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  • Summary: In This War of Mine, the focus is shifted away from military operations portrayed in most games. Instead, it is a dark survival game where players control a gaggle of civilians attempting to stay alive in a besieged city. During the day snipers outside stop you from leaving your refuge,In This War of Mine, the focus is shifted away from military operations portrayed in most games. Instead, it is a dark survival game where players control a gaggle of civilians attempting to stay alive in a besieged city. During the day snipers outside stop you from leaving your refuge, offering players time to craft, trade, upgrade their shelter, feed and cure their people. At night they must scavenge nearby areas in search for food, medicines, weapons and other useful items. Expand

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  1. Positive: 58 out of 63
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  1. Dec 11, 2019
    100
    For the price it is… I wouldn’t even say wait for a sale, I’d just say buy this game… it will challenge you, it will pull at your heart strings… but I think, especially in this day and age, we need games like this to remind us to care for one another and to point out what is really important.
  2. Nov 21, 2014
    90
    There is no hero in shining armor, you don’t even know what the soldiers are fighting for. What matters are you and your bitter fight for survival. Every day is a struggle against hunger, disease loneliness and loss of hope. Relentlessly and without judging 11Bit Studios show the dark side of armed conflicts, the suffering, the scars. It is a software monument against war – brilliant.
  3. Jan 8, 2015
    90
    This War of Mine focuses on civilians rather than armed soldiers. It is extremely refreshing even though the game shows the dreadful constituents of war. With a dense atmosphere and an impressive depth, this is one of the decade's most important cultural experiences.
  4. Nov 19, 2014
    80
    A stark statement about war delivered through deftly designed stealth survival and resource management. Important, but unrelentingly cruel.
  5. Dec 28, 2014
    80
    The slow pace can make it less tempting to try again right away with a different tactic, but perhaps that’s for the best.
  6. Dec 1, 2014
    80
    A bizarre, intense, brave, different game. It's got some issues, but if you're looking for an intelligent and peculiar game, you should give it a try.
  7. CD-Action
    Feb 7, 2015
    65
    The game is dripping with pathos, but I couldn’t invest myself emotionally in it, because it all just feels fake. [01/2015, p.42]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 174
  1. Jun 23, 2017
    10
    The most refreshing thing about this game is that realistically depicts what war is really like. Unlike the glorified COD which,The most refreshing thing about this game is that realistically depicts what war is really like. Unlike the glorified COD which, incidentally, is funded by the US military. Go figure! Basically, war is hell. And so is this game. Its a struggle most of the time. And you have to scrape and save and muster and manage. And it is, quite honestly, very satisfying. Cross walking dead with a good strategy title and you pretty much have it. Well played developers. Picked it up for £3 on steam and im hooked. And so much replayability. I am a fan! Well done! Expand
  2. Jan 31, 2015
    10
    Really good game didnt expect at first as more and more survival games get released, but this one is different and in a good way. It gives aReally good game didnt expect at first as more and more survival games get released, but this one is different and in a good way. It gives a nice feeling of character growth but also the feeling that u are never overpowered so it keeps the tension intact. I would recommend it to any pc game fan. Expand
  3. Nov 14, 2014
    10
    Being a journo I got my final copy two days ago. Been busy with it ever since! At first I took this game as a gimmick, knowing about a conceptBeing a journo I got my final copy two days ago. Been busy with it ever since! At first I took this game as a gimmick, knowing about a concept since maybe April I perceived it as a very nice twist with a huge question mark for gameplay, replayability and actual story. While I still think that the devs a bit exaggerate their 'grieve' approach to war, casualties and such, I must say they have delivered an addictive game with strong mechanics. You've got crafting here, you've got exploring, time management, character developing so to speak, you've got resource management and a bit of randomness that adds a nice spice to the mix. So after a while you tend to forget all this bleak and suffering, and just enjoy your achievements, make bonds with characters, just immerse in the world and enjoy it. Especially I liked how the story is told: not to fast, you really focus on details, sharpen your attention, and enjoy small carefully polished details of the concept. Well done 11 Bit! Expand
  4. Jul 20, 2016
    9
    This War of Mine manages to be simple and yet full of content and replayability value.
    I personally don't love this type of games that much,
    This War of Mine manages to be simple and yet full of content and replayability value.
    I personally don't love this type of games that much, and was actually rather disappointed at first, because when I bought this game I expected something a bit more story driven with more precise objectives and purposes.

    Not that what I found out instead wasn't good.
    This War of Mine is more of a resources management game, and your only purpose is to survive. How to do that? That's all up to you. The game will bring you to various situations and both moral and fatal decisions which you'll have to face.

    The game doesn't explain much about WHAT to do, there's not really any sort of tutorial. You start right away. At first I was a bit pissed off by that, but soon enough I discovered that the gameplay grows on you and you can easily grasp it, and also, just like in real life, you sometimes can't be sure what you're actions will bring and what the consequences are going to be. So I've also had a few surprises.

    This War of Mine would indeed make sure that you feel every consequence of every action you're going to do, and you can't escape that. For example, you have a possibility to steal from an old couple which cannot defend itself. This is an easy way of gathering food, and trying to find food at any other place would be very risky, and you can easily die. You won't get away with stealing because characters would start to be depressed and question their own actions. And, of course, you absolutely can't live without food to eat...

    The game also manages to somehow create a strong emotional connection to the characters, albeit it provides very little back story and does everything in a very simplistic way. But that's probably a part of the magic, the minimal and poor environment, the melancholic tunes and feelings the game evokes in you.

    I found myself feeling terrible after I made my characters die because of my choices, and on that moment I realized the game actually WORKS. And pretty well. So, even though it's not my cup of tea, I'm going to find out the rest of the content the game has to offer and would probably give it another few goes.
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  5. Dec 3, 2014
    8
    There is no way around it. This War of Mine is fun. Until it isn't anymore.

    The game is unique. I had tons of fun for a while. My only
    There is no way around it. This War of Mine is fun. Until it isn't anymore.

    The game is unique. I had tons of fun for a while. My only issue with the game is that I wish they put a little more work into it. The buildings I could raid/explore were limited. Having to feed your party gets tedious. They might as well have made the gamer have to relieve the survivor's bladders. Waiting for the days to end was tedious. Having to start with three random party members was unnecessary as it just causes the gamer to have to create constant new games until they get the party they desired.

    In short. The game is fun but it felt kind of beta-ish. The devs need to add more options/items/locations. I'd honestly value this game at $10 - $15 the way it currently stands.
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  6. Feb 11, 2015
    8
    Nice to see a game in a war setting where you play as a regular person trying to survive. This War of Mine is a fun little game where you needNice to see a game in a war setting where you play as a regular person trying to survive. This War of Mine is a fun little game where you need to gather supplies, help people out, try not to get killed, and just generally survive through the war. Things get hard when people get depressed, sick, or bandits come in during the night and take your stuff. Expand
  7. Nov 16, 2018
    0
    Вообщем игру делали поехавшие леваки, которые на войне никогда не были. Ниочем.

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