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Don’t Starve: Giant Edition review

Don’t Starve is built around a simply goal: don’t starve. It’s about survival, with minimal resources and unknown dangers threatening to kill you at every turn. As such, it’s a challenging game, made even more so by a philosophy of no hand holding, forcing you to experiment in order to discover what’s on offer. It’s initially frustrating but figuring out how to survive a little longer each time is a compelling trick that keeps you playing despite the harshness.

You take control of gentlemen scientist, Wilson, who has been manipulated into creating a device and unleashing antagonist Maxwell, who pulls you into a dark and mysterious world. In this world you must try to survive for as long as you can, by gathering food, building shelter, combatting madness, and hiding or slaying the beasts that roam the land. Meanwhile, if you can find Maxwell’s Door, you can uncover more of the narrative and defeat Maxwell.

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The narrative is more of a scene setup than an immersive tale, but does more than enough to introduce you to this strange and eerie world. A cardboard cut-out, sepia toned, Tim Burton aesthetic adds to its eerie vibe and makes for a unique visual identity.

Surviving in this world is a chore. Food is scarce, resources for building things are randomly generated and often also scarce, and the permadeath is a constant companion that plagues the back of your mind. Meanwhile, figuring out what to do, how to build things and what to prioritise is a trial and error challenge that’ll take multiply deaths and restarts to figure out. But you’ll certainly feel compelled to conquer it. The world is fascinatingly weird and each death is a lesson you can trade for a little more time surviving next go around.

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A day and night cycle adds additional threats and challenges. During the day you’re free to explore and gather food and resources, when twilight hits it’s wise you find a safe place and prepare to hunker down for the night. At night you’re surrounded in darkness and nasty creatures come out which mean to eat you. You’ll need to create fires and torches to keep creatures at bay, and if you’re caught in the pitch black a mysterious entity called, Charlie, very quickly saps your health.

Furthermore, your hunger is a constant concern, forcing you to take more risks to gather food further afield, or figure out alternative methods to feed yourself by exploring what’s possible in the build menu. But if you get caught in the dark and witness or have to perform horrible things, such as grave robbing, your sanity begins to fall. Fail to raise it again by performing pleasant actions, such as picking flowers or wearing dapper clothes, and you’ll begin to see things, things that can become corporeal and, if your sanity falls to low, eat you. It’s a dangerous world and survival is hard. Push on, however, and eventually you’ll unlock additional characters who you can try to survive with instead, some of whom bring new challenges to the mix, such as one who won’t eat vegetables.

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Indeed, Don’t Starve: Giant Edition’s pleasantly simple premise rewards you with a fascinating and creepy world and a competitive compulsion to survive for more days than the last time in its procedurally generated world. And while the challenge is stiff and the lack of tutorials initially frustrating, you’ll soon find yourself struggling to resist the urge to try one last time, which inevitably leads to far more attempts and many more hours of fun.

Thanks to Klei Entertainment for their support 

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Don’t Starve: Giant Edition available to preorder

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Don’t Starve: Giant Edition has received it’s release date and is available to pre-order now for Xbox One. Releasing on August 26th Don’t Starve: The Giant edition combines content from the original Don’t Starve game and the DLC ‘Reign of Giants’ adding new characters, seasons, creatures, hazards and other challenges to the mix. You will need to learn to manipulate the environment and its inhabitants to survive and escape the baron wasteland finding a way back home.

Don’t Starve: Giant Edition for Xbox One leaked

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Kudos to Twitter user @lifelower. They spotted a listing on the German ratings board that seemed to confirm the PC hit, Don’t Starve, will be coming to Xbox One, called Don’t Starve: Giant Edition.

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A listing on a rating’s site doesn’t necessarily mean the game is coming out though. Usually, this is confirmed by either developer or publisher, with both at the same time being a good idea, especially if their relationship wants to maintain a good footing.

Klei Entertainment have taken to Twitter also to confirm the impending release, which could only be a good thing.

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The game already has a console release, with the WiiU version containing Don’t Starve and the Reign of the Giants expansion pack and it is widely expected that the Xbox One version will follow the same format.

No information on a release date has been forthcoming, but you can lay your next meal on the line with the knowledge that as soon as we know, we’ll let you know too.

The following presentation is the Don’t Starve, Reign of Giants trailer, it makes no offer of popcorn or over-priced pick ‘n’ mix.

 

Mark of the Ninja Special Edition DLC Announcement

Klei Entertainment are happy to announce the Mark of the Ninja Special Edition DLC! Although the original Xbox LIVE Arcade hit was built to be a complete experience, both in terms of its mechanics and its narrative. But after the tremendous response Klei received, they felt something special should be done for all their supporters.

We rated the game 9.5/10 when it was released September 2012:

Mark of the Ninja from Klei Entertainment is every bit as entertaining and gripping to play as you’d expect from a Ninja game. Featuring many stealthy challenges and a persistent need to keep pushing forward with the story all within a spectacular 2D visual display of a dark, gritty world for your survival. You’ll never want it to end

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • A new level, set in a flashback to the early life of Dosan (the enlightened tattoo artist) that will set the stage for the events that transpire in Mark of the Ninja.
  • A new style of play, which includes a nonlethal takedown ability, and provides a hybrid of lethal and nonlethal approaches to the game.
  • Two new items, one more geared to stealth and concealment and one a bit more direct. Both the items and the new play style will be available in the main game as well as the new level. (more details at a later date).
  • Finally, we’ve added a ton of developer commentary to the main game. All the original levels will feature a number of commentary nodes that discuss various aspects of the game’s creation, anecdotes, at least two history lessons and other behind the scenes info from nearly everyone on the team.
  • Developer commentary has been fully localized for English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Japanese. (Additional details below.)

For anyone who has already played Mark of the Ninja, the dev’s are hoping the Special Edition will give you a reason to revisit the game with both new challenges and insights, much as you’d watch the director’s commentary of one of your favourite movies.

The Special Edition will be available as DLC on Xbox Live Arcade this Summer. Pricing not yet announced.

Mark of the Ninja Review

Developed by Klei Entertainment, Mark of the Ninja for the Xbox LIVE Arcade is available to download right now direct from the Marketplace. Best described as one of the most exhilarating Ninja titles for the Xbox LIVE Arcade – EVER! This is one hit title you’ll want to keep under your belt as its addictive gameplay grips you as you stalk out the enemy from the shadows of your environment. If it comes across like we’re totally going to big-up Klei Entertainment’s latest arcade offering, then you’re a pretty switched on – the game is perfect, enjoyable and the best 1200 MS Points you could spend this September… or probably full stop. Continue reading Mark of the Ninja Review

Mark of the Ninja – New Game From Developers of Shank

After wrapping up the beat-em-up gore-fest that is Shank 2 (available now on the XBLA!), indie studio Klei Entertainment is going in a stealthier new direction with their next project. Without further ado, they’re pleased to reveal their next endeavor, Mark of the Ninja … Continue reading Mark of the Ninja – New Game From Developers of Shank