Gaming Insights: Don’t Starve Together

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As described on Steam, Don’t Starve Together is “a standalone multiplayer expansion of the uncompromising survival game, Don’t Starve.” Like Don’t Starve, players must withstand this new, mystery world or experience a permanent death. Your character is placed in a randomly generated world and your goal is to get through as many days as possible and/or assemble portals to jump to the next world. While you try to survive random monster attacks and grueling seasons (which increase in difficulty the longer you survive), your health, sanity and hunger are put to the test. This game expands on the original but you can now play with friends or stab them in the back. If you want to know our take on Don’t Starve Together, we have put together these reviews for you to read:

“I enjoyed playing Don’t Starve Together with my friends because it is relaxing, but still very exciting. When I was watching my friend play this for the first time, I thought it looked very lame. But when I actually played it with my friend, I had a blast! I am not a huge fan of these types of games, but this one was very enjoyable.

I did not really see any problems while I was playing it.  There were a couple of problems when using mods, but other than that, everything was good.

The only thing I would change is the re spawning in the game. Sometimes, when you die, the re spawn place is super far away and I am not a huge fan of that. It takes forever to get back to your dropped items and who knows what you will encounter along the way.

I’ve had some fun moments playing DST. There was this one time that my friend told me I couldn’t catch a rabbit without a trap. I said “Challenge accepted” and I spent like 5 minutes trying to catch it! I was yelling and screaming to my friend: “I AM GOING TO CATCH THIS THING!”.

If you were on the fence about getting DST, I would recommend buying the game right now. And if I had to rate the game on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the best, I would give this game a solid 8.

My advice to new players is to avoid traveling alone and to stick together!”

-David aka @unCAGEDgamez


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“I absolutely love and am totally addicted to Don’t Starve Together. It’s a very streamable game because it’s easy to let others join you in on the fun.  The map changes every time you play and there are so many challenging levels. You’ll never play the same game twice.

It took me awhile to start playing it. I was finally able to after playing the Reign of Giants demo at PAX East 2014 even though I already owned the game.

The only major problem I encountered is that when things are going great, I end up dying. Because the game completely resets when you are unable to revive your character, it can be a bit frustrating. It’s not the game’s fault that I get too comfortable and then my newest conquests fail. The good thing is that I am able to learn from my mistakes and succeed when I try it again. The only other problem I’ve experienced is a snap back lag on a DST server. Other than that, I don’t think I would change much about the game. Each character is unique and offers a different challenge. I’m also loving the Reign of Giants DLC, and they include extra content that changes the game play for players. I hope there will be more amazing DLCs to come.

One of the most memorable moments I’ve had was when I tracked a Koalafant and found a Varg instead. At the time, I was also being chased by a Tallbird and encountered MacTusk. To say the least, I did not survive that trifecta of trouble.

I would highly recommend this game to anyone and I would give it 5 out of 5 stars.

-LadyM aka @LadyMpire


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“Don’t Starve Together was supposed to be just another Steam Holiday Sale impulse purchase.  One more game to add to my Steam library of: “I have never played this,” and/or “When did I buy that?”  I was sitting on the game for a few months and finally gave my free copy to a friend who I wasn’t quite sure would enjoy it.  We decided to give it a try together and we’ve been hooked ever since.

While playing Don’t Starve Together, I’ve encountered a few start up crashes and a brief amount of in game server lag, but these are minor issues.  I have yet to come across any game breaking bugs. Overall, in it’s current state, DST performs quite smoothly.

If I could, I would change a few things throughout the game.  The crafting interface is poorly designed and difficult to browse through.  Even after getting used to the way the interface works, I still find myself scrolling through half of a specific list before realizing the item I want to craft is in a different tab. Despite my enjoyment of the inventory management, I would love to be able to equip a backpack and armor at the same time (I know there is a mod for this, but I would prefer it to be officially supported). Lastly, ground placement, planting and in some situations, picking up items (good luck collecting materials while standing in a sea of tooth traps), can be a pain. Trying to plant an object, only to barely miss your target can be frustrating.  If your positioning was blocked, the item gets placed back into your inventory, where you have to re-select it to plant it again (there are a few mods that can help with planting, though I find them visually unappealing).

Don’t Starve Together is an interesting take on the open world survival game.  Like others, you are dropped into a world that won’t hold your hand and you must figure out how to survive on your own. Learning from your mistakes comes at a steep price.  I do feel that DST lacks some of the immersion of first person survival games.  However, if it were changed, we wouldn’t have it’s original, artistic flow.

While playing with my friend Cropper, we decided to make some videos and stream our game play.  One of our funniest moments (though, he would not agree), was when we needed a bit of charcoal and I decided to burn down a section of trees. At first glance, they seemed far enough away from our various plantation sections.  This was not true.  The fire spread, creating a domino effect that burnt down just about everything we had worked for.  I laughed so hard that it hurt.  Cropper was not impressed.  My most memorable moment was making it through our first winter together.

I can’t recommend this game enough.  On sale or not, the MEGA PACK is a great deal.  For $22.99 on Steam, you get the original Don’t Starve, the Don’t Starve: Reign of Giants DLC, Don’t Starve Together and a free copy of DST to give to a friend.  If you’ve purchased this, you are now the proud owner of a great single player game and an Early Access game that outperforms most that fall under the same category.

The best tip I can give to anyone would be to try and learn on your own as you make your way through the game.  It can be difficult, yet fun and rewarding, as many games these days seem to point you in every direction and give you all of the information right away.  If you’re having a rough time, or don’t mind some friendly advice, you can check out my video survival guide.

If I had to rate the game on a scale from 1 to 100,  I’d give it an 85.  Don’t Starve Together is artistically original, addicting, challenging and ultimately difficult to master.  It has a few shortcomings, annoyances and bugs (server lag/frame rate stutter) that can be fixed with mods and future patches.  In time, if things are perfected, I could see myself giving the game upwards to a 95.  We’ll have to wait and see.  Until then, try not to starve together.”

-Diablerie aka @diableriegaming


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“I was highly excited for the Don’t Starve Together update to come out ever since I first started playing Don’t Starve. My friend got me the game and I was hooked immediately. The only thing I thought was missing was a multi player version of the game. When a friend got me a beta key for the update, I was stocked and hopped on right away to try it. I had high expectations for the game and I was not disappointed. I was so hyped that the game didn’t change too much of its content and that you were finally able to play with friends. Overall, the game was even better then it was before. I’ve never been a fan of indie games but this one is a keeper and a must have for your Steam library.

Obviously, like most games, there are some things I would change. One example is the lack of a mini map in the game. It’s possible for players to download a mod that adds a mini map to your interface. This would be really useful when trying to run away from monsters since you don’t always have time to open up your big map. Certain mods should be integrated into the game because they aren’t always stable. I’ve crashed my game a few times because of mods that weren’t completely functional. Other than that, I have no complaints about the game. Oh, maybe making butterflies easier to kill because we may know someone who’s unable to kill them. *Wink*

This game brings quite the challenge. At first, I thought it was a nice, friendly, survival game but I have to admit, this game has scared me so many times. I’ve lost count of the times something scary happened in game and I then realized I should turn on the lights. Who knows what could happen in my room?! When I talk about the game being challenging, I’m referring to testing friendships. It isn’t in a bad way but more like I feel the need to troll my friends (I don’t usually play on a PVP server so I’m not walking up and killing them). While playing my favorite character, Willow, I tend to cause ‘accidental fires’. To be honest, about 60% of the time, they are accidental. The other 40% is when I’m burning down the forest because I saw a spider. I might be picking berries with a lighter out and set the whole area on fire. You can see where this goes and I may have made some people mad.

I give Don’t Starve Together a 9/10. It isn’t a perfect game but it is one of the best games I own. I’ll never say no to a game of Don’t Starve!”

-PMS Hâkuna Matata aka @Seraphyna_

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Thank you, everyone, for taking the time to review Don’t Starve Together. This game is being developed by Klei Entertainment and is currently in Early Access on Steam. If you want to stay updated on more Gamer Compatible reviews, you can follow us on Twitter: @gamercompatible or on Facebook: @gamercompatible.

Game on! And signing out.


All images were taken from Don’t Starve Together’s Steam page.
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