Oh Steam, you seem to know just when I need something to put onto my site. It is as if your little three day weekend, ‘hey try this game we are trying to sell’ is geared towards the cynics like me who need to tear apart something on the internet in order to keep our little websites and live streams alive. So thank you Steam. Thank you for giving me something worth while to talk about and boy is there a lot to talk about. The video game I am looking at today is just one of many games that has saturated the market with numerous competitive zombies vs. humans style game, Contagion. DayZ, Seven Days to Die, Unturned, Left 4 Dead, and the list just keeps going on of games based around the concept of surviving a zombie apocalypse. As much as I love zombies and zombie stories, I do have to admit that even a fan like myself is getting tired of zombie games upon zombie games piling into Steam and other outlets that we are buried up to our necks in rotting flesh. Contagion like many games in this series before it started off as a simple mod created by one die hard individual that seemed to snowball into a full fledged video game thanks to the absolutely dangerous combination of Steam and Kickstarter. Now I’m not normally one who takes joy out of attacking the little guy. (For those who read my Mountain review, shut up.) But at the end of the day I am a critic. It is what I do. I critique work so that the buyer can read my review and make an informed decision and I also critique so that creators and developers can read my review and based on that information can improve their product for the future. So yeah, most of you can see where this review is about to go.
In the game of Contagion you get to choose between 8 cool and different characters… Or the archetypes of any game where you face a bunch of people. You get teleported into a battle zone where some people on the server are zombies and the other humans. You kill each other until you reach the predetermined finish. As a human, if you are killed you become a zombie. Fun Times ensue after that
It Has the ‘Eh It is Fun Shooting Zombies’ Shine on It
If you are a person who is looking for a competitive PvP humans vs zombies game then you can play Contagion and be mildly entertained. It isn’t anything on par with Left 4 Dead or DayZ but if it is your cup of tea it will at least hold your interested for several minutes before the mystique wears off and you go play a game that you enjoy playing. So even hardcore fans of the genre can give this game a resounding ‘meh’.
Shooting Mechanics are Not the Best
When it comes to a first person shooter competitive game you need to make sure that when your guns fire, they hit their intended target. These are not the worst botches when it comes to shooting mechanics in a game, but when it is the corner stone of said game you have a problem if they are not spot on.
When I first played human and found myself face to face with a zombie I fired several times from point blank range and grew agitated when none of my bullets seem to do any damage. So naturally I used the zoom so I could look down the cross hairs and even then I found that only a handful of my bullets hit their target before the zombie dropped to the ground. I should not have to break a sweat when I decide to focus my weapon on the target but this game had me worried and wounded after several bullets seemed to pass right through the zombie with no damage.
The graphics are just terrible. I’m not defending it or saying that since it was a low level developer I’m cutting them some slack or that the graphics even work for that particular genre. They are just plain bad. Not only are they grainy and pixilated but they are also needlessly dark. The second I started playing the game I had to turn the brightness of it up to its near max just so the game can function.
The Game looks like it is an old television set with bad reception with the grainy, blocky texture that it gives off and most of the scenery past your vision is poorly rendered. Even if they are a small time developer, I cannot excuse them for this. They bit off way more than they could chew in this game.
It is a Fraction of What You Can Get From Other Games
Contagion may be able to hold your attention if you are a fan of the genre. But in truth, you can get more satisfaction from just about any other zombie video game out there that you get with this game. DayZ and Rust each have open worlds that you can explore and become immersed in. Left 4 Dead has interesting maps, characters, and fun gameplay. So with that being said, why play Contagion, a small PvP game when you can get that and more with other better games?
There isn’t enough to Contagion to merit any anger or derision, but that also means that it is very forgettable. If you are a hardcore fan of the zombie genre then you can at least find a little joy before you return to your old favorites. But if you are a casual fan or not a fan at all I would say stay away. The graphics are bad, the shooting mechanics are no the best, and it is only a fraction of what you can get with much better games.
Final Score 1.5/5
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