Got Money To Burn? One Life Is A New FPS Where A Single Death Locks You Out Permanently

Written by Jon Sutton on Wed, Oct 21, 2015 10:33 AM
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How does a first-person shooter where you only ever have a single life take your fancy? Where you can hand over $10 and lose it in 10 seconds? Because that’s the premise behind One Life, a new multiplayer title which has just cropped up on Steam Greenlight.

Set within post-apocalyptic battlegrounds, in One Life you have literally that - one life. Once you’re killed off your fate is decided by your killer, who can choose whether to spare you or lock you out of the game forever. It’s part of what of what One Life’s developer has dubbed its ‘Domination’ feature. Players can forgive, humiliate, kill or steal from their fallen foes - the choice is up to them. Live chat even allows players to beg for forgiveness or scream in rage.

It’s proper permadeath, where one bullet means you can never play again. One Life will be greyed out in your Steam library, and that’s your $10 up in smoke. From the looks of it One Life is a bit of a survival game so you’ll have scavenge for supplies, unite with buddies to form gangs, and craft everything you’ll need to survive.

It all sounds pretty brutal and unforgiving, and there’s every chance you could drop into its world and die almost instantly, without even getting a chance to give OneLife a good go. The devs don’t think this will be the case, saying “You can definitely survive for a long time in the game. That’s not a problem at all if you are a careful player. With smart tactics you can play the game for months.” I wouldn’t mind betting you’re definitely going to need to ride your luck a bit to survive anywhere near that long.

One Life is a neat concept but on first impressions it could well be fundamentally flawed. Locking gamers out of a game at the account level just for dying in it will surely have some major backlash. One thing’s for sure - Valve's going to need to keep shoving plenty of coal in the furnace to keep Steam’s refund system working overtime when One Life launches. And that’s not even to mention how the dev team can maintain a steady player base when their biggest fans, the ones who stumped up the cash first, are locked out.

Who's first in line for a Steam refund then?

Would you be willing to give One Life a go?

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14:07 Oct-22-2015

This is such a dumb concept. Permadeath (unless optional) is a dumb concept in general but this is even worse. It says something about the state of game development when developers can't create tension without resorting to cheap gimmicks. Don't play this game. Here's an alternative: play a different game and stop playing once you die. You can even give me the 10$ for having developed this innovative concept later, if you're really tired of having money.

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07:13 Oct-22-2015

Would have been an amazing concept if the initial purchase was 10$ and subsequent purchases were a little lesser , say 0.5 $ or so. Yeah i would definitely be willing to try this. Not some rich kid here , but just to try having an experience of the thrill of having your hard earned money on the line :P

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05:26 Oct-22-2015

Why don't they make OneLife as a game that sends you back to the menu title and start a new campaign (if it's a single-player) rather than this?

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06:07 Oct-22-2015

Because we already have DayZ for that.

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17:57 Oct-22-2015

ye game that works so well

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04:10 Oct-31-2015

Nice! I don't normally like a zombie themed games until i heard State of Decay. Will try it soon, thanks! :D

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05:17 Oct-22-2015

Quite literally one of the dumbest ideas in the gaming industry. No way I'm paying any amount of money for a game where if I die, I lose everything.
A death may not even be lack of skill either. Internet connection has a huge part to play.
If it was the case of you can only play on each server once, and the restriction is lifted every month, then it'll probably sell better, but £10 for one life

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04:02 Oct-22-2015

This reached #1 on Steam greenlight? How? Buying this game is like holding ten bucks over a lighter. One mistake and that ten bucks is gone and you get nothing out of it but a burnt dollar. If your going to make a permadeath game just follow the norm and do something else that'll make it interesting.

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03:42 Oct-22-2015

Everybody will like, "YOLO"

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03:06 Oct-22-2015

This could eventually rise to a position where it will be the proving grounds for skilled Gamers across the globe

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02:49 Oct-22-2015

A new low for gaming. No, thanks.

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02:11 Oct-22-2015

Pay for Replay -_-

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00:25 Oct-22-2015

It should be free

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21:47 Oct-21-2015

If this dont get pirated on day 1 i would be surprised

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02:06 Oct-22-2015

Pirated and hacked at the same time, that would be hilarious. All those people who actually paid money for the game getting automatically locked out when they spawn because some invincible hackers killed them.

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02:53 Oct-22-2015

This is sad, but still funny. If the game is really bad I won't care if it gets hacked or pirated, but if the devs seemed to care and put a lot of effort into this; it'll be ducked up.

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21:34 Oct-21-2015

It definitely sounds interesting, I might have to convince some friends into getting this with me. I like the idea of it, always on your toes kinda deal. The only rough thing is going to be groups of about 20 people being completely and utterly ruthless, but hey, maybe you can convince them to draft you before they put a bullet in you.

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21:08 Oct-21-2015

So you play the game for a hour, die and then use Steam refunds.

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21:22 Oct-21-2015

seems like you have 2h free of charge after that its 10$ per death :)

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21:07 Oct-21-2015

ALT-F4

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20:07 Oct-21-2015

well 10$ is a lot for this kind of thing i mean its like when you go to arcades you pay and play for hour or until you die depend on game and then you have to pay again it could bring **** load of nostalgia if you look in the right direction.

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23:07 Oct-21-2015

yeah but back then the game was still there to play without buying it all over again. =/

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23:54 Oct-21-2015

no but you had to pay like 10 cents each run after you lose all your lives in contra or mario so yes you had to repay ofc you didn't own the game and arcade machine if you did you wouldn't have to pay but thats what i was talking about global arcade machine.

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19:55 Oct-21-2015

How stupid is this game concept? I've never heard anything more horrible than this!!!

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20:02 Oct-21-2015

Well the concept of one life and game over could be quite interesting only problem is concept is more for mmorpgs not fps.

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22:35 Oct-21-2015

If the game was free then it would be OK, but having to pay for it...

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22:59 Oct-21-2015

then death wouldn't mean much and how are they going to keep up cost for servers and profit it would be stupid to sell cosmetics or over powered stuff

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00:49 Oct-22-2015

If someone pays £10 for the game but dies after 3 minutes (Like I probably would) then they would have wasted a lot.

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19:49 Oct-21-2015

I think I could write a C program (Wouldn't know how to implement it or do anything with it) that would immediately disconnect internet and log you out as soon as your "health" (if there is such a thing here, like 2-3 bullets in abdomen) dropped below 20%. Wouldn't work probably, but still....10 dollars, no thank you (Maybe...just maybe 10 cents).

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18:45 Oct-21-2015

it is just for me or this is the most stupid game ever made?

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23:08 Oct-21-2015

You´re not alone man =)

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18:41 Oct-21-2015

Doesn't get more hardcore than this. Not sure it will catch on, but I'm intrigued.

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18:27 Oct-21-2015

Oh guise, don't be givin' Ubisoft and EA idea's - please!


It's already bad enough -.-'

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