We now have a console release of last year's post-apocalyptic city builder Endzone - A World Apart: Survivor Edition and it's pretty great.
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Endzone - A World Apart: Survivor Edition tells the story of a futuristic Earth after terrorists blew up nuclear plants. Finally emerging from underground, humankind attempts to reinhabit the newly hostile land and it's up to you to guide a group of survivors in order to grant prosperity to future generations of humans. Of course, the core gameplay ties directly into this premise as you must carefully construct your settlement to be prepared for anything while maintaining a sufficient supply of food and water. This is a lot tougher than it sounds because anything can happen. Perhaps your water tower will spring a leak or a sickness will rapidly spread to the entire population. Whatever happens, it's your responsibility to deal with it so preparedness and quick-thinking are the keys to success. v1d30chumz 18-232-56-9
Before diving further into the gameplay, let me just say that Endzone - A World Apart: Survivor Edition looks decent with its detailed buildings and people constantly running around whether you're zoomed all the way in or out. Sure, everything is very brown but it creates a cohesive and realistic-looking aesthetic regardless. Plus, the audio is well done with trippy grooves that compose its soundtrack and immersive effects such as how the critters known as Jacks sound like guinea pigs. In fact, I'm sure the developers sampled actual guinea pigs because as I played, my guinea pigs ran up and looked around all curious as if they were eager to meet someone new.
The first mode that you'll want to play through is the tutorial. Now, I wish they called this mode Campaign because it's longer than a lot of games are and you accomplish some pretty cool feats as you work through it. Learning how to process materials, manufacture helpful tools, educate people, deploy electricity, make your citizens happy, and protect everyone from potential threats is quite an involving process; so much so that I imagine a lot of less patient gamers will give up trying to learn the ins and outs. In other words, this steep learning curve is by far Endzone - A World Apart: Survivor Edition's biggest hurdle but if you're willing to stick to it in order to master the impressively multi-layered city management gameplay then you'll end up having an undeniably great time.
Once you're comfortable with the mechanics that the tutorial teaches you, it's time to give Endzone - A World Apart: Survivor Edition's Survival Mode a try. Here, you can choose from a variety of difficulty settings as well as options that do a great job of allowing you to customize your experience. After you settle on how you want to play, you basically see how long you can survive as you expand your settlement and watch the population grow. Although this can be great fun with situations that range from relaxing to challenging, I found that some aspects of the interface are difficult to navigate. For example, whenever I'd want to change what I was producing, I'd have to click on a bunch of buildings to remember which does what. Instead, I wish everything was presented more intuitively.
Last but not least, there is a selection of Scenarios that you can attempt to master. This is the mode that will thoroughly test your survival skills and how well you've devised strategies for dealing with whatever hardships may come your way. Some examples include having to mediate a divided settlement, deal with contaminated rain and sustained drought, race to grow the most seeds, and even fend off waves of raiders. Some of these Scenarios take a long time to complete so when you consider the many Survival Mode variations, you can be assured that Endzone - A World Apart: Survivor Edition is jam-packed with dozens of hours of enjoyable content.
It took a while but I ended up thoroughly enjoying the strategic management gameplay of Endzone - A World Apart: Survivor Edition. It may have a steep learning curve but if you're willing to put some effort in, you'll eventually have a great time.
- + Enjoyable strategic management gameplay that tests how long you can survive
- + Many layers of depth to sink your teeth into
- + Oodles of options and challenges
- - Very steep learning curve will put off impatient gamers who just want to dive in
- - Interface could be more intuitive