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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: 17 out of 186
  1. Jan 26, 2017
    10
    Ein unglaublich geniales Spiel von 11Bit. Man wird ständig moralischen Konflikten entgegengesetzt und kann sich entscheiden zwischen Gut undEin unglaublich geniales Spiel von 11Bit. Man wird ständig moralischen Konflikten entgegengesetzt und kann sich entscheiden zwischen Gut und Böse. Sehr emotional werden einem die Geschichten der Überlebenden erzählt und jede Handlung hat seine Konsequenzen. Mit dem neuen The Littel Ones DLC, bei dem man zusätzlich auch noch auf ein Kind aufpassen muss kann man sich noch besser hineinfühlen und ändert finde ich auch ein bisschen die Art, wie man sich entscheidet. Expand
  2. Jan 11, 2015
    10
    This war of mine is one of the games that gives you a puppy lets you grow up with it and then cuts its throat open so wide you can see hell.This war of mine is one of the games that gives you a puppy lets you grow up with it and then cuts its throat open so wide you can see hell. It was fun, scary and all around a moral based game, that makes you choose how your group is if they will rob a old couple or kill a merchant, which I did one of those which makes me feel worse every second and so did the character that did it, in the end I retried 2 timed and raged quitted once. Loved it 10/10 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. Nov 22, 2014
    8
    This game is a really great experience. It is dark, bleak, and honest. You must balance your group's very limited resources to survive,This game is a really great experience. It is dark, bleak, and honest. You must balance your group's very limited resources to survive, whether through violence, bartering, or stealing you need to do whatever you have to in order to keep going. Each group member brings a different skillset to contribute to the group and the random starting characters is a nice setup. It will take an initial play through to understand some of the mechanics, I wasted more than a few resources building an herb garden and a heater several weeks before I ever needed them. And some of the craft items are of very dubious usefulness, the cost of building an herb garden, plus the cost of fertilizer, and tons water will only yield a handful of herbs which then cost components to build junk cigarettes. So there's definitely a little bit of balancing improvements that could be made there. The game is easy to grasp and it lands the sweet spot, it's challenging but not aggravating (much unlike the brutal and similar title Gods Will Be Watching). The artwork is beautiful, but a little bit laggy, I had to lower the graphics setting even on my 2014 Mac desktop. This game is definitely worth the time and money. I hope to see more, and I think with a bit of extra work this could go from a solid game to a classic.

    Like most minimalist style games there are more than a few vague interactions and my characters have paid a price for several misclicks. It's not always clear why I can open some boarded doors with a crowbar, but not others. And it would help if the various scavenging locations were randomly generated, right now they seem to always have the same basic floor plan, which limits replay-ability.
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  6. Feb 14, 2015
    7
    This War of Mine isn't the masterpiece that so many people claim it to be. However, it is definitely an enjoyable game. It's a relativelyThis War of Mine isn't the masterpiece that so many people claim it to be. However, it is definitely an enjoyable game. It's a relatively simply survival game where you play a civilian trying to survive amid a war. By day you build up your base and deal with the issues among your group of survivors and by night you go out and scavenge what you need. It's one of the few times that I really felt like I was playing a survival game. You'll constantly be needing something and you won't find yourself coasting along easily at any point in the game. The gameplay is very basic, you just click on screen to where you want to go, click on items to loot them or upgrade and build things. There's nothing complex or no deep gameplay for you to get addicted to. This War of Mine's claim to fame is different. It adds an emotional state to the game. Your actions will affect your survivors. Stealing and killing will have cause your survivors to drop in to depression and there may be heartfelt dialogue that pops on screen about you just did. If this is something you don't really care for then you probably won't like this game no matter how big of a fan of survival games you are. If this sounds like something that appeals to you then you should definitely try this. The game however lacks replay value. There is a random element to the game; you can get different survivors with different traits. You safe house can look different and the places you go to scavenge may be different but that's it. After 1-2 playthroughs you will have seen most there is to do in the game and you'll become proficient at it. With that said, I did enjoy my time and feel like it's definitely worth a look for anyone looking for a moral side to their game. Expand
  7. Nov 16, 2018
    0
    Вообщем игру делали поехавшие леваки, которые на войне никогда не были. Ниочем.

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