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  • Summary: We Happy Few is the tale of a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial in the city of Wellington Wells. Set in a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England, youll have to blend in with its other inhabitants, whoWe Happy Few is the tale of a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial in the city of Wellington Wells. Set in a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England, youll have to blend in with its other inhabitants, who dont take kindly to people who dont abide by their not-so-normal rules.

    ***1960s Dystopian England***
    Set in a retrofuturistic 1960s, you will find a city ravaged by war and rebuilt by delusionally happy people. Everything appears to be happy in Wellington Wells, including the roads, the people, and its omnipresent television personality, Uncle Jack! However, its a beautiful world on the brink of collapse. You will discover the history of this world, and how it came to be just so beguilingly happy.

    ***Suspicion and Joy***
    We Happy Few is about surviving in and escaping from a procedurally generated world, where you must learn to hide in plain sight. If you act out of turn, or youre not on Joy (the local happy pills), the locals will become suspicious and will rapidly turn your frown upside down! Forcefully. You will need to practice conformity, stealth and combat if you want to survive long enough to escape.

    ***A Mature Story***
    We Happy Fews characters are not typical video game heroes. They are flawed and not particularly heroic, warped by the trauma their world has been through. Each character has their own storyline that reacts to the events of the world around them, and their place within it. Our stories are definitely not appropriate for children, but are laced with dark humour, hope, and even a spot of redemption.

    ***Features***
    In We Happy Few, you will experience:
    - A procedurally generated world, meaning that everyones experience will be unique,
    - A range of difficulties for new and experienced players alike,
    - Permadeath, if you want to satisfy all your masochistic needs,
    - Three modes: sandbox, story and Wellie mode,
    - A unique soundtrack, and
    - A fully voiced, cinematic, first person story.

    And you can play it in your own style:
    - Fill your basic needs (hunger, thirst, and sleep) to survive,
    - Learn how to interact with the other members of your society, and choose stealth, conformity or combat,
    - Encounter dozens of in-game unique events,
    - Conform to the specific local habits by learning to behave accordingly, and taking your Joy,
    - Collect recipes, scavenge items and craft dozens of weapons, tools and devices,
    fight with your bare hands or the crazy weapons you create,
    watch out for traps, or learn how to use them to your advantage.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Sep 6, 2018
    90
    Whether interest lies in the survival horror genre or the first-person action adventure, this is a title that delivers an amazing and heart-pounding 25+ hours. It's also noteworthy that a sandbox mode is coming to the game, but as of release it is not an available option. Hopefully, that means a lot of content post release.
  2. 80
    There’s not much wrong with We Happy Few that can’t be fixed with some patches, and regardless of what happens there, the game has a narrative that is brave, intelligently crafted, and so incredibly poignant.
  3. Aug 10, 2018
    73
    The stories told of its misfit characters are bleak, witty, tense, and ready to shine a light on their flaws. And yet, like the devilish, grinning masks the populace has donned in conformity, you can’t help but notice what’s just below the surface.
  4. 65
    Encompassing a brilliant and inventive setting that is let down by half-baked systems and a lack of polish, We Happy Few is heavily flawed though still ultimately enjoyable adventure romp through 1960s dystopian Great Britain.
  5. Sep 17, 2018
    65
    The ideas of power, giving in to hegemonic cycles just to feel safe, and other gameplay systems are unfortunately overshadowed by the technical hiccups found in the game's software. It's a shame, because this game could have been good.
  6. Aug 16, 2018
    65
    An interesting world and basic idea that lacks polish and uses a couple of game mechanics that feel too old to still be entertaining.
  7. Aug 16, 2018
    50
    We Happy Few isn’t bad per se, but it’s a very near miss, as the game comes right up to the brink of collapsing in upon itself from its many missteps. The game offers such an intriguing backdrop for its world, and really grand art, that whenever it's more focused and non-procedural, it’s a grand old time. These spikes of enjoyment are however far too infrequent given the scale and running time of the title, often times leaving you floundering amid strong art direction and music without a real desire to actually play what’s on offer.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 24
  2. Negative: 9 out of 24
  1. Dec 25, 2018
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Unlike what most people are writing, This game is AMAZING! shoenoisseur This game. #WeHappyFew is so UNDER-RATED it makes me sad. I just want to put this post out there for everyone who probably saw the game but overlooked it. The game is very reminiscent of Bioshock meets Dishonored with an even darker twist. It has got the ugly truth of today's society - reliance on drugs.

    At one point in the game, you find a village where some people were being purposely given "bad batches" of the antidepressant 'Joy', which instead of helping them feel better, it damaged them, making them incapable of getting the relief that 'Joy' gives them. The Government in the game even goes as far as gentrifying the inhabitants who are immune to 'Joy', forcing them into Ghettos.

    Sounds pretty real doesn't it?
    The game sets place in an alternate version of Britain post WWI or II. The Germans, instead, having conquered Britain and seizing control over society, force the civilians to take a Pills, and turn over their freedom of choice.

    With a beautiful story, I am still progressing through the game.
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  2. Aug 26, 2018
    8
    I really like this game, throughout my time with the game it always felt like i was playing Bioshock just in a British setting, which I thinkI really like this game, throughout my time with the game it always felt like i was playing Bioshock just in a British setting, which I think the game nails when it comes to the atmosphere of the game, the game is fun to play. One thing to note with my play-through is that while I've noticed other people talk about a lot of glitches and frame rate drops with their copies, I actually didn't really experience that at all except for slight pop in of some items here and there, and some people clipping into walls, the game takes about 20-40 hours to complete with all 3 characters in the game, which mainly depends on what you decide to do in the game like if you want to do side missions or not, One thing i wish would have not been changed in the game is the survival side of it, they've somewhat streamlined it to be somewhat more simple, but that isn't really a bad thing, overall it's a great game to have fun and play around with, so, when you can, get this game, and while you wait why don't you take some Joy Expand
  3. Aug 12, 2018
    8
    We Happy Few
    Lovely Day for it
    When we happy few was first shown off, it was basically being sold as a survival based game set in a creepy
    We Happy Few
    Lovely Day for it
    When we happy few was first shown off, it was basically being sold as a survival based game set in a creepy procedurally generated word. But since then this game has drastically changed
    The world is still procedurally generated, but the game is completely with a fully fleshed out 23 hour long campaign and plenty of side quests to extend this time..
    Throughotu this campaign youll be playing as 3 characters all seeking to escape in an alternate reality post world war 2 world during the mid 1960s, first is Arthur, hesa very balanced character.. his 12 hour or so long campaign is probably the most enjoyable, but youre in a eutopian world where you go off your joy.. a drug that takes away all emotion other than happiness, when you go off you begin to remember.. your past.. your brother.. its then you realize you need to escape… so youre off on a ourney to do just that.. the thing is.. being off your joy makes you suspicious, so oyull have to fake your way through town and occasionnaly pop a joy to get through downer detectors…
    This world feels very much like a bioshock meets dishonoredworld.. you feel as though you have just as much freedom…
    At first we happy few is at a near masterpiece level
    The world is so creepy and intriguing to explore… within the first couple of horus I found myself in an abandond home with creepy music box music playing, and epty crib.. toys on the bed, I found a home where a couple hung themselves together… a table set up for tea alice in wonderland style
    I was absolutely enthralled and intruged.. disturbed and curious…
    Sadly though this attention to detail and world building quickly completely evaporates…
    going through these abandoned world is so earie at first, there would be moments I would stop and have to tell somebody about it or share a picture.. but by time you get to the first town… this is completely gone… the game turns into busy work fetch questing…
    The experience you have in the world of We Happy Few depends on your difficutly.. there is an option to customize your difficulty, I hose to kep survival and combat on easy, but I kept suspicion on normal.. I wanted to be immersed and get the intended experience of the world without having to worry about eating or sleeping.. but having to fit in to stop suspicion is where things can get super annoying.. plenty of chases through the streets and hiding on benches and in trashcans..
    There is a skill tree though to unlock perks and make towns a little less frustrating.. these are rewarded to you by completing story quests as well as sidequests.. and you can build up to the townpeople just accepting youre someone that runs around without them wanting to fight you because of it..
    But Arthurs act is the most complete feeling… there a lot of missions here where youll be in buildings, sneaking around.. taking out enemies, gathering materials, getting costumes to blend in.. its all a nice ballanece before youre challenged with the final 2 acts of the game…
    First up is Sally.. her story is around 6 to 8 hours and runs parallel to arthurs story, so you will meet eachother with a different perspective from both ends…
    Here theres an added challenge of taking care of a child, as youre completing tasks you will have to come back home, feed the baby and hold it or every hour a found of weight is added to your carring copacisty making it difficult for you to carry items and weapons… this is een more challenging because sallys act is very heavy on crafting… all three characters can craft… but the focus is really here for this story.. so many cool moments in her story though, so it was worth getting through even though it was infuriating.. .she cant fight with anything other than super light weapons but has the most hostile enemies out of all three stories, the havng to take care of a baby thing is annoying too when trying to gather crafting components, and finally in ollies chapter you have an insane weapon that does the highestdamage possible… this is a 3 -4 hour long father daughter story and is the sweetest and funniest story of the 3 and concludes the entire story of we happy few, no sequel bating.. this game has an end…
    his added challenge though is you have to manage your blood sugar level… food and honey super important here.. its quite challenging at first balancing the too as running around with low blood sugar cuts your health in half…
    But all 3 have a different skill tree…
    Ollie also isn’t able to blend in and be accepted like Arthur and sally…. So its basically impossible to sell items at shops… you literally cant walk through a town without dozens of enemies constanly wanting to fight you.. its super frustrating but again super worth it for the story..
    Which is what sumerizes we happy few perfectly.. worth it for the story…
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  4. May 16, 2019
    6
    This game disappointed me. It had an interesting story up until the first chapter ended. Then it went all downhill from there. The missionsThis game disappointed me. It had an interesting story up until the first chapter ended. Then it went all downhill from there. The missions felt to padded out and so did the story. It’s and interesting concept that should have been developed by a different studio. Expand
  5. Aug 12, 2018
    4
    Hugely mediocre, Dont expect Bioshock or a pleasant experience. But the two things that made me drop the score so low is the loading andHugely mediocre, Dont expect Bioshock or a pleasant experience. But the two things that made me drop the score so low is the loading and framerates. Before the game even starts and you load it up, you have to wait through a loading screen, that is to get to the main menu. THEN you have to sit through another loading screen when you "start game". Happily now you just have to face terrible framerate drops and a world that the DEVS seem like they are trying to ruin with bad gameplay.

    Was played on a PS4 pro, and even with average graphics its just janky.

    The combat is just bad, the crafting system is half assed, and its far too easy to just stealth everyone because the enemies are as dumb pig poop. The inventory is a cluttered mess of tabs and looks terrible.

    AVOID, especially at the laughable price these people want for it. Never buying from these devs again.
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  6. Aug 12, 2018
    3
    I haven't been this disappointed since ps4's servers last went down. We Happy Few's name must be referring to the publishers and devs fleecingI haven't been this disappointed since ps4's servers last went down. We Happy Few's name must be referring to the publishers and devs fleecing all of the intrigued masses for money. What was a promising idea and admittedly pretty environment gave way to lackluster "go here with a shopping list" quests, and samey areas. At least the two styles I could get to.

    The slog was made even worse by no less than 20 crashes, 3 completely unplayable bugged side quests, 20 fps on a ps4 pro, and a culmination to the bug filled straw that broke the camels back making the game unfinishable early in the story. The game boasts having two other characters; I'm left unconvinced. The only thing good about the bugged story quest is I could finally stop playing this misery simulator. Ironic, given the game is based around false happiness pills which leaves you feeling like rubbish after.

    If I were Gearbox, I would be utterly ashamed my name was on this. If I were Compulsion, I'd install showers in the office and not have anyone leave until it were fixed. And if I were myself on the day I bought it, I'd mug myself. Would still have experienced the misery and suffering of trying to get this to work and I'd still have my $60.

    Score: 1 point out of ten for the idea, one for the visuals, and one for the laughs it gave when it did work, followed shortly by a crash. Toodles!
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  7. Aug 18, 2018
    0
    Just your typical, not ready for release, trash. Bug filled empty chore world, with some of the worse ai, to go along with constant frame rateJust your typical, not ready for release, trash. Bug filled empty chore world, with some of the worse ai, to go along with constant frame rate drops, yet more greedy b grade devs want full price for this trash. I’m one of the happy few, because thankfully I didn’t have to pay to play this pile of crud. Expand

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