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    genkicoll

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    This War of Mine

    Post by genkicoll on Fri Nov 14, 2014 9:26 pm

    This War of Mine
    by 11 bit studios - November, 2014

    Available at:
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    GOG
    Steam



    In This War Of Mine you do not play as an elite soldier, rather a group of civilians trying to survive in a besieged city; struggling with lack of food, medicine and constant danger from snipers and hostile scavengers. The game provides an experience of war seen from an entirely new angle.

    The pace of This War of Mine is imposed by the day and night cycle. During the day snipers outside stop you from leaving your refuge, so you need to focus on maintaining your hideout: crafting, trading and taking care of your survivors. At night, take one of your civilians on a mission to scavenge through a set of unique locations for items that will help you stay alive.

    Make life-and-death decisions driven by your conscience. Try to protect everybody from your shelter or sacrifice some of them for longer-term survival. During war, there are no good or bad decisions; there is only survival. The sooner you realize that, the better.

    • Inspired by real-life events
    • Control your survivors and manage your shelter
    • Craft weapons, alcohol, beds or stoves – anything that helps you survive
    • Make decisions - an often unforgiving and emotionally difficult experience
    • Randomized world and characters every time you start a new game
    • Charcoal-stylized aesthetics to complement the game's theme





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    genkicoll

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    Re: This War of Mine

    Post by genkicoll on Fri Nov 14, 2014 9:29 pm

    from GOG.com:
    In war not everyone's a soldier

    This War of Mine, a highly addictive survival game that challenges you to manage a group of civilians doing their best to live another day in the middle of a war-ruined city.

    They say that war never changes, I'm not so sure about that. One thing's certain, though - looking at the depiction of war in modern gaming it's safe to say that war games hardly change. Most of them presenting conflicts in a binary world, where it's easy to immediately tell the bad guys from the good guys, the oppressors from the freedom fighters, heroes from villains. Some titles try to present moral ambivalence, some do a pretty good job of it. But all the war games you'll come across have one thing in common. They're all stories of military struggle - be it on large scale or personal level. Stories of soldiers. Well, in war not everyone's a soldier.

    This War of Mine lets the player experience the horror of war from a very different perspective. One that of a civilians, struggling day by day and night by night to find food, find shelter, keep themselves warm, keep themselves safe, keep themselves… sane. Survive. In any other game this last word would be soon followed by the cliché "at all cost". This game, however, is different. It dares to raise the question: what cost is too great to pay for your own survival? How much of your morality and humanity are you willing to gamble with in this game of russian roulette with just an off chance of a bullet missing from the gun's chamber. While the gameplay alone is nothing but addictive and fun, putting you in charge of a group of survivors trying to get by in a city ruined in a fictional - yet disturbingly realistic conflict, the tone of the game and the emotional mechanics affecting the characters leave no place for doubt: the experience of war leaves everyone involved scarred. The game, on the other hand, leaves you with a desire to play just one more round, get through another day, and another. And another.

    Combining a captivating gameplay full of scavenging, exploration, micromanagement, and tough choices to make at every step, serious tone, and suggestive art style, This War of Mine is a thrilling work of modern gaming that manages deliver great fun back to back with a meaningful experience.


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    Re: This War of Mine

    Post by JustTheFacts on Sat Nov 15, 2014 2:04 am

    Thanks genki, this is a great review!  thankee

    And it sounds like a spectacularly special game. I don't like war games on the whole, but this one seems to be really different!

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    Re: This War of Mine

    Post by genkicoll on Fri May 08, 2015 11:47 pm

    I started the game tonight, and it really is interesting, but there are no instructions whatsoever; you're just thrust into the action!  I highly recommend checking out a video or two to figure out how to play.

    Here's the intro video I just watched; it helped a lot!


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    Re: This War of Mine

    Post by Yolanded on Sat May 09, 2015 6:50 am

    I also started playing recently, have survived only 15 days, this is the only war game that I bought, I think it helps to sensitize people, (I had taken for donation DLC).

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