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8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 151 Ratings

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  1. Negative: 18 out of 151

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  1. Apr 2, 2013
    7
    Kenshi is a sandbox game with elements from both RPG and RTS. It's still under development and still has quite a bit to go to be anywhere near completion.
    That being said, it's been long since I played anything as original and complex. In a world of generic console ports, this game stands out as a diamond in the rough.
    You can play it as a single character or as a larger group. You can
    Kenshi is a sandbox game with elements from both RPG and RTS. It's still under development and still has quite a bit to go to be anywhere near completion.
    That being said, it's been long since I played anything as original and complex. In a world of generic console ports, this game stands out as a diamond in the rough.

    You can play it as a single character or as a larger group. You can roam the lands with its post-apocalyptic like setting as a trader or a bandit, or you can start your own outpost and defend it against attackers.

    If it in ready state will fulfill half of what it seems to promise, it will be a clear cut 9'er, but as of now I believe it earns the 7 I gave it.

    Ps Sound has not been added yet, so whip out your media-player for some background music.
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  2. Feb 18, 2019
    5
    Lots of people liked this game, honestly I just couldn't get in to it. It is a very complex game and lacks polish or intuitive gameplay. It seems like it has a ton of potential and a vast open world combining elements of RPG, survival/horror, city-building, and RTS... but it's complexity is a bit off-putting as well. This game isn't for everyone and it really wasn't for me.
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75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. CD-Action
    Mar 25, 2019
    50
    It took Chris Hunt and his small team 12 years to develop Kenshi and that unfortunately shows. The game utilizes an archaic engine, is poorly optimised and hideous most of the time. It also does next to nothing to help the player get a grasp of its mechanics, and, as it happens, their complexity are Kenshi’s most important aspect. I would be happy to love this game, because I understand and applaud Hunt’s idea of completely open gameplay, but loving Kenshi is extremely hard. [02/2019, p.47]
  2. Feb 25, 2019
    80
    Do not trust your first impression - this game is a true gem. Elaborate, huge, unbridled, stylish, fresh, captivatingly different. The only blemish is its poor performance and many bugs.
  3. Jan 14, 2019
    75
    An intriguing RPG/Survival hybrid sandbox that invites you to experiment in the world it presents. Some technical hiccups interrupt the open world and the freeform nature definitely isn’t for everyone but if you are after something different, Kenshi is the very definition of that.