Survival

Fade to Silence Review

Fade to Silence is a true survival game that I want to like a lot more than I do. A passionate team has cooked up some tasty scraps in this frozen hell, but I’m forced to share the meal with irritating company. The ideas are great in theory, but too many elements end up in the realm of mediocrity.

Fade to Silence Review

Don't Starve: Hamlet Review

Don’t Starve: Hamlet is a no-brainer recommendation for Don’t Starve fans. It likely won’t win over anyone who previously rejected this series, but this refreshing combination of humor, creativity, and challenge is sure to delight the long time fans who are hungry for more. 

Don't Starve: Hamlet Review

60 Parsecs! Review

When it comes to the basic formula, 60 Parsecs! appears to have the parts that it needs to succeed. However, when compared to its brethren in the “average guy unfairly thrust into an impossible situation” genre, 60 Parsecs! comes up short in some critical ways.

60 Parsecs! Review

ARK: Survival Evolved Review

With its sci-fi inflected single player campaign, ARK at least offers a solo player the chance to get the gist of the game without the threat of anti-social humans ruining whatever progress has been made. For the past two years, ARK has been helping to shape the genre and now that it's "finished," it feels like the genre is due for the next stage of evolution.

ARK: Survival Evolved Review

Wrongworld Review

There are more than enough indie games that involve survival and crafting. That Wrongworld can enter into this crowded genre and still provide an experience that is unique enough to be worth playing says a great deal. Despite containing many of the conventional trappings of a survival game and some significant flaws, it still feels fresh for at least a dozen or two hours.

Wrongworld Review

The Flame in the Flood Review

More often than not, the game is an exercise in frustration, which unfortunately characterizes The Flame in the Flood most accurately:  a promising, interesting survival game that is ultimately left to drown in the waters of mediocrity by its own core mechanics.

The Flame in the Flood Review

Syndrome

Perhaps this game will find an audience with a crowd that loves how punishing it is and doesn't really care what else Syndrome has to offer. If you don't think that you would be part of that audience, however, then Syndrome is a game that you should probably avoid.

Syndrome

Deadlight: Director's Cut

There is perhaps enough to like in Deadlight: Director’s Cut to give it a shot if you find it on sale. For the most part though, it is a middling experience that you probably won’t be eager to revisit.

Deadlight: Director's Cut

The Flame in the Flood

For once in a survival game I didn’t care about where I was going or what my ultimate goal was, I just wanted to live. I took risks, I acted brashly, and at times I felt like I was doing the wrong thing. Ok, that was actually 80% of the time but that’s ok. The Flame in the Flood is a fun experience that is bogged down by a clunky and frustrating interface. In a game that lives in the moment, having to pause and deal with that interface is a real bummer. Overall, I’d recommend The Flame in the Flood for those looking for a new type of survival game, and those patient enough to deal with the interface.

The Flame in the Flood

Dying Light

Dying Light just about fires on all cylinders. The immensely satisfying gameplay, stunning visuals, and horrifying nights makes this easily one the best survival horror games to come out in the last couple of years.

Dying Light