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It all adds up to a game that feels like an excellent first draft. Fans of battle royale games and open-world survival games should feel right at home — that is, until they run up against a mob that’s too big to handle on their own.
It has so much potential, and is close to being an decent game. I want to love it, and maybe one day I could. As it stands, though, this needs a lot more time invested in it.
...the longer you play the more problems you notice and the more you realise that the game simply doesn’t feel complete or coherent. I don’t think Generation Zero will be remembered fondly in the future, if remembered at all.
Until then, if you're playing Generation Zero in a single player or with other people, you're in for a treat. You're going to experience something unique, and that in itself is valuable.
Generation Zero combines the open world of an RPG with the shooting and looting of a battle royale, to create a rather special, 80s vision of post-apocalyptic sci-fi, where every fight feels like a battle for survival.
On the whole I enjoyed my Swedish adventure with Generation Zero, as this kind of shooter that involves stealth and strategy over gung-ho firepower is more my kind of thing.
At the end of the day, I will gladly call ‘Generation Zero’ a good game. It brings new elements and ideas together in a unique setting that hasn’t been seen before. However, the game’s point of difference is also its biggest downfall due to a lack of consistency across all elements of gameplay.
Generation Zero is a game propelled by its ability to be played with a group of friends. While its technical systems may be flawed, its world and mechanics are still engaging enough for fun-times-with-mates.
Generation Zero is a hardcore multiplayer game that needs you and your partners to have tactics in battles and even with team-work, it is still a difficult game and makes you a challenging co-op experience. If you trying to play Generation Zero solo, you made a big mistake, because after a few hours and appearing bigger robots, it would be almost impossible to proceed further in solo, because of unbalanced difficulty level. Generation Zero has a nice concept of a robotic crisis in an 80's sci-fi sweden and tells you a nice story in a beautiful world. beside these good aspects, the game has also some big issues like awful inventory managemnt, technical problems, some repetative activities and unbalance difficulty level in solo. In the end i must say that if you are looking for a hardcore team-work based open world co op shooter, Generation Zero is a good choice to play, but remember to play it "only" in co op.
Review in Persian | Read full review
This isn't Call of Duty in the land of Swedish meatballs, it's Boston Dynamics in an IKEA-effect hunting sim. Come for the difficult robot fights, stay for the Arctic Circle sunsets. The technical issues will make you rage quit one day and then bring you back the next.
Sadly, it just has too many problems for me to say it’s great in its current form. The devs have announced that they plan to work hard on fixing the many issues reported by players, and I really hope they succeed in that endeavor. Traipsing around 1980s Sweden surviving hordes of murderous robots is just too cool of an idea not to expand upon.
I'd recommend Generation Zero to those who have a steady group of friends to play with. If not, stay away until the game goes on sale or a major patch releases that makes the single player option more manageable. I like you, Generation Zero. I just wanted better.
Generation Zero is a tragic story of mislaid potential and promise. The setting is unique and the game had potential to be a very memorable game, but unfortunately it fails to deliver anything meaningful.
Generation Zero lacks an interesting plot, high-quality production and unique locations. Nevertheless, you can give this project a chance thanks to co-op mode, well-developed battles and atmospheric presentation. But it's better to wait until the end of the year, while Avalanche Studios updates the existing content and adds more to the game.
Review in Russian | Read full review
Generation Zero could have been a much better game than it actually is. I feel like it’s almost too simple to just collect ammunition and medpacks. If they had added some sort of hunger system or survival mechanics I would have had a much more enjoyable time. Randomizing item placement in the world would have been a plus aswell. The world seems to be static for the most part. I also encountered a handful of crashes while playing that seemingly reset some of my progress, but those can and will probably be patched quickly. To sum up, gameplay was fun for a few hours, but once I put it down I had a hard time wanting to go back to it. It’s nice to look at albeit a bit drab in the color department. The style of music Avalanche has chosen to go with is something that appeals to me. So Generation Zero has pros and cons to it, and it has a lot of potential if they add some DLC down the road.
Generation Zero is an ambitious title with a strong idea, but fails when it tries to execute that wonderful idea. The world of Generation Zero is big but shallow, and in single-player mode, you’ll probably get bored after several hours. Whoever, if you team-up with some friends, you will probably enjoy its apocalyptic atmosphere set in the 80s, along with its great music and sound design.
Review in Persian | Read full review
I'm not going to go so far as to call Generation Zero a straight cash grab, but charging $40 for a game that was clearly rushed out the door is a hard sin to ignore. I'm not entirely sure what Avalanche's final vision for Generation Zero was, but it clearly wasn't confident enough in that vision to give the game the proper care and resources that were required.
With the passage of a few hours of game already we will realize that the enormous size of the Generation Zero map does not do justice to the infinitesimal number of playable possibilities.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
The ideas are sound and the visuals look good, but Generation Zero doesn't have too much to offer. Looking past the glitches may offer some fun co-op play, though.
You have to give Avalanche Studios props for crafting a very interesting world, but their efforts weren't quite enough. Right now, there's just no reason to play Generation Zero, but once it gets fixed and tweaked a bit, it could be worth trying
Review in Czech | Read full review
This strange unknown game that takes place in rural Sweden tries its best to be a great open-world survival game and it comes dangerously close to it. However, it falters in almost all of its aspects and ends up being a frustrating and mediocre experience. Glimpses of something great are to be had, but this game should have been in Early Access and iterated upon instead of giving us an incomplete romp through the cold north.
This game feels, looks and plays like a title in advance access. I think it will be good someday because I think it has the potential and character enough, but I do not think it is his day of departure and surely not soon either.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
Generation Zero offers glimpses of a superb game - it has brilliant atmosphere, a vast world, plenty of intrigue and some fun combat opportunities, particularly when played in co-op. However the package as a whole feels grossly incomplete, with an incredibly rough UI, copious amounts of bugs and a huge list of issues. This could be great one day, but right now it's hard to recommend.
Generation Zero is a game that has fantastic potential but falls short in so many areas. The Excellent combat and generally great atmosphere is let down by a myriad of bugs, a very limited range of enemies to face off against, boring quests and a world that is just too large and sterile, particularly if played alone. The potential of bug fixes and increased enemy types would make this a fantastic budget purchase, but until that time it's one I would miss unless you know at least two others to co-op with.
Playing with friends and a simple exploration are the most positive points about Generation Zero. Several flaws undermine the quality that Avalanche Studios' open-world cooperative game could've had. Enjoying the Sweden from the 80s is a really tough thing to do.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
I love the ideas that Avalanche brought to the table and there are moments where Generation Zero gets it right. The emptiness of the large world might annoy me because it feels superfluous, but it does create a sense of isolation which mixes nicely with the roaming bands of robots to create a tense atmosphere, at least for the first hour or two. I also enjoyed the more careful approach to combat, the fantastic robot designs and teaming up with friends or even random players. Sadly, though, the core mechanics of stealth, shooting and looting didn’t click with me. Yet, I’d still like to see a sequel because there’s some great potential on show in Generation Zero.
If you miss the ’80s then Generation Zero may be the game for you, personally though I thought it was an odd choice for this style of game. It truly was a beautiful looking game which has been dragged down by the poor gameplay. Maybe if the map was smaller and more condensed then it would have appealed to me more, as well as not being as tedious and boring with the vast open nothingness.
Generation Zero is an amalgamation of ideas, some of them pretty decent, but none executed with any great level of confidence. Despite the surprisingly strong atmosphere, gameplay annoyances and serious technical issues prevent it from having a chance to survive.
I went into this game with the highest of hopes and the lowest of expectations. Even with the most open of minds I could possibly muster, it's still difficult to find good things to say about Generation Zero. Overall, Generation Zero's incredible atmosphere, mostly beautiful visuals, and great soundtrack feel wasted alongside countless technical issues, horrendous pacing, unbalanced combat, and an almost nonexistent story.
At times it’s dreadfully boring; other times it’s wildly exciting. It doesn’t want to make your life easy, but then throws so much resources your way that being downed is trivial. It looks great, but it has a lot of bugs that will only make you able to view the game as ugly.
Generation Zero have good ideas and had many arguments in his favour. A context that stands out from the ordinary, robots as enemies, a beautiful day/night cycle. Unfortunately, it's not enough and we clearly can't recommend the game at this stage. The game is EMPTY and the action is too rare, and alos the game have too much bugs.
Review in French | Read full review
When I first read the premise of Generation Zero I was intrigued and before I even loaded the game up for the first time I was excited. I wanted to like this game. Unfortunately, the game quickly falls into a beautiful void of its own making.
While the apocalypse is traditionally painted in varying shades of drab brown and grey, here it's brought to life in lovely bucolic greens and yellows. This pastoral loveliness doesn't disguise the fact that Generation Zero is unremittingly, cripplingly dull, providing protracted periods of walking vast distances with all-too short bouts of gunplay. How the developer behind Just Cause managed to create this vacuous, pointless game is beyond me.
Generation Zero is a first-person shooter where you try and stay alive in a hostile open-world surrounded by mechanical robots and also where you'll most certainly lose some of your sanity.
Periodically beautiful yet consistently broken, Generation Zero's brand of monotonous, sterile and bug-riddled open-world first-person shooting is something that you should avoid at all costs.
Generation Zero holds plenty of promise, but its current state makes it impossible to recommend. From the painful inventory management to the lifeless open world to the haphazard multiplayer, there's little positive to be found here.
Generation zero is a game that came out from nonentity to simply return to it, even if the Avalanche manage to resolve all the plentiful flaws, this experience will remain as an ideal symbol for emptiness, for boredom and for purposeless
Review in Arabic | Read full review
Even if you're in love with its concept, Generation Zero is an experience you should avoid at all costs. Thanks to archaic co-operative design, an open world that feels sparse at even the best of times, and an inventory system that routinely works against you, disappointment takes centre stage here. You may catch one or two beautiful vistas along the way, but as the framerate drops into the single digits, you'll wish you never bothered.
There are some genuinely cool moments buried among the slop. If this were an Early Access title, I'd be very content saying to keep an eye on it as it nears release. Considering that this game is being released like this, I will instead warn not to waste any money on this unfinished title..