Sunday, 28 December 2014

First Impressions: Don't Starve Together

One thing that struck me when playing the original Don't Starve game was how great it would have been to be able to not starve with a couple of friends. The reason for this is that, in the game, you generally have to plan ahead and think of multiple different things at the same time. For example, you need to get food, wood, grass and sticks in order to survive but then you also need things like a science machine or chests in order to progress. And on top of all this, you only had until winter before things started to get really hard. Because you were only one person, it meant that your progress was really slow unless you got a good seed or knew the game very well. But now, with a second (or 5 other players) player you can give different jobs to different people and progress much quicker.
Also, so that you can be more individual, you now have access to all of the characters from the beginning which is quite nice. As well as this, when you die, rather than being dead forever or killing the world that your friends are still on, you now become a ghost. Once you are a ghost you can light up a small area around you and revive yourself by doing things like touching a touchstone. This, combined with the multitasking offered by the 'Together' part of the game, has unbalanced it slightly but the game is still quite challenging. However, one part which I feel would be quite helpful (if more unbalancing) would be the option to share your map with everyone. This is because, it still feels like a solo game as you are, quite often, away from each other searching for different resources and the ability to see everyone on the map would be quite nice.

Overall, Don't Starve Together appears to be a great addition to the Don't Starve franchise and I look forward to not starving with friends and family for many games to come.

Goodbye for now, Harry

P.S. Talking of this, would anyone be interested in watching a PvP playthrough of Don't Starve Together? Please comment your response as well as any questions you may have.

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