When it comes to zombies, I’m your girl. It’s not the love of the genre that attracts me, but the possibilities it carries as a survival theme and dramatization of human behavior. Frankly, it’s hard to expect much originality from these sorts of games. Gameloft’s Dead Rivals is a free-to-play MMORPG with open-world released in April for Android, iOS and Microsoft Windows. I can’t call it original or life-changing, but playing a zombie MMORPG does change the genre significantly.
Dead Rivals takes place in the modern world ravaged by the zombie apocalypse. The game will task you with quests to save other humans, as well as to establish a safe haven where you can all find shelter from the zombies. PvP mode is available later in the game after you finish a campaign, but it’s nothing to write home about.
The most annoying thing was that the game won’t work if you are not connected to the Wi-Fi. It simply doesn’t care that you have an unlimited data package, so this limits the time you can play the game significantly. This is a huge problem if you want to destroy some zombies while out, on the bus or waiting for a friend who is more than fashionably late.
When it comes to characters, you can customize the one you’ve chosen. However, every character has a unique playstyle with strengths and weaknesses, so see which one suits your gameplay the best. Make sure to check the stats for each class before you choose.
An interesting feature is that you can’t use the menu when not in the shelter. I really didn’t like this since I have a tendency to check my skills and weapons often when playing a game, just to be prepared. You can’t even buy a loot box outside the shelter, and this means you have to plan ahead what to take with you. I was a bit surprised to find something like this in a fast-pacing action game with zombies, but I guess it only adds to the game’s intention to be as realistic as possible. At least when it comes to human behavior and situations.
Dead Rivals is the enactment of your personal Walking Dead story with fighting other survivors as much as zombies for resources. If that is not too depressive for you, then you will probably find the open world in the post-apocalyptic environment test of your patience, compassion, and intuitiveness. It may not be anything new to the zombie genre, but it will certainly make you think about the choices you make and what kind of person you would become. And sometimes, that is scarier than the zombies.