Don't Starve: Console Edition
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It's a fun and unique take on the genre that fans should definitely give a shot at to judge for themselves.
As a complete package Don’t Starve is an excellent survival title whose Tim Burton-esque art style and morbid sense of humor give it an easy appeal. An extensive crafting menu, a menagerie of weird and wild creatures (most of which will kill you), and the risk of death around every corner help reinforce that appeal if you’re into survival games. What really sets it apart, though, is the degree to which you can customize the world and tune scarcity and challenge either up or down to suit your tastes and skill level. This helps to make what can often be an unforgiving and walled off niche title into something that can be toned down and more easily enjoyed by less hardcore audiences. Whether you’re a survival veteran or have always been curious but afraid to try it out, Don’t Starve has a ton of content and surprises to offer on the Switch.
This is ultimately something very different and represents a brilliant transferal of typically PC-only gameplay to console. I fully recommend buying Don't Starve on PS4, but if it ever joins PS+ again, then you've got no reason to miss it.
'Don't Starve' has done a nice job of introducing me to a genre of videogames I had not yet experienced. The randomness of the world and unexpected, yet consistent, surprises were reason enough for me to stick with the game, but the repetitive nature ultimately sullied the experience. If there's one aspect that I truly appreciated about 'Don't Starve' it's in the understanding that Klei Entertainment is the team to watch. I may have been more partial to the tight brawler experiences of 'Shank', but their level of creativity and ability to broaden their development skills are enough for me to anticipate future titles.
Will something better emerge on the platform at some point down the line? Probably. But, for the time being, Don't Starve: Console Edition is easily the best indie PS4 title available for purchase on PSN.
Don't Starve is wonderfully unforgiving, proudly unhelpful and sometimes ("How bad could something called the Deerclops be...?") just downright mean. And it's all the better for it. From the first rabbit you trap through to the last reeds run you need to make, it's an exhilarating journey of risk versus reward - even the later game appearance of various methods of resurrection don't take away the feeling of panic as you realise, once again too late, that you have bitten off more than you can chew. It's always far too easy to give yourself one more little goal, to promise yourself that you'll make it through just one more night before bed, and then before you know it you're coming up to Day 100 and you have a stash of items to rival the Pig King. Oh, and one last thing. A top tip, if you will. The game is amazingly hands off, and as said all the better for it, but trust me on this one, this is one pointer you'll love - hit the DS4 touchpad to bring up the in-game map. You can thank me later.
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.
Although it can take some time for players to immerse themselves in, Don't Starve is definitely worth taking the time to do so. Players will feel satisfied learning how to effectively play this title, and it will make for hours of fun and challenging gameplay. I can't recommend this game enough.
My best advice is to just try it for yourself, because Don't Starve is such a polarizing game. What I can say with certainty, however, is that you should at least give it a chance.
Don't Starve isn't perfect, but it brings something to the PS4 that is sorely needed. Its addictive qualities keep you playing, forcing you to lose hours of your life to dodging Pig Men, hunting rabbits, and gathering supplies to see how long you can last. This game will keep you playing that shiny new PS4, which is exactly what the PS4 needs right now. Now, time to jump in this rabbit hole and go to the Kingdom of the Bunnymen…hopefully.