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Kenshi is a game I've been following and testing for just about two years now (My steam play time is innacurate by a long shot, i'd estimate my playtime is around 200 hours total over that period of two years). This game has been in development for longer than i've been testing it and I will state now, I understand this is an ALPHA. So what I'm going to have to do is give you my impressions of an incomplete game. This game, in all of it's mechanics are flawed and buggy. The question becomes though after the length of development it's been under and the funding it's received, the outsourcing to freelance artists and programmers is this; Is this game acceptable in it's current state? My opinion is no, it is not in any way acceptable even as an alpha. I'm going to try to explain why and I want whoever reads this to understand this is the first and only "review" of a game i've ever done, in my opinion it's an impression. You cannot review an incomplete product.
There are basically two paths you can go in this game based off the mechanics currently implemented. You can build a base and reach the final tiers but as i've witnessed and read in updates and other "reviews" the system has always been bugged. Walls not working, doors not functioning correctly, stalls not behaving properly etc.. When it comes to base building you rely on a character to research the new technologies. They gain a stat by doing this. That does nothing. It does not influence research times whatsoever as far as i've ever seen. it's the same if they've got 0 or 100.
The second path you can take is goold ol' combat. Good freakin luck with that one, especially if you're new to the game. When it comes to combat you've got to either A) Abuse the broken system by luring enemies (They follow you FOREVER, literally) or hoping for bandits to appear near city guards or finding and following roaming friendly factions and building your skills ever so slowly while the guards/wanderers fight and defeat bandits. B) You can start as the retired soldier who is the only character that starts with fighting skills, HOWEVER, starts with no money or armor (And speaking of which, i've not been able to identify armor as doing anything but making you slower unless you have high enough athletic skill).
You cannot, simply cannot, even with the retired soldier starting option, go into a fresh game and roam the wasteland without dying or wasting your precious time waiting for your character to recover from a coma. You can get lucky and find dead bandits killed by wandering friendlies and sell their junk for money to hire team members. The best you can get is at this time a "fighter" with base fighting skills of 15 (Out of 100), approximately the same as any single low end bandit. Otherwise for 700 you can hire totally fresh characters with 1 stat to everything. (There's medics etc., but the focus of this subject is combat, and frankly you don't need a hired medic as the game stands).
Let me give you a quick story of a game I played last night as a retired soldier. I immediately headed to the nearest cannibal camp to check on what the updates were all about on them. What I came across before reaching the camp was cannibals running back to their base. There was a wounded straggler carrying a captured citizen (I assume it was a citizen). I caught up to him. This low end, wounded cannibal, wearing nothing but a club and carrying a person, EASILY defeated my retired soldier. What? I wait out the coma period. I get up and I run in to actually look at their camp. Now. I don't know if there's some vision system in the game that allows you to be sneaky and slip by people but I walked straight past at least 25 cannibals into their camp, coming as close as to be within five or ten feet of several of them. I sat there in the camp for a few seconds. Suddenly every cannibal heads straight for me. I have no idea why it worked that way, but it did. My character was neeedless to say defeated and placed in a cell where It was game over, I had zero way to escape that situation. So that was a session ended.
This is an alpha game that CAN be fun if you ignore all of it's flaws and are dedicated. But my impression after testing it off and on for about two years it has changed very little since I first played it. More towns have been added. (The original ones are still there and they're a disaster, as an example try starting at the bottom right town. Find a way from that town to anywhere. Good luck. Seriously. I can find no route out.) A little bit of folliage was added to certain areas. The character textures/models have changed as well as the clothing, stuff like that. But in terms of pure content addition, this is a game that has made absurdly slow unnaceptable progress. It's directionless. This is a game on steam. Why? It obviously makes money. So where is the money going? It sure isn't making true progress. Just look through the history of updates. It's a tangled mess of directionless nonsense that's lead to this game being only ever so slightly better than it was two years ago.
That's my take, if you read it it's within your right to disagree. I personally do not recommend this game in it's current state.
Publisert: 26 Januar 2014