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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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  1. Negative: 15 out of 165
  1. Dec 20, 2018
    10
    Probably one of the best games that i've played. Not because it has insane mechanics, not because stunning graphics but the story that gameProbably one of the best games that i've played. Not because it has insane mechanics, not because stunning graphics but the story that game tell to us, the feels that feel to us. Expand
  2. Mar 7, 2015
    10
    I am not a fan of survival games, but then I downloaded this game to play something different concept. First when I downloaded, I didn'tI am not a fan of survival games, but then I downloaded this game to play something different concept. First when I downloaded, I didn't believe this game, but then this game has given me a lot of relaxation. Thanks to the developers. I will ask developers to develop this game for android too, because I am eager to play this game in my galaxy note 2 .. 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. Apr 18, 2017
    9
    This War is Mine is a very unique and dynamic game. It's refreshing to play a game as a survivor of an ongoing conflict. The game presentsThis War is Mine is a very unique and dynamic game. It's refreshing to play a game as a survivor of an ongoing conflict. The game presents many challenges, encounters, opportunities and characters. The best way I can put it is this game feels very real when you're playing it.
    The only reason I wouldn't give it a 10/10 is because after playing it for about 10 or so hours you realise how much of a simple game it is, that makes it great but also a little short lived. I haven't played much of it nor have I played any DLC, but I think with just a little extra work it could make the game perfect.
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  5. Dec 30, 2014
    8
    This War of Mine is an interesting take on the popular but packed survival genre and it really stands out as a game that's unique, ambitious,This War of Mine is an interesting take on the popular but packed survival genre and it really stands out as a game that's unique, ambitious, atmospheric and touching despite being played out on a 2D side-scrolling backdrop. It's a very impressive title for what is a very simple concept.

    The game sees you taking control of a three-man team planted in a safehouse in the middle of a war-torn and depressing city. The house is your safe haven away from the dangerous outside world. In the daytime; you control your characters to craft, sleep, scavenge and protect the property but when the night arrives; the game comes alive as you will prepare and take one of your team into the world to loot for supplies and liase with fellow surviors of the war. The map contains several locations you can visit from other houses, schools, churches, warehouses, hostpitals and even brothels. On your travels, you must use your time wisely to search for essential items and make tough decisions on stealing and possibly having to harm fellow humans in the same position as you. Bandits also lurk in these vast locations so you have to approach each situation and location with considerable care for your character.

    If you survive your trip; you complete a 'day' in the game and return home to distribute your collected loot including medicine, crafting items, food, drink and other goods. Your character may be extremely tired so you can put him/her to bed and take control of a different person to sift through your scavenged stuff and prepare for the next night's trip. This is just one typical day of an ongoing cycle in which you must scavenge, survive and maintain the well-being of your team physically and mentally. As the days pass; loot can be harder to find, your characters may become more and more disillusioned with the trials and tribulations of war and keeping them alive within the difficult conditions and in respect to bandits roaming can get tougher and tougher. It all makes for a truly absorbing and challenging title.

    This War of Mine isn't without it's problems though - there is no 'endless' mode so on completion; you may not feel motivated to play again as you've essentially beaten the game. The items available and crafting probably doesn't go deep enough either. The combat can be a bit cumbersome and in terms of the locations available to visit; there probably isn't quite enough. It is a big game that could keep you occupied for many hours but there is a chance you could have seen it all very early on in terms of everything on offer. Replayability is certainly questionable at this time.

    Overall; this is a fantastic game at a very generous price. It's a survival game that distances itself from the typical zombie-oriented titles that plague Steam these days. Not only is this centralised around war as opposed to an outbreak; the artistic 2D backdrop is a truly unique setting along with the basic but easy to use mechanics. Longevity and content may be an issue but even if you get 10 hours out of this game; it's a fantastic purchase and a great concept.
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  6. May 30, 2015
    8
    It's an excellent game regarding its mechanics and basic concept. However, I find it falls short when it comes to various social commentary.It's an excellent game regarding its mechanics and basic concept. However, I find it falls short when it comes to various social commentary. Unless the social commentary you want to make is that even in war time, people behave like spoiled little brats. Because while horrible people all around are robbing, raping and killing, the biggest problem for my survivors was "We have no coffee" or "We have no cigarettes". It made them sad most of the time. Boohoo. I purposely never gave them anything for being such damn cry babies. And when I killed a bunch of psychopaths who had mutilated corpses lying around and were about to attack my scavenging survivor and I took their stuff (Because why not? They were awful people and they're dead...), one of my survivors got depressed, the others who weren't sad yet got sad. I find the game very lacking in these regards because it made me feel increasingly detached from the moral dilemmas it portrays. Which I found to be the best thing about this game when I first started playing. Anyway... until one full play-through is accomplished, it is at least something interesting, refreshing and challenging. Expand
  7. Nov 16, 2018
    0
    Вообщем игру делали поехавшие леваки, которые на войне никогда не были. Ниочем.

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