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Posts tagged “survival”

Feature: Snow hope

The Long Dark’s Vigilante Flame update sees the splendid survival game better than ever before

The thing I thought I wanted most from The Long Dark proved to be the thing I wanted least. For the many years I've been returning to this truly brilliant and most brutal of survival sims, I so wanted them to deliver on the Story Mode the title screen would always promise. To have a narrative motivation to persist against the odds and the elements…

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Feature: So little has changed...

The Forest review

I've loved The Forest when I've played it in the past. I first took a look in 2014, finding it limited but a lot of fun. I then went back in 2015 to discover it was hugely improved and far more involved. I even videoed half an hour of my inept ambling. I have been back since then, but not written any more, but it's…

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The Forest v1.0 launching at end of the month

Add this one to my list of games that I thought was released released more than a year ago, The Forest is finally unlocking v1.0 at the end of April. I... I really have to keep better track of these things. My time in The Forest was super enjoyable (that's not the word for mutant cannibal island) but knowing that so much content was locked…

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Frostpunk’s steamy city in the snow teased

As you might have heard, the folks who put together the civilian survival management of This War of Mine are working on a chilly follow-up called Frostpunk [official site]. It’s set in a permanently wintry world where humans cling to life thanks to steam-powered machinery. We haven’t been able to discover much about it (and that will still be the case by the end of…

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Feature: Chilling

Survival meets adventure in Kôna review

Survival-meets-adventure Kôna [official site] feels like a game that admirably comes in the wake of Campo Santo's wilderness wonder Firewatch. But it's worth noting the Kickstarter for the game launched years before Firewatch released. Still, I suspect lessons have been learned and added in the last year, and they're very welcome, as this proves to be a fascinating game.

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The Wild Eight lights its campfire in early access

Ah, sweet Alaska. Internationally renowned for its dangerously stupid hockey mums and Werner Herzog documentaries. It’s also the setting of top-down survival game The Wild Eight [official site] which has now sauntered into early access. I’ve only played a couple of hours so far but it is enough to know that surviving in Alaska is tough. Right from the moment you wake (amid flaming plane…

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Feature: Lonely Island

Island paradise? Stranded Deep reaches its not-so-terrible twos

What a difference a year and a half makes. And what little difference it makes too. That's how long it's been since I last wrote about Stranded Deep [official site] - a game I've returned to during its lengthy Early Access development despite its many problems. And now it's two years old, it's finally shaping up into something solid and compelling. And yet at the…

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Feature: Game of pontoon?

Oh my goodness, I completely love Raft

Browsing Itch.io the other day, as is my wont, I couldn't help but be reminded about Raft [Itch.io site]. Brendan previously spotted it, and I forgot to grab it then. Proving rather popular on the platform since its launch in December, the shots immediately reminded me of my old love, Salt. But this is even more specific than that stripped down of survival sims. This…

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Feature: Conan The Teleporter

Three laggy hours with Conan Exi ConCona Conan Exiles

Oh, Early Access! Sorry, just stubbed my toe. Yes, it's certainly worked in places, but goodness me if it isn't sometimes the most infuriating way of releasing barely functioning games for a fee. Time was it cost a developer lots of money to have their game concepts tested and QAd - now they charge £27 for the privilege. That's how much it'll cost you to…

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Hellion Wants You To Die In Cold Space Next Year

Look at that space corridor. That is a nice space corridor. It's from Hellion [official site], a sci-fi survival game that is set among the derelict stations and rusting ships of a distant solar system, rather than the alien-infested surfaces of strange new worlds. You and your spacesuited friends will have to find asteroids to mine, salvage the innards from dead stations, and clip abandoned…

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Feature: Bang, zoom, straight to the moon

Premature Evaluation: Empyrion – Galactic Survival

Every Monday we jettison Brendan into the uncharted quadrants of early access and demand constant progress reports. This week, he makes himself a new home in the tropical forests of Empyrion: Galactic Survival [official site]. There’s something making noises out there. It’s growling, or they’re growling. I’m not sure. It’s pitch black in the jungle tonight and the noise is definitely not normal jungle noise.…

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Feature: Bring him home

Premature Evaluation – Osiris: New Dawn

Every Monday we send Brendan to the far-flung reaches of the early access galaxy. And sometimes we even receive a report back. This week he finds himself stranded on a stormy, alien-infested planet in Osiris: New Dawn [official site]. I have survived many things – the dinosaurs of ARK, the mad men of Rust, a degeneration of the self in DayZ. This makes me perfectly…

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Chill Out: This War Of Mine Devs Announce Frostpunk

This War of Mine developers 11 Bit Studios are returning with another grim survival scenario to ponder how much we're willing to give up our humanity etc. This War of Mine's modern-day-ish setting was inspired by the Siege of Sarajevo, with regular people trying to get by in a war-torn city, but 11 Bit are going a bit more unreal with their next. Today they…

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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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Premature Evaluation: How to Survive 2

Survival games seem to break down into two broad categories. On the one hand, you have the survivalist games, where the focus is on an endless battle against the elements, a hostile environment, and resource scarcity so severe that even basic needs like food and shelter are hard to satisfy. Then there are survival games like EKO Software's How to Survive 2, where some survival…

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The Long Dark’s Story Mode Gets First Trailer

The Long Dark [official site] is one of our favourite survival games. John has been playing it on a regular basis and enjoying his treks through the cold wilderness a great deal, despite the daft difficulty levels, which either see him starving to death within minutes of a gargantuan feast, or present no real challenge at all. That he has returned to the game so…

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Take On Mars Goes Electric With Power Update

In what can only be described as a Mars-a-thon week, we've witnessed not only the release of Ridley Scott's book-to-film interpretation of The Martian, but also the news that science boffins have discovered evidence of water up there on the Red Planet. On the ball as ever, Arma makers Bohemia Interactive have now added to the Mars Madness by releasing a Power Update to their…

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Feature: A Stalk In The Woods

The Deforestry Commission: A Return To The Forest

In checking up on the affecting and devastatingly difficult The Long Dark, and the underwhelming Stranded Deep, I ran into the same issue. After many months, I returned to these early access survival sims to find the same silly, easily fixed issues persisted, despite enormous great chunks of new game being added in. Not so with The Forest [official site]. This is a game that,…

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