The Long Dark
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Nick Staunton-Mckenzie / Wed 6th Sep 2017
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Welcome to the Canadian North, a harsh and unforgiving land where danger is around every corner. You must overcome this terrain in order to survive or you'll have to give in to the long dark.
The Long Dark is a first person survival game developed and published by Hinterland Studio Inc. The Long Dark is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam.
The story is told in an episodic format. While this is still being developed (as of writing), there are currently two episodes of the Wintermute story with the other three still to come.
Wintermute is an amazingly engaging story, which takes you on an emotional journey. You play as Will Mackenzie, a bush pilot who is flying deep into the Canadian North when a global disaster, simply known as The "quiet apocalypse", causes the plane to crash.
As the story of Wintermute develops, Will learns about the land he has found himself in, and what happened to the people left abruptly.
The Long Dark focuses on survival mechanics accompanied with a minimalistic HUD, which makes the player focus on maintaining their body temperature, food intake, water intake, and sleep in order to survive as long as possible.
The Long Dark features a sandbox survival mode in which the player can select a starting difficulty and location on a map.
The world of The Long Dark is gorgeous and the Canadian North has been brought to life in the game; with superb detail made in the Unity engine.
The character models have a claymation feel to them and noticeably has had work put into them.
The music is my favourite part of the game. The mix of slow sombre violin when walking through an empty town and the deep bass/drums of a wolf trying to become more acquainted to your face are second to none in this genre.
The Long Dark hosts an immersive audio experience.
This title has an engrossing story that takes the player on a journey through one person's mission to survive at any cost. The music in The Long Dark is the best I've ever heard in a survival game. The Long Dark stands out as the fittest of the genre that will definitely survive for years to come.