At the Gates

Rating Summary

Based on 27 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

66

Top Critic Average

44%

Critics Recommend

Based on 27 critic reviews
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T.J. Hafer

Top Critic

4.8 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2019

At the Gates tries some ambitious new ideas that, in time, may leave a mark on the 4X genre. But today, it's far too broken to recommend.

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No Recommendation / Blank
Jan 25, 2019

The former Civ 5 director's long-running passion project is filled with nice ideas, but they never threaten to pull together.

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57 / 100
Jan 23, 2019

Passive AI and a flawed economy ruin what could have been a refreshing 4X experiment.

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8 / 10.0
Jan 23, 2019

At The Gates' opening hours are vicious, but those who stick with it are rewarded with a satisfying blend of strategy and rogue-like gameplay

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Unscored
Jan 25, 2019

At the Gates is badly flawed, and strangely compelling

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7 / 10
Feb 4, 2019

At The Gates is a fresh, invigorating, more personal take on the grand strategy game, but a lacking late-game holds it back from greatness.

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9 / 10.0
Jan 23, 2019

At the Gates has a ton going for it, and this is easily the most addicted I've gotten to a game that I am reviewing. Although the replay value might not be as vast as some of the bigger 4X games on the market, it has enough of a unique and condensed feel that by the time you're getting ready to make moves to win, it hasn't overstayed its welcome by 20 hours.

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Unscored
Jan 23, 2019

At The Gates has an impressively complicated set of interlocking systems, but the amount of time and patience it takes to actually get anywhere is ridiculous.

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60 / 100
Jan 31, 2019

Even with my frustrations with the interface, the game itself made me want to keep going.

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6.5 / 10.0
Feb 6, 2019

Should Jon Shafer's At the Gates be judged for what it is now, or what it has the potential to become? The experience is hamstrung by glitches, oversights, and unfinished systems, but playing a 4X game from the perspective of the barbarians remains a fantastic concept and some of that Civilization “one more turn” allure is still intact. Forgiving types may want to give At the Gates a try now, but most others should probably leave the game out in the cold until a few updates are released.

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