Review: The Long Dark (PlayStation 4)

The Long Dark is a thoughtful, exploration-survival experience that challenges solo players to think for themselves as they explore an expansive frozen wilderness in the aftermath of a geomagnetic disaster.

Pros:

  • Nice graphics.
  • 11.01GB Download size.
  • FOV slider.
  • Sensitivity slider.
  • Tutorial support.
  • Three modes- Wintermute which is your story mode, Survivalmode where you see how many days you can survive and challenges- Set scenarios.
  • Seven locations-Mystery lake, Coastal highway, Desolation point, Pleasant valley, Timberwolf mountain, Foriorn and broken railroad. Random is also there.
  • Male and female characters.
  • Wilderness survival gameplay.
  • Crafting-Scavenge resources and make tools, Fires, clothes etc.
  • Journal- Fills in as you find pages and explains some of the lore.
  • Can hunt animals and scavenge from them.
  • Stamina system used for running as well as a hunger sytem for food, Water and tempature and sight.
  • Weather- Temperature plays a huge part and can end your life quickly. Taking shelter is key as well as maintaining the right clothes.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Decent story.
  • Deep item management.
  • Time- You can break stuff down for resources but it takes time and calories to do so.
  • Map uncovers as you discover locations.
  • Afflications- From frostbite to hypothermia. You need to stay prepared and avoid these even a cut can go infected and mess things up.
  • Atmospheric and tense setting.
  • Its just you against mother nature.
  • Resource intensive.
  • Good looking open area locations.
  • A lot of replayability.
  • Many structures and cars to explore as well as caves and forests.
  • Clever little things like defrosting clothing or boiling water so it is safe for consumption.

Cons:

  • Only one control layout.
  • Difficult.
  • If you jump straight into the survival mode, Its a very daunting experience as you get next to no guidance or help.
  • Loading screens when opening doors.
  • Screen tearing.
  • Very slow paced overall.
  • Small cursor used for looking at and picking up things. Feels like its best suited for a mouse and not optimized for the controller.
  • No multiplayer modes.
  • Sluggish movement.
  • Story mode is basically a massive stop start tutorial.

Jim Smale

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