Survivalist isn’t pretty. In fact, even when it launched, it felt like it was using a lot of outdated technology. I remember spotting it on XBLIG and hesitating before clicking though, the store page icon making it look extremely low budget… but what was inside was a brilliant open-world RPG which did incredibly clever things with it’s UX.

That little window that you see in the top right is a kind of ‘focus cam’ for the main character. The developer decided that one of the strongest ways to convey information was in incredibly in-your-face action cameras — showing the people you talk to, or facing characters as they shoot, or zombies as they bolt toward you. It’s a little jarring at first, but after a while it becomes excessively cinematic, and while it is really campy it feels just brilliant.

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