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  • Summary: ICARUS is a session-based PvE survival game for up to eight co-op players.

    Endure a savage alien wilderness on Icarus, humanity's greatest mistake. Survive its brutal environment as you explore, harvest, craft and hunt while seeking your fortune. From their orbital station, prospectors
    ICARUS is a session-based PvE survival game for up to eight co-op players.

    Endure a savage alien wilderness on Icarus, humanity's greatest mistake. Survive its brutal environment as you explore, harvest, craft and hunt while seeking your fortune.

    From their orbital station, prospectors drop to the planet surface for limited time sessions, where they learn to endure the alien environment, complete faction missions and search for valuable exotic materials. Those that survive return to orbit as seasoned veterans, converting their exotics into advanced technology, and taking on ever more challenging drops with newfound knowledge. Those that get left behind... are lost forever.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Dec 15, 2021
    90
    Icarus boldly stakes its claim amongst giants in the field and swiftly proves to be a worthy contender. Everything I saw in the lead up to the release of Icarus made it seem too good to be true, but my faith and patience was rewarded many times over when I finally got to drop planetside for the first time, and the time after that, and the time after that. Icarus is going up on my list of favourite things to come out of New Zealand, alongside pavlova and Lord of the Rings.
  2. Dec 13, 2021
    70
    A refreshing take on the survival sandbox with a robust approach to progression and countless ways to tackle each mission. Sadly, harsh penalties, bugs, and crashes combine to make this a frustrating off-world expedition.
  3. Dec 21, 2021
    70
    Despite its flaws, the superior picture quality and solid basic experience still give ICARUS a lot of potential. The level-based mission design makes ICARUS significantly different from traditional survival games, but it also makes most of the player's efforts in vain. If its mission rewards are more generous, the items unlocked in the space station have a wider range of uses, and the settings of character growth system are more reasonable, then I believe that players will also have a better gaming experience than they do now.
  4. Jan 4, 2022
    70
    Icarus is an absolutely gorgeous, engaging, and challenging survival crafting game. When it’s working correctly, it is a fantastic entry into the genre. When it’s not, the problems are deep and varied. Disconnects, corrupt characters, bugs, and balance problems abound. I look forward to seeing it reach its potential, but it’s hard to see it as anything other than a game that exited Early Access too soon.
  5. Dec 17, 2021
    60
    Icarus is a hardcore survival game with an innovative concept. Despite its great potential, the story is non-existent. The game punishes playing alone and is in dire need of some polishing when it comes to enemy AI and bugs.
  6. Dec 7, 2021
    40
    Unfinished, buggy, and broken, Icarus should not have released at this stage. With mind-numbing repetition and baffling design decisions, it's a survival game that's more frustrating than challenging.
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  1. I’m honestly confused by how much I enjoyed my time with Icarus. It relies on repetitive loops and often uneventful hiking, on tedious punishments and uninspired objectives. I am not a patient person, and yet, it does enough. The storms are terrifically atmospheric, basic crafting still feels compelling when you’re doing it for the umpteenth time, and oh, I haven’t even mentioned the way it models individual planks tumbling and getting stuck on each other when you chop down a wall. Despite the jank, Icarus’s (eseses) systems feel meticulous, on scales both big and small.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 21
  2. Negative: 13 out of 21
  1. Dec 5, 2021
    10
    Amazing game!
    The negative reviews are laughable. Either people complaining about graphics and optimization due to their cheap graphics card
    Amazing game!
    The negative reviews are laughable. Either people complaining about graphics and optimization due to their cheap graphics card or quit after 30 mins not even getting passed the 2 starter missions. This game is deep and continues to impress you even after playing ever beta weekend. Highly recommend this to anyone looking for a survival game. Bring friends, it is tough.
    #BearBonesCrew
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  2. Dec 6, 2021
    9
    An amazing new take on the survival genre.
    Getting some space station unlocks and going back in feels really good.
    Basically, a rogue-like
    An amazing new take on the survival genre.
    Getting some space station unlocks and going back in feels really good.

    Basically, a rogue-like applied to survival! Playing with friends is definitely the best way to go. 20hours played this weekend, utterly hooked!

    Some performance issues but all relatively minor, patches come with fixes quickly, and can't wait to see where the game goes in the future with extra content and updates.

    There are a lot of hateful reviews mad at the performance issues, but they are hardly worth crying about, the game works fine for most people, sometimes a tweak to some settings or driver update or alternate between DX11 or DX12 fixes the issue. I think there's a ton of hate because of the ongoing backlash for BF2042 and people come on here saying that the same thing is going on everywhere, but it is NOT at all comparable.

    Although I honestly agree that the game could have been delayed another few weeks, but really, in the end, the game is a real gem, fun to play and worth every penny!
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  3. Dec 6, 2021
    9
    The game could do with optimizing without a doubt but as for gameplay; it's extremely vibrant and certainly keeps you on your toes at times.The game could do with optimizing without a doubt but as for gameplay; it's extremely vibrant and certainly keeps you on your toes at times. I've spent most of the weekend on it and i have to say it is quickly becoming my favourite survival game. I expect a lot to come from updates over time. It's worth it's price tag that's for sure. Just make sure to carry a fire whacker with you at all times if you're in anything lower than a stone base.... i speak from personal experience :) Expand
  4. Dec 13, 2021
    3
    This game have a good potential and some nice survival mechanics, but currently it is plagued by terrible optimization, absurd designThis game have a good potential and some nice survival mechanics, but currently it is plagued by terrible optimization, absurd design decisions, lack of meaningful progression balance and general inconsistency in lore.

    Permadeath in not integrated in gameplay loop in any way - currently it serves only to punish players, who were forced to take a few days break because of technical or real life issues. Not to mention there is no any clear warning and most players do not know about existence of Permadeath until they will permanently lose their character with all his/her progress

    Mission timers - do not create any real pressure because most missions can be completed in 0.5-4h even solo, so 7days timer does not correlate with gameplay in any way

    Tech tree progression where you can unlock tools blueprints many levels before you'll be able to unlock blueprints for crafting component to actually craft that tool - is a clear indication nobody cared about any balance or even simple fool-proof validation of existing progression before release.

    This game is too buggy and unpolished to call it a Released Product - in reality it is an Early Beta at best.
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  5. Dec 8, 2021
    2
    Review after playing with a team of 4 after 4 days:

    Runs at about 40fps on a 3080ti with a 5900xt and looks like a crummy early access
    Review after playing with a team of 4 after 4 days:

    Runs at about 40fps on a 3080ti with a 5900xt and looks like a crummy early access game. The forest has the same, if not better graphics. Has serious memory leaks on release.

    Extremely grindy and repetitive, game mechanics exist to rob you of any sense of progress.

    Endless gathering to build everything - and you'll be building the same things every hour or so. There is no point in investing in a base as you will have to tear it down when you move camp, and it will be destroyed once you complete the mission.

    Sparse content - there's lots of stuff to unlock but it's all mechanically identical - you fire the same arrows at the same charging enemies but with bigger numbers.

    Samey, overlong and dull missions.

    Very easy to waste talent points on skills that turn out to be useless

    All the animals have the same AI - they just run at you. The worms spit at you. not exactly groundbreaking stuff.

    full of bugs. You can be randomly launched 50 feet in the air and die upon landing. Your stuff disappears constantly. Animals get stuck on geometry. Buildings clip through geometry.

    Awful UI and frustrating inventory management dropping stuff because something needs to be transferred from one window to another in order to wear it or whatever.

    unusuable map - it doesn't zoom in close enough to actually find people when they're nearby, all the icons are too big and stack on top of each other.

    If a player in your group skips a mission, they don't share your progess when you unlock other missions
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  6. Jan 18, 2022
    1
    Actually I do like this game but it has all survival illness that was ever made and even many many more.
    ✅ The Graphic is not bad
    ✅ The
    Actually I do like this game but it has all survival illness that was ever made and even many many more.
    ✅ The Graphic is not bad
    ✅ The Sound effects are rlly great especially the weather sounds. I just love them
    ✅ There is always something there to do
    ✅ You can play with your friends BUT it is Peer2Peer, means, the host is your server
    ✅ Ingame Achievements like harvest 100 copper
    ✅ This game has the most satisfieing bow mechanic I ever seen. It feels so good to use a bow in this game
    ✅ This game has damage popup numbers, I don't even buy many games which does not have it
    ❌ FPS Drops especially in the desert/snow
    ❌ WORST Shadow of all time.
    ❌ There is absolutely no optimisation at all. Recommended is a RTX 3060Ti, apperantly you need a 5000 € to play this game with good fps
    ❌ Structure durability is wrong, Stone has 2500 and the last tier has 1000 durability. These deffs clearly don't know what they are doing
    ❌Some missions are almost impossible to do. There are missions where you have to harvest several 100ts of food like 200 pumpkins etc. but this food spoils so redicolously fast that it's almost impossible to do this quest solo without having to learn unwanted talents or blueprints like the fridge.
    ❌ As I've mentioned before, the spoiltime in this game is a joke. In what world does 1 steak spoil in less than 10 hour?
    ❌ Everything you do in a mission will be lost as soon as you leave the map. It whipes everything. No matter what you achieve on this mission. There are missions where you have to build outposts for others but why? They get whiped out as soon as you leave the place. Structures which you place will get destroyed by a storm that appears when you leave the place BUT the little lvl 1 rabbit and bushes are not harmed. Yeah sure
    ❌ Crafting, this is one of the dumbest mechanics in this game. Not the crafting itself but the materials needed for each craft. Forexample the Stone Structures, you need Iron to craft stone structures but there are no iron structures. Or the fact that you need like 30 concrete bags for a machine bench which is used to craft electronics. In what world you need CONCRETE in electronic benches?
    ❌ Thatch is useless since it get destroyed during any weather event, same for wood. Even stone gets destroyed in snow biom dua of weight of snow no matter if you support your base with beams or not. So why is this Iron needed in stone structures then?
    ❌ No respawn of nodes.
    ❌ Balancing of bears is a joke, as soon as a bear spots you, its over. They can climb up 70 degree walls like its nothing.
    ❌ Most of the time when you die, your gear glitches and clips in your face so you won't see anything at all especially when using a bow. You have to unequip and Equip your gear again.
    ❌ If you are close to lvl up at 99% and die, you lose all 99% and have to go all over vom 0% to reach the lvl up. If you die again, you are at 0% again. Enjoy
    ❌ This game is an EARLY ACCESS or even an Alpha title but it's being solt as a full and finished release with missing items in the game like mushrooms and blueprints which say, comming soon.
    ❌ Sometimes you don't even get rewards at all by finishing a mission dua to a bug.
    ❌ You are wearing an sealed space suit because you can not breath the air on this so called alien planet with 1 alien worm and thats it. You get Pneumonia in that sealed suit when you are in a cave for to long but you can be under water just fine. Well atleast your character learned to eat and drink through his helmet.
    ❌ Since humans can not breath that toxic Oxygen on that planet, you have to inhale stones to get Oxygen. I've seen alllllot of stupid ideas but this one is on another lvl of dumb.
    ❌This game has allllot of bugs. I can not count how often items just fell through terrain. If you die and you have workshop items with you and are unlucky, you will lose them.
    ❌ Invisible walls on many places. You can noreach some nodes thanks to that stuff.
    ❌ You can not even fully harvest most nodes at all. Most of them are below the terrain where you can not pick axe them. This crap happens most of the time in caves. I had harvested 30 nodes and 7 of them I could harvest fully.
    ❌ This game has like 1000 talents you can learn like 40 of them. No Skillreset nor anything close to it. Although most people are asking for this features weeks ago, they just get ignored and instead new buggy missions. Thats all we got.
    ❌ Animal Spawns are a chaos, they spawn near to the player. One animal even spawned inside my character. I couldn't move because of it and got killed by a bear who spawned just behing me. Then I killed the bear after comming back and BAM 10 seconds that bear respawned.
    ❌ You can not stop the worm spawns by placing foundations on their spawns. They still spawn inside your foundation and destroy it.
    ❌ Wolfs etc. can bite through your stone / concrete structures like its some berry.
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  7. Feb 4, 2022
    0
    When the CEO of a company decides that he is going to forum ban someone offering constructive criticism for their product, that should sayWhen the CEO of a company decides that he is going to forum ban someone offering constructive criticism for their product, that should say enough about the company and their products to discourage others from getting involved with them.

    Dean Hall, or as he is known on the Steam forums as "rocket2guns" is as arrogant as he is a scam artist. Icarus is a fine example of the mentality that he displays.

    I pre-ordered Icarus back in July just before the BETA weekends began. I had read multiple reports regarding Dean and the history of games that his company had essentially created and then abandoned. I’d read the stories of him bragging about his Lamborghini Aventador. I’d read the reviews of products talking about how people who were offering constructive criticism on forums were banned. But I very much believe in giving others a chance. And Icarus, in my opinion, was a great concept and could provide a lot of entertainment.

    I can now say that I was wrong in so many ways. Having been a staunch supporter of both this product and the company producing it for so long, I now understand all of the reviews, reports and criticism that others had offered in the past. My own constructive criticism netted me a permanent ban from the Icarus forums on Steam. And that was the nail in the coffin.

    What does Icarus get right? It is a great concept. That’s about it. Coming from that great concept is a game that is VERY OBVIOUSLY so broken that it should have been released in Early Access. But instead, it was released as a Full release title. Content was still lacking, the game wasn’t optimized at all, and there were more bugs than many early access titles have. After playing for almost every Beta weekend, I felt like that the official release should have been delayed while they worked on truly polishing the game and getting it to a more presentable state.

    But even after release and the peak of roughly 52k players, I continued to support the game. But the real killer of this game was the very poor communication from the development team. Apparently, they do not have a community manager. Dean Hall himself (rocket2gunz) is the only one to respond. And 2 months to the day from release, we’re only now hearing information on how the development team plans to address one of the biggest issues plaguing the game: a lack of any ability to respec the talent points of a character.

    Until now, the answer has been to simply “make a new character” and grind out the 40+ levels of talents again just so that you can try a new talent build. This mentality along with the poor communication and now coupled with the suppression and downright censorship of my constructive criticism has led me to writing this review to warn anyone who may be considering giving this game (or any other game produced by RocketWerkz) to stay away. This is only my opinion based on my personal experience. But I can definitely say that those other reviews that you read are telling the truth. I’ve now witnessed it for myself.
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