For a change of pace from the Division 2, I downloaded The Long Dark from game pass.
At first what intrigued me From the trailer was the games graphics choice.
It’s almost like a cross between water colour and comic art.
The games been around for years now on PC, so some of you have probably already been there done that.
But I play on Xbox One, so it’s new to me.
The story takes place in the Canadian wilderness. Some call it a Canadian Summer SIM.
Your a pilot taking a friend up north with a mystery case.
There’s a geomagnetic storm, your plane crashes, your friend is gone, and your alone in the wilds.
You start out with just the clothes on your back and what ever supplies you can scavenge from the crash.
But you need to find shelter, your not dressed for the weather, so you need to get in doors.
You look for new cloths to protect you from an ever changing assortment of weather effects,
You need to find food
And survival tools if your going to make it.
There’s quite a few different crafting options all dependant on things found throughout the map.
No matter what, There’s an always present danger, not only packs of wolves or bears, but the weather.
The weather will kill you fast.
Almost to a fault.
I live in northern Canada.
In game your character runs the risk of freezing to death when the temperature falls below -20.
Well, has anyone been to Canada?
-20 is Considered a nice day in our winter.
There are a few different game play options;
You got a campaign like story, segmented into different parts, It allows you to get familiar with all the maps and mechanics.
Then you have a survival mode with 4 or 5 difficulty levels.
Then a challenge mode.
I played up to the third part of the story, just so I could get familiar with the game mechanics and some crafting recipes.
Then I jumped into survival.
My first two attempts were short lived.
I’m Now on my third life and holding strong.
Been alive for 32 days now.
Last night it almost all came to an end.
I found a forge, so I went back to my main camp and carted 25 pounds of coal across 2 maps.
I Made a bunch of arrow heads and headed home.
Well wouldn’t you know it, not 1, not 2, but 3 damn wolves jumped me.
Usually you can scare them off with a revolver gun shot.
But these bad boys were hell bent on taking me down.
I made it back to my camp with Severe blood loss and just a sliver of life.
I knew if I Just went to bed I’d die because infection would set in.
So I dumped my arrow heads at my main camp, Grabbed my hunting rifle and then Carefully headed to a supply cache I have, to get some disinfectant on
I thought it was all over for my character, but we pulled through.
Cleaned up and bandaged my cuts, ate a slab of venison, read a chapter in a skill book and called it a night hoping I would hear the birds chirping in
Anyways, if your looking for a great time killer, it’s a fun game to play.
My only gripe of the game is the need for food.
It’s like the guy is constantly complaining how hungry he is.
Before you kill your first deer or wolf, you need to monitor your calories.
Everything in game you do, burns calories.
So before wandering off into the wild, consider your consumption needs unless you have a good stack of things to eat.
You can also adjust the hunger and thirst levels in a custom survival game.
edit on 29-4-2020 by Macenroe82 because: (no reason given)