This War of Mine: The Little Ones Review – An Emotional Survival War Sim [PS4]


This War of Mine: The Little Ones is a very emotional game and one that might be very different from anything you’ve ever played. The game deals with the hardships of wartime survival, but instead of from the usual soldiers point of view, this game focuses on the innocent lives that are usually caught in the middle of war. You’ll be playing as both adult and children who must do everything and anything to survive, struggling with lack of food, medicine and constant danger. The question is, how far will you go to make it through another day?


What do you do in this game?

This isn’t your typical war game. When you start out the game, you’re given a grim view of what war is like. It’s not fun or glamorous. Instead it’s sad, bleak, and very depressing. In my game, I started out with three characters with very different backgrounds. This is a survival game at it’s core that will force you to make some emotionally tough decisions. You start off the game scrounging for materials and survival items like food, medicine, and water. Everything you find ends up in a communal stash that your three characters share. The shelter you start out in is the shelter you will be trying to survive in for the duration of the game.

Each day consists mainly of crafting items and maintaining the health of your survivors. It isn’t until night time when things get more adventuresome. At night, you can choose to either have your characters sleep, guard, or scavenge. I suggest alternating jobs and having 1 scavenge, 1 sleep, and 1 guard. You can even have 2 people guard and have them sleep during the day if you have beds. Scavenging allows you to find new sources of materials and survival items, whether it be from looting abandoned homes, robbing from other survivors, or straight up killing people you run up against. You’re free to play this game any way you like – as a pacifist, an aggressor, a thief, or even a murderer. It’s really all up to you. In this game, you’re faced with the decision of how far you will go to survive.

It’s decisions like this that make This War of Mine: The Little Ones, a very good yet depressing game. This is a very difficult game to play, both in theme and survival. If you watch my video above, by the 7th day, my survivors are extremely hungry, injured, very sick, and very tired. I have no medicine or food items and honestly believe that my characters will not survive the experience. This is probably because I was too scared to venture out to areas that are occupied. I’m just afraid of what might happen to my characters if they encountered a hostile stranger and if I’d be able to survive something like that. It’s that fear that’s keeping me from exploring more but it’s that fear that will also get my characters killed. It’s a tough thing to balance.

In the game, you’ll also really start to care about these people. You do learn some background info about who you start with, like what they used to do before the war and what they’re good at. As you progress through the game, you really start to care about them and you start feeling really bad when it all goes tho sh*t. When they’re sick or hurt, you desperately want to help them. When characters die, you genuinely feel sad, I know I felt really bad when one of my characters died in another playthrough. That’s crazy. Not many games can do that to you.


How does the game look?

This War of Mine: the Little Ones has a very photo realistic art style, but blends that with what looks like brush strokes to create something that is very moody and emotional. It’s a dark game, not going to lie about that and the color pallet used makes the game very depressing, but that’s part of the game. This isn’t a happy game or an exciting game. This is a game about hardship and desperate people and survival. It’s very grim and the art style really gets that point across very well.


Final thoughts

Should you buy this game? The answer is yes. This War of Mine: The Little Ones is a very, very good game that gets you emotionally on every level. This is a very realistic look at what survival is like during wartime and it’s one that really makes you think about what you would do if this ever happened to you. Not only that but what others must go through as well. It is that reason that you should play This War of Mine: The Little Ones. It is a unique game that deserves your attention.

Review code provided to us by the publisher/developer.

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