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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  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. 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.
  3. Oct 12, 2017
    80
    The Long Dark is a survival game, one of many some will say, but with its interesting story and a touch of mystery, we’ve got a very good game before us.
  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. Aug 6, 2017
    72
    The Long Dark: Wintermute is a great survival, but the campaign does not convince.
  6. games(TM)
    Oct 6, 2017
    70
    A beautiful simulation of wilderness survival. [Issue#192, p.76]
  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: 56 out of 130
  2. Negative: 62 out of 130
  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. Aug 6, 2020
    10
    I haven't enjoyed a game so much in a very long time. Art design is mesmerizing, music flawless and the fact we get continuous updates even inI haven't enjoyed a game so much in a very long time. Art design is mesmerizing, music flawless and the fact we get continuous updates even in 2020 it means that somebody still cares about this work of art. I enjoy the events as well and it keeps bringing me back to the game. I enjoyed all my 150+ hours (so far ) of game time. Is my favorite survival game with you vs nature I ever played. I'm still waiting for more quests lines Hinterland :) Expand
  3. Nov 22, 2021
    9
    Take all the negative reviews with a grain of salt, because they are salty about the game not being on Geforce Now. If you like survivalTake all the negative reviews with a grain of salt, because they are salty about the game not being on Geforce Now. If you like survival games, this game is fantastic. If you like open-ended survival games, skip Story Mode as it's nothing special, and just dive into Survival.

    Even if you're not into the survival genre, checking this game out is still worth it for one word: Atmosphere. Atmosphere with a capital A. I've never seen a game more perfectly capture the FEEL of something more than The Long Dark. It's incredibly immersive. The sound design is 10/10, music is 10/10. Freezing to death after a wolf has torn you up, staggering to the safety of a nearby trailer left behind by a logging company that's probably been gone for years, you hear the growl of the wolf coming back behind you, will you make it?
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  4. Sep 28, 2021
    5
    Я конечно всё понимаю, но прошло неоправданно много лет и игра до сих пор не готова.Я конечно всё понимаю, но прошло неоправданно много лет и игра до сих пор не готова.
  5. Mar 2, 2020
    1
    The developers behind this game are restricting users on how their customers play the games they PURCHASED from them by refusing to let themThe developers behind this game are restricting users on how their customers play the games they PURCHASED from them by refusing to let them stream on Geforce Now. Shame on them. Expand
  6. Mar 23, 2021
    0
    oyunda tek yaptığın şey ıssız orman dağlarda gezip hayatta kalmaya çalışmak
    bunun nesi oyun aq?
    interaktiflik nerde öyle bi puanlar almışki
    oyunda tek yaptığın şey ıssız orman dağlarda gezip hayatta kalmaya çalışmak
    bunun nesi oyun aq?
    interaktiflik nerde
    öyle bi puanlar almışki
    beklentiye girdim boşuna
    dissapointing
    bide grafiklerde çizgi film gibi aq mallları madem survival yapıyosunuz bari gerçekci yapında atmosfere kaptırayım kendimi
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  7. Mar 3, 2020
    0
    Ребятки! Ловите свой 0/10 за то, что удалили свой продукт из Geforce Now. Больше играть в Ваши продукты я нормально НЕ МОГУ!
    Если Вы
    Ребятки! Ловите свой 0/10 за то, что удалили свой продукт из Geforce Now. Больше играть в Ваши продукты я нормально НЕ МОГУ!
    Если Вы действительно считаете, что я должен еще заплатить Вам за Вашу игру, чтобы играть на виртуальном ПК, и, при этом, для ёё работоспособности на этом виртуальном ПК Вы не прикладываете ни единого усилия, то Вы глубоко ОШИБАЕТЕСЬ!

    Удачи Вам!
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