Frozen State is a brutal, survival game set in a world embraced by the man-made ice age meant to protect mankind from pestilent hybrids. Bitter cold and numbing fear are the constant companions in the journey through the retro-futuristic Frozen State world.
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Very Positive (356 reviews) - 80% of the 356 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 5, 2016

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August 18

Build 268 + Mac/Linux Fix


The mac and linux builds are working fine now. Really sorry that it happened and you couldn't play the game.

This is a full changelog for the yesterday's - today's patches. If you've been playing the beta branch you probably already know about the fixes.

- FIXED - character deals (melee) damage being too far away from the target
- brake chance upgrading/repairing items has been reduced. The crafting skill reduces this chance too. At level 10 it's almost zero.
- FIXED - grumpy boy's quest has been fixed
- FIXED - invisible enemy
- FIXED - item icon can get stuck in the menu
- FIXED - overlapping numbers and despairing progress burs in the skill window
- FIXED - dead enemies wasn't saving when you exist location. Now they are being saved only if the have something in the inventory.
- FIXED - The wall in the underground tunnel( 16 Micraraion building 11/1) didn't have a collider
- FIXED - achievements
- FIXED - 1 arrow from 10 planks. Now you get 6 arrows
- FIXED - some ladders and hatches may not be highlighted.
- FIXED - friendly NPC hybrid attacks the player
- FIXED - small animals didn't run away from doors if they hit it
- FIXED - Gaunt spit didn't inflict damage
- FIXED - character could stuck in falling animation in some areas
- FIXED - sometimes even non-hostile enemies could try to attack the player
- FIXED - AI path issues in some locations
- FIXED - Gargantua didn't inflict any damage

- added damage from falls
- Craftable weapons have been re-balanced
crossbow: dam +/ resource - / noise -
short spear: range + /resource -
shank : dam + /resource - /range - /stamina - /noise -/ weight -/
spike club : dam + /stamina +/ weight +
hockey knife: dam + / resource -
-New items in crafting: nails, big flashlight, gunpowder, fur jacket, fur hat, fur hood, burnt ointment, moonshine, toy goggles, berry mash, torch.
-Roasted fish has been removed from crafting. The raw wish can only be cooked on fire
-The weight of the sleeping bag has been reduced.

Known issues:
The first one, the car can disappear when you reload your save.
The second one, you can get a duplicate of the car upon arrival in a new location. We weren't able to replicate these two, so if you know how to do it with a certain degree of success or have a save ( with a duplicate car), please let us know.

Thank you,


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August 18

MAC and Linux. Game doesn't launch [FIX]


Yesterday's update didn't go smoothly. Some Mac and Linux players have been reporting problems launching the game.

There seems to be an issue with a script that assembles MAC and Linux builds. PC build is working fine.

If you have been affected by this issue switch back to the beta. The beta branch still contains the old build.

Really sorry for the inconvenience, we will fix it shortly.


P.S. If you have a multi-monitor set up and the game launches not on your main monitor, please try deleting the settings file it might help. Also check if the monitor you usually use as the main is detected as monitor 1.

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About This Game

The entire world is embraced by the man-made ice age meant to protect the human race from alien hybrids. The last survivors have formed the Resistance.

On the way to the Resistance, the main character gets stranded in the closed experimental city Duga-40, where he has to survive and repair his transport to continue the journey.

The game’s world is vast (65 different locations) and populated with the human survivors, military groups and pestilent alien hybrids. The world and loot are randomly generated every playthrough.

There is a deep crafting system that allows you not only to cook food and make different weapons, but also to build traps, barricades and shelters.

Accomplishing the main goal, which is to repair the transport and not die by the hybrid’s claws, you will discover the story of the city, meet the survivors and understand what really happened.

Key Features:

  • Rogue-like and normal modes
  • Three main characters
  • Diverse enemies
  • Large open world
  • Dynamic weather conditions
  • Procedurally generated building interiors, loot and enemies
  • Stealth
  • Crafting and building
  • Transport
  • Basic needs (hunger, thirst, sleep, etc)
  • NPCs and Quests

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: 2.4 Ghz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 9800M GTS or Radeon HD 6770M
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7 or higher
    • Processor: 3.0 Ghz Quad Core CPU or faster
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GT 650M or 750M (strongly recommended)
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8
    • Processor: 2.4 Ghz Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8
    • Processor: 3.0 Ghz Core i7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: 2.4 Ghz Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: 3.0 Ghz Core i7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
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Very Positive (356 reviews)
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3.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Since it's out of Alpha, I think it's fair to say that the game still suffer from performance issues and imbalance.

Performance: I don't have a high-end machine so I stick to simpler games - and this one has no Witcher 3 graphics, it's quite a simplistic game. My specs are above the recommended, and still I suffer from laggy controls (lowest settings, all fancy work turned off, OK FPS). When I move around, and when I mouseover stuff, there is a slight delay that gets annoying. It's like the visual cone stutters, which is still evident in parts of the promotional videos.

Imbalance: Just as an example, enemies that poison you are abundant. Antidote is rare. You can craft an antidote later on, but the poison-spitters can be your very first enemy. Also, I've started the game with a Piercer (1-2 hits to kill you, ~20-40 shots to kill it if you have a gun and ammo) in my basement.

Other than that, it's an OK/good game. Depends on how much you like the survival genre. For me, the performance issues are too annoying.
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Field Medi-Kun
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
While a cool concept, it's one thats been done before. Its a survival horror game using a twin stick arcade shooter style of control and gameplay. Splash in some hunger and cold meters and you've got yourself a real attraction.

The game feels very slow, and the controls feel like you are controlling a person made out of cold caramel. The camrea seems to do whatever it wants too, but that just might be a fault on my part. Combat gets messy real quick, on account of the controls, so stealth is your only option. However, unlike most twin-sticks, you dont have full field of vision, you only get to see what your character see's because of sightlines. If you want a better version of this, get that squad one made by the people that made that "military tactics sim" turnbased shooter thing.
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majin buu
86.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Frozen State is an atmospheric survival game that takes place in a world that was plunged into a man-made ice age as a desperate try to stop the mysterious alien parasites that infected most of humanity. (hint: it didn't quite work :p)

Once you learned the basics of the game, simply surviving (finding food, water and keeping your home warm) won't really be an issue; fortunately the rough weather and deadly enemies - both alien hybrids and enemy NPCs - will make up for that, and provide you with a fair deal of challenge and tense gameplay while you're exploring the city and trying to complete quests.

You're vulnerable, especially early on, the game is kinda slow paced and loot is completely random, so it might take some time before you find a good weapon or armour / warm clothes, but it just makes it feel all the more rewarding when you finally do.

Unless you absolutely dread perma death, I highly recommend playing on hard difficulty, but there's an easy mode too with better starting equipment and more forgiving game mechanics.

There are a LOT of items to find, some of them useful some of them just junk. The crafting system is pretty deep and, in my opinion, well balanced between the basic easy-to-craft things and the more useful ones that need rare materials and/or higher crafting skill.
There's even base building in the game, though it's fairly basic and not necessary to use, but if you want to live in a small self made shack in the woods, the option is there for you :D

The controls are need a little getting used to but if you played other "twin stick" (not referring to controller sticks..) top down games you should be fine with them. Just metioning it because of all the complains.

Also worth noting that the devs are very active on the forums and listen to players, many suggestions made it into the game and they continue to add more stuff after release.
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0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Well, I do see that you have "Full steam controller support," and um yeah... dunna work there sparky. Now after I installed it I have to figure out why. Is this part of the game?
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0.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
♥♥♥♥, I can't remember if I've seen dev this lazy and underdeveloped before. These guys have SO much work to do. In the interim, I'm actually embarrased for them.
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0.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
I just bought this game and i am already having fun! Love it , definitely worth it for the price.
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9.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Product received for free
The game takes place in a cold realm populated with hostile creatures. Randomly generated buildings and loot add replay value and a little bit of luck. The interface could be improved: while using multiple information screens (such as the map and crafting) simultaneously is a nice feature, there are confusing limitations on what can be interacted with in the game world. The camera and movement controls are very sluggish and limited, and the item list could also use more filters. In addition to dealing with hostiles, characters must keep warm, eat, drink, and rest. Some multi-step crafting recipes are present, so repetitive scavenging for resources is required. Combat is tedious and boring, with a lack of blocking and dodging. Frozen State has an intriguing setting for a survival game, but it is hindered by poor controls, a substandard interface, and bland combat.
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0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
The game started on the wrong screen in a wrong resolution, the doors had a bug so i could not lock them again (examine would just open/close the door) and the game crashed on me twice. That is pretty impressive for the less than 30 mins i used on the game.
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1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Short Version: Very poor game. Extremely buggy. Interface clunky.

This game feels like it is in extremely early alpha.
If it was in alpha I'd actually say this is an ok game that has potential.
Seeing as this was released as a full game in this state I cannot recommend this game.

This game was no where near ready to be released.
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39.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
For the price, i think this is a good buy. Been having alot fun making narrow escapes from seemingly hopless situations. The controls Do take getting used to and that means some actual time spent playing this game. i bought a triple a title along with Frozen State and have yet to play that over this. Don't get me wrong, i will, but this is an interesting little game that i can see myself playing for a spell.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
89 of 101 people (88%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
29.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 7, 2015
There are a whole lot of early-access survival games out there but this one seemed appealing to me. The atmosphere makes me feel like I'm in The Thing (1982), which is one of my favorite horror movie. At first it was quite challenging to survive in the cold, harsh winter of Siberia. From hunger to thirst, I was searching for better weapons, armor, and loot while avoid/sneaking by mutants(can get pretty tense). Weapon ammo is scarce in the beginning so avoiding enemies is probably best. Had to move out of my safe house so I can travel farther into the randomly-generated, open-world map without wasting any more resources. From there, it wasn't as hard as before but still alot to do and explore. Crafting is very useful too. I can build my own wooden cabin with torches all around and a workbench to craft even more stuff. Now including Permadeath, animals are introduced to hunt, so I'm definitely keeping an eye out for more updates.
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83 of 96 people (86%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
59.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 16, 2015
What can be said for a game like Frozen State? A lot.
It's a great game in that it's genuinely tense. The stakes are high and you can't just reset the gambles you make. I have been playing it since, I think about the first month it came to Steam, and it has changed dramatically.
When I first bought it, I was afraid at first, it would be the same generic kind of survival game that has been washing up on the shores of Steam like rotten flotsam. Frozen State is like a big, ice coated barge crashing into the shore and unleashing a horde of the undead onto your normal beach going day.
I have some key things to say about it. The first is that I survived 20 days. That is my current maximum. I found the Mansion, and it was there I died.
Word of warning? Humans Aren't your friend. But I did find a car, and by god, that was the most satisfying feeling on the planet to be able to avoide the Piercers, Jackals, Widows and other horrible monsters occupying the wastelands. I could explore so much easier and take a nice deep breath knowing I had a moment of peace.
I expect the developers will eventually take the feature of beaing safe in a car, away, but if I could ask them not to, it would make playing the game in the future so much easier.

The game is like the era of Playstation 2 horror titles like the Silent Hill series, it's filled with suspense. Every action you do could give you away or get you killed if you aren't careful. I would even say this is a tougher game than Don't starve and I Love how ruthless that game is.

I hope for so much of this game, and that's why I delayed my initial review but as it stands, this game is WORTH your 10 dollars. It is Worth your time. The game is hard, which it should be. It's survival horror and it places a hard pitch on the actual survival aspect. If I hadn't been stupid? I could have gone on for probably close to another 30 days with the supplies I found, but one wrong decision, one wrong choice and you're done. Example? I had gotten to the point to use a series of molotovs and had 6 fistfuls of fire to chuck at Reapers in one of the houses and I was an idiot and caught myself on fire. The heat, the sound, it drew the Jackals and I booked it like a mad man back to my car just to slather Stas in Burn Ointment to compensate for my own recklessness. I barely escaped, but I did by the skin of my teeth.
On a technical level I will give a moderate review as follows:

Graphics: Appropriate - It could be better, but I understand the level and it's satisfactory. I can see things, I know what stuff is. I can make out details and it does the job more than enough.

Difficulty: Hard - This isn't Minecraft. This isn't Don't Starve. This is a hard game with definite rules and hard physics in play. Sure you can carry 13 logs in your inventory, but the point is that you need to be careful and cutthroat with what you have and what you take. You can't just plop down some bricks or garbage and block your enemy and you are lucky if outrun your enemies. Don't expect an easy start.

Gameplay: Stern but fair - This sounds like a difficulty but as mentioned in the previous sections of this review, this game is about what you are willing to do and how careful you are to prepare for the Icepocalypse surrounding you. It is fun, sneaking past your enemies, hoping to god their cone doesn't spot you so you can get home, getting your base built, HAVING A GUN (with limited bullets) SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO MELEE ENGAGE; all these aspects are some of the rewarding elements to it. Being lucky and being careful are the greatest measure a player can have aside from their own preparedness.

Current Cons and suggestions:

Character progression is hard. I wish the developers would consider giving you some of the Level-Up Pills every 5, to 10, to 15 days. I have had such a hard run of the game because I couldn't become tougher in-game, only smarter in how I play.
I wish you could make matches out of gunpowder or maybe use infected meat to make like tallow or some kind of grease to make some kind of natural igniter.
Maybe a lantern not like the flashlight you can build out of scrap metal that you can place would be nice.
If there were anything else, right now that I could ask for? Maybe either the ability to armor plate your car with scrap metal or maybe a scrap metal sword or knife so you can make a spear or have something other than the nailed club or axes to kill stuff with.

Overall opinion: The game is hard, it's like squeezing water from rocks, but when you get it together it can be so much fun. And while I appreciate the game being hard, as it should be, I wish that the guy I killed at the Manor had dropped at least his axe. All he dropped was bedsheets. To bandage my ♥♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥ up.

Beginners tips?
Stones can be thrown as distraction items to lure enemies away.
Behind your house is an underground silo thing that you can access in the back-left corner, usually in there are the thermometer and watch. Sometimes a bed and a workbench. It usually has a plethora of goodies in it.
Crafting will be your biggest ally as some of the weapons you make are invaluable, and you need to upgrade it to make your armor and weapons better.
ALWAYS CARRY SPARE FIRES AND MATCHES and when you find an extra sleeping bag? That also.
Trying to upgrade your weapons can cause them to break. I lost my starting axe and a double barreled shotgun this way. Upgrades are always a gamble.

Buy it out of 10.
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130 of 170 people (76%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
18.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 1, 2014
Loot, Eat, Drink, Keep warm and Survive. Darkness, Cold, Monsters and kill to stay alive.
Atmospheric, Dark, open world where you cant hide. Frozen State might just take you by surprise.
Early Gameplay here:
Building my first Cabin here (Update 1)
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107 of 138 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
This game is just way to clunky and bland to be sold at its current stage. The combat is absolutely horrible to the point of it being impossible as there is no way to dodge attacks. This might as well have been a turn based game with how slow and unavoidable the combat can be. Some people may like a harsh and unforgiving game, but when the game is hard due to the lack of gameplay polish it borderlines annoying. If you can overlook clunky controls, movement, combat, and gameplay then give it a try. Im sure there is a good game hidden under this pile of rugged garbage but it should never have been moved to the "released" stage.
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63 of 76 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 1, 2014
*Early Alpha Review*

Frozen State - Released in early Alpha today 7/1/14 I believe this game has a lot of potential and I am excited to see where the dev team will take it. My first playthrough I survived roughly 70 minutes. A brief tutorial gets you going with the basics and throughout my playthrough I found myself bringing up the Manual to check things such as crafting and whatnot. GAMEPLAY: In Frozen State's current 'state' do NOT expect a run and gun zombie killing game. I found it to be much more of a survival of the elements and finding safe places to sleep, cook food and stay warm. Most of my time was spent going from house to house looking through cupboards and bedrooms for useful items to either drink, eat or cook with. Building fires is absolutely necessary to stay alive along with finding safe places to sleep. As if surviving the subarctic tempurature isn't difficult enough, there are zombie-like creatures scattered thoughout the game. You start with a Nagant 7.62R pistol and an axe, the enemies (two varients that I have found so far) are not the most difficult to kill but I found myself avoiding them like the plague just because I was dying a slow death trying to stay alive without dealing with them. AUDIO/VIDEO: Both could use a little bit of work. I don't need my games, personally, to be the shiniest thing int he world but the visuals could maybe use some work. Noticed some animations were missing and some, like the flashlight I found, were really impressive adding to the overall atmosphere. Audio was OK, nothing to write home about at this point.

In the end, I was freezing to death, getting hungry and becoming dehydrated. I was out at night during a snowstorm searching for safe shelter where I could build a fire and sleep. I stumbled across a huge building, I think it was a school, went it and went upstairs looking for either a bed or bathtub. I could hear creatures walking around and it was almost pitch black in the building so I had to move by flashlight and focus in on sounds. (You can hold "C" to focus on noises, I thought this was a really cool feature adding to the survival-horror feel) Was killed by a creature that walked on four legs, reminded me of the 'Licker' from a Resident Evil game.

All in all, I really think this is what survival horror is about. Excellent dark, gritty and isolated-survival aspects. Needs a lot of work but so far so good. They have a lot of content planned and I can only see good things for Frozen State. Worth the $10? Yeah, help the dev team out with your feedback and I believe we will all be well rewarded in the end. Enjoy!

*Edit: " I stumbled across a huge building, I think it was a school..." Literally. I found a few bottles of Port Wine and was #$%*ing wasted.
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75 of 98 people (77%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
It's an interesting game, but the crafting and building is very limited. You can only build around 15 structures, craft around 10 weapons, and make maybe 50+ various inventory items. You can find interesting things from time to time, but even that isn't great. If you manage to kill someone with a gun don't expect to pick up their gun. More often than not it will not appear. Game just doesn't feel complete. Feels early access. There are a lot of cool things that this game does that few other games do not. I can see the appeal. I think all the issues with this game could be resolved with the steam workshop, so if the devs started supporting mods I think the community could do everything the devs didn't have the time(?) to do.
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66 of 85 people (78%) found this review helpful
29 people found this review funny
191.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 5, 2015
After I play this game, I'm absolutely into it. Every night I dreamed of the game. Last night I was 'playing Frozen State' while I was sleeping. I just wanted to save and quit it.

The developers creat terrifying and haunting atmosphere within the game, and make the players totally obsessed with the atmosphere of horror they create.

I'm a girl and living alone. It is too scaring to play at night. I can't withdraw from it in my real life. Every night I ended up with nightmares=0=
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41 of 49 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
19.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 15, 2014
Very interesting game!

I looked for a topdown survival game and i found "Frozen State"...

The first hours were very very creepy!

"Alone in the dark cold citiy of duga 40. Leaving the start shelter, looking for some fresh water and something to eat. The wind howls around me. The sun goes down - darkness and deep frost makes me sick... no the last sun i see a small datscha - a shelter for the night?....fu** where are the matches?"

This could be your first experiance with this game. I was really excited!

So some opinions about the devs and the game:

+ Fast replying at steam if there are issiues with an update
+ Updates come ca one eath month
+ Are very interested in the players suggestions and opinions

- At the moment nohing bad to tell about them ;D

+ Creepy athmospehre
+ Nice setting ( i like metro etc)
+ Interessting crafting and skill system
+ Many things to loot
+ Nice hearing and stealth system
+ You can travel on a map like fallout 1, your char lost heat, drinking etc
+ Easy to die, when you play like rambo...solid snake is the better way ;O)
+ Build own shelter and fortifications

- crafting is at an very primitive level, basic things to craft only
- no npc quest system
- only a small part of the card can be travelled
- low content for playing longer
- only three hybrid enemies

I thing these would be a great game! There are many things to do ... i will play the alpha and would be happy for each new content they made.

Play in progress, alpha version - when you accept this and like survival - just try ;D
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71 of 100 people (71%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
This game is not ready to be sold in its current state, but shows A LOT of promise. I am personally going to get a refund and wait until game performance and control issues are solved. Right now, frame rate is very low (e.g. 20 fps) on medium settings whereas I can play all other games on max settings (e.g. Witcher 3). The controls are also clunky and hard to use, making the game not fun at all.

I am looking forward to this game being ready to play at which point I'm willing to change my review.
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39 of 52 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
The combat is poorly implemented and feels very unresponsive making it almost impossible to attack or dodge anything. The fact that you are almost constantly battling with the controls makes it even worst. I generally do not play games that are in early access because I hate struggling with incomplete game mechanics in unfinished products. This is exactly why I get even more angry because it feels like this is exactly where Frozen State should still be, in the ALPHA STAGE.

I honestly loved the idea behind this game but there are way too many flaws to overlook. I will definitely not be investing any more of my time into this unfinished mess
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