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Mixed or average reviews- based on 217 Ratings

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  • Summary: As the lone survivor of a passenger jet crash, you find yourself in a mysterious forest battling to stay alive against a society of cannibalistic mutants. Build, explore, survive in this terrifying first person survival horror simulator.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Jul 16, 2018
    90
    The Forest is an awkward open-world survival game. It's thrilling to play because of the intense atmosphere, but confusing maps and annoying enemies make it really hard for me to immerse into the game.
  2. May 3, 2018
    90
    It’s a brilliant game that blends survival and horror into one terrifying, tense experience. The story it weaves is well-written, the gameplay — particularly the progression — is perfectly refined, and there are few games as hilariously engaging in their co-op.
  3. May 14, 2018
    90
    The Forest frequently flirts with perfection. A fantastic and engrossing survival-horror experience from start to finish.
  4. May 8, 2018
    80
    The Forest is one of the best survival games to date, especially because of its interesting story, inspired by horror movies like The Descent. Everything is here to remind you that the surrounding nature will do everything to destroy your morale and your life. Oppressive, stressful, but so exhilarating, The Forest is made for any survival games' fans, even if it suffers from weird physics and perfectible AI.
  5. Jun 21, 2018
    80
    In a crowded landscape littered with a few too many survival crafting games, The Forest makes a pretty strong case for itself. With an open-ended world balanced by a story that moves forward, The Forest contains both freedom and mounting tension and provides not just the means for the player to survive, but a compelling reason to do so.
  6. May 17, 2018
    80
    If you were already tired of fighting horrendous mutants, the alternative ending is the only valid reason to return to the forest. If, on the contrary, you have lived under a rock until now and you missed it, we warmly invite you to pack and board ... but watch out for the turmoil!
  7. May 8, 2018
    50
    The Forest begins as a great survival game, but soon becomes mediocre due to its dull action. The poor gameplay mechanics and narrative are some of the elements that make it hard to recommend this game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 49
  2. Negative: 5 out of 49
  1. Jun 5, 2014
    10
    This game is Insane, is just the 0.01 alpha version, and looks amazing. Yeah it IS buggy, but c'mon, the game is in ALPHA, when people willThis game is Insane, is just the 0.01 alpha version, and looks amazing. Yeah it IS buggy, but c'mon, the game is in ALPHA, when people will understand that Alpha = Bug/glitch. The game is being developed by 4 people, so, if you are looking for an AAA game, go somewhere else Expand
  2. Oct 21, 2018
    10
    okay this game was a big surprise, really good story plot and graphics as well as the multiplayer mode. i would recommend the game for anyoneokay this game was a big surprise, really good story plot and graphics as well as the multiplayer mode. i would recommend the game for anyone how likes survival games. looking forward to knowing if the story will continue Expand
  3. May 31, 2014
    9
    fantastic game whit a very good graphics apart some low textures.....The ambient is so beatiful and immersive.The mutant are very creepy andfantastic game whit a very good graphics apart some low textures.....The ambient is so beatiful and immersive.The mutant are very creepy and they're stronger than you.There are so many bugs some little and some very annoying but considering that is a very early alpha the game is in a great development....
    Great job to the developer :D
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  4. Jan 21, 2017
    8
    My first impression was "Minecraft with photo-realistic graphics", except you don't dig mines and instead just run on the surface. If you likeMy first impression was "Minecraft with photo-realistic graphics", except you don't dig mines and instead just run on the surface. If you like Minecraft, crafting, building structures and the survival genre in general (there have been tons of games in this genre recentry), this game does it well. Also there is a distant goal of finding your son, and instead of blocky zombies and skeletons you have scary cannibals with excellent animations. Close to the ending, this game turns into a linear, "cinematic" action game, with an ending and a twist. Expand
  5. May 31, 2014
    7
    First-off this game is buggy as hell. Don't buy this game if your looking for a nearly completed game. I got a LOT of bugs, including randomlyFirst-off this game is buggy as hell. Don't buy this game if your looking for a nearly completed game. I got a LOT of bugs, including randomly dying, and no way to save my game. Items combine, duplicate, etc. Also, the game performs really badly atm. I'm running it on a GTX 760, and i get about 30 fps on the highest settings, while I get around 45 in Battlefield 4. If you have a low end PC, don't expect to run this game at high frame-rates. The combat is also pretty clunky. The flare gun shoots as fast as you can click with no reloading or cooldown, and infinite ammo.
    All of that being said, this game definitely has huge potential. The time the game wasn't completely bugging out, it was actually decently scary. And it looks like it probably has a good story behind it. The survival elements are pretty cool as well. It allows for custom buildings, which is always a plus side. The team seems like its very open to bug reports as well. Basically the point I'm trying to get across is, if you can get passed the incredibly low frame-rates, massive amount of bugs, and clunky combat, I can definitely recommend this game to you.
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  6. Mar 18, 2015
    7
    A great open world survival with AMAZING visuals! I play multiplayer alot and the game still manages to offer a lot of suspence. There is aA great open world survival with AMAZING visuals! I play multiplayer alot and the game still manages to offer a lot of suspence. There is a fool day and night cycle with an amazing crafting system to make maany cool things like bows to SEVERAL types of shelters. Expand
  7. May 25, 2018
    0
    So i bought this back at release in 2014/15, forgot to do a review though, so here it goes. I quit playing pretty quickly do to the immersionSo i bought this back at release in 2014/15, forgot to do a review though, so here it goes. I quit playing pretty quickly do to the immersion breaking of enemies spawning inside your walls you built. It took me forever to build up 3 big walls around a cliff only to find out the walls are pointless because enemies just spawn inside. This is very unacceptable for a base building game. The build system is also very outdated and needs to be reworked for better usability like that of Rust. I just thought about trying to go back and play this game again and see if that "enemy spawning inside your walls" bug was ever addressed. It wasnt. So i wont go back and play it, and i'll give it 0/10 for bad base building interface and immersion breaking bugs. Thanks for reading. Expand

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