When I first started playing Gen Zero I was dumped at the edge of land with a shed not far away, dock, box trailers in the water, boats turned over and I had nothing. All I know is that I am going to be fighting machines. So my character’s struggle begins. I look in my inventory and have nothing. Find my first gun and then a few shells for it but after my first encounter with a runner, I am dead and have to spawn back to a safehouse with an empty gun and wondering if this gets any better.
I was expecting something along the lines of a FPS game but by now it seems more like a RPG. As I am guided from place to place I wonder into empty houses that look like a blood bath took place and then get unique messages left for those that lived here. Everywhere is evidence of a place I must have loved to live at, since this was my home. As I sink deeper into my character’s role, I am starting to feel fear from all the destruction these machines have done to my home, my town, MY FAMILY! Anger is starting to mix in with my fear and I start thinking of what I should do to destroy these machines.
My little pistol is no match to the runners I am facing so I start to just run from them. I see destroyed machines, so I know there is a way to destroy them, it’s just not with this under powered weapon. As I collect things, that at the time, made no sense. Even the ammo I find doesn’t belong in my weapon, but it is a promise I will find better. So, I explore everything, looking in everything and avoid contact with the machines.
4 hours into the game and I am still struggling to get to my 3rd safehouse and mission. Nothing is still making no sense other than the game draws me in, sinking into my character’s role, I feel helpless. I have died countless times at this point and my struggle continues. Every new message, every note or letter, give me new hope I can beat these machines. I have to, for the sake of my family, my town, my very existence.
All my resources, including ammo, are in short supply and only way to survive is to avoid the machines, for now, and gain exp/skill points. But avoiding the machine caused me to start taking in the scenery. It has me longing to just hike and explore to see what other breathe taking landscapes can I find!
I played the base game solo so this is how my character was, I learn to only fight the machines to gain access to the mission at hand on the other side of them, otherwise I avoided them.
Some days I just wanted to explore my Gen Zero world and take in the beauty of the landscapes, avoiding all the destruction left by the battles with the machines. But just like the real world, no matter where you are, there are reminders that I am not alone, Reminders of the joy the land once brought to the people that lived here and what ended that joy.
SG has destroyed well over 50K machines but at a great cost of (edit) being knocked down, to near death, (edit) but she as yet to give up. With the hope of new missions, new adventures, and unfamiliar places to explore, she continues her struggle to keep the machines at bay.