Windbound

5 Lives Studios, Deep Silver

Weak Man
OpenCritic Rating
65
Top Critic Average
29%
Critics Recommend
Based on 84 critic reviews
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Windbound

Rating Summary

Based on 84 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

65

Top Critic Average

29%

Critics Recommend

Based on 84 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:PCAug 28, 2020
Xbox OneAug 28, 2020

Developer: 5 Lives Studios

Publisher: Deep Silver

Genres: Adventure, RPG

THE FORBIDDEN ISLANDS ARE CALLING, UNLOCK THEIR SECRETS Shipwrecked alone on an uncharted island, explore, adapt and navigate the land and perilous seas to stay alive. As Kara, you are a warrior, caught at sea in a fierce storm, adrift from your tribe. Thrown from your boat, at the mercy of the turbulent waters, you are tossed on to the shores of the Forbidden Islands, a mysterious paradise. With no boat, no food or tools, just the will and skill to survive, uncover this beautiful island’s rich resources. Craft tools and weapons to hunt and defend yourself against nature itself with its wild and fantastical creatures. Whilst exploring further islands and the scattered ruins across their lands, secrets of the past and glimpses of the future are revealed. Unravel the mystery behind them all and you may find more than just your way home. UNCOVER THE SECRETS WITHIN Embark on a personal journey and discover the history of the idyllic Forbidden Islands; each holding the key to a mystery and unexpected revelations. EXPLORE AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE Head towards the horizon, advancing across the islands, each with their own diverse wildlife, landscapes and challenges to face. LIVE OFF THE LAND Scavenge the islands’ untamed terrain for resources that you can use to craft a full range of tools and weapons to hunt wildlife and upgrade your boat. You must set sail when resources become scarce. BUILD YOUR PERFECT SEACRAFT Your boat is your key companion on this journey, carefully craft your own custom sailing vessel to take on the treacherous waters, traversing from one island to the next. Design your boat to battle tempestuous winds, monstrous waves, and deadly sea creatures."

Windbound Critic Reviews

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Neither compelling as a survival simulation nor captivating as a story-based experience, Windbound is all at sea.

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Windbound drops you in a world of wilderness and open water but fails to make exploration compelling.

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From a distance, Windbound is a gorgeous oceanic adventure with a fun sailing system that isn't afraid to push back, but up close, the cracks start to show. The game makes a great first impression that ultimately wears thin by the time you've mastered its repetitive resource-gathering roguelike loop.

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The barriers that Windbound puts up makes it a tough game to enjoy, at least initially. It will take time to appreciate what it brings to the survival genre with its clever boat-building and authored open world action, though these smart nuances often go hand-in-hand with tedious, sometimes frustrating stretches of playtime.

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