Deep Silver and 11 Bit Studios gives you a dark, unsettling look into the Horrors of War.
Most games that put you in the middle of an ongoing war let you run and gun for your chosen alliance. This War of Mine: The Little Ones deviates from the usual formula of military shooters by making you play from the perspective of civilians caught in the middle of intense warfare.
Your heartstrings will be tugged, and you’ll repeatedly question your actions throughout the harrowing trials of your survivors. This console version of the previously PC exclusive title adds an important factor that ups the ante even more than before.
A new type of War
This War of Mine: The Little Ones has the perfect visual style for its overall tone of sadness and desperation. The 2.5D art design brings to life the environmental destruction caused by ongoing conflict. Peering into the past lives and current problems of your survivors hits hard, thanks to the implementation of photos of actual humans. Although they’re most certainly hired actors, you’ll begin to envision them as actual civilians due to their hurtful facial expressions and personal observations.
Your daily struggle involves living in a once-abandoned building, keeping the people who live with you alive. Upgrading your home with a myriad of helpful items is your main concern during the daytime, but the gameplay truly shines once nightfall hits.
Once darkness falls, you choose one survivor and travel to your chosen location. You’ll have to rely on your stealth prowess in order to invade houses, schools, churches, and buildings that house military personnel. The stakes are high. It feels immensely satisfying when you scavenge a ton of helpful items and escape a home full of gun-wielders unscathed, but you’ll truly feel bothered when you lose one of your survivors after being clipped by sniper fire.
Every time you leave your fort, you’ll have to weigh your options and select the right place to run into with the appropriate survivor. With the inclusion of children, these daily proceedings are more important to your success than ever before. Providing the kids within your settlement with teddy bears, keeping them alive, and reading their thoughts about what they’re going through increases the melancholy factor of the game.
Limits on Run and Gun
This game is definitely not for everyone. The high difficulty and reliance on stealth are two big factors that may keep most gamers at a distance. And for those who tend to let their emotions get the best of them more than usual, playing through this game might just be a bit too painful to do. If those aforementioned factors aren’t an issue, then This War of Mine: The Little Ones must be experienced in order to be fully understood. Console gamers should take a journey into a world that’s despairing, but deeper than most games of its ilk.
Zack’s Verdict: Solid Buy
This War of Mine: The Little Ones ports over one of the finest PC exclusives to the Xbox One and PS4. On top of the newly added factor of keeping young children alive, the game’s core experience still excels. Keeping your group alive, constructing household items, dodging numerous threats, and scavenging for food and assorted gear at night make up the core activities of this morose experience.
This title’s theme and gameplay may be too morbid and difficult for most gamers, though. And even though I put my biggest gripes about this game in a different article, I say keep an open mind and hop into a great game that offers a fresh (if difficult) perspective on war.