5 reasons to buy 7 Days to Die on console

UPDATE: I’ve added ‘on console’ to the title, to clarify that both the slight negative press mentioned below, and this article in general, is speaking of 7 Days to Die on the Xbox One and PS4.

7 Days to Die has been getting a lot of heat recently. For a game that’s been out for almost three years, it’s had most of its negative press in the last three days. But that’s what you get for taking a game that’s not quite finished on PC, and porting it to console. Console gamers are far less forgiving. That being said, as a console gamer, I’m rather enjoying it. It’s not a game for casuals, that’s for sure. But if you can persevere for the first two or three hours, it’s more than worth the effort.

Here are five reasons to give 7 Days a go.

1) Building

If there’s one word that gets thrown around with 7 Days (other than zombies) it’s Minecraft. Whilst the game doesn’t look like Minecraft, it does have a Minecraft feel to it at times. No more so than when building structures. The game works off of a blocks basis, so all structures are built with blocks of different materials. You can build some really impressive structures, and it’s incredibly easy too. Having played games like ARK, which rely on a snap-style building mechanism, 7 Day’s simplicity really does it a lot of favours. Upgrading those blocks, with different materials, is simple too. Just hold LT with your tool equipped and you’ll re-inforce wooded blocks with metal plates, for instance.

2) Multiplayer

The single-player is good. But once you’ve got past the novelty of it all, I’d imagine that it’ll get a tad lonely. That’s why the game really shines in multiplayer. By hosting a multiplayer world, your friends can come and join the fun. They can help you gather resources, clear buildings of zombies, or build an epic base. The great thing about the single-player worlds, though, is that you can have jump in, jump out split-screen co-op. So even when you’re on your own, you have the chance for some classic multiplayer fun.

3) Character development

As you play the game, your character will earn XP through various tasks. From crafting to bludgeoning the undead with melee weapons, it all contributes to your level in those categories. You’ll also increase in overall level, which will then give you skill points to spend. You can put single skill points into your basic traits, like athleticism, crafting, resource gathering. Or you can spend more points on better traits, like needing to eat food or drink water less frequently. Whilst the game would benefit from some character creation (IMO), the character skins are fairly decent and the various different clothing options give you a lot of freedom in-game.

4) Scale

The map is massive. And I mean gigantic. I’ve played for around 8 hours so far, and I’ve probably explored 1/100,000th of the map. I’ve still not found one of the major cities, and have visited just a handful of the biomes. It’s a gigantic playground. Granted, it’s a playground filled with zombies looking for their next meal – but a playground nonetheless.

5) The seventh day

All of this builds toward the seventh day. Every seven days, a gigantic horde (consisting of around 40ish zombies) will roam through the area where the player is. Apparently, the largest comes in the day, with a smaller horde at night. If engaged, the horde will produce lots of different loot – from ammo to weapons to schematics. But engaging them is only for the brave, and the well prepared. So use your six days to good effect! I’ve not yet reached day seven, but I’m close… wish me luck.

Are you playing 7 Days to Die? Let me know in the comments below!