Best Survival
It might read like an Early Access award but the truth is that the burgeoning survival genre is easily one of the most ambitious out there, and all of the titles recognised here are continuing to expand on an already mind blowing concept. In an age of handholding and mollycoddling, there’s something formidable about being plonked in the middle of nowhere and left to fend for yourself, gathering supplies and crafting weapons and defences, scratching the Neanderthal itch.
Kenshi is dense and obtuse in a manner which only seems possible from the vibrant indie scene. A strange sort of feudal Japanese post-apocalyptic awaits, dropping players into a totally open-ended sandbox where you’re free to go wherever you want and become whomever you wish. Start as a lowly peasant and become a trader, a thief, a rebel, a warlord, an adventurer, a farmer, or even a slave if your luck turns.
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