A free-roaming squad based RPG. Focusing on open-ended sandbox gameplay features rather than a linear story. Be a trader, a thief, a rebel, a warlord, an adventurer, a farmer, a slave, or just food for the cannibals. Research new equipment and craft new gear.
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April 1

0.90.X Hotfixes

There will be a whole bunch of patches over the next week while we stabilise the game, we'll add them all here in one place. Check back frequently for updates detail below...

Current Game Status & FAQs

Currently, 0.90.0 is very heavy on performance and RAM, these will be optimised further over time.
  • For performance issues: Reduce the terrain detail and view distance and turn off shadows.
  • For low memory: Reduce the texture quality and view distance.
You can't load old savegames but you CAN import your squad without buildings and research.

The update is only available on the "Experimental" branch at the moment, because I'm unsure of it's stability. (you have to right-click on Kenshi in your Steam games list -> properties -> betas tab -> then choose "experimental". Leave the 'beta code' field blank.). The old version will still be available through Steam in the other branches.
 
Patchnotes

0.90.1
  • Imposed limitations and a fix for importing old-world savegames
  • Enabled the missing playable races
0.90.2
  • Stopped new games starting in deadly towns.
  • Fixed getting stuck when trying to add building materials
  • Fixed some of the crashes at startup that some people were getting
  • Pets no longer need to eat. This is a temporary measure, later I will figure out a feeding method or something.
0.90.3
  • Added missing Dialog.mod file. Tons of content was missing there, and caused some crashes
  • Fixed crash when purchasing buildings
  • There are some big long slowdowns and freezes in the game at random times when zones are unloaded. Optimised these in a gung-ho kinda way to get it out quick. Will go over it more carefully later.
  • Robot repair kits now available at construction traders. Not in the holy empire though.
  • Hive faction shop was missing tons of item types
  • More fixes for starting in bad towns
0.90.4
  • Fixed dialogue crash after stealing stuff.
  • Fixed getting cooked food item from campfire.
  • Fixed research consuming the required amount of items.
  • Food now properly consumed from backpack
  • Finished fixing the long freezes and slowdowns properly. My previous solution probably was causing bugs, which will now be fixed. Performance should be smoother.
  • Fixed the black stripes on the terrain some people were getting.
  • Random nest items no longer spawn under the floor in buildings
0.90.5
  • Meat is worth more nutrition and cooks way faster
  • Can't reproduce the Paladins in Wildlife faction bug, so I think it was because of the missing mod file before. Will enforce save imports for this version and see if it still happens.
  • Fixed animals unable to attack
  • Fixed multiple characters showing all at once in the character editor
0.90.6
  • Books are now a little more common, and can be found in the holy empire towns
  • Fixed random buildings getting navmesh-blocked so nobody could get inside
  • Added a mercenary squad to the Waystation bar to help the freedom seekers start
0.90.7
  • Hunger now drains slower when you are KO
  • Fixed the repeat bounty exploit
  • Fixed beak things & bulls unable to attack
  • Eating stacked food no longer depletes the whole stack
  • Fixed imported squads having an empty build list
  • Bread is crafted much faster
  • Fixed crash with research bench lvl IV
  • Fixed player characters not updating properly offscreen
  • Bunch 'o crash fixes, particularly with the research window
0.90.8
  • Added missing cooking stove
  • Night time is now less dark
  • Fixed camera refusing to descend
0.90.9
  • Fixed some of the major navmesh issues in border zone
  • Bunch 'o crash fixes
  • Another improvement to load-time framerate slowdowns
  • Hivers no longer get injury penalties at full health
  • Fixed hunger penalty for some skeleton NPCs
0.90.10
  • Fixed some issues with mines
  • Fixed fuel storage only storing 1 item
  • Fixed crash when dismantling buildings
  • Added crop yield values when placing farms (this should avoid placing farms that won't give crops)
  • Fixed animals inventory weight.
  • Fixed in crafting buildings: saving/loading of inputs and items, stacking outputs (when possible), crafting times
  • Fixed the crazy long food crafting times
  • weapons and backpacks are left behind if a character is eaten
0.90.11
  • Fixed underground interiors selection
  • Removed already learnt research from the research list.
  • Fixed bug with adding building materials to certain buildings
  • Performance optimisations
  • Crash fixes
  • Fixed characters flickering on some systems
0.90.12
  • Crash fixes
0.90.13
  • Restored the muscle/skinny effect on characters
  • Fixed the inability to build campfires, and they are now free to build
  • Fixed the skeletons texture
  • Fixed the bug with wrong damage amounts showing when hit by animals
  • Fixed a farm AI bug
  • Fixed the hovering turrets bug
0.90.14
  • Stopped people freaking out so quickly when you enter their houses
  • Fixed sometimes when you buy a house a resident remains and calls the guards
  • Fixed a navigation bug with moving inside towns with walls
  • Fixed assassination dummy upgrading to wrong thing, and the missing iron refinery III
0.90.15
  • Fixed the missing audio
  • Player town location is now adjusted when you destroy buildings
  • Town walls are now passable until they are 80% complete, also the material now reflects this better
  • Fixed engineers not doing anything if they didn't have the materials already
0.91.0
  • Improved back-threaded resource loading, for slightly smoother load times
  • Fixed a bug that was causing progressive framerate decay in the last 2 updates
  • Fixed batteries thinking they were wind generators
0.91.1
    I've put v0.90.10 as a separate branch on steam, as that was quite a stable version and there are some big bugs going on in the latest versions
  • Crash fixes
0.91.2
  • Game now runs on 2-core CPUs
  • Hivers now react to crime
  • NPCs react properly to failed knockouts
  • Added hemp-based fabric loom
  • You can now eat while using turrets
  • Fixed character editor crash with ragdoll characters
  • Other small tweaks and fixes
0.91.3
  • Characters now defend their farms from river raptors and other pests
  • Fixed a bug with stealing chance calculation when stealing from containers
  • You can now eat while using turrets
  • Fixed the turrets missing neutral targets
0.91.4
  • Finished fixing up turrets. They're a bit more powerful at higher skill levels
  • Building doors have 3x more hitpoints
  • NPCs no longer lose their short-term memory when you load a game
  • Characters now prefer to eat higher level food items, so they won't eat up all the raw ingredients if they have a proper meal. They also won't eat ingredients until they reach 200 hunger instead of 250.
0.91.6
  • AI doesn't get confused when the output of a crafting bench changes, will now clear out all the old items and continue working
  • Improvements to item collection/delivery AI
  • Fixed the combat stumble-toughness threshold, stronger characters should get stunlocked less
  • Fixed up the building & wall placement, its a lot nicer now
  • Added a few small buildings, like ceiling fans and electric light posts
  • Shift-click on an animal corpse will create an auto-loot job for gathering meat & leather
  • Fixed right click movement in wall ramps
  • Fixed GUI threading issues
  • Fixed dropped item losing STOLEN tag
  • Can now move building previews again after placing them
  • Fixed stolen items behavior
  • Lots of smaller bugfixes
0.91.7
  • Building inventory is now imported when you import game
  • More stumble fixes
  • Fixed crash when starting with texture quality setting too low
  • Lots of small uninteresting fixes
0.91.8
  • Characters in home base now automatically get food from storage when they need to eat
  • Characters outside of home base share food with squadmates if it's in their backpack
  • Fixed combat missing attacks when on steep slopes
  • Fixed unable to build wall ramps
  • Fixed "auto-arrange" button sometimes losing items
  • Fixed the cheap research costs bug
0.91.9
  • Fixed un-blockable animals
  • Turret guards can now go and get food too
  • Fixed AI pathfinder confusion with floors of objects
  • Fixed AI taking all the food he can carry instead of just one item
0.91.10
  • Turret gunners change to better targets more often
  • Lots of fixes to the general crafting/hauling AI
  • Added turrets with spotlights
  • Fixed assassination dummy training wrong skill
  • Fixed random crash when buying buildings
0.91.11
  • Fixed un-healable animals
  • Added new game start, and wandering trader starts with a pack animal
  • A few more AI fixes

*To submit crash reports and bugs, please use our Steam forum or offical forum and we'll look into it as soon as we can*

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March 31

Beta Update 0.90 Released

NEW WORLD (0.90.0)
Due to the sheer size of the new map the first release will be restricted to a certain area only. This area will gradually expand with more updates, but the main focus now is going to be on stability and polish.

This first build will be full of bugs and instability, please send us crashdumps and bug reports so we can fix it up ASAP.

The update is only available on the "Experimental" branch at the moment, because I'm unsure of it's stability. (you have to right-click on Kenshi in your Steam games list -> properties -> betas tab -> then choose "experimental")

Content:

  • Entirely new world map. More detailed and polished, new factions, new content, things to explore. Its' like Kenshi 2. Crazy. I should have called it Kenshi 2 and charged for it again, but I didn't. Damn.
  • Entirely revamped research tech-tree, new technologies and balance. Research is faster, but has a cost in items or artifacts.
  • Totally new buildings. Multiple floors, and you can mount turrets on the rooftops.
  • New power system. Generators require fuel, wind power fluctuates with the wind strength, batteries compensate for fluctuations. Fuel can be made from crops.
  • Revamped farming system and different crops.
  • New animals, and new races with own strengths and weaknesses.
  • There's water now. Rivers to cross and oceans to drown in.
  • Camping- You can build easy camp beds and fires for survival when travelling
  • Things and places to find. Bandit bases, old labs, ruins.
Gameplay:
  • Hunger is now a thing. You can die of starvation although it takes a long time. Your characters appearance reflects their state of physical strength or malnutrition.
  • Buildings are now made with multiple materials. Machinery requires iron and sometimes copper.
  • Thievery is improved, buildings have things to steal, guards are more alert.
  • Leather crafting now requires you to hunt for animal skins
  • Nice new zoomable world map window. It's so nice.
  • Your stats are now affected by injuries and malnutrition.
  • Certain animals might now eat your crops, your dead bodies, and sometimes even your unconscious bodies.
  • NPCs use the stuff in their homes, guards train, people sit etc
  • Guards in buildings and shops now descreetly sort of follow you about, keeping an eye on you
  • Fixed getting busted for stealing from accidental clicks. You can look inside unlocked containers, and lock picking has to be chosen through the right-click menu.
  • Reduced labour/engineering speed penalty at level 1 from 0.25x to 0.5x. This will speed things up slightly at the lower levels when starting out
  • Stealth skill is easier to train in non-hostile environments.
  • Increased trade profitability by 50%, this combined with thievery should provide decent alternatives to looting as a profession in the early game stage.
  • Characters with a turret job will automatically use whichever turret has enemies in its line of fire.
  • New long-distance move command, so you can click on distant terrain and your characters will run there
  • Tons of bugfixes.
Engine:
  • -New fancy shadow system, looks nicer and more importantly runs faster.
  • New terrain engine. Runs faster, looks nicer and shows more detail for distant mountains
  • Long-range pathfinding system. You can click on any visible distant mountain and your characters will find their way there, following roads.
  • A lot of fundamental engine optimisations have been done, this may temporarily cause new bugs, but hopefully speed things up
  • Bit of an overhaul to the animation system, runs faster and combat animation should be a little smoother and have more functionality
  • Overhauled with a new PBR & HDR global lighting system, should make a great improvement to the visual quality
    -(Credit for this goes to Linda MacGill and Igor Frolov of Bug Zen!)

CURRENT STATUS:
  • Currently only runs in DirectX11 mode, DirectX9 mode will be fixed later
  • No more 32-bit support, the game's memory requirements are too high
  • Not sure how it runs/looks on ATI and non-nVidia graphics cards.

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About This Game

A free-roaming squad based RPG. Focusing on open-ended sandbox gameplay features rather than a linear story. Be a trader, a thief, a rebel, a warlord, an adventurer, a farmer, a slave, or just food for the cannibals. Research new equipment and craft new gear. Purchase and upgrade your own buildings to use as safe fortified havens when things go bad, or use them to start up a business. Aid or oppose the various factions in the world while striving for the strength and wealth necessary to simply survive in the harsh desert. Train your men up from puny victims to master warriors. Carry your wounded squad mates to safety and get them all home alive.

Features


System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:64-bit Windows
    • Processor:Dual-core 64-bit
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Pixel shader 3.0 capable card
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:10GB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7 64-bit
    • Processor:Quad-core 64-bit
    • Memory:8 GB RAM
    • DirectX®:11
    • Hard Drive:10GB HD space
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Recent:
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fmj3857
( 9.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 5
This game has tons of potential. I have been looking for a game that integrates a city builder, RPG, and resorce management and trading. It is so, SO glitchy right now. So much so that it is barely playable in its current state. I love the concept of this game, however I will not be playing again until they have done more work. I am really looking forward to it however.
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TheAlias
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 5
Way too difficult to get interested. Other reviews say that after several hours it gets fun, but I played about 5 hours and disliked every minute of it.
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D E C E M B E R
( 73.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 4
This is my favorite game of all time
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Joshie_English
( 23.5 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 4
Superb game. It has so much to do and always seems to put a challenge in your path. If you into building/crafting/trading and in general RPG's, then this game is for you
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Redwarp
( 34.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 4
This game... I don't know if it will ever be finished but it is soooo addictive. It's my dream game for so many things. I always wanted a game where your character would evolve and xp according to his actions. Fable had that promise but it was fake. Morrowind and the elder scrolls saga pretended to be that but it was fake as well (still these level and point attribution thingy)

Here, getting hurt makes you stronger. Literally.
Being overburdened will develop your muscle, but will you make you run slower, and running faster can mean survival.

Don't know how to describe this game properly, but there is so much potential here... I play several hours every 6 month, to see what is new and everything, and always get sucked back in.
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Ravarion
( 209.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 3
Bought this game a couple years ago I think. It's been a lot of fun watching it grow. Lately was a really big update that introduced a lot of new features and the developement has sped up quite a bit. It's all very exciting and I think a good portion of people would benefit from trying this game out!
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Orange Mungos
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 3
Now the game itself is good, its just that im bad at the game. Its a good idea,but needs work as well. Maybe less confusing camera controls. I'd rate it 6/10
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Vern
( 30.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 1
I've only played Kenshi 22 hours as of now and have found many bugs. it's especially buggy once you have over 20 people in your clan, lol.. I'm at 28 and half the time my people just sit there after i tell em to do something(lazy asses) and I have noticed in many ways how the screne shots above look nothing like in game.. for example the Map is a bit rough and hard to interpret but issues are to be expected in an Alfa. note though, even with the many bugs and various other gameplay issues this game is definitly worth the grab. as bad ♥♥♥ as the game and its buggs already are there is so much potential to be even more. i'd buy it again if i had to and I've already refered it to 3 of my friends one of wich bought it what whaaaat!. I'll review it again once i put some more time in and hopefully by then they will have fixed a good many of the bugs.
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godpuppet
( 91.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 1
This game is the bane of the stubborn. If your the kind of character that does NOT give up no matter the punishing consequences you will reap the rewards of Kenshi. The rewards being a 48 hour black spot in your life you will never see again!

+RPGers Game
+Builders Game
+Just a good game!
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Crockdoc
( 61.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 30
Got eaten by a wolf alive 10/10 would get eaten again.
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CodeTiger
( 34.8 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 30
Bort this game 2 years ago and I enjoyed it more then. It had bugs but it was enjoyable to play. I was able to survice long enough to start and maintain a health community that could survive a bandit attack. So after not playing for 2 years, I thought that would be enough time for the game to be finished. However in all that time the new features added are so broken that the game is unplayable (if fun is the goal).

Lately gameplay is start new game, first town guard that sees me attacks me. Why? See a fight go to it to see if you can loot some dead body. What now it is stealing to loot a corpse it you didn't attack. In the early game looting corpses is the may occupation, however just standing near a fight will cause the guards to attack you. Why? my weapon is not drawn. This is all in the first town in the first 10 mins. Talk to someone town guard attacks you. Be a multi racial group town guards attack you. If you manage to get past the town guard and find a bandit, hopefully you don't starve to death first. Now bandit are rare thing to find. 2 years ago there was a bandit attack every 10 mins. Kill the bandit loot his corpse. Finally I have something to cover my naked chest. Go to town to sell loot. Town guard see me and kills me. I guess because I was wearing the bandits clothing I was a bandit. Makes no sense in any RPG game out there.

There seem to be a complicated system for factions that is broken. As I said 2 years ago I thought that if they fixed the bugs and finished the crafting trees. All the game needed was some direction. There are no quest marker or any aid as where to go. There is not even a quest system. At this point that would be to much to ask for. I would be happy if I could play the game with getting attacked by the town guard and at least know why in the starting town am I attacked on sight.

This game had massive potential but I don't think the devs have the skills needed to manifest that potential. In 2 years the game is more broken than what it was.

That is why I give this a thumbs down.
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Malaria
( 62.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 30
April 2016: Amazing game but it is still early access with bugs and crashes. I played 40+ hours so far on the 9.1 beta and will be keeping an eye out for updates. I love the slow levelling and brutal world. I made an outpost too early and got butchered. Then I explored the jungle and dragged a horde of wildlife into a village and watched, while they went on an all-out rampage. I'm really looking forward to exploring more of the world!
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einor hugji
( 119.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 29
i made bread and ate it too :)
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Teblack265
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 29
tough starting out but great game
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Jyruz
( 351.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 29
I love this game!

I also love killing Holy Nation soldiers!

the reason for that,
"In Holy Nation territory, women are generally oppressed and used as society’s scapegoats. Other non-human races are treated with disdain and usually enslaved in the name of Okran."

Buy the game! and please kill the Holy Nation if you ever get to see them.
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dustyuncle
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 29
I just want to say I've backed dozens of EA games, but i always hold off until they release to play (usually to great disappointment). But this game, I just had to dive right in and I haven't regretted a moment. it is so deep and so fun. I just can't put it away.

Thank you all!
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Narstein
( 136.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 28
Incredibly positive. Keep it coming!
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DeadlyDanDaMan
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 27
The camera system is unbelievably bad. Makes the game unplayable for me and no fun at all, having to constanly fiddle with the camera. Too bad too, I like the idea of the game itself.
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WallMart
( 57.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 27
start game

make ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ robot character with big booty.

finish character creation, get insta- knocked down by guards for no reason.

get locked up with no option to be freed or escape.

game over.

EDIT: found out i can pick locks.

try to escape, i glitch into the cage sideways.

guards see me, i get unstuck and try to run downstairs.

robots pathing is bad and i get stuck at stairs.

get bashed down again and put in cage again, this time downstairs.

unlock cage again, try sneaking away this time.

surprise guard spawns in.

ded



BEST GAME EVAH
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Fist Me
( 24.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 26
I chose the "Holy Sword" start for my character. I started out in a little village, but I wanted to leave and explore the land. A little way's away from the village I spotted a goat, and thought it was the perfect target to test out just how good this sword I spawned with was.

Turns out the stuff I thought was grass around it was actually ten other goats. Long story short, I got brutally pummeled by a mob of goats and laid there unconscious for the next two days.

10/10
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
25.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 16
This is the game I’ve been looking for!
The following is coming from a total noob, that hasn’t researched the game whatsoever. This is 5 hours of gameplay.

Day 1. I create a female wanderer, and I run around town, in and out of buildings looking for something to do. (20 minutes later I’m thinking, what’s the point in this?)

Day 2. It’s time to leave this town, and venture out across the wasteland, this town sucks. I travel at night, with 900 credits (cats) and a loaf of dry bread, and bare feet. I decide to erect a small shack in the desert, and after doing so, I realise I’ve build a useless unfinished concrete structure, with steel reinforcing jutting out all over the place. I move on towards the next town, leaving the unfinished building to ruin.

Day 3. I arrive early morning to a group of people killing dogs, just outside the town’s entrance. I avoid the people, and try looting a dog’s corpse. I get nothing. Once again, I move from building to building, finding nothing other than a few people offering their services for 700 cats. I decide to hang onto my 900 for now. I find a dummy in one building and decide to hit it, soon realising this is the way to raise my attack points. I do this until I’m at level 5.

Day 4. I’m a hard ♥♥♥, now I’m level 5. It’s time to venture out into the wilderness again to kick a group of dude’s brains in! I run out into the desert and soon see a gang in the distance. They spot me and shout “get the prick”. I decide to run instead. They’re faster than me, and soon catch up. They kick my ♥♥♥ bad. Breaking my left leg, stabbing me in the stomach and putting me in a coma, they leave me for dead face down in the sand, in my underwear.

Day 5. Is spent in a coma

Day 6. I drag my broken leg, limping back to the town.

Day 7. I can’t do this alone, and decided to spend 700 cats on hiring a girl in the local bar, to join me. She heals me, but I’m still limping bad, so I find a bed nearby and pay 100 cats to bed down for a while and heal.

Day 8. An outside gang try entering the town, and the fighting kicks off! I’m recovering in bed, but the girl runs outside, looting as many corpses as possible. She puts some of the armour on, gets instantly attacked and hobbles to the bed next to me, to recover.

Day 8. The fighting is still going on outside, and it’s escalated into gang warfare. Both fully recovered, we ditch the gangs’ outfits (so we don’t get our heads kicked in again!) and begin looting and selling. We decide to hire another member to our gang, and turn him into a tank of a man, (with a hunchback). Together we loot every corpse and finally raise around 15k cats.

Day 9. After some serious dummy training and some more members, it’ll be time to head out of this town again, and back to the shack I began on day 1. We’ll try and get the building completed with a working generator, build a few mines and see what happens next.

To summarise:
Yeah it’s in development still, and it’s got bugs, but it’s totally playable and worth every penny.
The developers seem to working hard on updates and deserve support & money on this great little gem.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
24.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 26
I chose the "Holy Sword" start for my character. I started out in a little village, but I wanted to leave and explore the land. A little way's away from the village I spotted a goat, and thought it was the perfect target to test out just how good this sword I spawned with was.

Turns out the stuff I thought was grass around it was actually ten other goats. Long story short, I got brutally pummeled by a mob of goats and laid there unconscious for the next two days.

10/10
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
58.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 9
TL:DR, 10/10 well worth playing.. and playing again... and again.

If Mount and Blade and Shogun: Total War had a baby, and that baby grew up to have a baby with Age of Empires 2... it would be close to this. Kenshi is gripping, it feels slow at the start but it's an amazing game once you crack the egg. Updates are coming thick and fast (at the time of writing) and it is a promising framework.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
171.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 6
Built new city in the 0.90.x beta. Got attacked by bandits. A lot. Slavers found my recovering squad members. Forced to watch as the characters I affectionately named after family members were taken away in chains. Goodbye, Ryan. Enjoy your time in the mines

Made new game as a wanderer. Turned him into a Master Thief. Robbed every store in town. Stole Arms and Armor off guards and racist Paladins. Hoarded supplies and money in a Thieves Den (S****y little shack I bought for *almost* as much as a loaf of bread). Hired Mercs with thieving profits. Built new town with stolen supplies. Recruited army and Hired more Mercs.

Battled first slaver patrol I found. Stole all their s**t and dragged their bodies into the river to drown.

11/10 would thieve and murder again.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
40.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 8
Seriously good game. Bought it a couple years back and play it every few updates. Worth every penny.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
127.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 6
>make a thief
>make mad money but have a huge bounty
>get caught
>escape after a while
>train and become strong while hiding my identity as an ex-slave
>get a companion
>buy a shack
>go out and try to fight bandits/explore/loot things
>narrowly avoid death every time
>lose resources
>have just enough money to keep our bellies full at the end of each day

10/10
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
209.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 3
Bought this game a couple years ago I think. It's been a lot of fun watching it grow. Lately was a really big update that introduced a lot of new features and the developement has sped up quite a bit. It's all very exciting and I think a good portion of people would benefit from trying this game out!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
34.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 4
This game... I don't know if it will ever be finished but it is soooo addictive. It's my dream game for so many things. I always wanted a game where your character would evolve and xp according to his actions. Fable had that promise but it was fake. Morrowind and the elder scrolls saga pretended to be that but it was fake as well (still these level and point attribution thingy)

Here, getting hurt makes you stronger. Literally.
Being overburdened will develop your muscle, but will you make you run slower, and running faster can mean survival.

Don't know how to describe this game properly, but there is so much potential here... I play several hours every 6 month, to see what is new and everything, and always get sucked back in.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
138.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 24
I'm writing this for the beta version 0.91.4

Now that a small part of the new world map is out I can say that this game is starting to be very fleshed out and there is more land and features to be added (diplomacy being a big one) that will make this even greater game.

In the beginning you are weak, unskilled and most often alone. You will be caught stealing or end up pummeled by even lowliest of bandits or beasts. You can even starve to death or be kidnapped by slave traders if you get unlucky. In the worst case you may even end up being eaten alive.

If you or whats left of your squad survive you may eventually develop to become strong adventurers, skilled thieves or rich enought traders to hire mercenary squad to protect youself. Eventually you may be able to set up a base of your own where you can farm your own food (if animals don't eat it and you're able to kill them), build walls around it and craft your weapons and armor.

I recommend this for anyone interested in a survival game in a fantasy world with added RPG elements.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
112.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 9
Kenshi Is a fantastic idea but is one of those gruesomely Beta/Alpha games that we all know steam to be a hub for.

There is still alot of work to be done on stability (The experimental version is very prone to crashing) and aspects of the game are still in progress of being developed. So if you have a short temperament you may wish to wait till it's finished.

That being said it's very difficult drawing yourself away for it. Creating your charaters from hair to feet then training them up in whatever respected fields you wish them to delve into from farming to swordplay to thievery . Beautifully thought out landscapes and structures to explore and the abusive bandits that wander there. Once you make enough of a living from selling your scraps to traders in towns, you can even build your own settlement from scrach and make a town of your own.

Hopefully if and when the game is finished being fiddled with, this can be an amazing game giving players the full freedom every RPG deserves.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
36.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 13
Incredible game. Open world sandbox in the vein of Mount and Blade but with RTS style squads, I can't recommend it enough.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 29
I just want to say I've backed dozens of EA games, but i always hold off until they release to play (usually to great disappointment). But this game, I just had to dive right in and I haven't regretted a moment. it is so deep and so fun. I just can't put it away.

Thank you all!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
48.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 11
I've been following this game since sometime around 2011 and I can not express how impressed I am with Lo-Fi Games. This game is excellent and truly a PC game if there ever was one, an indie gem and an excellent representation of what early access can be when it's done right. This game deserves medals.


(For those of you who purchased this game and cant find the new map dont forget to go enable experimental version in the betas tab of your games proporties.)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
201.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 9
Kenshi is a well thought out RPG and RTS that is still in development but I think with my playtime a review is granted and anyone looking for a good game that still has a lot more to come to it this would be one to look into. I bought this game early on in its development because i saw what they were putting together and its exactly what I look for in a game. The developer who started this wanted to make the game out of wanting to put together a game he wanted to play himself but couldn't find out there. This game when finished will be a high point in early access even with seriously long development it has shown what the potential of early release games should be and it will be a benchmark hopefully for other developers out there to stick with it and truly finish ones vision. Without early access I doubt this game would be where its at now as the development team grew as people purchased the game early which helped this games progress tremendously. Its at beta now with a few bugs but well worth it to see the progress being made to bring this epic scale game together. I enjoy playing it and spend hours on it when I do which shows signs of being an interesting game and its not even finished yet an people play it like it is. Out of the many games I have this one definitely stands out in the crowd and hopefully for you it will too.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
111.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 10
ahhh the crashing of this game pisses me off to no end.
think ive had it from around .50 update now its .90 someshit.
highly addictive
HIGHLY ADDICTIVE
f*ck bandits and raiders wiping out my squad as soon as i leave a town
better make walls fast or you are SCREWED
i miss infinite Wingwang.
overpriced ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ is what he is....
annd more raders kill my settlement.
never took on a livithan i wonder how that will go
yeahhhh didnt go well.
12/10 would play again.
but god damn the crashing over and over
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
91.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 1
This game is the bane of the stubborn. If your the kind of character that does NOT give up no matter the punishing consequences you will reap the rewards of Kenshi. The rewards being a 48 hour black spot in your life you will never see again!

+RPGers Game
+Builders Game
+Just a good game!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
45.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 17
Game is very original and addicting. The devs are fantastic and have been routinely updating and hotfixing the game to increase its stability on a very regular basis. If you're into sandbox games with a focus on survival, crafting, squad-based combat, and town/city building, I definitely suggest checking this out.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
255.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 18
This is a great game and it has been a pleasure to watch it evolve. It is challenging and just as rewarding. I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of a sandbox rts with a healthy amount of gritty realism.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
40.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 22
not a bad game at all. i didnt even know a game like this was on steam. have some bugs here and there but its very playable. there are some issues with the slave part of the game where its seems like after they knock you down, nobodies moves after making you a slave.....you have to wait sometimes 5- 10 min on max speed for them to move(maybe longer) so im hoping thats a bug they fix. but other then that i got sucked right in to the game. im looking forward to future patch's. i think this game deserves to be more noticed.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
340.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 8
even with all the new stuff added, the hardest part of the game is trying to run it. too many crashes to recommend this game.
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