Fade to Silence
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Fade To Silence is a good idea. It takes two popular and enjoyable genres to make its own style of game. Unfortunately for me, I think it should stick to one or the other. I think this will be one of those cult classic games where it has its followers but it’s not one I could recommend due to it being aimed for such a niche group. I give Fade To Silence a Thumb Culture Bronze Award.
Fade to Silence's world atmosphere, survival mechanics, exploration and camp building are good and I thoroughly enjoyed them for the first few hours. The core gameplay loop though, is not enough to make a complete game and feels more like side content. With permadeath being a simple restart of the exact world with just a few perks Fade to Silence didn't grip me for more than couple runs.
Review in Czech | Read full review
With a lack of tutorials, a rather limited library of craftable items, this is a hard title to recommend, even to the hardcore of survival fans, which is a shame to say, as I had a lot of hope for one such title, which slowly reveals its story through moments of rest in a camp. Sadly, I think Black Forest Games should head to the drawing board, plan something new, and use the shortcomings of Fade to Silence to make a truly memorable title we'll be talking about for years to come.
I enjoyed my time with Fade to silence. I have to give major credit to the developers for getting this game back on track, and for listening to the issues players were having. This game is fun survival horror and should be looked at for something a little different in the survival genre. Existing owners should also give this one a try again, you should be surprised.
Fade To Silence isn't a bad game really, it has some neat ideas. The winter landscape feels brutal, it drips with Lovecraft flair and I enjoy the base building and sieges. The cleansing and freeze mechanic work well and assuming you don't get tangled up on the terrain, the sled dog transport is neat. Some of its mechanics just work against itself. It would have been better as a sandbox, tossing away its linear nature. The time gating, lack of randomness and permadeath just don't work well in those circumstances. It is still worth experiencing though, especially if you like Lovecraft stuff, pick it up on sale.
Fade to Silence is a game with proper survival mechanics and an interesting story. Unfortunately the game forces you to play the way they want and for players that want a more relaxed and casual experience, the situation won't be ideal.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
There is a decent survival gameplay loop at the core of Fade to Silence. It's just that everything that emanates from that core is either cheaply cropped from another game or poorly executed in this one. I just kept coming back to this feeling I was playing disjointed parts of these other games, not a unified experience of this one.
Not so good survival game in frozen wasteland with poor story and weak gameplay.
Review in Slovak | Read full review
I’m very addicted to Fade to Silence, it’s a great survival game which is very challenging yet hard to stop playing. When I die, I start over almost immediately, ready to do better on my next attempt. The Boons allow you to take a different approach and retain certain items you have previously obtained and they are not locked down once you have selected them on one play, you can totally choose different boons on each playthrough for a different strategy. If you enjoy survival games, resource and camp management, or even games with lots of lush snow, then you should definitely check it out.
I may be veering towards the negative in my opinion of Fade to Silence but it’s a game that has potential to a a good addition to the genre.