Fade to Silence – Review (PC)
Fade to Silence is a survival horror game, when first released has some outstanding issues with it. I must apologize for the late review, but this game has gotten MUCH better since launch. The developers deserve all the praise for listening to the feedback of the players and getting fixes and updates out to get this game in the right direction.
Fade to Silence like mentioned above, is a survival horror game. Not only do you need to survive against the monstrous Eldritch horror creatures and need to keep yourself and companions fed and warm, but you also have to survive the terrible blizzard that comes and will have 0 hesitations to freeze you on the spot. You’ll need to gather resources, craft items, weapons, and buildings, and keep everyone alive while playing through the dark, yet fairly well-done story.
You play as Ash, a corrupted leader. Now, let me explain corrupted, you’re tormented by this entity that will talk to you, taunt you, and get pissed at you when you defeat those Eldritch creatures around the map. You also have your daughter with you at the beginning of the game. Just like every survival game, what do you do to start? Go get some materials and armored up. You’ll need to scavenge of course to get the starting materials. Then locate the large gathering areas. This part is nice. There are pieces of forests, mining areas, hunting grounds that unlock once you start harvesting in that area. If you have companions you can then go send them out to gather materials, leaving you to be able to clear out some enemies, expand, or find some more resources. Eventually, you’ll be able to place and build building and huts to help with staying alive and keeping people warm. The survival part really isn’t anything new, but with the addition of the horrific monsters, it definitely keeps it fresh.
The overall story is a decent one, played out by these demonic-looking flashbacks. Right off the bat, upon starting the game you get throw right into what inside of you and learn first hand how it speaks and interacts with you. It may actually take a couple of playthroughs to understand the whole story, as it isn’t told in a traditional way. I will recommend this though, do not play on survival mode right off the bat. The alure of achievements is not worth it. You will have perma-death and limited resources. You’ll need to have a plan, and not waste those precious resources…like did. I was in a dire situation, lack of resources, especially food and wood, and it just spiraled out of control. It was definitely worth switching from survival mode to learn more about the game.
Gameplay-wise everything fit pretty well. Survival mode, crafting, building up your refuge. The only thing that just didn’t seem smooth was the combat. It was typical slash, dodge, slash, dodge kind of battle. The enemies always seemed to be able to close the gap and hurt you. It just didn’t feel…right. You eventually get used to it, but for a mechanic like that, it shouldn’t really be that way. It has improved it feels since release.
But overall, I enjoyed my time with Fade to silence. I have to give major credit to the developers for getting this game back on track, and for listening to the issues players were having. This game is fun survival horror and should be looked at for something a little different in the survival genre. Existing owners should also give this one a try again, you should be surprised.
Note: A digital code was provided by the publisher for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for reviews is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience.
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+ Survival-Horror story is fun, though told in 'flashbacks'
+ Crafting and building your refuge is fun and rewarding
+ Though being an icy wasteland
+ The horror entity you deal with adds an awesome element to the game
- Combat pulls overall experience down but has gotten better
- There was some confusion with the beginning crafting, but that could have been me