Top Critic Average
With some more technical and balance patches Impact Winter may become worth your money, but right now it should be avoided just like a real apocalyptic situation should be.
Impact Winter does some great things with the survival formula, and its focus on cooperation really forces you to think twice about your actions, but its technical issues on PC mean you’ll have to wait for some patches to get things in working order
Snow-drenched, tense, and at any given time close to buckling under the weight of its own ambition - like a ceiling in a snowstorm - Impact Winter’s survival experience is one that deserves to be remembered by time and players alike.
Between the narrative content, progression systems, and team management, Impact Winter is far more than a simple scavenging simulator. It still embraces the joy of exploration, but challenges players to balance a multitude of risks. Like many story driven games, replay value can feel somewhat limited by the adherence to a script and the game’s achievement system adds little to this. Despite these niggles, I adored wandering the wilds with Jacob. If you have a hankering for a survival game that has some depth to it and own a controller, then Impact Winter is a solid choice.
All in all, Impact Winter is a very classic Survival game, doing basically nothing new gameplay-wise, having a boring story and weak start. Luckily it does enough unique things in the long run, like the amazing environmental story-telling and great presentation, topped with some little new mechanics, adding some depth to the mix. Wouldn´t it have had the various bugs and control problems, I would have found myself liking Impact Winter for just offering an immersive experience, able to compete with the very best out there. Unfortunately, at the moment, I can´t fully recommend it, due to said problems, despite the neat little game hiding beneath them.
Survival, that most impermanent of genres, seems to have found permanent residency in the last few years, yet in a crowded space, Mojo Bones has made a mark. Impact Winter is dream-like and transfixing; it’s frustrating and brittle; and there is something truly special here you can just make out through the ice. If only it was given time to thaw.
It's just too bad that the game was released in this state, otherwise it could've been more reputable to those looking for this kind of genre. Sometimes, word of mouth can break or make a game. In all honesty though, we need games like these, the ones that just say "I'm gonna do my thing, love it or hate it."
Though it's not all negative, Impact Winter contains plenty of issues that many will consider as barriers to enjoyment. Ultimately, it's these flaws that'll stop Impact Winter from making a, well, impact.
Impact Winter is a beautiful and thoughtful game, and at least initially, it ticks all the boxes in terms of emotional delivery, narrative execution, and sheer atmospheric mastery. However, the mechanical flaws are an unfortunate counter to the ambition and care that has gone into the title.
Though it is a fairly solid game, it might be worth waiting a couple more weeks until the development team sorts out the rest of the bugs before trying to survive the frozen abyss that is Impact Winter.