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  • Summary: Don't Starve is an uncompromising wilderness survival game full of science and magic.

    You play as Wilson, an intrepid Gentleman Scientist who has been trapped by a demon and transported to a mysterious wilderness world. Wilson must learn to exploit his environment and its inhabitants if
    Don't Starve is an uncompromising wilderness survival game full of science and magic.

    You play as Wilson, an intrepid Gentleman Scientist who has been trapped by a demon and transported to a mysterious wilderness world. Wilson must learn to exploit his environment and its inhabitants if he ever hopes to escape and find his way back home.

    Enter a strange and unexplored world full of strange creatures, dangers, and surprises. Gather resources to craft items and structures that match your survival style. Play your way as you unravel the mysteries of this strange land.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Feb 27, 2014
    90
    Great games have a simple concept and message. Don’t Starve will leave you feeling full. [March 2014, p78]
  2. Jan 10, 2014
    90
    Don't Starve is an incredibly satisfying survival-exploration game that understands how to foster the joy of discovery.
  3. Jan 16, 2014
    85
    Don’t Starve is an original survival adventure that surprises because of its many game options and its amazing art style.
  4. Jan 15, 2014
    80
    It's never stronger than in its opening hours, and if it never quite recaptures that first heady whiff of discovery, it at least keeps you on the edge of your seat thanks to its punishing design, the stakes rising in tandem with your achievements.
  5. Feb 3, 2014
    75
    If you don’t want to do the same thing over and over, you hate a game over screen and need a tutorial to understand what you’re doing, Don’t Starve isn’t the game for you. It’s difficult, challenging and divers, which makes it a great experience.
  6. Jan 17, 2014
    70
    When that little curiosity stays and gets you back for creating more items to survive another day, you get addicted to the game, transforming irritation into determination.
  7. 60
    An interesting stew of ideas and great presentation can’t make up for a game that goes out of its way to frustrate and discourage its players.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 74
  2. Negative: 16 out of 74
  1. Jan 7, 2014
    10
    Smooth, just as fun as PC, beautiful and plays incredibly well on the Dual Shock 4! The control scheme surprising works perfectly! 10/10! ThisSmooth, just as fun as PC, beautiful and plays incredibly well on the Dual Shock 4! The control scheme surprising works perfectly! 10/10! This game is the start of a line-up of indie games that had me choosing the PS4 over the XBone. You guy's over at Klei did a fantastic job when you made this game a reality! Sony you have helped make it an amazing console version that runs unbelievable well. So much fun in such a gorgeously wrapped FREE gift from Sony! Expand
  2. Feb 24, 2015
    10
    Brilliant game, fascinating gameplay, unique world design, addictive survival sim. I love this game, even as it punishes me by beingBrilliant game, fascinating gameplay, unique world design, addictive survival sim. I love this game, even as it punishes me by being rogue-like (not my personal favorite design choice, but essential for this game, and the game overcomes it even for me).

    I'm still too scared to risk living in the caves for long though...
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  3. Jan 10, 2014
    9
    This is a challenging, no-holding-hands, punishing, rogue-like survival game, make no mistake. No guidance is given, and for me, that is aThis is a challenging, no-holding-hands, punishing, rogue-like survival game, make no mistake. No guidance is given, and for me, that is a strength. So is the unique art style. Once you accept this punishing aspect, and the fact that you need to constantly be aware of and explore your environment and meticulously track your supplies, and that to succeed you need to do these things over and over, alongside the excellent exploratory nature of the land, the game really opens up and is fun for those who like that sort of thing. Expand
  4. Mar 10, 2014
    8
    This was a really fun game for me. it kinda reminded me of minecraft when I first began to play but I really didn't care. Also it had a goodThis was a really fun game for me. it kinda reminded me of minecraft when I first began to play but I really didn't care. Also it had a good art style and atmosphere. You must download this game on your ps4 because it's a good ps plus game and i'm glad I could get it for free. Expand
  5. Jul 26, 2018
    7
    I sure am hungry. It is a good thing Don't Starve teaches me how to survive. Now this was a newly released game on the PS4 from the fineI sure am hungry. It is a good thing Don't Starve teaches me how to survive. Now this was a newly released game on the PS4 from the fine people at Klei Entertainment. This is unlike any of their games that I have seen. They made Shank 1 and 2, and also made Mark of the Ninja. Both of those games are side scrolling slashers. This is Klei's artistic take on survival horror. Let me just say this is the most survival I've ever had in a game.

    Normally I would talk about the story but honestly I hardly know it. The thin plot this game is based around you playing a scientist named Wilson and this mysterious man drops you into this world, where everything is trying to kill you. I dig the antagonist named Maxwell (who is the mysterious man) because he looks like the old timey villains. This guy is dressed in a all black old west suit and has a handlebar mustache. It doesn't get more badass then that, sadly he is missing the top hat to go with it. Wilson has an attitude a lot like a gamer would playing a video game. If he sees someone who has died he will say "better him than me". If you attack a helpless creature the guy says one of my favorite lines "go for the eyes". Your protagonist is a bit crazy and the crazier he gets the funnier stuff he says. Side note people he doesn't speak any actual language, so everything is in Charlie Brown talk. Just a bunch of Wan wan wah wha. Thankfully they have the humorous text that go with the nonsense. I technically didn't beat the game so I can't tell you if there is a ending or if it is one of those play until you die games.

    The sound is really great in this game. It has some generic music, but the real sound is in the sound effects. Whether you are just walking around in the world or have a creature trying to kill you all the sounds are fantastic. There were times in the night (in the game) where you will hear something walking around but you can't see them, so it'd put you a bit on edge.

    The game graphically is nothing special. Now I like the character and monster design I don't see the need for this to come out on the PS4. The creature design is good and a bit creepy, I have to say the pig people creeped me out the most. The game has areas you visit just walking through the world and I have to say being this game has a day and night cycle there were some areas so ominous that I would only go there during the day.

    If you listen to the Bloody Screen Podcast you might have heard me describe this game as addictive. That is exactly what the gameplay of this game is addictive as **** Most people will die the first two times playing the game because this game doesn't tell you **** It is a learn as you go kind of game. Once you learn how to survive in the wild you feel like a bad ass mountain man. The thing I love about this game is every time you die you start over and the world is random generated. This open world is also completely blank on your map so you can't memorize where anything is located. You might be wondering how do you survive in the world Brandon? Well you must collect resources such as food, and building materials to make axes, spears, clothes, and most importantly fire. Seriously fire is your friend, especially at night. What will kill every new comer to this game is the night. When nighttime hits if you don't have fire you will die. The only thing to do really is to make a fire and sit there until it passes. Yes you do also need to eat in this game or else what it the point of surviving. Food isn't hard to come by fruit and veggies are plentiful, but if you get meat it will fill you quicker and longer. Combat is only able to happen if you have a spear. Believe me trying to use a axe will not end well for you new people. There is one mechanic I find quite cool it is the fact that you go crazy the longer you play the game. Now if you build a flower hat, you will stop the process. If you don't build one then Wilson will slowly fall into madness and you will start seeing shadowy figures around. I never went full crazy so I can't tell you if it is game over or not. Last thing I want to mention more as a tip, there is seasons and if you are well enough equipped in the winter you will freeze to death.

    Overall, there is a story part to the game aside from the open world. It has specific objectives but kind of a pain in the ass, plus you have to find it in the world to even start it. You can mess with the settings to make the game easier or harder and you have different characters you can play both with pros and cons to them. I can say it is a fun game and addictive when you first pick it up after three or four days you've seen what this game has to offer. This is free if you own a PS4 and have PlayStation Plus so if you have that you most likely have already played it. I say it is worth checking out on the console or the pc. I give this a 7. While the gameplay is fun after you see everything you have no real incentive to go back.
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  6. Nov 11, 2014
    6
    Do not Starve is survival game. The difficulty increases gradually. You must manage resources to protect you from many dangers.

    Graphics
    Do not Starve is survival game. The difficulty increases gradually. You must manage resources to protect you from many dangers.

    Graphics 6/10
    Music 5/10
    Gameplay 7/10

    My overall score is 6
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  7. Nov 20, 2014
    0
    This is the MOST repetitive game I have ever ever played.

    And the game has lots of annoying inconvenience. For example, you can only craft
    This is the MOST repetitive game I have ever ever played.

    And the game has lots of annoying inconvenience. For example, you can only craft advanced items near a science machine, forcing you to build lots of machines over the map if you don't want to waste time traveling far back to a machine, but the trade-off is repeatedly picking and chopping materials for a new machine.

    The map is unnecessarily big. What is worse is the map is randomly created each time, so for every new game, you have to waste lots of time to investigate where to go for certain materials. And there is no way for fast travel except those randomly set bug holes.

    The most annoying thing is storage. The portable bag storage is far from enough, so I always have to drop this for that, and when I need this, I have to recollect (of course you can remember the place you dropped the items then travel far back to re-pick them yet wasting time).
    The ridiculous is that the materials will never be rotten(never disappear on ground) and you cant move a chest, so the chest for extra storage totally doesn't make sense. Just think when you want something stored in a particular chest you have been very far from it, so what is difference between storing materials in chest and dropping them on ground?

    Most of time, I feel I am just doing the same thing again and again rather than the sense of progression.
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