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Don't Starve: Console Edition

Klei Entertainment
Jan 7, 2014 - PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5

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7.5 / 10
Metro GameCentral
6 / 10
7 / 10
Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5
God is a Geek
9 / 10
8.8 / 10
The Escapist
3.5 / 5
PlayStation Universe
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Critic Reviews for Don't Starve: Console Edition


7.5 / 10.0

Don't Starve is a beautiful take on Minecraft's formula that ultimately left me feeling a bit too empty.

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An interesting stew of ideas and great presentation can't make up for a game that goes out of its way to frustrate and discourage its players.

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This brutal survival and crafting adventure delivers fun and punishment in equal measure.

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Don't Starve is a fantastic, huge, deadly ball of entertainingly gothic survival. It requires a self-motivated player to get the most from it, but once you start to learn its systems, each game lasts a bit longer than the previous one, and the ability to experience more of the world reveals more secrets and avenues of exploration.

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We expected big things from the studio behind Mark of the Ninja and Shank, and in Don't Starve, we got them. It's a wonderfully dark survival-craft game with great scope for emergent, unique experiences, even if it will make you rage occasionally. The UI betrays the PC roots and can be a little hard to use on a smaller TV, and there are those who will find Don't Starve just too mean-spirited to fully appreciate, but as an intentionally unforgiving survival sim with a sinister twist, it absolutely excels.

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With an amazing amount of possibilities open to you, most of which I have not mentioned here, no two play throughs are the same. Yes you will get frustrated and yes, your road will be a long and bizarre one, but ultimately it will be a journey of exploration, wonder and the more than occasional scare.

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Don't Starve is a gorgeous, terrifying, often funny game, albeit one that can chew away at the player's morale with its constant demands and willingness to undo hard work. Provided you go in willing to work hard and take punches on the nose, there's plenty of reward to be had.

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No doubt, Don't Starve will split opinion squarely down the middle, but for those willing to put the man hours in it there's undoubtedly a proverbial treasure throve of depth at hand. Either way, Klei Entertainment's offering is a refreshingly robust and intriguing title which sets the wheels of Sony's PS4 indie proclamation firmly in motion.

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