I had some fun with this last night. Loved the first game, and this one just expands on it. I got to day 33 or so and about to move on to the big city and hopefully "escape" but the power went out in my house! Pissed me off. Never saw any bows.
As far as what weapons to give survivors, I usually gave them any submachine guns I found. Or a shotgun. Seemed to work best. For myself I used the AK-47 or whatever it was when I found it. Before that I used the .357. The hunting rifle is nice but sooo slow to reload after each shot. I was hoping to find a better rifle of that sort but never did. The chainsaw was always my backup weapon. The grenades were just about useless. The only time I ever died was because I chose grenades as my primary weapon to try them out, with chainsaw as backup. Luckily there was a Retry.
Oh, and is it just me or is reloading a huge annoyance this time around? I don't remember if there even was reloading in the first game. If there was, I don't remember it being so annoying. The worst thing about it is if you start the reload animation after shooting off the last bit of your ammo, you can't switch weapons until it is finished. A lot of close calls because of that. Why not let you switch weapons and then reload when you switch BACK to that weapon. Like in any first person shooter. Counter-Strike for instance.
I think I said this about the first game, especially now, they should totally make this into a DS game or something. I would love to take this with me everywhere for when I'm bored.
Edit: I'm not sure if it's bad form to link something like this directly or not, but if you want to play the game in more of a fullscreen kind of way, click here
Edit2: Huh. Playing it from the direct link makes the game run a little bit faster. That's..weird.