PS4 Review: They Are Billions

Can you survive this Zombie RTS?

They Are Billions is a Steampunk strategy game set on a post-apocalyptic planet. Build and defend colonies to survive against the billions of the infected that seek to annihilate the few remaining living humans. Can humanity survive after the zombie apocalypse?

I’ve never been that great at RTS games or Tower Defence games like Plants vs Zombies, but I figured I’d give They Are Billions a chance and what I didn’t expect was for it to be almost a combination of the two. The game has a steep learning curve and a high difficulty threshold, so it’s not one for the faint-hearted as you ty and build colonies while fending off the undead. Finding the balance is tricky but rewarding if you can pull it off.

Luckily, you can pause the “real-time” element if you need to catch a breath so you can issue orders before resuming the chaos, which really does help as the PS4 interface isn’t the easiest to get to grips with. I’m not surprised as most RTS games struggle to find this balance on consoles versus PC and it’s not the worst control system, it just takes some getting used to. Luckily, you can bring down the list of controls in-game at any time to help you out.

Visually, They Are Billions has a great art style to it with its Steampunk look and it looks great as far as RTS games go. The framerate seemed consistent and the sound direction is impressive.

The Verdict

A tough-as-nails RTS mixed with Tower Defence elements sound appealing but also fear inducing as it will test your sanity. They Are Billions has a good balance between the two and when it works, it works…but it will slowly drive you mad as you try and balance building colonies and holding back waves of zombies. But some of us like to go a bit mad, eh?

Score: 7.5