Watch us play How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition for Xbox One and Windows PC

Every weekend the Windows Central streams an Xbox One and/or Windows game or two on Twitch for 1-2 hours, and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers!

Tonight at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT), we'll be playing How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition. Take the survival mechanics of State of Decay and mix them with a cooperative twin-stick shooter with a sense of humor and you get How to Survive. We want you guys there, chatting along. So we're giving out more than 20 codes for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam!

Update: The stream has ended. Continue reading for game impressions, contest winners, and the full video replay in YouTube format!

How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition

You play as one of three survivors who have become stranded on a zombie-infested island. Like the average person, they have little idea of how to handle the situation on their own. Luckily, an eccentric survival nut has created a "How to Survive" guide for just such an emergency. You'll hunt down the pages of the guide, which contains useful (and funny) words of advice.

How to Survive takes place from an overhead view and controls like a twin-stick shooter. But it's still a survival game like State of Decay. Your character has three basic needs: food, water, and sleep that must be met in order to stay alive and kicking. You'll have to hunt animals for food, gather water from wells, and find safe places to rest as you navigate the island's perils.

Besides exploring, foraging, and zombie killing, you'll also have to complete RPG-style quests for fellow survivors. Completing these quests, as well as fighting enemies and crafting unique objects, gains EXP for your character. Use it to purchase upgrades for a skill tree, personalizing your character while gaining useful benefits like a reduced need for sleep.

Best of all, How to Survive has that one major element that State of Decay lacks: cooperative multiplayer! Two players can team up on one system or online in order to face the zombie island together. Since each character has his or her own strengths and abilities, you'll be able to complement your partner and hopefully keep each other safe.

See how we fare with How to Survive's extremely challenging survival gamelay during tonight's stream, and you might even win a copy of your own!

  • How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition – Xbox One – 3 GB – $19.99 – Link (opens in new tab)
  • How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition – Windows – $19.99 – Steam Link

How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition for Xbox One

The Contest

We'll be streaming How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition for 90 minutes tonight, starting at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT). During that time, we'll be giving out a total of 24 game codes:

-10 for Xbox One -10 for PlayStation 4 (North American accounts only) - 4 for Steam

To enter, just follow me at (making sure to enable email notifications!) and tune in during the stream. You can watch the stream right here in this post, but you need to actually participate in the stream chat to have a chance at winning. We'll deliver codes to the winners via Twitch message (PM) during the stream. No code begging!

I'll be available for a few minutes before and after the stream if you have any questions or just want to say hi. If you enjoy the stream, be sure to check our schedule and come back for more!

How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition for Xbox One

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How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition for Xbox One

Streaming schedule

Want to know what's next for Windows Central's Twitch programming? Here's this week's schedule. The stream always starts at the same time: 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT).

  • Monday, April 27 : Tyler night! Tyler plays a game of his choice.
  • Tuesday, April 28: Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim (Windows PC and Sony PSP/Vita)
  • Thursday, April 30: Shovel Knight (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows PC)
  • Saturday, May 2: Divekick: Addition Edition (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam) and Threes (Xbox One). Two games in one stream with twice the chances to win!

We hope you'll tune in as often as you can! Set a recurring alarm on your phone so you'll always know when it's time for the stream to start.

How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition for Xbox One


Come back here after the show to see the list of winners.

Xbox One

  • Edwardoooo
  • Geoketch
  • Qwe123878
  • Mrgryffudd
  • Yup84
  • Raypark23
  • Kenzibit
  • Evilernie667
  • Kingsimond

PlayStation 4

  • Ucfknighthood
  • Masterfoureyes
  • Angelicespada
  • Rann7878
  • Afalcon90
  • Coppernicky
  • Alexussmile
  • Bria5544
  • Leodonuts


  • Brownmeister2
  • Kufeifei
  • Lantea1
  • Iccyasd

Thanks to 505 Games for providing tonight's prizes. Thanks also to our Twitch stream moderators for keeping the peace and giving away the prizes!

Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!

  • Darn it, playing pool with my father in-law tonight, will have to try to catch this on livegaming
  • 2nd comment.... \m/
  • Don't leave useless comments. Thanks.
  • Haven't seen much about this one yet. Will be there
  • Wasn't today divekick and threes?
  • They were originally planned for last Saturday, but I was sick. How to Survive had to be this specific weekend, so Divekick and Threes are next weekend.
  • I'll definitely stop by. I think Dying Light has given me a willingness to give zombie games a chance again, plus I'm almost out of stuff do play, since I am on the last chapter of Child of Light.
  • I haven't been able to join a stream in a while.
  • Why not? How about tonight?
  • Busy at new job. And tonight I am going out with my wife. But I am probably going to sneak into the stream every now and then XD.
  • Just enjoy the date, dude.. Wife deserves 100% of the attention.
  • Yeah I know, but she has to go to the restroom some time lol.
  • Sounds like fun! Will be there watching.
  • Yay! You should sign in to Skype every now and then. dang it.
  • ill be there
  • will be there if I don't pass out before ^^
  • Always a good time watching the stream. I'll make sure to be there.
  • I'll be there.. 3AM my time... Better save some Xbox codes for the Europeans!! (fine and the rest of the world) assuming all the PS codes are North America only.
  • That's right. PlayStation codes are region-specific but Xbox and Steam codes are usually universal.
  • Great stream guys! Thanks for the code!
  • Great stream tonight guys, I won an Xbox one copy during it and I cannot be more happy.
    Big shout out to 505GAMES for the love too.
  • Thanks for the great stream. was fun :)
  • Great stream, don't usually like the zombie games, but this is one I will be getting!
  • Thanks for the stream. Was an interesting watch.
  • Nice, stream. Thanks for the chance to win something. See you next time :P
  • awesome steam as always. again, thank you so much for the giveaways! just installed my game on Xbox one :)
  • Another good stream tonight. The game looked pretty good. I think I'll enjoy the coach co-op mode. There are not enough good coach co-op games on XB1.
  • Yay i (Yup84) won a great game from a great stream. The combination of chat from fellow WC readers and the twitch stream make for a great time. Been watching this stream since it started and its gets better and better. Great stream great games great community lots of content.   #Stream Team FTW
  • The stream turned out very well.
  • Good stream tonight!
  • Best cohost ever
  • Damn straight, Bob. Did you find that cat video in the end ;)
  • Yes and it was great
  • Loved the stream. I’m looking forward to the next one.
  • Even though I don't usually like Zombie themed games, I will give this one a go. The stream made it look fun and humorous.
  • I missed the first part but enjoyed the bonus show. How I want to play...
  • Thanks for staying up late with us, dude!
  • Sorry I couldnt make it! The fellas and I were doing a heist together in GTA and it's hard to get all of us together online to play with our work schedules and such. I'm sure it was a great stream and I'll try to catch the one next Saturday! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • so i startedto paly this game today and its a lot of fun. Now i just need someone to play with.