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Urban Dead (web game)

Posted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 1:49 am
by Ace Mercury
Urban Dead - A Free Massively Multi-Player Web-Based Zombie Apocalypse (via)

I've been playing this game for about a month now. It's set in a post-zombie outbreak city, where survivors fight against zombies. There's a duality between the two factions: survivors that die rise as zombies and zombies can be revivified by survivors (those with the Necrotech skills and items).

You get 50 action points a day (one per half hour) to perform actions like moving to a new block, using items, barricading a building, searching for items, and attacking another player. There's an RPG sort of XP gain and skill tree progression; one skill tree for survivors and one for zombies.

What's really cool is the amount of organization that the players have put into it; emergent gameplay is the buzzword. The official wiki where players debate city-wide barricade plans, update current danger status maps, debate survivor and zombie tactics, discuss the role-playing validity of survivor-on-survivor attacks, and list an extensive glossory of game terms.

There's also appears to be quite a history of cool stuff players did. I started off as a Civilian-Consumer class, which is apparently a slow learner. Found out that most useful safehouses are extremely heavily barricaded, which makes them impossible to enter normally (the Free Running skill allows you to enter from adjacent buildings, but I didn't have that =\). By the next day, I was mauled by a player killer because I was standing around outside like a moron. Luckily, there was a revivification point nearby, so I was back to life soon enough. I eventually made stole myself into a hospital and spent a week healing other players for some XP. So, now I have an arsenal of pistols and shotguns, and I'm alternating between blasting zombies and searching for ammo. Considering going zombie the next time I die, as that also looks like a laugh-and-a-half.

Posted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 4:15 pm
by ZeldaGirl
I'm really interested in this, but it will have to wait until after finals...

Posted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 4:39 pm
by 1-up Salesman
I love this game. The only problem is that you can't chat with people. You have to log off and on to say if anyone has said anything in your area.

Posted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 5:24 pm
by Valigarmander
I tried playing this once, but got bored and quit. That was a couple years ago... maybe I should give it another go?

Posted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 7:50 pm
by heh
urban dead is interesting but if your not in a group its boring as hell and it will eventually get old anyway. occasionally zombie groups will organize mass attacks (see: the Many) which is fun on both sides, but in the end there is no objective and neither side will ever win or lose.

A theres a better game in beta called Quarantine 2019 thats basically the same thing except that instead of a big never ending stalemate you have a game with objectives that resets every couple of months when one side wins. since theres an actual goal theres alot more teamwork and such. the game is still in beta though so its small and they have yet to actually balance the game enough to make it last as long as its supposed too. fun though!

Also you recover points quicker, instead of 50 per day its 50 twice a day. it actually might be 50 4 times a day at the moment due to the beta and the small amount of people playing but the final goal is twice a day.

Posted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 7:57 pm
by Ace Mercury
Yeah, I can see this game turning stale after a few months playing (the limited action points really slow down the rate of play to a few minutes a day and delay the staleness.) Still, even looking just at the wiki is fun in and of itself.

Posted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 10:46 pm
by 1-up Salesman
I wonder if the Vampires game the UD creator's friend made is any fun.

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 3:58 pm
by t3hDarkness
Been playing for two years. The Harmanz seem a bit less fiesty than they used to.

Stood up for 1 AP (Ankle Grab), Smashed down a Barricade for 4 AP, Shouted 'Bananna ram!' at the survivors 1AP, and then ate one of them.

Good times, but I'm gonna get a whuppin' when they take an action.