Gameplay - 8
Presentation - 9
Story/Creativity - 7.5
Lifespan - 7
Nether is definitely worth your while and there is little reason for you not to get it.
Nether is an indie post-apocalyptic survival game, with it’s violence and horror aspects Nether is focused at a more mature audience who are into survival shooters with more of a focus on PvP than other games of it’s genre, it’s also for the hardcore gamer.
It’s a new entry and was released in October 2013, it’s a game with high potential and is still getting updated frequently.
Nether has no immediate story, which is understandable as the game still isn’t completed and is obviously not a main focus in the game.
The developers are trying to iron out the present bugs to make the game as enjoyable as possible before it’s final release. However I’m extremely confident that there will be some form of story telling, hopefully through journals found in game that will hopefully answer some of my questions that I have about the Nether and what exactly happened to the city the game takes place in.
Nether is a survival game, it’s gameplay can be easily compared to DayZ as you’ll end up doing the same things such as looting, hiding from potential enemies and killing every other player you see.
The game pace can change rapidly depending on the situation your in, I usually took everything slowly when I was exploring the large area you have to play in, until I heard gunfire or a scream of a Nether approaching. Then everything changes and it becomes an exciting and fast pace experience that would keep the most veteran of players on their toes.
Nether does have a tutorial, where it simply brings the basics to your attention such as courier quests, clans and the weapon shop. Then it leaves you to explore the world with your little butter knife and crafted weapon.
Nether keeps the gameplay interesting as there are different types of enemies, and are all threats and these are better off being found out by the player.
The tutorial may seem basic but with this kind of game it is a feature that is often overlooked, it allows a rather daunting game to become more friendly to players which are new to the genre as I wouldn’t of known how to craft weapons or know how to get quests if it weren’t of it.
There are several safe zones on the map, this allows players to trade, accept or hand in quests, store items in the global inventory or craft new weapons. The global inventory is essentially your bank, you can put in your valuable items in there and not lose them upon death, as when you die you have to create a new character and level yourself back up again and retrieve your gear.
The global inventory system makes the game far less frustrating and kept me playing as I didn’t lose everything because another player thought it would be funny to snipe a newbie. The safe zones aren’t always safe as there are special events where the anti-Nether devices go down and players need to activate them again prevent the zone being swarmed and this will affect everyone on the server.
The Nether all have the ability to teleport and will often teleport behind you to get the first hit in, when caught by the Nether it’s usually best to stand your ground and fight because they’ll catch up to you with ease and whittle away at your health until you drop dead. Even when you have a gun they’re still threatening because they have methods of appearing unpredictably.
Nether looks astounding, it aims for the realistic look which it easily achieved. The game looks dark and gritty and tries it’s best to get the player immersed into the environment, the soundtrack helps with this as you often hear nothing but the wind blowing and the steps you take. You often hear distant gunshots or Nether and it kept me absorbed into the games world, which many games fail to achieve today.
The menus of Nether are very intuitive and easy to use, there are several tabs for you to accept group invites, manage inventory space and manage whatever options you might need to change.
Nether’s lifespan is very extensive, especially if you’re playing with friends. There are enough items for you to work towards if you want to get the best gear in the game to take down the strongest enemy with your friends. You can also join several groups called Tribes, these don’t do much for you unless you want to play with friends. It enables players from the same Tribe to communicate with each other, however more often than not people will kill you anyway if you’re both in the same Tribe which can make them somewhat redundant for the solo player.
You can also capture several zones and claim them for your Tribe, I didn’t feel the need to go for them because I felt the benefits it provided weren’t worth while. It’ll take a while for you to craft and loot the best weapons in the game, but once you do you may find yourself running out of things to do until new features are added.
This game is definitely worth your while and there is little reason for you not to get it. For a game that is still early access there are an extremely large amount of features, there are updates frequently that put the most dedicated developers to shame.