Don't Starve: Console Edition

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7.7 / 10.0
Jan 16, 2014

Don't Starve's overwhelming difficulty and complex crafting make for a stressful and gruelling experience. Embrace its charms, and you'll be rewarded with the joys of exploration and discovery.

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8 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2014

From what our top men have been able to glean from the materials included within, there is another world out there that is ever changing. The dangers are vast, but the prospect of being the first people to explore this new frontier is too great to turn away. It seems no matter how you left our world, you always ended up in this strange place with nothing but the clothes on your back. The learning curve was a bit much for the first few to be sent there it seems, but as more went, things grew easier over time.

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9 / 10.0
Jan 10, 2014

"Don't Starve's" gameplay is unique, but it's very much a throwback to trial-and-error gaming. It's reminiscent of games that employed a baptism-by-fire approach. In turn, these aspects make the game a social experience despite being strictly single player. Half of its fun is talking to other people who have played the game to share ideas.

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7.5 / 10.0
Feb 17, 2014

Don't Starve won't appeal to everyone, but fans of unique titles with punishing survival games and enormous game worlds will find a lot to like here, even if things do get a little repetitive later on.

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Gameboffin

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Jan 13, 2014

When it comes to longevity, that old chestnut of "you get out of it what you put in" applies. Don't Starve has some pretty cool things to discover, from useful to useless, such as protective suits, darts, a dapper vest, gunpowder, a bird cage and heaps more. Everything you gain may not be permanent, but if you're savvy enough there are ways to insure that your delicate time in each world is backed up.

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4.3 / 5.0
Jan 9, 2014

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.

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7 / 10.0
Jan 25, 2014

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.

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8 / 10
Sep 2, 2015

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.

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4 / 5.0
Jan 17, 2014

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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The Digital Fix
Lewis Brown

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Feb 3, 2014

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.

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