, Is Surviving the Aftermath, Worth Playing  in 2020?

Is Surviving the Aftermath, Worth Playing in 2020?

Platforms: PC

Surviving the Aftermath is a truly exceptional early access project that sees substantial and tangible updates each month, Its a lot of fun to play for a few hours at a time, but for those who wish long term enjoyment, I suggest buying now and waiting for 1.0 release before you get started.

If it’s so good, why wait?

It is good, very good, but even great games get old with repetition, each monthly update is large enough to warrant a new playthrough, and presuming Early Access is 12 months, that’s 12+ repeats of the first steps, causing early/mid game to feel uninteresting and repetitive.

I fully recommend you give it a once over and play till you reach the end of current content. However, after that, I would suggest holding off for the 1.0 release.

Due to playing each update, I have memorised the strategies required for the first parts of the game, removing all the struggle to survive aspect from surviving, which has diminished my enjoyment of early/mid game immensely, which is a pity as its incredibly well done and deserves to be enjoyed at its fullest.

, Is Surviving the Aftermath, Worth Playing  in 2020?

Improvements from 0.0.

Every update has brought substantial changes to the core gameplay mechanics, introduced new features, improved overall quality of life as well as refining the graphic and sound design to something closer to a final product.

Let’s have a quick look at the developer synopsis for each update.

  • 2019-11-11: Update 1: The Colony
    The Colony Update is all about your village in the middle of the apocalypse. In this update, we wanted to concentrate on making the colony-building part deeper with new buildings, gameplay enhancements, balance improvements, and a few nasty – but hopefully interesting – surprises to challenge your colony-building skills.
  • 2019-12-05: Update 2: Outposts
    We’ve added Societies, Outposts, Trading and improved visuals of the map view itself. A variety of balance changes should make living the post-apocalyptic life more interesting.
  • 2020-01-09: Update 3: Expeditions
    This update’s highlights are Vehicles, a feature that was highly requested by our community, and there is a lot of new content for you to try out!
  • 2020-02-06: Update 4: Great Minds
    Introducing Leaders: we added ten varied personalities to lead the wasteland societies you will discover on the world map, all with their own goals and ideologies.
  • 2020-03-05: Update 5: Sanctuary
    Sanctuary introduces new anti-catastrophes measures for your colony, Ideologies, a revised trading system, and much more!
  • 2020-04-09: Update 6: Hostile World
    This update introduces colony combat, aggressive animals, colonist conditions, revised trading, a new level to your gate, and more!

As you can see each update adds a core mechanics or vastly expands upon a previous mechanic, this is early access done right, with major and predictable update times, I know I can look forward to a large update each month.

For anyone considering the game, a look at the first six updates of early access should ease your worries about purchasing now.

For those who have an Epic Game Store holiday sale coupon lying around, Surviving the Aftermath can be purchased for a little as £6.

A Reason for Surviving.

One issue with Surviving the Aftermath that needs addressing, is an issue shared with almost every city builder, they all come to a point where surviving is a distant worry, and without a reason to survive or progress, the game feels stale.

I would love Surviving the Aftermath to be the game that pushes city builder genre to include more endgame content, the addition of raids is a good start, but there needs to be more to encourage long term commitment, similar to how a Civilisation or Total War playthrough can consume several dozen hours of your time and attention.

Worth a Buy?

I fully recommend fans of city builders buy this, its a setting that up till recently didn’t see many games.

I am curious what has triggered the current flood of early access post-apocalypse city builders over the last three months, however For those who have an Epic Game Store holiday sale coupon lying around, Surviving the Aftermath can be purchased for a little as £6. was first to the market in recent memory and deserves its place as “best in show”.

For those who have an Epic Game Store holiday sale coupon lying around, Surviving the Aftermath can be purchased for a little as £6.

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