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  • Summary: 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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jan 8, 2019
    84
    Work through the presentational ugliness and technical awkwardness, and you’ll find an experience of frightening depth.
  2. Jan 10, 2019
    80
    Kenshi is a colossal RPG that allow you explore its vast world whatever you want. You can be a thief, assassin or a simple farmer, and you will find always great adventures to live.
  3. Dec 6, 2018
    80
    Kenshi is the Dark Souls of the hardcore RPG segment.
  4. Feb 25, 2019
    80
    Do not trust your first impression - this game is a true gem. Elaborate, huge, unbridled, stylish, fresh, captivatingly different. The only blemish is its poor performance and many bugs.
  5. Dec 17, 2018
    75
    Kenshi has hard difficulty. Kenshi is bugged as hell. Kenshi demands patience. But in return, Kenshi offers opportunities and freedom that you won't find anywhere in the RPG genre. If Kenshi were a AAA title with an unlimited budget, huge team, and high-quality design it would deserve much higher praise.
  6. Jan 14, 2019
    75
    An intriguing RPG/Survival hybrid sandbox that invites you to experiment in the world it presents. Some technical hiccups interrupt the open world and the freeform nature definitely isn’t for everyone but if you are after something different, Kenshi is the very definition of that.
  7. CD-Action
    Mar 25, 2019
    50
    It took Chris Hunt and his small team 12 years to develop Kenshi and that unfortunately shows. The game utilizes an archaic engine, is poorly optimised and hideous most of the time. It also does next to nothing to help the player get a grasp of its mechanics, and, as it happens, their complexity are Kenshi’s most important aspect. I would be happy to love this game, because I understand and applaud Hunt’s idea of completely open gameplay, but loving Kenshi is extremely hard. [02/2019, p.47]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 62
  2. Negative: 4 out of 62
  1. May 19, 2013
    10
    Its not best 10 bucks ever spend (best was Minecraft), but this GAME got AMAZING potential. I check every day for new updates. Now I see timeIts not best 10 bucks ever spend (best was Minecraft), but this GAME got AMAZING potential. I check every day for new updates. Now I see time when I will pickpocket town guards. Expand
  2. Jan 4, 2019
    10
    I haven't had this much fun in a long time. I been literally playing none stop for days a time!!!

    Huge fan of fall and elder scrolls. This
    I haven't had this much fun in a long time. I been literally playing none stop for days a time!!!

    Huge fan of fall and elder scrolls. This fits my bill :). I now wish they would expand the lore a little bit behind the history of the place etc...
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  3. Apr 16, 2020
    10
    best RPG sandbox game ever made, and well worth the asking price. theres a reason this is one of steams highest rated games.
  4. Jan 7, 2019
    10
    I have been waiting a long, long time for a sandbox game like this! This is one of the most addicting games I have played in a long time!I have been waiting a long, long time for a sandbox game like this! This is one of the most addicting games I have played in a long time! This is a game without quests, its a world you decide how your going to fit into it. I love it and hope they keep adding content to it! Expand
  5. Feb 7, 2021
    9
    This is one of the best games I have ever played hands down. But not without its faults, though.
    First of all, this game gives you infinite
    This is one of the best games I have ever played hands down. But not without its faults, though.
    First of all, this game gives you infinite freedom and puts the "ropeplay" in RPG. You can do whatever you want to do and be whoever you want to be. But, like one wise individual said: "As long as whatever you do is extremely illegal, morally dubious and outright sadistic".

    You can be a trader, a bounty hunter, a shopkeeper, you can create your own legion of fighters, your kingdom or even empire.

    There is so much roleplay possibility on this game and you can create a unique backstory for each of your characters, or even create a clan with its own story.

    This game will keep you wanting more and it will potentially make you obsessed with it, as you spend hours building your fortress and leveling up as you fight through the various enemies, all of whom want to kill you.

    Traveling is a very big part of Kenshi, and most of the times it's dangerous. You will meet deadly wildlife, bandits, sadistic factions and every sort of thing that wants to kill you.

    XP is gained quite tediously, so I recommend a 2X XP mod, if you're not the type to grind for hours. Speaking of mods, there is a huge community of modders that will massively overhaul your playthrough in fantastic ways.

    Only complaints I have about the game is that it's very poorly optimized, since it runs on an old engine, which only uses 1 core of your CPU, and if your PC can't keep up, or you don't have an SSD, this game will lag quite badly and loading times will kill you. The old engine also means the graphics don't hold up. Again, that's where the mods come in. I recommend less pink please, and couple it with a shader, and you've got yourself a semi good looking game which doesn't burn your eyes when you look at it. (Also faces plus, it massively overhauls character faces).

    Another complaint I have is that the more you get to know the game, the more you're able to cheese it. Don't do that and the game will be very fun.
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  6. Jan 31, 2014
    9
    I keep this short & clean.
    Pros
    - Much of play styles - Able to compensate hard situations with simple tactics & mind play. - This game
    I keep this short & clean.
    Pros
    - Much of play styles
    - Able to compensate hard situations with simple tactics & mind play.

    - This game is the only one I've ever came cross with, and I find this very unique and potential game.
    - Good & tough world with no "OP" setup to go with.
    - I find this game atm balanced.
    - Price/Content rate is ridiculous, so "cheap" for such a big amount of content which is updated constantly
    - And the most valuable thing for this game: Freedom to do what you want.
    - No quick travel
    - Unique "leveling" system
    - Full customization over squad members

    Cons
    - It can be frustrating (atm) to aggro constantly bandits (if there are many) which are recovering from critical blows after fights, as you & faction aggro them. (If they(=bandits) are assaulting ie. npc city)
    - Can be little bit lagged sometimes to move around the global map and get stuck somewhere. (often between heights and low environments)
    - Random crashes are annoying if you haven't saved frequently.
    - Enemy AI can sometimes feel shabby.

    Anyways cons are minor things, which can be fixed anytime soon

    I have much of things to say, but I suggest this for anyone seeking unfair adventure for glory & pride.
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  7. May 18, 2019
    0
    This game is simply bad. It is bad in its every aspect.
    It does not have any storyline.
    It is not immersive because you cant even talk to
    This game is simply bad. It is bad in its every aspect.
    It does not have any storyline.
    It is not immersive because you cant even talk to most of the NPCs.
    The combat system feels dull and ridiculous because animations look awful and its poor explanation leaves no desire to learn it at all.
    The world is empty and uninteresting.
    The game is not even difficult because you can easily loot bandits killed by guards, get good equipment and sell everything else.
    The gameplay itself is simply boring. Game promises you freedom, but it shackles you instead. It has very limited number of things your character can do at all.

    One of the worst experiences in my life.
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