At the start of Ares Virus, you and your pals do what any armed soldiers would during an undead apocalypse: emerge from a military chopper and start blasting zombies.
The action-packed opening grabs you, but this stylish, nuanced role-playing game soon reveals itself to be much more than a simple shooting gallery. When that early encounter takes an unexpected turn, wiping out the hordes takes a back seat to simply surviving. Gather resources, craft and upgrade goods, and manage your inventory as you explore a world teeming with threats (both living and rotting) to secure a crucial antibody.
Ares Virus’ survival systems and mechanics run deep. Armor upgrades, for example, require tortoise shells. Gathering shells is easy enough, but harvesting the resource isn’t as simple as it sounds. You’ll need to craft a special shell-cracking mallet first.
As satisfying as deciphering the game’s mysteries might be, it’s just as rewarding to simply cook up some meat. That’s because Ares Virus keeps your self-preservation instincts sharp by tasking you with managing your hunger level. (Treat yourself to a boar steak or two. You deserve it.)
Humanity’s existence may depend on obtaining the antibody, but Ares Virus’ absorbing survival elements make finding a frying pan just as exciting.