A free-roaming squad based RPG. Focusing on open-ended gameplay features rather than a linear story. Be a trader, a thief, a rebel, a mercenary, a business owner, a doctor, a bandit... the list goes on. Aid or oppose the various factions in the world while striving for the strength and wealth necessary to simply survive in the harsh desert. Purchase and upgrade your own buildings to use as safe fortified havens when things go bad, or use them to start up a business. Train your men up from puny victims to master warriors. Carry your wounded squad mates to safety and get them all home alive.
own it on steam, have been fascinated by the scope of the project. a literal single-player sandbox, set in a desolate world reminiscent of the "desert punk" manga and anime. kenshi drops the player into this wasteland, full of bandits, competing factions and rather impressive game-systems (even at this stage, trading, manufacturing, building outposts, defenses and gangs / mini armies and towns are all possible for the player to play with and build with).
kenshi surprises by doing a better job than most sandbox games do of perpetuating the illusion that you are but a fragment in a world full of moving parts - it is up to the player to decide how and when the gameworld will "take notice" of their character. this is not a "chosen one" theme park, there is no hero delusion to fall sway under when one plays kenshi. you start out as nothing. if you don't pay attention you will end up as more of the same.
the game will not have noticed your passing at all.
(truly beautiful work. i look forward to every update! thank you for putting the time and effort into this project. thank you.)
With the Next update coming out soon that will have females, i thought i would add a bit more to this review.
For those who are looking at the game wondering if you should buy this, i would say yes and no.
First the reason why not to buy.
If your not into games that are still in development then no, don't buy this game. As of right now its gonna take a year to two years to finish Kenshi, It has bugs and glitches and a few issues with game play, but in all, that's normal for a game in Alpha.
Why buy the game?
Well for one its not like any other game you have played before. its a original and still developing and after each core update it gets better with more items added to expand your gaming experience. Another Plus is the fact this game is in Alpha Stage of development. which means you have a voice in helping fix or suggest new ideas to add to the game. Or talk about what features are good and which ones are bad so as to help improve the Game as it develops.
Game Start ( Holy Sword Start )
You find a legendary sword. one of the best you have ever seen, no other blade compares to its ability to slice through anything. including yourself since you have no clue how to actually wield this weapon you have found. If that wasn't bad enough, 2 major empires want this sword for them selves and they plan to kill you to get it. Time to learn how to use this pretty toy you have found before it becomes the death of you.
You are not special, you are not the hero or the villain, you cant slice through everyone in one swipe, in fact roving bands of bandits dot the landscape. Even the weakest out there can easily over power you, you are gonna have to work hard to train yourself up to handle a weapon, wear armor, even run.
Dont expect to start the game and run out and start killing things, for you cant, they will kill you instead until you have decently trained yourself. You will need strategy to survive.
Great game, awesome concept and execution, however I will say this: BACKUP YOUR SAVES. It still crashes frequently and I've had numerous save files corrupted even in the more recent versions. Looking forward to logging more hours into this when it's a bit more put together, just know what you're getting into.