Romero’s Aftermath open beta launches on Steam. It’s The War Z, but not. | PCGamesN

Romero’s Aftermath open beta launches on Steam. It’s The War Z, but not.


There’s a new zombie survival game on Steam, which normally isn’t cause for a stir. However, Romero’s Aftermath is a little different for a few reasons. First it’s got a Romero involved (George Cameron Romero, son of George A Romero of all those ‘of the Dead’ films). Secondly, it’s the spiritual successor to The War Z, a game not very many people liked at all.

Aftermath is free-to-play, and its open beta is playable right now. “Romero’s Aftermath costs nothing to download and play, and the only purchasable items are cosmetic skins, customisations and boosts that allow players to acquire certain in-game items more quickly,” says a new post from developer Free Reign on Steam. “Every item can be acquired during play by exploring, looting, trading or defeating other survivalists.”

If you take a look at the game, it looks very similar to The War Z (which became Infestation: Survival Stories due to trademark problems). Free Reign are calling Aftermath a spiritual successor to Infestation. The involvement of the same development team though has seen the Steam reviews go wild with anger, leading to a ‘Mostly Negative’ result and scathing criticism from players. Lots of people of very unhappy in those parts. 

I had a short hands-on session with the game last week. I’ve not played The War Z/Infestation, so cannot compare how Aftermath holds up against them, but what I played felt exceptionally similar to most other survival game out there. Thanks to being able to build defences and shacks, it’s probably closer to Rust in its actual gameplay beats, but takes most of its visual cues from the likes of DayZ and 7 Days to Die. The developers note that the gameplay is more arcadey than traditional survival games, and what I played supported that argument, although it didn’t seem to make that much difference. It was still mostly searching through trash for food to eat. There is emphasis on crafting though, and you can create a garden to grow crops at your home base. 

The free-to-play side really comes out in a cosmetic element that allows you to put skins on your guns, and it feels like it’s been heavily influenced by Counter Strike: Global Offensive. Personally, I’m not sure if survival players are that bothered about painting their machineguns blue, but I suppose that remains to be seen. 

If you feel like giving Romero’s Aftermath a go, you can sign up for free at the game’s website and download the client through Steam.

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bryant Avatar
2 Years ago

Another shit game from an industry full of shit games by shitty people. Time to purge the industry and get rid of the shit.

Anakhoresis Avatar
2 Years ago

It might be worth pointing out that from what I read, Infestation: Survival Stories was burdened with a lot of pay-to-win type things in its store because the publisher made it that way, and Romero's Aftermath is what has come of the development team splitting with the publisher because they wanted a truly free to play experience.

For the record, I haven't played any of them or really looked into it, but thought it looked interesting so browsed the forums a bit and got that.

Stranger Avatar
2 Years ago

I know people need clicks to make money and controversy creates good clicks. I still wish everyone would let bad games like this just die quietly.

Darksx Avatar
2 Years ago

Tried this game out for about 30 mins, It was so lame. plant life that looked like crap. was not 3D at all. flat pixels. Graphics are sub par.

Was on a PVE Server, ran around and found a gas station killed about 10 or 12 zombies. looted the area. had a few drops like the back pack to ver 4. Saw some guy running up to me dragging 4 zombies with him. so I figured OK help him out and kill them. The guy kept running by me and jumped up on some boxes. I was fighting off the 4 zombies.

The moron guy threw a grenade in the middle of the pack with me there fighting and killed me. I re-spawned ans saw that I lost all my items. MY guess was he purposely threw that grenade to kill me too so he could loot my body. I immediately quit the game and deleted it from my Hard Drive.

I will not play any game like this that takes my items when you die. Yes, another shit game for certain. Players beware!!!