With so many popular titles under its wide portfolio of games for both Android and iOS platforms, NetEase Games continues to draw in more and more fans with each new game they release. Following the typical downloads by the millions earned by popular titles such as Rules of Survival, Knives Out, and Identity V among other titles, NetEase Games’ LifeAfter has quickly topped charts in several countries and has become one of the top free games. LifeAfter is an action survival game with a role-playing element rolled into one and with an original story that immerses you heavily into its post-apocalyptic world; the game offers plenty of things to do on top of the usual zombie-themed game.
It’s not all about guns blazing and running around as your objective to survive takes you through various resource-gathering tasks and crafting tools and weapons that you need to increase your chances of survival. The game can be played entirely on your own but having a friend and partner around doubles the thrills and excitement. If you are looking for an action RPG type of survival game that you can spend some hours on by yourself or with a friend, then be sure to check LifeAfter out.
As a survivor following a devastating plague breakout, LifeAfter takes you into an unfamiliar post-apocalyptic world where those infected by the virus lurks around nearly every inch of the world. To survive, you must continuously be on your guard and gather as many of the needed food and supplies you will need to survive through the harsh environment. Everything from stones to wood, and even hemp becomes vital needs and grabbing everything you can on-the-go is a skill that you need to master. LifeAfter offers a wide variety of weapons, tools, and structures to craft and still leaves plenty of choices for you to make relative to your preferences and play style on how to survive.
As there are some aspects of the game that may be unfamiliar to players who are a little less experienced than others when it comes to action survival RPGs, LifeAfter offers a pretty detailed, yet somewhat longer-than-usual tutorial that takes you through a variety of scenarios to understand how the game works. It’s a great thing that the tutorial serves as a good way of introducing the story and with some non-linear choices and relative freedom to explore in certain situations; it can give you a good enough feel of what you ought to always prioritize when the game reaches the actual beginning.
Although it is best to absorb as much information as you can during the introductory part of the game, there are information icons on most menus to refresh your memory on how to go about a lot of the basic game mechanics. If you are totally new to this game and needs help in finding your way around things or if you are deep into it to some extent but still needs some tips and strategies to more efficiently become a strong survivor, then our LifeAfter beginner’s guide will surely be able to help you as you explore through the game and triumph over the challenges that come your way.
1. Aim To Complete Quests And Missions
As soon as you step into the game, the initial time you will be spending as you progress the story takes on a series of activities that basically involves moving into certain areas, performing some activites, and interacting with certain people and objects. It’s rather easy to get accustomed to as important objects are highlighted; people you need to speak with have indicators; and there are hard to miss arrows on the ground to guide you on where you have to go most of the time. You will know that you are past the tutorial once you find more icons on your screen but then, for your game to progress, you should continue to follow the quest line at the left side of your screen. In most occasions, adhering to the guide and fulfilling objectives will earn you new dollars and skill points which are very important to enhance your character.
Keep in mind though that most quests set you on a journey through the wilderness with danger lurking from all directions. As such, quests that can give you time to proceed can be an opportunity to gather additional resources to arm yourself and be ready for the unexpected.
2. Always Prepare Before Heading Out
There’s no such thing as being overly prepared in LifeAfter so be sure to always have weapons in your inventory before you head out. Ranged weapons are typically safer but then there will often be situations that require you to resort to melee combat, especially considering the ammo capacity of initial ranged weapons, so be sure to have at least one of each type. Bows and machetes may not be much but they are better than nothing. If you can carry extra weapons and ammo, be sure to take more than what you think you will need.
Additionally important are bandages as well as extra supplies of hemp to craft them. These, along with food items should always form part of your usual inventory before exiting the door of your home. Even while on quests, be sure to gather these items as you can never truly have enough of them.
When you get to the part of the story where you will have a wine cabinet, be sure to place all items you won’t need immediately and leave it there. This will leave more space for whatever resources you can gather as you venture through the danger zones and leave a bit less worries if ever you get killed during a mission. Although you can still get back the items you lost whenever you get killed by an infected, it may pose as a challenge to get back to the items you lose from your backpack if you lose some after you respawn. As such, take only the items you need for a journey and leave the materials you won’t need in battle back home.
3. Accomplish Event Objectives And Training
On top of the immediate rewards you can get out of completing certain activities, you can earn even more rewards by clearing some objectives on in-game events as well as training. You can see these icons at the top of your screen so be sure to check these icons out regularly and click on them to check the list of objectives you need to accomplish to obtain great rewards. Though you can actually accomplish some of these objectives just by regularly playing through the game, it will add a great boost to your character’s growth and your game’s progress to exert more effort into achieving some of them. Be sure to check out the market tab in the training menu to view some items you may want to purchase after earning enough training medals. Some events may be time-limited but you can always see additional information as to when each will become active again.
4. Pay Attention To Your Status And Map
Aside from the Health Bar which is the easiest to identify compared to the other bars on the upper left side of your screen, your hunger as well as overall health level are equally important as well. Be sure to always keep a good eye on these status bars to identify your intake needs. On top of these 3 bars, you should also pay close attention to your stamina whenever you run. If it’s not a “running for your life” scenario, be sure to keep it high and avoid running in extended durations. You can also click on the mini map at the right side of the screen and identify landmarks as well as important indicators to be able to focus on what you need to do and where you will need to go. Remember that your backpack will have its own icon on the map as well whenever you respawn as a result of being beaten by an infected or any similar unfortunate event.
5. Make Peace, Not War
You will often encounter other survivors on a variety of mission and there are choices you can make on how to engage them. Although LifeAfter is a survival game above all else, surviving on your own will be a much bigger challenge if you make enemies out of other survivors on top of the plethora of horrors and wild animals that abound across all maps. Learn to share rest areas and help others out whenever you can.
This is most especially important when you don’t have friends in real life that can join you in LifeAfter as all missions and explorations become a lot easier when you are doing it with other people. If you always show a helpful, non-violent image to everyone you meet, it will be a lot easier to acquire new friends you can go on an adventure with.
6. Take Care Of Your Pet
Your dog isn’t there with you just to follow you around. You can actually keep it on guard back home and give it such other commands later on. To ensure that your buddy’s stats are at peak and make him more obedient to your commands, remember to feed him occasionally. There are various food items as well as materials you can gather from animals that you hunt which can be fed to your dog. Dogs have packs to so feel free to check your pet’s status as well as other information by clicking on its icon just beside your status bars.
7. Be Active As Much As Possible
Every bit of action you do like farming, crafting, and killing the infected earns you experience points that can make your character a lot more formidable. If you are not up to pursuing a quest and just want to relax a little more and enjoy the scenery, you can do so while continuously gathering nearby resources or even hunting infected that are not in large groups.
Remember to check on the home icon at the upper left side of your screen and click on the abilities tab to upgrade your gathering, crafting, and combat skills. Although there will be a lot of choices on which to upgrade first, there truly is no such thing as a right path and you should choose which skills you feel you should strengthen more over the others. Just be sure to read through each and every one of the available upgrade options and don’t rush into deciding immediately. As it will take a lot longer to obtain points as you grow stronger, prioritization will be very important.
8. Know When To Engage And When To Run
Except for instances of hordes out to attack your home, there are many situations where you can choose to engage infected or wild animals or opt to flee. These decisions are dependent on a lot of factors but for starters; go for a more defensive approach. Some animals are prey and some are predators, even encountering them for the first time in the game should somehow give you an idea if you can take them on with the weapons you have. This will be more critical when there are infected in the area which you may notice on the mini map on the upper right side of your screen.
Additionally, you should also consider the number of healing items you have on your inventory as well as the amount of materials you have to craft additional ones. Considering weather will be a huge factor as well since heavy rains that limit visibility can also negatively impact your health. Lastly, chances of success through some encounters can also depend on whether you are alone or not.
Be sure to remember all these factors whenever there’s a fight or flee scenarios that come your way as assessing the situation forms part of the basic necessities you need to be good at to increase your chances of survival.
This ends our beginner’s guide for LifeAfter and we hope that you were able to pick up a lot of useful tips, tricks and strategies from the ones we shared and also enjoyed reading through all of it. If there are some additional tips or strategies you know and would like to share them with us, don’t hesitate to do so through the comments section below!