Released: 14 Nov, 2014
Genres: Adventure, Indie, Simulation
Developer: 11 bit studios
Publisher: 11 bit studios
Completion: Main campaign completed once, others attempted
Playtime at Review: 19.8 hours
Total Playtime: 19.8 hours
Achievements at Review: 18/55 (33%)
My rating: 9.0/10
Simple, effective, and challenging gameplay
Music assists perfectly with the feels from the stories
Love the art style
Helps raise awareness of real life situations and has raised a tonne of money for War Child with DLC sales
Will likely leave you in in a pit of depression
I'm generally not a big fan of survival games, although I keep trying different ones in the hopes that I'll find one I like. This War of Mine, however, is one I found some time ago and fell in love with! It's different from most of the "standard" survival games in almost every way, especially with it's art style and the effectiveness of the stories. It is, by all means, an incredible game.
If you've played Distrust (I only have recently), the gameplay mechanics are pretty similar, but Distrust didn't have the stories and the feels to grab my attention like This War of Mine did! It grabbed my attention, played with my emotions, ripped out my heart, urinated on my corpse, and brought me back to live as one giant, stinking mess of a man. Honestly though, while the game is pretty depressing, it's a true testament to the work 11 bit studios have done and really gives some horrific insight into how much war can effect the lives of civilians. The blend of story, gameplay, art, and music complement one another perfectly.
11 bit studios have also raised a load of money for War Child with the DLC sales for This War of Mine, a truly deserving charity in my eyes. This reflects, not only on how great the game is, but how great the company behind it are.
This is, by far, my favourite survival game, and one of my favourite games of all time. Never has a game left me with such feels. The fact it was released in 2014 and still had new DLC released this year is also awesome! Definitely recommend, even if you don't like survival games.
Posted on 29-11-2019
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