Unturned Game Review: Beaucoup Bullets Required
Editor's note: the following review is on Unturned version 3.x.
Hey all, Dadtography.com editor Daniel here. The below post is a collaboration with my teenage son. It's actually his first blog post, like, ever.
He and I collaborated on writing this post. He's passionate about video gaming and I wanted him to channel that energy. He plays Unturned a lot - he's even a server admin. He wrote most of the content of the post below and I helped with some of the FAQ. We hope you enjoy our Unturned review!
What is Unturned?
Unturned is an early access, survival-based zombie apocalypse themed game available for free on Steam. The game is developed by Smartly Dressed Games - a Canadian-based game developer (eh). In the game, whether it is on single player or on a server, your only goal is to survive, by any means necessary.
Although the game may have simple graphics (think Minecraft style here) and generally easy controls, it is much more in-depth than it looks, giving a truly great experience to anybody that chooses to play. The game is updated on a regular basis, with each update adding new features, factors and challenges to the multiplayer survival game.
Here's the official Unturned game trailer:
What is there to do in the game Unturned?
There are several things you can do. Some you can do solo while some require cooperation from others.
Here are just a few of the things you can do while playing in one-player solo mode:
- Go zombie hunting
- Find food
- Climb to the top of a crane
- Collect XP
- Build a base
On most servers, PvP (Player versus Player) is enabled, letting you fight for your life, or for the loot of dead bodies. Some servers enable you to reenact a Hunger Games situation and fight other players in a fast paced action scene.
Or, if you prefer to take a break from all the servers, you can play in a single player world and build a base, find the best loot, and drive cars, boats, and fly helicopters and planes. In my personal experience, I have found that playing on a PvP server grants the best experience of the game because not only are you fighting other players, but also you are fighting your personal health, and zombies.
The lists of possibilities go on, given that the game is an open world environment and Unturned is regularly improving its reputation by adding new gear, vehicles, and some special items almost every week.
Is the community in Unturned friendly or hostile?
In Unturned, one of the biggest aspects that make the game fun was the ability to add multiplayer to the game. Of course, like all games, there are some people that are not friendly to others, which is expected. However, the overall community in Unturned has been overall pretty nice in my experience (or as nice as you can be when you are trying to kill each other.) I have met several people in game that are nice to others, and work in teams, giving players a chance most of the time and not shooting them on sight like in other games.
Most servers also promote the players to be kind in the server names, saying things like “friendly admins” or “no stress server” in the server titles. One thing that I do have to say about the community in general is about the server admins. Admins on servers are players that can do things in game that normal players can't do, like teleport, spawn in items, change the time of day, and kick or ban other players.
Many people have been complaining about admins on certain servers abusing their power to their own advantage and others disadvantage. I personally have seen admins abuse players, like teleporting players to them, then blowing them up, or other things that can ruin your experience on the server. But, because of all the complaints, servers on Unturned have started to promote nicer admins so that players feel more satisfied and not “cheated” when playing on a server.
How much is Unturned and is it worth the download?
Unturned is free to play, but, as with most games, there are premium (paid) upgrades.
I think that Unturned is one of my favorite games I have gotten on Steam personally during my time as a gamer. At first, I was skeptical, because it looked to simple, but knowing what I know now, I would download Unturned in an instant.
Unturned is overall a really great game, when looking at all of its aspects as a whole. I think that because of all of the possibilities it provides, the overall nice community, and the general challenge it provides as a whole. I think that Unturned is a game that is definitely worth coming back to every once and a while, because every time I come back, there is something new that has been added to the game.
Although there can be some minor issues and discrepancies when it comes to the community and gameplay, the game provides so much positive influence that the negativity can be overcome.
As a bonus, Unturned is a free to play game, so if you are not interested in playing the game any more for any reason, there was no cost, so you don’t have to worry about wasting your money. If you are looking for a new game to start playing, I think you should give Unturned a try.
What are my final thoughts on Unturned?
Overall, I think that Unturned is a simplistic game that offers a truly gratifying experience in total. I just wish that I could get better at the game, because I am not the best at playing, especially in times of crisis. If any of you are interested in playing Unturned, it has a free download on Steam, and doesn't require a ton of space on your hard drive, either. Thank you for reading this article, and until next time!
Unturned Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
A: I was not able to locate an official age rating for the game, but as with any game, there are usually more than one aspect of an online game that contribute to the rating. What does the game's age rating intend to do? Well, it is intended to protect gamers below a certain age. The game itself is a survival, so there will be blood and animated violence. It's not nearly as realistic as some games out there, though. What the average gamer will be exposed to in any online, multi-player game is outside of the control of the game developers, and that's the real risk here. I'd recommend gamers be at least 12 years old to play, as colorful language is almost guaranteed in an online multiplayer game like this.
Unturned (Steam Game)
- Single and multi-player game play
- High performance
- Free download (for now)
- Overly simplistic gameplay?
- Admin players abusing power
- Very basic graphics
- May not be appropriate for gamers under 12 years old