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This War of Mine Review

This (little) War of Mine is going to shine. This War of Mine is a game with a bold concept, not all people in wars are soldiers. This actually a fact that is easily looked over by many, but this title tries to kick you swiftly for that thought. As the game is beautiful, it’s depressing, it’s fun, and it’s a real challenge. I didn’t find it very difficult to get sucked in to This War of Mine, as I played it all day Veteran’s Day and have accumulated some hours on it since receiving my code. It’s a game that has intrigued me for many reasons, I did not get to test the preview that was given out a few months ago sadly, but I am very happy with what I have been playing. This War of Mine is a point and click survival game, but the point and click does not exactly do it any justice. It’s an addictive game with a great story, great mechanics, beautiful music, and a hell of a point.

When I think about point and click the first this come sin to my mind isn’t very good. To me it hinders the experience as a whole, but for This War of Mine, it’s not true. The game play of feels very different from other games with every aspect in place. We have survival, stealth, fighting, and running. These are blended together for a rather great experience. Not only do you have to struggle with your morality choices, but so do your characters. I remember going to the church, sneaking in, and seeing “Oh my God, when will this end??” thinking it was a prisoner of the men in the church. When I saw that the basement looked like a cell, I decided to investigate, I was then greeted with an armed guard who demanded that I go no further as the area was restricted. So, I killed him thinking this was some sort of rape dungeon, his body fell from the top of the ladder down to the basement.

What I got next was a family running to him and crying…. oops. Anyway, this decision did not only make me feel bad, it made my character depressed. This caused me to monitor them and have my other characters talk them through it on a daily basis, of course these characters talked bad about them behind their back though. So you have to be careful about your actions outside of your home and inside of it. You need to fortify your base, build things, upgrade things, and maintain your food supply. You need materials to do all of these things and of course, every time you leave you run the risk of not coming back. You run the risk of also being raided and losing supplies as well. It’s a hard game to juggle as you need to be very careful to survive. It seems as if you can only have 4 survivors at a time though and if one dies a new one will conveniently come a few days later. It is interesting to sit through the day and see what happens, as trader and survivors asking for help can knock at your door.

Just trying to  survive

The story of the game isn’t really a big deal. As the player makes it their own, they still have some present throughout the game. What’s mostly interesting is that the game is randomly generated. The church I mentioned above was my first playthrough, on my 2nd playthrough it was extremely different. The church wasn’t fully developed and had scaffolding everywhere, it also did not have the friendly group, it was taken by bandits who had tortured and murdered the pastor. So not only are the encounters changed up, but so is the layout of the map. It makes the replayability of the game shoot up drastically, as now you have to guess who will be there, what you will need, and if it’s worth the risk.

While I do love this, I do wish they had more diverse destinations, as they only seem to be different variations of the locations. One thing I will note though is that your style of play with drastically change as well. These places will also have different supplies now as well and that will decide what you build and when. It will decide what you absolutely need as well, but luckily if you can’t find something you can try your chances with the trader who comes on random days. The biggest thing is building what you need and getting what you want, but the things you sometimes want turn in to needs. Alcohol and tobacco may seem like nothing, but they make good trading items and you can make medical supplies with the alcohol. It’s hard to put out suggestions when everything you will need to do is practically randomly generated.

R.I.P. Marko

This War of Mine only has a few issues though, it doesn’t explain the combat, the character’s blink weirdly (hard to explain), the character’s also jump from thought to thought, and it’s areas could be more diverse, from playthrough to playthrough they are the same general locations, even if they are different variants. It still remains addictive despite these issues though. I have played it about 7 hours a day since I have gotten the game, it’s just that good. This game is certain to capture the hearts of many players with the way it is designed, the way it plays, the music behind it, and the moral of the story. It’s highly addictive and it drives one hell of a point home to the players. War isn’t only about the soldiers who participate in them, there are many people caught in between the conflicts. I have yet to actually beat the game, but I can’t imagine it ending well. This War of Mine is not only a great experience, but it’s a helpful one as it somewhat gives you the feeling of being caught in this situation.

Final Verdict:

This War of Mine isn’t anything short of a masterpiece. They get such a great point across to the player and they do it so well. It’s not something that is so in your face that you can’t enjoy the game, instead it comes across while you are enjoying the game. It shows through the faces, dialogue, and through the actions of your characters. If you want a great indie game, this is easily one of the best of 2014 as of now. It’s drives home a point that many try to avoid thinking about and it does it so enjoyably.

Note: 11 Bit Studios has also taken it upon themselves to do their best and help out by partnering with War Child, a charity which provides assistance to children in areas experiencing conflict or caught in the after math. You can actually find a link directly on the menu of the game as well.

 

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 8.5/10

RGN Rating: Silver Game

Developer/Publishers: 11 Bit Studios

Available Now On: Microsoft Windows |  OS X | Linux | iOS | Android

Played on: PC

Review Copy Info: A digital copy of the game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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Bungie + Destiny Accept #IceBucketChallenge and Challenge Call of Duty, George Lucas, and Joel from The Last of Us

All sales made on the bungie store until September 9, 2014 will see 20% going to charity for ALS research. I did my own Ice Bucket Challenge (here) to raise awareness and money for the research as well after being challenged by Master Frylock AKA TecRev01. Now, Bungie has accepted the IceBucketChallenge and performed it in-game via Destiny. They will now expect the same result from Jonathan Irons, the villain played by Kevin Spacey in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Joel from The Last of Us, and George Lucas assumedly in some sort of theatrical manner. In case you didn’t know, here’s more info below:

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Check out The Colorful ‘GayStation’ Edition PS4 Being Auctioned For Charity

Swedish computer and video game retailer Webhallen is auctioning off a colorful custom PS4 console to a LBTG charity organization. It is a great looking console in my opinion and while I have no problem with the name, it will be sure usher in a lot of rude reactions.

A better look.

The entire proceeds from the charity will go to the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender rights. As of right now the biding currently stands at 17,100 Swedish Krona which is the equivalent of $2,508 U.S. dollars.. If you wish to partake in the auction you can do so by clicking here. 

Via: CVG

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Backpack Drive, Help A Kid for Just $10 (Mega Ran and Writer’s Guild Presents)

If you are in the mood for giving to a good cause you might want to put up some cash to help out kids right about now. They are, after all, the innocent souls of this Earth and every year some kid ends up with no backpack because for whatever reason it just wasn’t purchased for him. Well, you can make a huge difference in a child’s life for a very small cost right this second. Just purchase a ticket to the Writer’s Guild Backpack Drive and you will know that you helped make a difference in somebody’s life who is still in the very early development stages and should not have to go through next year without a backpack.

CLICK HERE to check out event details, and CLICK HERE to purchase a ticket today which is effectively a donation at the same time.

You can buy a ticket just to help somebody, or you can also go to the event as long as you’re 18 or older. The event takes place at the Red Owl and features Writer’s Guild, The Insects, The Stakes, Trap House, Gladiator Pen, Tina Estes, and special guests. The event is hosted by TJ Supahype and Wisdom Soul with sets by DJ Fact135 and DJ Marvel. Exact address in case you already got a ticket and came here because you forgot is below:

  • Club Red
  • 2155 E University DR #112
  • Tempe, AZ 85281

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MWO: Honor Five-Year-Old Cancer Victim With Custom Jenner Champion Mech

Now you can honor the 5 year old cancer victim for just $10 by picking up the custom Jenner Champion Mech. This isn’t one of those half-way charity causes either, “100% percent of proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society” according to today’s press release. Take a look at the trailer below and have a heart, if you play this game or enough money and a game purchasing habit pick up MechWarrior Online and donate by purchasing this mech.

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