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  • Summary: In a completely frozen world, people develop steam-powered technology to oppose the overwhelming cold. Society in its current form becomes ineffective and it has to change in order to survive.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 90
    To say Frostpunk is fun would be like saying watching The Road is fun. It’s engaging, challenging, inventive and unique. It cleverly re-purposes old genre tropes, and embraces the rigors of micromanaging dire people in a dark time with such earnest that it’s hard not to get charmed into hours of sadistic yet satisfying struggle.
  2. Oct 15, 2019
    90
    An outstanding port of an outstanding game. It's absolutely worth a look from console players who haven't had the opportunity to play this absorbing city-builder/survival sim until now. Although this version may not offer much to those who have already bought and played it on PC, the fact that Frostpunk is now accessible to more people is a cool thing in itself.
  3. Jun 1, 2020
    90
    Frostpunk is quite simply one of the best city-building experiences on the PlayStation 4 with a highly detailed narrative written for four huge campaigns. The sadness in there only being four campaigns is a true testament to the team at 11 Bit Studios, as they have crafted such a memorable experience, with gut-wrenching decisions at every turn. The savagery of the game can have long-lasting effects that can carry into the subsequent play-throughs, as the memories of what arose from making previous decisions can sway future decisions down other pathways. For those who wish to experience a more laid-back 'Sim City' like experience, then this title may not be the right title to jump into. However after experiencing this, it will be easy to feel anxious to see whatever the team behind it has in store next.
  4. Oct 10, 2019
    89
    The controls and menus have been cleverly and thoughtfully adapted to the gamepad. I'm happy to be able to form my very own ice dystopia on the sofa as a despot or a kind guru.
  5. Oct 28, 2019
    86
    Frostpunk is, without a doubt, not an easy game and requires extensive strategizing and multiple playthroughs to succeed. It takes a lot of effort and a fair amount of alertness to get the job done, but once your decisions prevail and your city is thriving, the sense of accomplishment is unlike no other. With its intense premise and the pressure of making tough choices, Frostpunk is undeniably one of the most challenging and addicting city-building strategy games I have ever played.
  6. Oct 21, 2019
    85
    Frostpunk will test our strategy skills like no other real-time strategy game can do. 4 maps to explore, freedom to rule the city, several types of buildings to build and hard choices to make create a unique experience among the strategy genre. 11 bit studios keeps taking risks and developing games that make us think about our own values.
  7. Oct 9, 2019
    80
    Frostpunk is not for the faint of heart. However, if you think you can handle the stressful job of being a leader, you can easily lose a couple of nights to the game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Oct 11, 2019
    10
    Amazing game with real choices and consequences you feel real depth and struggle as you build up your city from nothing with limited resourcesAmazing game with real choices and consequences you feel real depth and struggle as you build up your city from nothing with limited resources in a beautifully crafted world 10/10 Must play Expand
  2. Nov 15, 2019
    10
    Challenging city-builder game. Choices matter a lot in every scenario. Great design and graphics!!
  3. Oct 12, 2019
    10
    best and most ambitious city builder with survival elements I've ever played!
  4. Oct 21, 2019
    9
    It always makes me happy to play true quality games made from love. It's a great game to play with a friend on the couch to discuss decisions.It always makes me happy to play true quality games made from love. It's a great game to play with a friend on the couch to discuss decisions. Controls on the PS4 are perfect. Only thing keeping me from giving this a 10 is that the replayability is rather limited. Expand
  5. Jan 18, 2021
    9
    Imagine our world back in the 19th century. The world is enveloped in industrialisation, with technological advances that we haven't evenImagine our world back in the 19th century. The world is enveloped in industrialisation, with technological advances that we haven't even managed to attain in the 21st century. Steam and coal are the pillar stones of civilization. But then... A global ice age erupts, forcing humans to fight for survival by keeping the warmth of a generator going. If it stops working, humanity is gone.

    Story:
    Frostpunk has 4 story scenario's, with the main story revolving around building and maintaining a city that faces loss of hope, committing to a strategy to keep people from leaving, and preparing for the coldest storm on Earth. What's impressive is that the choices that are presented feel like realistic options that can happen when humanity is faced with its worst enemy: itself. Doing nothing is not an option in the long run, but choosing between two evils is not easy either. As the story walks and steps on ethical lines with these choices, the game becomes increasingly immersive and exciting the further you get. Gameplay:
    The game plays as a RTS management simulator with a steampunk style. A giant generator stands in the middle of a ice crater, heating the surroundings where a city will be build. Every building is built on ground that surrounds the generator, thus relying on the heat to keep its occupants alive. The player needs to keep supplying the city with coal, or the generator turns off. You will have to make a viable economy to build and keep the city alive, but also make political decisions that can lead to creating a fanatic church, a totalitarian regime or even a city build on child labor. Harsh times require harsh measures.

    Graphics:
    For an indie game, the graphics are quite impressive on a Playstation 4. If you look at the city from medium height the steam, fires and lights look so warm in contrast to the cold ice, enveloped by icy winds. When zooming upclose to the individual people the details are very low, but Automatons are much more detailed.

    I've been thoroughly enjoying this game, as it is properly brutal and challenging till the final day. There are many different ways and strategies to tackle each scenario, and it plays on your own ethics as to how you want to achieve survival. It is a fantastic game, i give it a 9/10.
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  6. Nov 30, 2020
    8
    Great strategic and atmospheric survival city builder.

    FrostPunk is all about surviving hellish winters around giant heat generators. While
    Great strategic and atmospheric survival city builder.

    FrostPunk is all about surviving hellish winters around giant heat generators. While limited in scope, it does an excellent job with what it has.

    Unlike most city builders, the goal here is to keep your people alive rather than building an interesting city. And with common temperatures much lower than you'd expect people to be able to survive in, you can make that happen.. Sometimes.

    The game's story scenarios cover different settlements that have been created in the wake of people leaving New London for various reasons. New London being the last known large outpost of humanity. For each, you get a well-written and voice-acted opening explanation, which leads you to your goals for that scenario.

    For example, in the first scenario, you're simply trying to keep your people happy to prevent them from leaving. In another one, you must deal with a huge number of refugees. In another, there's a lack of people, so you must build robots to maintain resource production facilities.

    At the default difficulty level, they're all challenging, even for someone who likes these kinds of games. You likely won't ace a scenario your first time though. Instead, you're probably scrape by with the bare minimum needed. An example here is that during one scenario, you find another outpost that is struggling and you can choose to send them resources. The easier way to complete the scenario would be to ignore the other outpost at the cost of having your people become more discontent from you allowing them to die. On my first time through, I was barely able to keep my outpost afloat, so had to sacrifice the other outpost.

    The building types, policies, and tech trees are done well, but aren't as complex as some other games. Arguably, they don't need to be complex and fit the game perfectly. Though this does limit the game's replayability.

    Building types primarily consist of housing, services that reduce discontent (churches, guard posts, arenas, etc.), medical, and resource gathering (coal, food, wood, metal). There's several other miscellaneous building types too. Your primary goal will be to keep everyone warm though heat production, meaning mining coal or wood to turn into coal. You'll additionally need metal to create certain building and research new technology.

    The primary challenge is to anticipate future resource usage and gather the resources needed to build and research things that will improve that resource usage. The game constantly throws you curve balls though. One example is severe temperature drops that could make the most technologically-advanced city fall if you're not prepared with enough coal stockpiles and medical facilities that will be needed to treat severe frostbite (leading to amputations) that is sure to come.

    Then there's the three policy trees. The main one covers things like improving medical facilities, making food last longer by making it less satisfying, and allowing duels or prostitution to reduce discontent. For the other two trees, religion or order, you can pick only one. Both work well to keep people content, but in different ways. And both can be exploited to their fullest potentials to make sure you stay in power. For example, the top religious policy basically makes you the voice of god and those who disagree will be killed. It works, but is definitely not one to pick if you want the best ending in a scenario.

    If you're a city building strategy fan and want something easy to learn, but challenging, and with a good atmospheric story, then this is the game for you.
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  7. Jul 28, 2022
    2
    it is so hard game, do what ever you do, but after 10 minitues sure you will lose

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