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  • Summary: Imagine the lights go out, never to return. Bright aurora flare across the sky, and all humanity’s technological might is laid to waste, neutralized in a kind of quiet apocalypse. Everything that has shielded humanity from the disinterested power of Mother Nature is suddenly wrenched fromImagine the lights go out, never to return. Bright aurora flare across the sky, and all humanity’s technological might is laid to waste, neutralized in a kind of quiet apocalypse. Everything that has shielded humanity from the disinterested power of Mother Nature is suddenly wrenched from us, dropping us a few links down the food chain. Food and water are scarce. The roads are no longer safe. And winter approaches... Features immersive first-person exploration gameplay featuring an original art style. Take on the role of bush pilot Will Mackenzie, and navigate the savage beauty of the Northern Wilderness while you face the hazards of the new “post-digital” frontier. In addition to playing Mackenzie in Survival Story mode, experience potentially hundreds of hours of free-form Survival Sandbox gameplay. Push yourself and your skill to last as long as possible in a variety of survival scenarios. [Hinterland Games] Expand

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  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Sep 29, 2017
    100
    An essential survival game keeps the perfect balance between playability and realism, which drags you in and won’t let you out. The game’s cold atmosphere couldn’t ruin even a few little mistakes and a slightly weaker story. [Issue#278]
  2. Aug 4, 2017
    85
    Deep, brutal, and hauntingly atmospheric, The Long Dark is a survival game done right.
  3. The Long Dark‘s long-in-the-making story mode was worth the wait. And with an eventual total of five episodes each looking to last between seven and ten hours, it looks like it may well prove a truly epic survival experience.
  4. Aug 17, 2017
    75
    The art and the well-thought-through presentation make The Long Dark an excellent survival genre. The cold, the hunger and the danger of the Canadian countryside leave a big impression. It is too bad the story is not as well made.
  5. Sep 6, 2017
    73
    With its stellar survival mechanics, The Long Dark makes for a brutal experience that requires patience and micromanaging to fully appreciate. However, it’s brought down by some bugs and a story mode that leaves much to be desired. It’s nonetheless a satisfying test of survival in a gorgeous setting – as long as you can brave the frigid cold.
  6. Aug 6, 2017
    72
    The Long Dark: Wintermute is a great survival, but the campaign does not convince.
  7. Aug 16, 2017
    60
    It's important to remember that The Long Dark is just waking up from early access. It's cold, hungry, and huddled somewhere under a rock face, but it's just gotten the fire started. Another three story episodes are still due, so there is time to turn things around for Will and Astrid. However, because the best parts of The Long Dark are already alive and well in survival mode, perhaps Wintermute's weak beginning is reason enough to stick to what's worked for the game all along, blemishes and all.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 100
  2. Negative: 54 out of 100
  1. Sep 23, 2014
    10
    The Long Dark, so far, is an amazing survival game. Survival games have been all about zombies or similar creatures, never the pure realisticThe Long Dark, so far, is an amazing survival game. Survival games have been all about zombies or similar creatures, never the pure realistic struggle against nature. That's where The Long Dark comes in. It's not a friendly game despite it's soft art style, you will starve to death, freeze to death or die to exhaustion (not to mention wolves). It uses this kind of cell shading graphics yet it impresses for how much it feels real. The sense of clinging to life is always present when you constantly find new places, train tracks, trailers, a dam, makes you hold on to hope, for a better day tomorrow. It may sound easy, but believe me - it's not. There are a lot of different ways of dying and you never know what will kill you this time, so the game itself makes you feel nervous... Expand
  2. Jun 29, 2020
    10
    Очень качественная игра про выживание. Интересная рисовка. Несколько режимов. Неплохой сюжет. Одна из самых атмосферных игр в которые я играл.Очень качественная игра про выживание. Интересная рисовка. Несколько режимов. Неплохой сюжет. Одна из самых атмосферных игр в которые я играл. Зимний холодок прямо чувствуется во время всего геймплея. Expand
  3. May 2, 2018
    9
    The Long Dark is a slow burn. One moment you might be appreciating the beautifully crafted frozen tundra, and the next you are struggling forThe Long Dark is a slow burn. One moment you might be appreciating the beautifully crafted frozen tundra, and the next you are struggling for your life with a pack of wolves. Every moment feels important, like a fight for survival. The smallest decisions can have lasting impact. One mistake can end your life. It is survival game like no other. Expand
  4. Oct 21, 2016
    3
    Initially, the game is good as you have to find ways to survive starvation, cold, etc.
    You do this by raiding huts incl. taking water from
    Initially, the game is good as you have to find ways to survive starvation, cold, etc.
    You do this by raiding huts incl. taking water from the toilets.
    But this is all I have been doing. The graphics (mediocre at best , not artistic), design and sound do somewhat invoke the feeling of a very cold and lonely place; but the fascination wears off fast and then all you want to do is find a car, other, to get away, but it´s not there. So I stopped playing.
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  5. Jun 3, 2020
    0
    Mediocre game, bored, a bit ridiculous, but devs are the problem here. They ban you from forums if you write any criticism
  6. Mar 3, 2020
    0
    Delayed year after year after year and still not complete.

    They started early acces on Steam in 2014 and their episodic story mode is still
    Delayed year after year after year and still not complete.

    They started early acces on Steam in 2014 and their episodic story mode is still missing 2 of the 5 episodes.

    Then they kill modding, because "it's unofficial" and affects "my vision". Of course they want to support modding in the proper and official way, but there's been nothing but empty words.

    Now they took it from Geforce Now because "they didn't ask permission".

    Who would have thought than an indie developer who left AAA because he was fed up with it, starts showing the exact same behaviour?! Stay away from this company!
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  7. Mar 4, 2020
    0
    the developer said that I have no right to play the game until I buy a new computer from him. already sued for extortion. Now I demand athe developer said that I have no right to play the game until I buy a new computer from him. already sued for extortion. Now I demand a refund for the game. Expand

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