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  • Summary: Contagion isn't your average Zombie Shooter but instead takes a more realistic and different approach to the popular genre with unique characters, environments, weapons, items, and a built in system that makes every round completely unpredictable with resources, objectives, and paths ever changing.
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  1. May 20, 2014
    70
    Contagion is a game that with continued patch support and new maps, has a true potential to be a contender against more popular zombie games out there. However, with the current state of the game I would have to tell the curious buyer to enter into it at their own risk.
  2. 70
    Contagion presents a tense survival based horror game, and if you can see past its rough exterior and occasionally shoddy technical performance, there is some fun to be had here.
  3. May 17, 2014
    66
    It doesn't offer a lot of content, but it's a nice alternative to Left 4 Dead. Contagion won't start a new zombie hype, though.
  4. Jun 5, 2014
    50
    A mediocre commercial remake of 2007’s Zombie Panic: Source. Even 6 months in Steam Early Access did not make it better.
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  1. Apr 15, 2014
    10
    If you like realistic zombie games then this is a MUST! It's like L4D but so much more realistic! The atmosphere is also amazing, you get that real tense and scary feeling when playing! Expand
  2. Jun 9, 2014
    10
    i absolutly love this game it's what l4d should have been if your lookign for a more realistic l4d then buyyyyy this game .unforunately you'll be missing out on all the good l4d characters, but there are some really great ones in this game aswell and the gameplay is terrific!! Expand
  3. Sep 3, 2014
    10
    Awesome survival co-op zombie, I really like the team-play it offers and friends you make. Kinda like Left 4 Dead 2 -because of the Source engine it utilizes- with more survival and open world put into it ! Just my fav !!! Expand
  4. Apr 15, 2014
    10
    This game is very intense. Your first time playing will feel dramatic, and you will be afraid to even move for fear, that the horde might hear you, The game is very well optimized, and runs VERY well even on older computers, This doesn't take away from the graphics...They look as golden as any AAA title, and even better. The atmosphere is very still, and very tense. Every move you make can, and will be used against you. so be sure to cover your tracks. If you unfortunately either get bitten (gave me a heart attack the first time that happened) or just killed, you will join the ranks of the undead. and hunt your "used to be" team. So always watch your back.
    This game is very enjoyable and always satisfies me every time I play this
    10/10
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  5. Jun 22, 2014
    9
    Definitely worth the money of the Steam sale, and if you have some friends to play with it is easily one of the best zombie games out there; the Workshop community is going to make it even greater. Expand
  6. Aug 19, 2014
    7
    THE BAD

    Movement can sometimes feel clunky, for example, when running and stopping it almost feels like you're on ice, slipping around.
    There's just something that doesn't feel quite right. However, for the most part, the controls are as responsive as they need to be to make an enjoyable game.

    The animations are pretty rudimentary, not very detailed and generally look awkward. This is more forgiveable on the zombies, because, well, they're zombies. However, some of the animations on the player models could use more than a little work. I'm not sure where the Contagion devs stand on this and whether or not animations are at all on their "to do list", and to be perfectly honest, I can live with the animations as is, but some improvements would make for a more immersive experience. The worst offender in this case is trying to board up windows and doors where the animations will bug out almost every time and don't seem to play correctly, ever.. It doesn't stop you from actually boarding anything, however, so its not game breaking, just immersion breaking (I leave it to the reader to decide how egregious that is, I'm not necessarily looking for an immersive experience with games like Contagion - I recommend Day Z for that) .

    Some of the maps... to be perfectly frank, are just boring. Rananoke PD being (my opinion) the worst offender. It's just so bland and uninteresting, though I honestly couldn't suggest how to make a Police department interesting, and it is a location you would expect to find in this setting for any discerning zombie survivalist. I think, in an attempt to address to the "blandness" of this map, the Contagion devs decided to expand on its concept by making it a virtual prison, complete with tiers and mess halls. I'm not sure how accurate that is of real life as I understand most jails are actually independent of any police station. It also doesn't do much except add to the length of the map.

    Sound effects... Are just not that great. Especially the guns, with the possible exception of the m4 and AKM, are not what I would call stellar. Not much music to speak of, I think the only track is the menu music, though this game, arguably, doesn't really need much in the way of music anyway. It sort of adds to the deadness of the atmosphere and the idea that man's time on earth is potentially up. However, that could just be this authors bias presenting itself as I quite like this game.

    THE GOOD

    - game play. Besides the sometimes clunky movement is really, really good. It emphasizes teamwork and punishes lone wolves (usually with a horrible, bitey death). Even on lower difficulties, without care, you can find yourself in a sticky situation. The emphasis on headshots (a la Romero "head shots only" zombies) and primarily slow moving zombies and the necessity to conserve ammo make for a more interesting and deep cooperative experience than contemporaries, like, say L4D1/2. Attempts to take on the zombie horde lone hero will more than likely result in death. In fact, if you can avoid the zombies altogether, that's usually the better option, again, unlike L4D where you are essentially forced into killing every single zombie that gets in your path. In this way it makes somewhat of an attempt to make it more realistic, ammo is scarce, so don't waste it on a slow moving target across the map that will never catch up to you.

    - Taking ques from its predecessors. This game is, in no doubt, highly influenced by popular games such as Left For Dead. It not only takes into consideration that things it did right, but the things it did wrong as well. Contagion, while similar in many ways, has also carved out its own unique niche, making it a distinctly different game. "Special infected" are handled much like L4D's "uncommon-common infected" such as the riot gear wearing zombies in some campaigns. These make an appearance in Contagion as well, and for a disorganized team, can mean total disaster. In many ways when you see these types of zombies it's more of an "oh **** moment because they are actually hard to deal with. In L4D coop modes I (and most other people) can solo anything without so much as a second thought. Tank? Molotov and run the timer down. There's no such easy options in Contagion, however. Sure, you can run from it, leave it behind, but chances are you're back tracking through that same area meaning you'll have to deal with this fully armored zombie eventually.

    Annnnd I'm running out of space (stupid 5k word limit!), so I'll cut to chase: If you like L4D, you'll probably like this game, especially if you like a challenge and a more "realistic" environment. I would give this game a full 8/10 if it felt finished, but it doesn't... And that's probably because its still under active development with content coming at a fairly regular pace. Recommend it to any zombie fans!
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  7. May 29, 2014
    0
    this game suck when i join a server my ping is very high when i am playing with friends they don't here me (on skype ) my game lags even on low graphics and NO i don't have a bad computer because i play watch dogs on very high and far cry 3 and gta 4,... Expand

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