Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 23
  2. Negative: 6 out of 23
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  1. May 13, 2019
    45
    Clearly too ambitious, Fade to Silence looses itself in the many things it tries, but ultimately fails, to achieve. Apart from the visuals, we can't really find anything appealing, from the rigid gameplay to the poor game design, and worst of all, that punishing permadeath system.
  2. Apr 30, 2019
    41
    Fade to Silence is an unremarkable and slow slog for survival through a wintry post-apocalypse. Technical problems, underdeveloped gameplay systems, and a confused tone erode away most of the enjoyment in a setting that showed potential.
  3. May 2, 2019
    40
    With Fade to Silence, Black Forest Games was undoubtedly willing to offer a title with a unique atmosphere at the crossroads of influences dear to hardcore players, eager for ruthless survival mechanisms and mute narrative. Unfortunately, by trying do to too much, this RPG survival does not convince in any of its aspects, offering a repetitive experience, technically very limited and painful.
  4. May 6, 2019
    36
    All things said and done Fade to Silence is not a game that will inspire you to keep playing it. There are just too many issues with graphics, control and hit box contacts. It looks and feels clunky, and I am not sure it can be saved with a patch any time soon. Sadly I would suggest that eventually this game will do what its title suggests; Fade to Silence.
  5. 30
    A survival game that, despite a few interesting ideas, struggles to provide any reason to persevere with its overfamiliar gameplay and poorly handled storytelling.
  6. 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.
User Score
4.1

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 32
  2. Negative: 17 out of 32
  1. 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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  2. 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. Full Review »
  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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