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  • Summary: Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin combines side-scrolling action with deep crafting and farming simulation. Players take on the role of Sakuna, a spoiled harvest goddess banished to a dangerous island with a group of outcast humans. As she explores the beautiful, forbidding environments of theSakuna: Of Rice and Ruin combines side-scrolling action with deep crafting and farming simulation. Players take on the role of Sakuna, a spoiled harvest goddess banished to a dangerous island with a group of outcast humans. As she explores the beautiful, forbidding environments of the island, she will also find a home in a mountain village, proving herself worthy of her title by harvesting rice and bettering the lives of humans. In addition to being a fresh take on Japanese mythology and a love letter to action games, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is an ode to rice and an engrossing simulation of the craft behind the agriculture. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Nov 14, 2020
    100
    Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is an absolute delight and comes highly recommended, regardless of whether or not you're a fan of the platforming, RPG, or farming and crafting genres. I have the game for PlayStation 4, but I will most definitely be picking it up for Nintendo Switch as well, as the rice farming process offers up a meditative experience that I’d like to play just for a few minutes before bed to unwind. It’s warm narrative, incredible voice acting talent, stellar soundtrack, and overall gameplay makes Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin a must-buy.
  2. Nov 30, 2020
    82
    An interesting title which has its strengths in the curious mix of hack and slash combat with farming features, besides a charming cast of characters.
  3. Nov 9, 2020
    80
    Sakuna is more than the sum of its parts. Individually each element is just a bit lacking: the exploration is limited, the pacing a little tedious, the combat doesn’t quite have the depth of a true action-brawler and even the farming proves repetitive. But just as sunlight, fertiliser, water and toil together produce a bountiful harvest, all of this game’s elements come together to make something hearty and unexpected.
  4. Nov 27, 2020
    80
    Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is a delightful game, a small production that exudes care from all pores and manages to instill a relaxing sense of calm in the player. The narration, which draws on classic Japanese folklore, has those simple but winning characteristics typical of the training story. A pure, cheerful and touching fairy tale, capable of holding on to the screen until the (splendid!) conclusion. Unfortunately, some naivety in mission management makes the second half of the game a bit redundant. It would have been perfect to "dry" the continuous backtracking, enriching the central part with some unprecedented fighting. However, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin can be loved, with well implemented game elements and wonderful art direction.
  5. 75
    Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is a fun and entertaining game. I was quickly swept in by its charming characters, great writing, and rice farming simulation. Unfortunately, a lot of the game mechanics hold it back including the brutal day and night cycle and having to wait an entire game year just to level up Sakuna to make the game a little easier.
  6. Dec 4, 2020
    70
    Sakuna of Rice and Ruin narrates a wonderful fairytale of Japanese mythology, which is unfortunately plagued by pacing problems that arise from the intense repetition of exploration.
  7. Nov 23, 2020
    61
    When it comes to farming and ist various phases, Sakuna shows off some good ideas, but these are thwarted by monotonous fights and clumsy micro management.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Dec 30, 2020
    10
    A hidden gem. This game surprised me, and I have been playing it for hours unexpectedly.
  2. Nov 17, 2020
    10
    Most undervalued farm simulation game!

    You definitely need to try this game

    I did it for 6 hours Without knowing the time is passing
  3. Nov 12, 2020
    10
    Honestly, it wasn't a game that I expected.
    But it was unexpectedly fun.
    The action wasn't bad either. The story is very interesting. The
    Honestly, it wasn't a game that I expected.
    But it was unexpectedly fun.
    The action wasn't bad either.
    The story is very interesting.
    The game system and ideas are great.
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  4. Nov 14, 2020
    10
    Juego precioso, y con una gran banda sonora y jugabilidad
    Ademas de una edición coleccionista soberbia
  5. Nov 18, 2020
    9
    Extremely charming game, runs really well (though I have been playing on PS5), gameplay is fun, characters are entertaining and I absolutelyExtremely charming game, runs really well (though I have been playing on PS5), gameplay is fun, characters are entertaining and I absolutely love the style. Expand