Early Access First look: The Long Dark

@ECMAG_Dave January 9, 2017 12

The Long Dark pushes the boundaries of conventional survival games as we know them, providing a deadly solitary experience unlike anything else.  Immediately when mentioning the survival genre certain mainstays come to mind, the venerable DayZ, ARK, even Rust comes to mind but The Long Dark brings a different flavor of survival to the table.  Isolation and crushing cold are your only compatriots in this wonderfully unique silent apocalypse which is really a nice change from the nonsensical zombies or constant pvp and griefing you normally see in most survival games nowadays, although there is a fair bit of hostile wildlife out there too so don’t think staying alive in this world is gonna be a walk in the park.  Although the main campaign story mode has yet to be released there is still a whole lot of exploration to be done over the six large interconnected regions that have been added so far, each offering unique geographic features along with natural and manmade shelters interspersed with randomly spawning survival bunkers hidden throughout the map, the contents of which may very well mean the difference between life and death.

Another big win in my book is the minimalist, cel shaded art style which perfectly fits the austere survival vibe and really contributes to making you feel like the last man (or woman) on earth.  These visuals do an excellent job of conveying the icy madness of incoming blizzards and the other various inclement weather that you’ll be facing down and generally strikes an excellent balance between stylized artistic vision and the expected level of modern graphical technology.

The taste we’re given so far by the fine folks over at Hinterland has definitely left me wanting more, at this point we’re just going to have to wait till the campaign has been polished up to their clearly extremely high standards before a final call can be made, however the future of The Long Dark looks very bright from here.

Pick up The Long Dark on Steam early access on or XBox One.


  1. Jonathan March 20, 2017 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    The visuals do look impressive! The game seems just a little too slow-paced for me – at least from what I saw in the video. Then again, I could be mistaken, so I gotta find a way to test this one out myself.

  2. Sid March 20, 2017 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    The trailer blew me away. Love the graphics! I felt like I was alone in the wilderness.

  3. Mathew March 21, 2017 at 12:16 am - Reply

    Awesome graphics man! The trailer left me hanging. I wanna play it now asap!

  4. Rebi March 21, 2017 at 3:17 am - Reply

    Woah this blew me away. I like the graphics.

  5. Kurt Wagner March 21, 2017 at 3:37 am - Reply

    Looking at the reviews help me alot. I have not played the game so any info helps.

  6. Hari Priya March 21, 2017 at 8:21 am - Reply

    The game looks cool with realistic graphics. The trailer is amazing and it is already making me get addicted to it. Also, the game has an adventure theme which makes it more interesting. Have not played it yet but will definitely give a try.

  7. Grecy Garcia March 21, 2017 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    First, I love the drawings and the color. It makes me remember some Disney films from the past. I am not a gamer. I never thought this one is a game, I thought it was a movie. Watching the trailer gives me enough thrill already.

  8. Ella March 22, 2017 at 11:56 am - Reply

    I love this! The trailer is very engaging. Graphics and music are on point.

  9. Antony March 22, 2017 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    The market is already over saturated with zombie survival game, this should be a nice change of pace. Especially with it being an open world game.

  10. Keith March 22, 2017 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Games like this take me back to where they all began. Wolfenstein, Doom… Resident Evil adn Silent Hill (the very first ones on the first Playstation), Who would’ve thought this genre would expand to this extent and evolve to such realistic visuals!

  11. Antoine Ease March 27, 2017 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    Nice trailer with awesome graphics! Long dark is fire!

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