WeView Verdict: Don’t Starve

I hope you all remembered to eat something this past week, because if you didn’t, then you’ll be missing out on the voting and opinions that were given for the curious game Don’t Starve. After all, a quick glance at the comments that you left show that it’s a game that has divided opinions, and that means the voting for this one is going to be pretty darned close.

Let’s start with the negatives though, just to get those out of the way. Tuffcub quickly stated that he “Hated it”, and that some instructions would have helped, but others went further than that, with JustTaylorNow vehemently calling for people to “Avoid it, burn it and by the love if God, if you got it on PS plus delete it.”

Double-o-dave was similarly adamant that you should get rid of the bits and bytes as soon as possible, saying that he “didn’t have the patience to walk around collecting twigs & daffodils whilst knowing I could insert a game disc and have fun shooting people in the face.” Amphlett simply agreed with his sentiment.

However, Nylon_Angel had a rather different experience:

I didn’t like this game the first time I played it. I didn’t get it and I didn’t know how to play it, but I tried it again and I am so glad I did, because it is brilliantly additive. Once you get it and know what you have to do, it’s a great game. Highly stressful but great.

Yes there are no instruction with it and it has a learning curve to play it, but that’s what’s great about it. It makes a change to figure stuff out on your own for a change instead of playing through some annoying tutorial level.

I think its a Marmite game that you either love it or hate, and I love it.

Lieutenant Fatman replied to Nylon_Angel, saying it was a “nice breath of fresh air for a game to let you figure it out for yourself without the hand holding.”

Bunimomike played the game on PC, as opposed to PS4, and this ended up saving the game for him. “I hated the perma-death so modded it,” he explained. “I didn’t want to lose all of my hard work. I also tweaked a few other things and, next thing you know, I had a game I thoroughly enjoyed!” On top of this, he’s also looking forward to a co-op mode that is being worked on for the PC version, at least.

Looking at all the votes that came in, there were just two Buy It votes with an additional Sale It alongside, but a disappointing five Avoid It votes mean that the overall verdict is to do just that. At the very least, look before you leap.


Tomorrow’s game is set to be Outlast, the survival horror that had people quivering behind their sofas when it came out earlier this year. In the mean time, we have a new poll for you to vote in, with South Park: The Stick of Truth joining the list.

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3 Comments

  1. That really does seem to be a game people either love or hate.

  2. Funnily enough, I’m having the same sort of problem with Minecraft. Just started giving it a go and can feel myself hankering after things that really should be in there as standard (Elder Scrolls Online was the same). Minimaps, for god’s sake! Especially with Minecraft. I don’t want to revisit old places or spend a relative age digging into somewhere only to end up where I was a week before.

    I’m glad I’ve played it on the PC as there are ways to fix this but Don’t Starve (and countless others) feel terrible compromised on the console version. :-\

  3. Ooops, forgot to vote on this.

    A great game. I love my rogue-like games, and permadeath is fantastic in a game which doesn’t contain a heavy narrative. It rewards a player for playing smartly. You don’t die randomly in Don’t Starve, only when you make a mistake. And that’s fantastic. Nobody will complain at losing their progress in Resogun’s survival mode after all.

    The game is very addictive though, which has led to long periods where I can’t use my Playstation after my sister got hold of the game (she loves it too).

    I’ve bought it twice, on PC and PS4 and will have no problem buying it on Vita too.

    So it’s definitely (at least one if not two or three) ‘Buy It’s from my house!

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