survive after a short period

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Matt Purslow (after 1 hour play time)

1244 days ago

It's nowhere near finished enough to put any amount of time into. In its current state, H1Z1 is just not enjoyable.