Kenshi Image
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics What's this?

User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 132 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: A free-roaming squad based RPG. Focusing on open-ended sandbox gameplay features rather than a linear story. Be a trader, a thief, a rebel, a warlord, an adventurer, a farmer, a slave, or just food for the cannibals. Research new equipment and craft new gear.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jan 8, 2019
    84
    Work through the presentational ugliness and technical awkwardness, and you’ll find an experience of frightening depth.
  2. Jan 10, 2019
    80
    Kenshi is a colossal RPG that allow you explore its vast world whatever you want. You can be a thief, assassin or a simple farmer, and you will find always great adventures to live.
  3. Dec 6, 2018
    80
    Kenshi is the Dark Souls of the hardcore RPG segment.
  4. Feb 25, 2019
    80
    Do not trust your first impression - this game is a true gem. Elaborate, huge, unbridled, stylish, fresh, captivatingly different. The only blemish is its poor performance and many bugs.
  5. Dec 17, 2018
    75
    Kenshi has hard difficulty. Kenshi is bugged as hell. Kenshi demands patience. But in return, Kenshi offers opportunities and freedom that you won't find anywhere in the RPG genre. If Kenshi were a AAA title with an unlimited budget, huge team, and high-quality design it would deserve much higher praise.
  6. Jan 14, 2019
    75
    An intriguing RPG/Survival hybrid sandbox that invites you to experiment in the world it presents. Some technical hiccups interrupt the open world and the freeform nature definitely isn’t for everyone but if you are after something different, Kenshi is the very definition of that.
  7. CD-Action
    Mar 25, 2019
    50
    It took Chris Hunt and his small team 12 years to develop Kenshi and that unfortunately shows. The game utilizes an archaic engine, is poorly optimised and hideous most of the time. It also does next to nothing to help the player get a grasp of its mechanics, and, as it happens, their complexity are Kenshi’s most important aspect. I would be happy to love this game, because I understand and applaud Hunt’s idea of completely open gameplay, but loving Kenshi is extremely hard. [02/2019, p.47]

See all 10 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 36
  2. Negative: 3 out of 36
  1. May 19, 2013
    10
    Its not best 10 bucks ever spend (best was Minecraft), but this GAME got AMAZING potential. I check every day for new updates. Now I see timeIts not best 10 bucks ever spend (best was Minecraft), but this GAME got AMAZING potential. I check every day for new updates. Now I see time when I will pickpocket town guards. Expand
  2. Jan 3, 2019
    10
    I like it very much! This is monster game! Congratulations to authors! Many playstyles..
  3. Aug 17, 2014
    10
    Refreshingly creative concept that does not restrain the player in any way from doing whatever he likes. If you like freedom to act, trueRefreshingly creative concept that does not restrain the player in any way from doing whatever he likes. If you like freedom to act, true choice and a massive sandbox to play in, this will fill the bill. The looks of the game are the most unfinished part- the combat itself is handled realistically and wounds/damage to characters plays out great. Generally when you lose, you are left maimed and broken, but fixable with time and the help of an ally. The game requires patience, strategy, tactical thought and the brains to run away when you need to. I like this lots. Expand
  4. Feb 17, 2019
    9
    Evaluation of the game was made with an eye to the fact that it is an indie project.

    Want to play a chic RPG-Sandbox-Strategy with some
    Evaluation of the game was made with an eye to the fact that it is an indie project.

    Want to play a chic RPG-Sandbox-Strategy with some survival elements and your personal storyline? Then Kenshi is an option for you!

    I will speak briefly about this game. One of the few games to date, where you can really play ANY role! The game has no rail plot, you are free to build it yourself.

    In more detail
    The only amendment - at the beginning of the game offers you to choose your beginning. Not much depends on it, namely: the amount of your money, the place of launch and the number of enemies you will encounter in this place. For his first pass, he chose a standard start.
    From the very beginning, the game makes you understand that you are no different from other characters, you are not unique. After that, she throws you into an unfriendly world, where at any corner you can wait for trouble. Starting from the banal famine or clash with Gopnik in the bar. Finishing a raid on your base or meeting in an abandoned
    a place with a bunch of robots who will consider you their master and will follow you everywhere, protecting you along the way.
    There is an interesting mechanic with the loss of limbs. On the one hand, it can make you a cripple. On the other hand, you can put the prosthesis and become stronger. You can expand your squad by hiring recruits. There is an opportunity to build your city. You can build your shop.
    You can go the way of a thief, a merchant, a researcher, an invader, you can establish your own empire, you can become a skilled blacksmith or the most common gangster. Everything depends on you more than ever.
    A good customization of characters. It is nice to see a fairly large number of copyright mods in the workshop that will help you expand the game.
    In addition, at the beginning you are very dependent on merchants. And the economy of the game is not the easiest.

    Verdict
    For this price, this game is recommended to all lovers of good sandboxes. Due to the complete freedom of your actions, the unfriendly world of Kenshi and spantannyh events, sometimes to the disgraceful absurd, the game in some places becomes the scale of a good series with your story. On the other hand, if you are not able to compose your own history of events, then this game is not for you.

    I will not write about the pros and cons. At the expense of the Steam workshop, most of the minuses are solved. In this case, I will not say that there are downsides on the technical side. Rather, the minuses in taste and color. Pluses in turn are already painted above.

    Enjoy all the game!
    Expand
  5. Mar 20, 2013
    9
    many features for an early development game and i really enjoy the level of freedom. definetly worth the 15 bucks and just the thought thatmany features for an early development game and i really enjoy the level of freedom. definetly worth the 15 bucks and just the thought that all this came from one guy is crazy iam all in! Expand
  6. Jan 31, 2014
    9
    I keep this short & clean.
    Pros
    - Much of play styles - Able to compensate hard situations with simple tactics & mind play. - This game
    I keep this short & clean.
    Pros
    - Much of play styles
    - Able to compensate hard situations with simple tactics & mind play.

    - This game is the only one I've ever came cross with, and I find this very unique and potential game.
    - Good & tough world with no "OP" setup to go with.
    - I find this game atm balanced.
    - Price/Content rate is ridiculous, so "cheap" for such a big amount of content which is updated constantly
    - And the most valuable thing for this game: Freedom to do what you want.
    - No quick travel
    - Unique "leveling" system
    - Full customization over squad members

    Cons
    - It can be frustrating (atm) to aggro constantly bandits (if there are many) which are recovering from critical blows after fights, as you & faction aggro them. (If they(=bandits) are assaulting ie. npc city)
    - Can be little bit lagged sometimes to move around the global map and get stuck somewhere. (often between heights and low environments)
    - Random crashes are annoying if you haven't saved frequently.
    - Enemy AI can sometimes feel shabby.

    Anyways cons are minor things, which can be fixed anytime soon

    I have much of things to say, but I suggest this for anyone seeking unfair adventure for glory & pride.
    Expand
  7. May 18, 2019
    0
    This game is simply bad. It is bad in its every aspect.
    It does not have any storyline.
    It is not immersive because you cant even talk to
    This game is simply bad. It is bad in its every aspect.
    It does not have any storyline.
    It is not immersive because you cant even talk to most of the NPCs.
    The combat system feels dull and ridiculous because animations look awful and its poor explanation leaves no desire to learn it at all.
    The world is empty and uninteresting.
    The game is not even difficult because you can easily loot bandits killed by guards, get good equipment and sell everything else.
    The gameplay itself is simply boring. Game promises you freedom, but it shackles you instead. It has very limited number of things your character can do at all.

    One of the worst experiences in my life.
    Expand

See all 36 User Reviews