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  • Summary: Fade to Silence is a Survival-RPG set in the cold and deadly world of a post-apocalyptic winter. You assume the role of Ash, a natural but tormented leader, exploring a post-apocalyptic frozen wasteland, gathering the resources necessary to establish a refuge for survival. With dwindlingFade to Silence is a Survival-RPG set in the cold and deadly world of a post-apocalyptic winter. You assume the role of Ash, a natural but tormented leader, exploring a post-apocalyptic frozen wasteland, gathering the resources necessary to establish a refuge for survival. With dwindling supplies, simple tasks like upgrading equipment and collecting materials require an immediate expedition to scavenge the necessary items. In the search for survival materials, players must navigate a vast territory, in which they will encounter Eldritch monsters and an even greater foe; the unrelenting winter. While freezing temperatures constantly take their toll on Ash, the deadliest event is a constant threat – a blizzard. If caught by surprise, it takes every ounce of skill, determination and luck to survive. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 22
  2. Negative: 6 out of 22
  1. May 6, 2019
    72
    With just a little more time in the cooker, Fade to Silence could have fleshed out these mechanics. This is the kind of game that thrives off an expanded scope. The vision for this unique world is there and, for the most part, it delivers.
  2. Apr 29, 2019
    70
    Fade to Silence is a good survival game, and it could’ve been much better if they had polished some aspects like the combat and the graphics. If you like the genre, you’ll probably enjoy it regardless of its shortcomings.
  3. May 8, 2019
    70
    For the flaws that it has, Fade to Silence is an ambitious game that provides a unique experience in a crowded genre. The world is stark, cold and unwelcoming, and there’s a discomposing atmosphere that always puts you on edge. Fade to Silence isn’t for everyone, but for those who want to experience a harsh, unforgiving world, this is just the ticket - just don’t rush into permadeath mode right away.
  4. May 19, 2019
    60
    The survival of Fade to Silence is certainly good, credible and well structured. Severe for the most hurried players but at the same time will reward strategists. Unfortunately it lacks all that undergrowth of contents that give soul and "color" to a video game, like a real campaign, fiction, secondary activities, not to mention decidedly mediocre graphics and combat system.
  5. Apr 29, 2019
    55
    Immersive, sometimes beautiful and pleasant in co-op, Fade to Silence is a game that unfortunately fails to bring a polished combat system, a good narrative experience, or even a correct technical side (bugs, crash, AI issues).
  6. Apr 29, 2019
    50
    Fade to Silence is an amalgamation of mechanics and systems that only work some of the time. Extensive survival procedures and dynamic weather patterns provide the potential for a memorable experience, but nothing takes advantage of that. Controls frustrate, crafting is lacklustre, and combat is missing any sort of depth. Keen survivalists will find something to like here, but those with only a passing interest should probably steer clear.
  7. 30
    Something about the survival genre has taken all those brilliant ingredients and spat out a failure of a meal, however, and that's an depressing reflection on the entire genre.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. May 1, 2019
    10
    This game was a pleasant surprise. Fade to silence is an excellent survival and a little bit of horror game with good atmosphere and story. ItThis game was a pleasant surprise. Fade to silence is an excellent survival and a little bit of horror game with good atmosphere and story. It has also co-op. Even if you are not a survival or a horror fan it is highly likely that you are going to like this game. Expand
  2. May 20, 2019
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I'm easily bored, especially with survival games, but this game kept me interested for a good 30-40 hours. The graphical quality is good, the combat is passable, and the core survival loop is challenging and fulfilling. There just ins't much there to keep me as the player interested in playing after Ash's first true death and all progress is inevitably lost. Expand
  3. May 7, 2019
    5
    The game has a lot of things I like: base building, gathering resources to craft better gear and upgrade your camp, recruiting followers, etc.The game has a lot of things I like: base building, gathering resources to craft better gear and upgrade your camp, recruiting followers, etc. It can give you a slight sense of accomplishment. However, it's marred by terrible graphics, constant bugs and glitches, annoying traversal of the environment and underwhelming combat. Had this game been developed by a better studio with a better budget, it could've been decent. I'd say if the frame rate didn't drop constantly (especially when you're in your camp) and if it didn't crash so often, I'd bump my score up to a 7/10. I really want to like this game. I find some of the gameplay interesting and I think it has some potential, but the fact that all you do in this game is explore the environment and occasionally have to attack an enemy with the same moves over and over again, it leads to a lackluster experience that had the combat been more engaging, the traversal of the environment more interesting and the technical glitches remedied, would've made this a better title than it is.

    Also, the story needs a lot of work. You basically learn everything about the state of the world and your past in flashbacks whenever you rest and, personally, I find that a lazy way to execute the story. There's no way to learn about the world through exploration, which is how a title like this should work, in my opinion. That way you have more of an incentive to travel and explore. Otherwise, what's the point? Sure, you need to explore to gather materials for your camp and followers, but nothing binds the player to the story. This wouldn't be a problem if the sole purpose of the game was only to survive, but they added a story that has no depth beyond what you learn from these incoherent flashbacks.

    All in all, what keeps me playing this title is the goal of crafting better equipment and building up my camp and stockpiling resources. Otherwise, there is no real reason to continue past that. No gripping story, no amazing combat and traversal through the world. Nothing but monotonous grinding, which if you enjoy the satisfaction of growing your little society in the wilderness is the only reason to play this game.
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  4. Apr 30, 2019
    1
    As soon as I saw the difficulty options I thought here we go again with another developer who is more interested in punishing you rather thanAs soon as I saw the difficulty options I thought here we go again with another developer who is more interested in punishing you rather than letting you enjoy a game. Horrible gameplay, dialogue. I'm not looking for hand holding but other survival games have such a better introduction to their world. Sadly another dissapointment. Expand
  5. Jun 17, 2019
    0
    From the very start of the game it is clear as day that all the funds for this game went into death;s voice, or whatever the grim voice is, iFrom the very start of the game it is clear as day that all the funds for this game went into death;s voice, or whatever the grim voice is, i never got much farther than the starting area because all aspect of the game right down to its controls, are purely a 3/10 alone. it looks like and runs like it belongs on the last generation of consoles and even more of a kicker was i bought it on PS4, so my chance to refund this annoying and half baked game never existed. If you watched the trailers and think its going to be a Darksiders X Tomb Raider type game AVOID IT. at least on consoles, where refunds are not guaranteed Expand
  6. May 7, 2019
    0
    I thought I might like the game despite the poor reviews since the oft-quoted problems were technical and could be patched.

    On paper, it
    I thought I might like the game despite the poor reviews since the oft-quoted problems were technical and could be patched.

    On paper, it sounds great:
    - soul's like combat, check
    - post-apocalyptic landscape, check
    - vaguely lovecraftian influences, check

    how can this game possibly be as bad as people say?

    Well, I did not see a whole lot of glitching or crashing but, unfortunately, this is a boring game with a muddled story, overly punishing and uninteresting combat, boring characters, and no reason to continue playing.

    Soulsborne (or souls-borne-sekiro?) games get to be punishing because they also offer fascinating worlds to get lost in and a tangible sense of progress both with shortcuts and with actually getting good at the combat. The labyrinthine environments would be a joy to explore even without the varied enemies to defeat. But what does this game offer? Samey environments with like 4 types of enemy, most of which soak hits forcing one to do the "heavy hit-step dodge" dance over and over and god forbid something blocks the poorly controlled camera. This, coupled with the completely unexplained and an unwarranted attempt to make this a rogue-like makes for an unpleasant slog. Why on earth would I want to do the clunky base construction again after losing all my lives? And, don't even get me started on the sled mechanics.
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