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We Happy Few

9 months ago

2 years ago

Feature: Not such a downer anymore

We Happy Few finds some joy in major update

We Happy Few [official site] is much less of a downer following a major update. The game, which is a fusion of crafting, survival and first-person narrative action adventure, was released into Early Access in July and my first experiences with it were disheartening. A short introduction has you control lead character Arthur Hastings at work, redacting history, and then escaping into the underground when…

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3 years ago

Feature: More high-concept bin-diving

We Happy Few: Wonderful Setting, Tired Structure

We Happy Few [official site] is a singleplayer, first-person survival game, set in an alt-history, 1960s-esque England in which the well-to-do all scoff 'Joy' pills to ensure an ordered society, while the less fortunate 'Downers' are locked out and left to live in squalor and madness. You play as Arthur, a clerk off his pills and starting to glimpse the stark truth of things, and…

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4 years ago

Feature: I have Joy in my heart. And my water.

We Happy Few’s Fledgling Dystopian Survival Experience

We Happy Few [official site] is, I think, the only survival game with permadeath whose conceit has intrigued me enough that I've wanted to stick with it in spite of the insistence that humans lose water at the rate of your average sieve and that anyone can build advanced machinery with enough scavenged scrap metal. That said, I've just died for the sixth time and…

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