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  • Summary: We Happy Few is the tale of a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial. Set in a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England, you’ll have to blend in with its other inhabitants, who have their own set ofWe Happy Few is the tale of a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial. Set in a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England, you’ll have to blend in with its other inhabitants, who have their own set of not-so-normal rules. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
  1. Aug 9, 2018
    90
    Despite the performance issues, We Happy Few is a must-own title for any gamer who loves survival open world titles and quality world building.
  2. Aug 13, 2018
    76
    We Happy Few must clash with a gameplay that doesn’t fascinate too much, but its plot, settings and longevity are more convincing.
  3. Aug 13, 2018
    70
    It’s hard to criticize a game that offers so much originality, humor and satirical atmosphere. We Happy Few, unfortunately, lets its narrative and characters get bogged down in a desperate and, at times, tedious struggle to survive the game’s brutal environment.
  4. Aug 9, 2018
    65
    We Happy Few is a game that deserves some more time to improve. As it stands, it offers some truly interesting characters in a well realized and intricate story, that unfortunately have been hampered by an overall unpolished feel.
  5. Aug 9, 2018
    60
    For $60 I needed to see more quality, and instead became overloaded with quantity.
  6. Aug 9, 2018
    60
    Much like Contrast before it, We Happy Few shows off plenty of potential with its original and engaging world from a team whose passion and heart clearly shines through. Unfortunately, the random nature of the world ultimately hampers this ambition, and is held back further by lackluster stealth and inconsistent dialogue.
  7. Aug 10, 2018
    40
    There are just too many hurdles to overcome to enjoy We Happy Few, and not enough Joy in the world to cast them aside.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 6 out of 17
  1. Aug 15, 2018
    10
    Oh boy, such an awesome piece of game and they hate it. Yes, it's linear, like a new god of war - one main story with optional side quests andOh boy, such an awesome piece of game and they hate it. Yes, it's linear, like a new god of war - one main story with optional side quests and exploration. Repetitive main mechanics (survival stuff) but don't we had fighting mechanics in god of war in 3 previous games? Was it repetitive? Of course it was. And now you get indie game with the same production decisions as a god of war and you hate it. What's more? You get brand new setting, stylized graphics and awesome experience. I called it once in a lifetime and you give this game 5/10? 3/10? Really? People just want to hate this because stuff. You give 60 bucks to EA and they get 7/10 for not doing their god damn job delivering you a broken game, but this indie piece of art? Gets 5/10 because of it's glitchy and repetitive. I'm not a critic but guys, just play it and try to have fun. Just try. Because those "players" below with 1/10 marks didn't even try, they just assumed it's bad. Expand
  2. Aug 10, 2018
    10
    This game is so Amazing. i like everything about it reminds me of bioshock and Fallout. I don't understand why some people disliking thisThis game is so Amazing. i like everything about it reminds me of bioshock and Fallout. I don't understand why some people disliking this games. the Arts is amazingly colorful. Expand
  3. Aug 10, 2018
    10
    I am so surprised to see any negative or mixed reviews on here... The game is so unique, utterly bonkers, and really great to play. It suckedI am so surprised to see any negative or mixed reviews on here... The game is so unique, utterly bonkers, and really great to play. It sucked me in from the first second, and I have been playing for hours since. Hopefully people will come to realise and love the game like I and others in the future - it is really great. Expand
  4. Aug 12, 2018
    8
    We Happy Few
    Lovely Day for it
    When we happy few was first shown off, it was basically being sold as a survival based game set in a creepy
    We Happy Few
    Lovely Day for it
    When we happy few was first shown off, it was basically being sold as a survival based game set in a creepy procedurally generated word. But since then this game has drastically changed
    The world is still procedurally generated, but the game is completely with a fully fleshed out 23 hour long campaign and plenty of side quests to extend this time..
    Throughotu this campaign youll be playing as 3 characters all seeking to escape in an alternate reality post world war 2 world during the mid 1960s, first is Arthur, hesa very balanced character.. his 12 hour or so long campaign is probably the most enjoyable, but youre in a eutopian world where you go off your joy.. a drug that takes away all emotion other than happiness, when you go off you begin to remember.. your past.. your brother.. its then you realize you need to escape… so youre off on a ourney to do just that.. the thing is.. being off your joy makes you suspicious, so oyull have to fake your way through town and occasionnaly pop a joy to get through downer detectors…
    This world feels very much like a bioshock meets dishonoredworld.. you feel as though you have just as much freedom…
    At first we happy few is at a near masterpiece level
    The world is so creepy and intriguing to explore… within the first couple of horus I found myself in an abandond home with creepy music box music playing, and epty crib.. toys on the bed, I found a home where a couple hung themselves together… a table set up for tea alice in wonderland style
    I was absolutely enthralled and intruged.. disturbed and curious…
    Sadly though this attention to detail and world building quickly completely evaporates…
    going through these abandoned world is so earie at first, there would be moments I would stop and have to tell somebody about it or share a picture.. but by time you get to the first town… this is completely gone… the game turns into busy work fetch questing…
    The experience you have in the world of We Happy Few depends on your difficutly.. there is an option to customize your difficulty, I hose to kep survival and combat on easy, but I kept suspicion on normal.. I wanted to be immersed and get the intended experience of the world without having to worry about eating or sleeping.. but having to fit in to stop suspicion is where things can get super annoying.. plenty of chases through the streets and hiding on benches and in trashcans..
    There is a skill tree though to unlock perks and make towns a little less frustrating.. these are rewarded to you by completing story quests as well as sidequests.. and you can build up to the townpeople just accepting youre someone that runs around without them wanting to fight you because of it..
    But Arthurs act is the most complete feeling… there a lot of missions here where youll be in buildings, sneaking around.. taking out enemies, gathering materials, getting costumes to blend in.. its all a nice ballanece before youre challenged with the final 2 acts of the game…
    First up is Sally.. her story is around 6 to 8 hours and runs parallel to arthurs story, so you will meet eachother with a different perspective from both ends…
    Here theres an added challenge of taking care of a child, as youre completing tasks you will have to come back home, feed the baby and hold it or every hour a found of weight is added to your carring copacisty making it difficult for you to carry items and weapons… this is een more challenging because sallys act is very heavy on crafting… all three characters can craft… but the focus is really here for this story.. so many cool moments in her story though, so it was worth getting through even though it was infuriating.. .she cant fight with anything other than super light weapons but has the most hostile enemies out of all three stories, the havng to take care of a baby thing is annoying too when trying to gather crafting components, and finally in ollies chapter you have an insane weapon that does the highestdamage possible… this is a 3 -4 hour long father daughter story and is the sweetest and funniest story of the 3 and concludes the entire story of we happy few, no sequel bating.. this game has an end…
    his added challenge though is you have to manage your blood sugar level… food and honey super important here.. its quite challenging at first balancing the too as running around with low blood sugar cuts your health in half…
    But all 3 have a different skill tree…
    Ollie also isn’t able to blend in and be accepted like Arthur and sally…. So its basically impossible to sell items at shops… you literally cant walk through a town without dozens of enemies constanly wanting to fight you.. its super frustrating but again super worth it for the story..
    Which is what sumerizes we happy few perfectly.. worth it for the story…
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  5. Aug 12, 2018
    7
    Hello Ladies & Gentlemen, This is your buddy here Captain Pancakes from Youtube, and today i'm gonna talk about We Happy Few. Now I got toHello Ladies & Gentlemen, This is your buddy here Captain Pancakes from Youtube, and today i'm gonna talk about We Happy Few. Now I got to play this game on the PS4 Pro, and will definetly say that this here on the PC, runs really smooth. Almost like butter running down my sides without getting stuck in the cracks. One of the biggest issues with the game, isn't the bugs, lagging, or pop ins, its the price.... I could see this game running at around 30 dollars, then it would be a recommended on my list to pick up, but as of right now, even the special that's running isn't worth it. Sure you get to play through an interesting single player campaign, but at times it feels dull, repetitive, and the combat is just clunky at times. To best describe this, it feels a bit like Dishonored, Bioshock, Prey, in a drug fueled world where you have to watch your health, sleep, and stamina. Your weapons as well degrade over use, and can find this game to be challenging at times. One nice part though is you can choose which difficulty suits you. Either Permadeath, Easy, Medium, Custom, or Sandbox coming in the future. Without getting into spoilers of the game, you play as Arthur which is your starting character in the game. You are able to play as others as the game progresses, but there wasn't anything that wanted me to keep on playing. I stopped maybe 1/2 of the way. I was hoping that this would fill the Bioshock drought we have been going through, but this felt like just a 2 minute sprinkle of JOY to fill the srought, and then the sun came back into full swing again. We Happy Few, just doesn't feel like a finished or complete game at its current state. As much as I would like to recommend it, I just can't due to it's price, gameplay issues, and missions that are repetitive. It still feels like an early access game at times. I did do a review on the PS4 Pro on my channel if you guys want to get a better understanding on which platform to get this on, but if your still wanting the game and think you will like it, I recommend in a heartbeat to go on PC. It runs smoother, it doesn't nearly take as long to load as it does on the PS4 Pro. It took at least 5 minutes to get thru a loading screen, where as pc just loaded quick and your in the game. You also get to play a bit on Steam and if you hate it, you can always refund it, unlike the Playstation. So if I where you, and you like the Bioshock universe in an England setting, try it out on steam, not a system. See if you like it, and if not, refund it. DO NOT GET IT AT ITS FULL PRICE. Expand
  6. Aug 11, 2018
    2
    The game looks good. Characters are pretty cool. The world is new. But the main problem with this game is the main point of videogames; thatThe game looks good. Characters are pretty cool. The world is new. But the main problem with this game is the main point of videogames; that is fun. Sure it looks great, but the gameplay is horrible. Fighting sequences are horrible, seems all you do is loot houses for items.
    Problem is Nothing about this game is fun. Put a little more effort into fighting, I don't really want to spend 2 hours looking for garbage with a few minutes of horrible gameplay in between. Sure its kitch, and looks good, but how about some things that make the game fun. Missions? Upgrades? Whats the point?

    I was so looking forward to this game and so disappointed.
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  7. Aug 15, 2018
    1
    The backlash is just desserts to greed, incompetence, mismanagement. Whether they stem from the publisher's influence, or from the developerThe backlash is just desserts to greed, incompetence, mismanagement. Whether they stem from the publisher's influence, or from the developer is absolutely no concern of mine. It was a mess when it launched into Early Access 2 years ago, and it is a mess now. Somehow, it managed to become even more of a mess. Yet another testament to why one should avoid Early Access. Expand

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