This War of Mine: Final Cut

This War of Mine: Final Cut

An uncomfortable yet uncompromising look at the other side of war.

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As joyful as gaming is, it lets you live your wildest dream in a heartbeat, it’s also a powerful medium for telling tales and highlighting issues in the world, even if these are sometimes not the nicest or palatable of topics to cover.  One such game is Polish 11 Bit Studios’ This War of Mine, which is a truly dark, depressing and shocking title at times.  It flips the script on war games and instead of having you become a gung-ho hero, it instead focuses on the civilian experience of war.

The game was originally released back in 2014, but has just been re-released as This War of Mine: Final Cut which comes packed with all the game’s added modes, characters and DLC to date.
But as is the way in life, timing is everything and given what’s happening in the parts of the world just now, there is an extra poignant undercurrent from a game that has you playing as a civilian trying to survive a war-torn hell-scape that was once your home.  This War of Mine is a survival strategy game – you control a group of civilian survivors hiding inside a damaged house in the besieged fictional city of Pogoren, Graznavia.  Though it’s a made up place and country, the tales you’ll experience are all inspired by real world conflicts and reports.  The main goal of the game is simple… stay alive.  This sees you having to hunt for tools and materials to make it to the next day.  Most of the characters have no military background or any kind of survival experience, so it’s challenging to keep them all going.

You must maintain their health, hunger, and mood levels until a ceasefire is called, which like the real world doesn’t just happen on a set day and occurs after a randomized duration.  So during the day you’ll craft and talk to the group and passing traders, while trying to keep morale up and at night you head out to search the ruins for anything that you can build with or trade.  Whilst this is going on you also have to look out for groups raiding your camp, which sees you having to build defences and having lookouts. It also brings in a basic combat as well.  Visually it’s all very bleak looking, as you find yourself in a world of greys with few striking colours beyond the orange used for icons and the menu.  Soundtrack is very well used from ambient gun fire or artillery strikes, to its melancholy rich daytime vibes, before stepping up to a more dynamic affair at night.

This War of Mine: Final Cut is a truly uncomfortable title given the current situation in the world that is solid on the performance and mechanical front, but is ultimately a cold hard reality check.
Though stepping back from that side, it’s a game telling the tale that countless people have faced and will face when the media bandwagon leaves their country, or don’t even care to cover the conflict.  It’s said war never changes, but it’s not war that doesn’t change… it’s mankind and this videogame just highlights that issue and then some.

This War of Mine: Final Cut is available now for around £16 depending on platform.

The Verdict

8Great

The Good: A tale needing told | Solid gameplay | Lots of content

The Bad: Truly dark, depressing and shocking

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