The Long Dark is a thoughtful, exploration-survival experience that challenges solo players to think for themselves as they explore an expansive frozen wilderness in the aftermath of a geomagnetic disaster. There are no zombies -- only you, the cold, and all the threats Mother Nature can muster. Welcome to the Quiet Apocalypse.
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Release Date: Sep 22, 2014

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Why Early Access?

***THE SANDBOX IS IN A CONSTANT STATE OF IMPROVEMENT, AND IT ISN'T FINISHED. BUYING THE LONG DARK ON EARLY ACCESS SUPPORTS OUR ABILITY TO CONTINUE IMPROVING THE GAME.*** While the game is already very stable and highly playable, the Sandbox is constantly evolving. Features and balance tuning may change from version to version. Content will be added, some may be removed, and entire systems might change or disappear. We appreciate your patience as we go through this process of evolving the game with community feedback.

We'd like to expose the Sandbox portion of the game to as wide an audience as possible so that we can derive maximum playtesting value before we launch the game "for real".

Please note that the game's price will likely increase when we launch the full release version, to reflect improvements and the growth of content during Early Access. The current price reflects the unfinished state of the game.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Our intention is to remain in Early Access until we launch the full Story Mode. We'll continue refining and expanding the Sandbox experience until we launch the first two of our five planned Season One episodes. More info on Story Mode progress, and a Sandbox roadmap here: http://hinterlandgames.com/community-update-story-mode/

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full game will offer both the Sandbox and Story modes -- i.e. the Story mode will be entirely new narrative content that lives within the Survival Sandbox. The Sandbox will also offer more content at full launch. If you buy the game on Early Access now, you will immediately get the Sandbox Mode, and will also get the Story Mode once it launches (final # of episodes to be determined).”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“We have a fully playable Sandbox mode of the game that has been in Alpha with hundreds of players for several months already. Most of our players are getting dozens of hours of gameplay, with several having played over 100 hours already!”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We are pricing the Early Access version of the game at $19.99 USD, to reflect the unfinished, work-in-progress state of the game. This price will increase when we exit Early Access and launch the full game, to reflect general improvements and increased content and play time.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We will engage the community in the Steam forums, as well as in our own Alpha forums, where we already pull bug fixing and playtest/tuning information to the betterment of the game. We will continue to do that, although we intend to devote more resources towards the community interaction aspect once we launch on Early Access since we expect the audience to grow significantly beyond the players we currently have.”
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August 16

Sandbox Roadmap Updated to v1.2





We've just updated our Roadmap for The Long Dark Sandbox to version 1.2, which includes an aspirational feature/content list for our next Sandbox Update.

Check it out: http://hinterlandgames.com/the-long-dark/roadmap/

Please remember that this is an aspirational list, meant to give you an idea of some of the things we are working on, and some of the things we hope to work on. It's possible that some of the things on the list may not end up in the game.

Also, please note that over 2/3 of the development team is working exclusively on Story Mode content and features, which has an impact on Sandbox update scope and frequency.

Thank you for your understanding!

- The Hinterland Team

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July 29

Monday, August 2nd -- Long Weekend & Jobs at Hinterland

Hello community,

Just to let you know that the team will be off work on Monday, August 2nd, due to a stat holiday.

Also, we have some open positions at Hinterland, working on (obviously) The Long Dark. If you, or someone you know, meets these qualifications and is interested in contributing to the ongoing development of the game, please get in touch!

http://hinterlandgames.com/career-opportunities/

...

Before you jump on us in the comments --

1) Yes, we are working on another Sandbox update, for August
2) Yes, we are also working hard on finishing the features and content we're launching with Story Mode
3) No, we are not providing a revised launch date yet

Thanks and enjoy the weekend!

- The Hinterland Team

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About This Game

***THE LONG DARK IS AN EARLY ACCESS TITLE. THE SANDBOX IS IN A CONSTANT STATE OF IMPROVEMENT, AND IT ISN'T FINISHED. BUYING THE LONG DARK ON EARLY ACCESS SUPPORTS OUR ABILITY TO CONTINUE IMPROVING THE GAME. FOR MORE INFORMATION, REFER TO THE EARLY ACCESS INFORMATION ABOVE.***

What is The Long Dark?

The Long Dark is a thoughtful, exploration-survival experience that challenges solo players to think for themselves as they explore an expansive frozen wilderness. There are no zombies -- only you, the cold, and everything Mother Nature can throw at you.

Current Game Features

The Early Access version of The Long Dark features the game’s non-narrative Survival Sandbox mode. The game will leave Early Access one we launch Episode One of our Story Mode. All Season One episodes are included in the cost of Early Access.


  • No hand holding! The game challenges players to think for themselves by providing the information but never the answers. You have to earn the right to survive.
  • Permadeath! See how long you can survive, check your standing on the global Leaderboards, then head back in and push yourself to survive longer.
  • Monitor your Calorie count, Hunger and Thirst, Fatigue, and Body Temperature. Maintain your overall Condition if you want to survive. Let yourself weaken and any small threat may lead to your death.
  • Over 30 square kms of wilderness to explore (and with more regions coming!). Mystery Lake, Coastal Highway, Desolation Point, Pleasant Valley, and more, all interconnected and each with dozens of explorable locations.
  • Dynamic weather, wildlife, and time of day, all with an impact on how you choose to survive.
  • Over 100 gear items including clothing, tools like hatchets and rifles, first aid equipment, foodstuffs, light sources like lanterns and flares, and firestarting equipment.
  • Hunt Deer, Snare Rabbits, and watch for Crows as they can signify the presence of animal, or human, corpses that can be vital sources of Supplies. Wolves are territorial and will defend their territory, or stalk you if they catch your scent. If you let them get too close, you may find yourself in a desperate struggle to survive. Be on the lookout for Black Bears, as they roam the landscape in search of food.
  • Harvest Wood for fuel, maintain your Gear and Clothing, and keep your Knife, Hatchet, and Rifle in top shape as they will save your life!
  • Harvest Medicinal plants like Old Man's Beard Lichen, Rose Hips, Reishi Mushrooms.
  • Deep First Aid system featuring many afflictions including: Sprains, Blood Loss, Infection Risk, Infection, Food Poisoning, Dysentery, and more.
  • Craft Snares, First Aid items, Repair your Clothing and Tools, and Harvest raw materials from the environment, as you do your best to become self-sufficient.
  • ...and much more!

Ongoing Development


With an average of 3-4 updates per month, The Long Dark is in a state of constant improvement. We have released over 75 updates since bringing the game to Early Access. Updates typically include new gameplay, tuning, new areas, items, and visual improvements. We are constantly improving the game based on our iterative development process, with input from the community.

Please note that the Early Access price provides immediate access to the Sandbox Mode, and includes the cost of Season One episodes of the Story Mode, the first of which will be available at the game's full launch.

The Hinterland Team


The Long Dark is brought to you by Hinterland Studio, an independent game developer comprised of industry veterans with significant credits on many renowned series including Far Cry, Red Faction, Saints Row, God of War, Mass Effect, Knights of the Old Republic, Dragon Age, Company of Heroes, and many others. The Long Dark is the team's first attempt to create a unique and thought-provoking independent game that pushes the boundaries of the medium.

We appreciate your support of our efforts!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Dual-Core Intel i5 CPU @ 2GHz+
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel 4xxx Series w/ 512MB VRAM or better
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any on-board chip will work.
    • Additional Notes: The game is in an Alpha state and is constantly being expanded and optimized. System requirements are subject to change until the game ships.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel i7 CPU @ 2.6GHz or higher
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GTX 555 w/ 1GB VRAM or better
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Ideally, something with Surround capabilities.
    • Additional Notes: The game is in an Alpha state and is constantly being expanded and optimized. System requirements are subject to change until the game ships.
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.9.3
    • Processor: Core i5 @ 2.2GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5000
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: On-board.
    • Additional Notes: The game is in an Alpha state and is constantly being expanded and optimized. System requirements are subject to change until the game ships.
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.9.3
    • Processor: Core i7 @ 2.7GHz+
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated standalone GPU w/ 1GB+ VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: On-board
    • Additional Notes: The game is in an Alpha state and is constantly being expanded and optimized. System requirements are subject to change until the game ships.
    Minimum:
    • OS: SteamOS
    • Processor: Dual-Core Intel i5 CPU @ 2GHz+
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel 4xxx Series w/ 512MB VRAM or better
    • Sound Card: Any on-board chip will work.
    • Additional Notes: This is an experimental build for SteamOS.
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elise
60.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 24
I love this game! : )
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Lubricatedllama
13.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 24
The Long Dark provides an immersive, brutal, experience. The game has a great art style, and is challenging no matter how long you play the game. It is as much about time manage ment as scavanging. Luck is a big factor in this game and you're going to have completely different play throughs each time because of it. You can find yourself coping well with full stocks of food and your vitals all high, next minutes you're being mauled by a bear and left to bleed out on the ice. 10/10

Pros:
-Art style
-Future development looks like a lot more content will be coming
-Challenging (but you know in a good way)
-Immersive as ♥♥♥♥

Cons:
-The Sleep Cycle is odd. You find yourself sleeping up to 12 hours a day and still becoming tired after only a short time. (seriously dev.s please tweak this)
-Travelling can often take forever if you're afflicted with an illness that prevents sprinting
-A complete lack of some form of map has you blundering in random direction at all times. (Don't get me wrong, exploring is great, but maybe something that just provides a bare outline of the regions so you know what leads where
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SunlessKhan
14.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 24
Really great atmosphere and UI. There are so many great survival games these days, but for fighting for life in the Long Dark is just so fun and addicting. Overall a really compelling game that's easy to get lost in. Highly recommended!
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Swaggle puss
19.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 24
This game makes you feel cold in real life.

10/10 would get my flanny out again
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WATson
4.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 24
Fun, challenging(in certain circumstanses) game with nice, easy to run graphics. Would reccomend playing on the medium difficulty, so the game becomes more realistic and challenging, being that easy mode is only survivng the elements and your own mistakes, while medium and hard incorporate bears, wolves, and other hostile animals to hinder and harden the experiance.
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RedLeaf
20.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 23
Very cool survival sandbox.
Can't wait for the story mode!
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Spare Tuna
80.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 23
Sometimes it's nice to just be alone for a while.
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DarkShark
72.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 23
I love this game so much and would recommend it to any one who likes this kind of game. For an early access game it feels really good and gives an amazing feeling of isolation and loneliness it makes you feel and question your drive to survive and thrive in the worst of situations.

You need to plan how your going to survive in the coming days, weeks, months or even years if not you wont make, but even the best players cannot plan for the many hidden surprises around every corner.

Pros
1 Gives an amazing feeling of isolation and the Human instinct to survive.
2 A very fun game that has so much to learn and explore.
3 Brilliant game mechanics and lighting effects.

Cons
1 Most of your time is spent walking or dying in some snowy forest.
2 Some of the animals behave very unrealisticly (But i think this is due to the Geomagnetic storm)
3 It can get boring all alone.
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Myoglobin 5.0
4.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 23
Leafy's simple review - #15

For some reason this game got me thinkin of a ton of movies with alot of snow, alot of campfire wood and alot of axes....and alot of really bad acting. But the game IS tough. Immersion is in the face of the wolf, the darkness and your own sanity. If you wanted to buy this, get it on the premise that you'll have the patience to endure some cold, cold, col-----warm and then cold again, nights.
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Runewit🎶
71.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 23
I must say without a doubt. This is the best survival game I've played ever period.

Even on its "easy" mode you still struggle to collect food and survive, and their stalker difficulty is just brutal. But with a bit of practice and learning you can survive which is great however; the game will never become easy or mind numbing. Youll struggle to survive and manage your resources from day 1 until your last.

Froze to death on day 87 on stalker due to a blizzard 10/10 would buy and play again.
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33 of 35 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 14
I have played a lot of survival games. For the most part, they all either start off great and end up stinking, or they stink from the onset.

This game is different. For the very first time I can say that a survival game has nailed survival. It is doing so in the most elegant and streamlined fashion, which I can't even believe I'm typing.
Years of games like Dayz have lead me to believe that survival games are supposed to be clumsy, sloppily designed, and painful to learn.

Thankfully The Long Dark handles cooking, crafting and inventory with an ease and simplicity that throws a middle finger to almost any survival game I've tried.

It's single player. I think, as of now, that is the only downside I would have for the game - but it isn't a downside.

This game instills a very tangible fear in you for mother nature. You feel alone, but you are surrounded by beauty. Gorgeous forests, mountain trails, and of course snow capped mountains and icy lakes.
The play area is massive, loot and spawn locations are randomized each new game, and the threat of harsh snow storms is only bested by the sight of a wolf, or worse, wolves... or even worse - a bear.

Discovering books allows you to read up on certain things, like ice fishing, firearms, or building campfires. Finishing these books enhances those abilities.

Finding your first rifle is empowering, and shooting a charging bear in the face 2 times before it mauls you is soul crushing.
That was me; Just over two hours into my first playthrough, feeling confident, I wandered into the dawn. Outside of my vision, a bear had spotted me. By the time I turned to fire, it was too late.
When the bear finished mauling me, I was shocked to find I was left hanging on to my life. I stumbled between some large rocks, built a campfire, and used almost all of the first aid I had. Still hopeful, I ate a meal and laid down in my sleeping bag to rest and regain my vitality.

Little did I know that my injuries would claim me as I drifted into dreams.

The game is complex, and yet every mechanic is intuitive and easy to learn. Exploration is exciting, whether it is a small lakeside cabin, an expansive network of caves, or an abandoned hydro dam. Often times the game evokes a sense of wonder, excitement and fear that I don't recall having since I first played Fallout 3.

Get this game. It's the best single player survival game I've ever ♥♥♥♥ing played, and I knew it within the first hour. If it wasn't, then why would I have stopped playing just to tell you all of this?

I am hopeful that one day a multiplayer survival title will take notes from this game. It would be amazing to play a game as silky smooth and devoid of zombies alongside friends and strangers. This is a title that would actually cause players to work together, because as threatening as the wolves and bears are - the world you must explore to survive is even more hostile.

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26 of 33 people (79%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
113.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 2
This is simply one of the best games I played in years.

Superb Survival mechanics without zombies!!!! At last.
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
250.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 30
I bought this game a while ago, but I decided to write a review now. I had been looking for a survival game that would be as as close to real wilderness survival as possible. If you have spent any significant amount of time backpacking in wilderness you will understand how unforgiving it can be. And this game portrays that aspect of real life, granted wildlife like wolves don't come charging and try to kill you when they see you. I would say if you want a game that is very challenging and can be brutally unforgiving and will test your skills and luck around every corner, buy this game and immediately play it on Stalker mode. You won't regret it.
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 17
so cool and cold, you have to be very careful cuz it is very difficult to survive here
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140 of 247 people (57%) found this review helpful
71 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
35.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 30
I am most likely going to get downvotes and probably have my review marked as "funny" due to certain members of the community, but I'm here to say what I've been holding off on saying for the past few months.

I bought The Long Dark primarily for the Story Mode; back when it was seemingly right around the corner. On the fence about purchasing, I was persuaded by the 90%(!) approval rating and endless amounts of positive reviews, so I thought I'd buy the game. While waiting for the Story Mode, I thought I might as well give Sandbox a try, so I'll start there.

Sandbox mode started out fair enough - The visuals were amazing, the wolves felt like threats, and I was always on the edge of my seat, planning my next move. The atmosphere was great.

However, after some hours, it became obvious that there was no point to surviving - There is simply nothing much to live for. Even with these new "challenges," the game's sandbox lifetime is disappointingly short. Simply put: It gets rather boring. Surviving for months is a tedious chore, not a fun adventure. There's no reason to live. If the game had been marketed as yet another sandbox survival, I wouldn't have bought it. There's a multitude of those already, most of which are better than this game.

Moving on to the mess that was/is Story mode: 18 months and multiple failed release dates later, the devs have engaged in a rigorous "it's done when it's done" stance. Waiting for months upon months for a story mode that was promised to be delivered months ago and may be at best only a few hours long is not my cup of tea. I have been holding off on writing this review, but as time passed I ended up feeling disappointed and angry as The Long Dark seemed to be traveling down a never-ending road of Early Access, sadly like so many other games.

This is the first Hinterland product I have purchased, and it will also be my last. I've uninstalled the game, and it will most likely remain uninstalled for the rest of eternity.
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21 of 32 people (66%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
62.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 12
I purchased this game with story mode about to drop in the not too distant future. That date came and went in the spring of this year. I was not sure about getting it as I usually don't do early access but again with story mode and the full version, "just about ready."

I had some fun with the sandbox and actually spent countless hours on it in the first few days. I loved the art style and the environments felt very real. I was excited as I approached every new corner. The problem is once you get the hang of it and are surviving this becomes incredibly boring. Why are you surviving? What is the motivation?!

Your time in the sandbox will not last long before you get bored with just surviving. This was not marketed as another survival simulator and I would not have purchased it if it was. Problem is now the dev is basically not dropping story mode and has not made ANY EFFORT to update the release date.

The dev has also made countless idiotic changes to the systems of the game. Losing tons of valuable time that could have been spent on dropping the story mode.

It's been a long time since I stopped checking for the story mode. Not it is one of those things that I remember about when I see the game in the list and realize oh these sad ♥♥♥♥s are still ripping me off. Let's see what they say.

Very infuriating to go back to their page and see numerous moronic changes that you can't help but shake your head at yet the ♥♥♥♥ers can't even hit at a drop date. The stance of "it'll be finished when we say so" now that they have our money is extremely infuriating.

When the story mode drops the graphics of this will look so dated it will be irrelevant.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
167.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 22
tl;dr: The game Hinterland made is great. The game Hinterland promised they'd deliver to the people who paid doesn't exist.

After three (or four?) missed deadlines for the release of Story Mode, in order to stop disappointing the community, Hinterland decided to simply not announce any more release dates. As a sign of good faith, they agreed to provide "regular updates" on Story Mode progress, and they'd handle spoilers by way of an opt-out system.

Definitely a let-down for the people who have been waiting since 2014 for Story Mode but after so many fails, the decision to stop making promises Hinterland could not keep and the promise of transparency won them some goodwill.

More than four months later, Hinterland has provided not a single update on what's going on with Story Mode.

Adding insult to injury, Hinterland stated that four months with no updates did not conflict with their understanding of the word "regular" and the failure to update the community was merely a failure to not be "as regular as you would like." Amazingly, the reason given for failing to deliver even a single update was the uncertainty of how to handle spoilers -- something Hinterland had solved at the outset in their promise to provide "regular updates."

When players said Hinterland had been less than honest with the community, Hinterland initially reacted by closing the thread and saying the questions had been answered. When pressed for an answer, and facing the prospect that Hinterland's false promises would be brought to the wider gaming community, Hinterland called these criticisms "hostile," "insulting" and "slander," "threatening" and "bullying."

Finally, after refusing to admit that they misled the paying community, and continue to mislead the paying community, Hinterland banned the people who brought up the issues, myself included.

But don't take my word for it. Read Hinterland's own promise and realize that today, a full twenty weeks later, they have delivered precisely nothing on their promise.

If you like a Hinterland product as it is right this moment and don't mind supporting such a company, buy The Long Dark (and consider not updating). It's a beautiful game.

If you want a Hinterland product that they've promised to make, hold on to your cash until they've made it. You may find the money never leaves your pocket.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
99.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 14
This game is aesthetically satisfying, immersive, and fun. Of all the early-development games I've played, this has been my favorite. Dying after so many hours of walking, collecting, hunting, crafting and hardship is devastating; however, the permadeath aspect requires thought-out planning for every endeavor.

+: I love the music, the sounds of nature, the exploration and the struggle to survive. I am so happy to find a game like this that doesn't have zombies or a ridiculous premise. I love how in-depth the statistics are recorded and available to track in-game and compare between games. Being able to record notes on my travels and activities is useful - I used this feature to record where I had to leave essential items behind in order to efficiently travel to new destinations.

-: I am very excited for a story mode; however, it is very difficult to be patient. I am dissatisfied by the lack of background information, features and dialogue that I hope will be implemented in the story mode. I would have enjoyed the ability to record a rudimentary map in-game based on areas I have already traveled.

Overall an incredible game, and I am looking forward to the Story!
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
65.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 4
Best survival game ever made!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 18
I have issues playing this game. I'm just too big of a wussy to actually play it for a long period of time. The first time I ever saw a wolf, I was in the Hydroelectric Dam at night. I was walking down the stairs without a care in the world thinking wolves just couldn't possibly spawn in a building. I turned the corner and that boom, getting mauled... Lets just say I didn't rage-quit, I fear-quit. Never before have I hit Alt-f4 so quickly out of pure terror. 10/10 for PTSD.
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