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  • Summary: Featuring a robust crafting system, unique survival guide and a host of playable characters, How to Survive strands players on a remote archipelago off the coast of Colombia in the aftermath of an unexplained accident...but you're not alone. In order to survive, you must fulfill the most basic of needs - seeking out food, water and shelter, as well as crafting dozens of tools and weapons from fishing rods to Molotov cocktails. Players can also team up with other survivors in local and online multiplayer story and challenge modes to take on a growing array of the infected. Expand
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  1. Jun 25, 2014
    70
    How to Survive on Wii U is surely better than on other consoles, but EKO Software could have done it in a much clever way. Good use of the Gamepad but no online co-op or new interesting ideas. All at a premium price.
  2. Aug 3, 2014
    60
    How to survive falls just between Dead Island's open world gameplay and Dead Nation's action style... but it fails to give players a good reason to buy it.
  3. A botched attempt at survival horror, but not a bad little shooter, nonetheless. Wait for an eShop sale, perhaps. [Sept 2014, p.90]
  4. 50
    But I can't get over the fact that this is meant to be a survival game that doesn't create a convincing argument for being a survival game. And because it compromises its vision, How To Survive is a fun game, but little more than that.
  5. Jun 20, 2014
    50
    It is too bad that How to Survive fails in so many respects. With an always-ready inventory on your GamePad, the Wii U version of How to Survive is actually better than the other versions of the game.
  6. Jul 21, 2014
    50
    How to Survive stresses the theme of zombies, but also casts some interesting assumptions, such as the survival factor. However, it cannot offer an experience absent of disappointment and imperfections.
  7. Jun 25, 2014
    50
    Yet another zombie title in a saturated market segment, How To Survive needs to learn what it title says. While it lures players in a fun way, the game quickly falls into a succession of unchallenging and repetitive assignments. The lack of an online cooperative mode only aggravates the case and its overall lifespan is too short for even the most enthusiastic zombie fans.

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  1. Jul 5, 2014
    7
    The gameplay is extremely similar to Dead Nation on PS3, except that it has an open-world and a crafting/survival element. Overall the graphics are good for a top-down hack/shoot game. What dialogue/story/characters it has are good, though this isn't a game with a serious plot other than to survive. Controls work great and there is an option for off-tv play in the settings menu.

    Some reviews have noted the price ($14.99 at release) and lack of online co-op as a detractor. While the price is definitely high for an "Indie-type" game, it's the same as other consoles. I personally don't care about online co-op, though I was glad it offered local co-op. You'll probably want to watch the trailor and read reviews to see if this is the kind of game you will like before you shell out $15.

    The best zombie killing action I've had on the Wii-U so far, I'd recommend it to anyone who likes games like dead nation or don't starve.
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