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Impact Winter

Impact Winter

We've been braving the ice cold winter of this intriguing survival RPG.

  • Kieran HarrisKieran Harris

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There are also elements of inventory management as Jacob carries all but a small backpack. This means you'll undoubtedly have to make some tough calls with regards to which supplies you want to keep, especially when you factor in compulsory quest-specific items. You also have additional responsibilities as the leader of the group, and your other team members will turn to you to separate disputes, weigh in on their problems, and negotiate trade deals with other survivors. This makes effectively balancing your time both inside and outside of the church a must, as things can soon descend into chaos if you turn your back for too long.

Impact Winter's visuals sport a cartoony flair similar to that of The Witness and Firewatch, and this shines especially within the overworld, where snowstorms rage and thick blankets of the white stuff submerge your surroundings. The ambient soundtrack is also soothing, juxtaposing against the post-apocalyptic world you find yourself in, lending to what is actually quite a relaxing experience. Here the art direction and main score work to wonderfully complement each other, creating a world that is hauntingly beautiful, despite the struggle for survival (for more on this side of the game, head this way for our interviews with Mojo Bones and the game's composer, Mitch Murder).

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If Jacob is to die before the 30 days expire you'll have to the restart the experience again with no second tries or options to load an earlier save. This doesn't feel too punishing, however, as with each time you'll become more familiar with your surroundings and learn to become a more skilled survivor. We felt that it could have been good to have an additional save slot, though, because if you take a large risk and it backfires there's no going back, but in this regard, Mojo Bones could have been seeking to simulate reality. What is particularly admirable is that no two playthroughs will be identical, as there's plenty of freedom handed to you with regards to your exploration and how you approach quests.

With Impact Winter, Mojo Bones has crafted a chilling mix of survival and RPG elements that makes for a unique experience each time you play. The snow smothered landscapes and excellent score make for a truly immersive experience, and it remains varied and engaging throughout, regardless of your chosen path to survival. It can become tedious moving between the overworld and loading times can work to disrupt the flow, but overall Impact Winter is a thoroughly enjoyable survival RPG with plenty of unique style and flair.

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08 Gamereactor UK
8 / 10
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No two playthroughs are the same, It has excellent music and visuals, Gameplay remains varied and engaging.
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Long loading screens between areas, Moving between regions of the map can feel tedious, Lack of a second save file.
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