I love trying out new games. When I was browsing games on Origin I saw this and since I’m an Origin premier subscriber I decided to download this game and play it. Here’s what I think of it.
Dead in Vinland reminds me of The Banner Saga with a bit of Darkest Dungeon thrown in there. It’s a good game that has some serious flaws. Dead in Vinland is a survival game, but it’s not like your typical survival game. It’s completely turn-based. Every action you perform will take up one of your two turns you get every day. The beginning of this game is brutal because of RNG. I’ve had my entire family start with incredibly bad negative traits that took a lot of key stats down. I hate when games do that to me. This game does let you remove them in the options menu and I’m considering it. The story seems interesting, so far, but the characters are very predictable and fall into stereotypes that we’ve all seen before. The daughter that hates the mom, but loves her dad, the smart-mouthed aunt that never has anything nice to say, etc. It’s all been done before and it’s present here. I’m hoping everyone eventually grows as a character, but I’m not sure if I’m going to stick around to find out if they do.
The gameplay is fairly simple. In order to keep your family alive, you have to assign everyone to different task every day. Eventually, you’ll meet more people and be able to do more during the day. To add to the stress there’s a weekly tribute you have to pay to the overlord of the island for living there. It’s not like you have much of a choice because he steamrolls your entire family in your first encounter and pretty much makes you his slaves. You have to give him whatever he asks for every week or he’ll kill you. The combat is like Darkest Dungeon, but not as deep. I don’t need this game to have deep combat though. I’m enjoying this game right now despite the issues I’m having with it. I really like that I’m playing as an entire family that was forced from their old home and forced to start a new life on an unknown island that just so happens to be home to bandits that demand tribute from them. I also like that I have to manage my stats. It’s not insane like other survival games out there that requires you to eat and drink 10 times a day. At the end of every day, you’ll have to give everyone food and water. Sometimes your people won’t even be thirsty at the end of the day and you can save what little water you have for the next day.
I like to send my daughter out exploring because she has the best exploration stat and because she has a bow. She can hunt wildlife and bring us back fresh meat to cook. She’s also really good at discovering new areas. I use the dad to gather wood or craft new items and create new structures. I kind of mix and match the mom and dad’s duties because they have very similar stats. The mom is, by the far, the best warrior I have right now though and the aunt is a great healer. If you can ignore some of the issues that are in this game I think there’s a lot to like here. It’s not as deep as other survival games, but it doesn’t need to be. It’s more fun this way in my opinion. I don’t feel rushed because everything is turn-based and I can just take my time and think about what I want my next action to be so I don’t make any mistakes. I like the turn-based combat a lot and I’m enjoying the story even though everyone is a walking stereotype.
What do you think of Dead in Vinland? Have you played it?