It’s been roughly a month since Romero’s Aftermath released their Open Beta on Steam and it has been going fairly steady. The Free-to-Play game now has over 1 million players, and while Free Reign Entertainment has gotten some flak in the past, it seems they have changed their ways and learned from their past mistakes.
The game may still be chock full of micro-transactions, most are for aesthetic customization, but the others that actually enhance gameplay – weapon upgrades, shelter crafting, etc. – can all be acquired in game, albeit through hours upon hours of gameplay. While it does seem to try and steer you towards spending more money, it’s not at all necessary to enjoy the game.
Zombies show up frequently enough that you’re not just wandering for hours with nothing, and there’s enough people playing at any one time that you constantly need to watch your back for other players. It lags here and there, but keep in mind, it is a FTP MMO. The crafting is kinda cool, despite being rather repetitious. It’s just cool to know that you can have your own shelter and garden that you made yourself, even if it does mean breaking down palettes for 4 straight hours.
At the very least this could be something to tide you over until DayZ is officially released.