Публикувани: 21 юни
This recommendation comes with a warning: Buy this game during a sale for the best value for money. Otherwise, you may regret it.
Overall, Contagion is a great game and a great zombie experience, but there are issues that keep it from being REALLY worthwhile.
From atmosphere, to the weapons, to the level of intimate detail in everything from picking up keys, to stabbing a knife at head-height, to debating a "quiet manuevers" style vs "bury-the-trigger" style approach, the game feels serious, dire and your tasks feels important, and tasks are interesting enough to keep you playing for hours. But some things REALLY detract from the game experience: hit-detection and instruction.
Sometimes you'll be in close with a zombie - a sure hit - and you'll fire at the head, looking down the sights and... nothing? Seriously...? And now, the zombie is close enough to hit you - a game issue has cost you health, my friend, which would be a big deal in this game even if health packs WEREN'T few and far between. Other times you will hipfire several shots to the head, at near point-blank range... and ...nothing, again?! Spraying at a distance is sure to be inaccurate, and anyone who is familiar with first-person-shooters knows this, but at close range the idea of the bullets missing doesn't make sense.
Now, couple this with directions which are regularly unclear and you have a recipe for a frustrating game experience, spent running back and forth trying to figure out exactly where you need to be and, since gunshots attract zombies, you can quickly get overrun. If you are lucky enough to find a melee weapon and smart enough to pick it up, you can keep your kills quiet and save ammunition, but when several zombies move together, the only thing you CAN do is shoot, causing you to regularly call zombies to refill the areas you just cleared, as you move on.
In the main game mode, the phone you carry receives the messages that direct you from objective to objective. Now the phone is a novel idea, but when you get messages in tense situations, you are left with the knowledge that the objective has changed BUT you have no idea what you need to do next since pulling the phone up to find out could cost you dearly. In other game modes, the phone's display changes to a GPS map (something that might have been helpful in ALL game modes), but even then you have to struggle with lifting your phone and obscuring part of your vision in order to reorient yourself and find the character you have to escort to safety.
But even when you have the time and are given clear street addresses to look for, you will regularly have no choice but to wander madly about until you randomly find what you are looking for or are lucky enough to find a tourist street map, since streets are often not clearly marked. This can make the game interesting and tense, you are even more on edge than normal because this is no spray-and-run zombie game. You have to think and be tactical but in the end it causes problems.
When you are running from an endless horde (not an exaggeration, they just keep spawning depending on how close to the end of the map you are) and the phone says something like: "the truck's outside, let's get out of here!" The last thing you want to be doing is running out of every door the building has to offer, one after another, and combing the surrounding streets looking for your escape vehicle. Is it directly outside the building they told you to go to? Is it back by the CB radio? Have you experienced a glitch and you just can't see it? Is it clearly marked or is it some innocuous vehicle that you've maybe run past once or twice already? Are you aware that the horde is just growing and growing in your wake and if you have to go back the way you came, cause you didn't find what you were looking for, you will have to go through THEM?!
To be fair, overall the game is good, but when you are combing the walls and desks and tables for a small bundle of keys, in the dark, to the point where you have backtracked half-a-dozen times or more, you have a problem. If you can't progress in the game then it's not worth playing. And if you frequently find yourself in trouble because you have no real idea of what you are supposed to be doing, because the phone messages aren't clear, it's only going to cause frustation. The best suggestion I can give is to buy the game when it is on sale, that way if you take to the game, great! If you can get past these issues then you WILL enjoy it. It can be a great experience. What it gets right, it REALLY gets right. And, if you don't take to it, you will have lost very little since it was on sale.