Project Zomboid is a 3D top down isometric sandbox survival zombie game.
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Pro Can truly challenge your survival skills
While you can turn the difficulty down, PZ can present a true survival horror experience for those that are interested in it. In PZ zombies pose and actual threat, crafting is not easy, fortifying your shelter is hard and a the tiniest mistake can be fatal. And there are so many tiny mistakes you can make - forgetting to change your bandage might get your wounds infected, leaving the stove on could burn your house down. The odds are stacked against you and you won't win, but let's see how long can you survive.
Pro True sandbox gameplay
There are no missions in Project Zomboid, meaning the player can do anything they can think up at anytime they want.
Pro Weather systems
There is randomly generated weather in the game which can effect your character such as getting sick from being wet and cold.
Pro Well realized bleak atmosphere
You truly feel like you're survival is at stake. You are constantly reminded of the ever-present danger of zombies everywhere with sound cues. And even though it's a top-down game, your field of view is limited - zombies could sneak up on you or you might run into one around a corner. Any move you make could be your last one.
Pro Zombies pose an actual threat
Unlike many other games in the genre, Project Zomboid manages to instill fear of zombies pretty quickly. You are considerably outnumbered and the smartest move in many cases is to run away from an encounter. You're not superhuman in this game, zombies will overwhelm if you're not careful.
Pro Feels more realistic compared to other survival horror games
Project Zomboid feels less arcadey compared to similar games. You are not an all-powerful character capable of carrying the town's arsenal in your backpack and taking on hordes of enemies alone. If you break a window to get into a house, you might get cut, if you decide to stock up on food and not use it, it will rot, etc.
Pro Character traits add more fun to the game
You can level traits as you play like strength, carpentry, cooking, etc.
Pro Easily adjustable difficulty
You can adjust the difficulty in sandbox mode, which can greatly impact the way the game plays. You could make it extremely easy to survive, but the opposite can also be accomplished with the with a more difficult setting.
Con Weapon and weapon crafting systems could use some work
The weapons (mostly guns) in the game could use some work. They are oversimplified compared to the rest of the mechanics in the game.
For example, to repair used guns the player uses other guns, which feels wrong. It would make much more sense to use cleaning kits to maintain them.
Con Slow development prone to setbacks
Projest Zomboid development has been going on for several years now and has hit quit a few snags that have set back it's full release.
Survival in Project Zomboid is pretty difficult, which makes advancing in the game something to be relished when accomplished.