Look out DayZ. Watch your back, The War Z. There's a new zombie survival game on the block and it means business. The Dead Linger entered alpha testing today and all you have to do to get in is place your pre-order for the game online.
We love zombie survival games at FPS General, so we can't wait to jump into the alpha test for The Dead Linger. With its sandbox-style gameplay and massive, sprawling suburban map, The Dead Linger hopes to be more than your average zombie survival game. Every house in the game is explorable. Every room, in every house, through every door.
Sandswept, the studio working on The Dead Linger, aren't totally throwing the staples of the genre to the wolves, however. Things like hunger still play a factor, you're going to need to scavenge for food if you don't want to starve to death. The Dead Linger has a regular day/night cycle and, yes, you do get a flashlight. The differences here, however, are that some food has gone bad (it's post-apocalypse, right? Even your Raviolios can't last forever) and your flashlight doesn't last forever.
Eating spoiled food is a surefire way to get sick. You'll notice the ill effects right away if you do dig into some rotten nummies. As for the flashlight, it runs on a finite battery, lasting only five minutes for a full charge. You'll have to recharge the battery between uses, which takes about one minute, during which you are going to be in the dark.
We'll have more on The Dead Linger in the coming weeks, but for now, understand that when Sandswept says alpha test, they mean alpha test...
If you played Minecraft before playing Minecraft was something everyone did, you'll remember how barebones that game used to be.
These days, the game looks amazing, there's been a wealth of content updates and it's become a massive sensation but it wasn't always that way. The Dead Linger is just like that; a very early, developer build of the game that Sandswept is awesome enough to give us players access to.
After all, who better to help perfect your game than the ones who will be pouring hours of their lives into it? Sandswept recognizes that at a time when not all developers are doing so. Heads hats off to them.
Check out The Dead Linger at http://www.thedeadlinger.com/, for more information on how you can pre-order and, once you've done so, how to get started in alpha testing.