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Basic Information

Application Name Kenshi
Release Date March 20, 2013
Genre Single-player, free-roaming squad-based RPG
Supported Device PC: Steam / Humble
Price 26.99€
Developer / Publisher Lo-Fi Games
Official Site Website
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Kenshi is a single player video game with real-time strategy elements. It is set in a vast and atmospheric “sword-punk” style open world. With a mix of role-playing elements, city-building features and squad-based control, the gameplay is completely free-roaming. Players are thus able to enjoy the freedom and do whatever they want.

The game takes place in an unyielding world of hunger bandits and barbaric cannibals. Additionally, it features cruel slavers and wild beasts. Surviving alone is thus an extremely tiring sport. The game’s official description states that the player is not the chosen one. It also reveals that the player is not great and powerful. However, players are able to change that if they are prepared to work for it.

Players start the game with no skills and subsequently, struggle to survive in the early stages of the game. However, skills can be learned and levelled by doing certain activities. For example, players can level up their thievery by stealing items.

The game allows players to either play with one character or control an entire army. It is important to note that the combat is real-time strategy style. Players have a choice of melee and ranged fighting styles. Whether players only play with one character, or with 10, they are able to edit their units.

Players are able to build up their units’ strengths to watch them endure and grow. Players will be able to train their skills in engineering, medicine, weapon smithing, robotics and thievery. Additionally, they are able to create and run their own city. This feature allows players to manage an empire or simply discover the lands as a solo traveller. In the cities, players can research upgrades such as weaponry crafting, industry tech and trade goods.