The Long Dark presents players with an existential apocalypse and tasks them with surviving the wild in the face of an unending winter. Originally a Kickstarter project, The Long Dark has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 2013. Launched in 2014 as an Early Access title, the team at Hinterland has patiently improved and updated their studio's premier title up to and beyond its official release in 2017. The Long Dark still lacks its entire single-player campaign with two episodes of its five episode story mode released to date. That being said, it stands unique among the most prominent survival titles with its focus squarely on survival, stripping many of the distractions away from the gameplay and pitting players on an inexorable collision course with death.

With such a long and transparent development process, there seems to be a wide range of opinions on The Long Dark. Can it stand as one of the best games period?

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