Is Deadside, Worth Playing?
Deadside is a fun but ultimately unrewarding survival game that lacks the legs to compete with more popular titles in the genre, such as Rust and DayZ.

The Lowdown.

Product Details
Genre: Survival
Developer: Bad Pixel
Publisher: Bad Pixel
Price: $19.99
Release Date: 14 April 2020
Supported Modes:

No Female Character Model:

Allowing players to choose an avatar that represents them as a person isn’t part of some radical SJW agenda; it’s common sense: the greater connection a player has with their character and, by extension, the game, the more likely they are to stick around and recommend it to others.

The fact that the developers have felt it is more important to add “yet another” gun several times before adding a female character model is baffling, especially when you consider that games that offer a wide selection of diverse character models enjoy far greater engagement than titles that limit players to only a single-gender or race.

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Friendly Community.

The Deadside community is pretty decent for the genre; when playing on multiple servers, I was impressed by the community spirit and activity of the chat channels; while there was plenty of toxicity to be found on more active servers, there was also a lot of friendly chat and a willingness to trade and help others with PvE events.

Perhaps the relatively small player base has helped foster a less toxic community, or the abundance of loot and ease of acquisition has created a less competitive environment; either way, Deadside has one of the most inviting and least hostile survival game communities in 2022 and serves as a great gateway for those new to the genre but have an interest in playing a PvP focused survival game.

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Safe Zones:

Deadside is one of the few survival games to offer players safe zones, ensuring that new players have a way to store some of their gear and weapons safely away from veteran players who seek to steal them.

In addition, safe zones allow players to purchase items from vendors and trade with other players in a safe environment.

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Character Customisation.

Deadside allows for seven male faces and a single body type, with the vast majority of facial options being a variation of the base white male model.

In short, if you are not white, male and have short hair, you are out of luck when it comes to customisation.

While a moderator has said that the developers would like to add female models in the future, nothing has been said since June 2020, in a thread that was quickly locked down due to toxic Steam users who equate wanting to play as your gender as being “woke” or promoting the “SJW agenda”.

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Deadside FAQ

Deadside is a survival video game developed and published by Bad Pixel, it was released on 14 April 2020 and retails for $19.99.

Platform Availability.

Deadside is available exclusively on PC.

Are The Developers Active?

Bad Pixel has been rather cautious when it comes to growing their team, and as a result, Deadside’s development has gone through periods of stagnation, where very little content was released.

And as a result, Deadside remains light on content, with only around 4 hours of unique content being available to new players in 2023, a figure which is minuscule compared to other survival games, which can take upwards of 50 hours to explore fully and almost triple that to master.

Is Deadside Dead?

Deadside is not dead, but the vast majority of its nearly 700 servers are, with the player base congregating around a handful of official and unofficial servers.

Filtering out empty servers by default would go a long way towards marking Deadside look more active, as being presented with 680+ empty servers is a bad look for new players, especially when some regions have as little as one active server during off-peak hours.

How Many People Play Deadside?

As of June 2023, Deadside peaks at around 1200 players each weekday and 1500 on the weekend.

Please note Deadside is very EU-centric, and outside of peak EU/NA hours, the player base shrinks to around 400 active players.

479 Steam users are currently playing Deadside (Updated July 18, 2024, 1:48 pm)

Is There Group Finding/Matchmaking Support?

Deadside offers the following matchmaking options:

  • Server Browser

Are There In-Game Microtransactions?

Deadside offers no microtransactions.

What Peripherals Are Supported?

The following peripherals are officially supported:

  • PC - Mouse and Keyboard.

Is There Any Mature Content?

Deadside is unrated and contains the following:

  • Violence

Final Verdict.

Deadside is a decent game, but I would not choose to play over DayZ or any other established survival game; the genre is based around risk and reward. Frankly, there is not enough risk in Deadside to make playing the game for more than an hour or so feel rewarding.

Within 5 minutes of spawning, I had looted a pistol, killed three bots, a fully geared player, and found myself flush with cash, top-end gear, two modified special weapons and enough ammo to conduct a small war.

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After that, there was little for me to do but go and fight more players and hope some of them had better gear than I did to make the fight worth it (they didn’t).

As someone who is only moderately skilled at pvp in survival games, I was disappointed that I could not find anyone who provided much of a challenge. Most battles resulted in the other player dying before they could land more than a glancing blow.

Risk/Reward is needed to attract players who, by their presence and ability, force other players to improve or band together in self-defence. Without this element of risk, players become apathetic and provide little in the way of a challenge for those experienced in PvP.

A decent game, but certainly not one I would recommend over DayZ, 7 Days to Die or even Ark Survival Evolved.

Is Deadside Worth Playing In 2024?

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Honest Video Game Reviews has given "Deadside" a rating of 6/10, which means, while it is mediocre/average, and has its fair share of issues, the average gamer would not regret playing it.

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