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The Long Dark (NSP, XCI) ROM +v2.00.91441 Update

The Long Dark SWITCH ROM - is a first-person survival video game developed and published by Hinterland Studios.

App Name The Long Dark
Genres Adventure
Realese Year 2020
Image Format NSP, XCI
Region USA
Latest Version 2.00.91441
Language Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish
Required Firmware 14.1.0
File Size 7GB

The Long Dark is a first-person survival video game developed and published by Hinterland Studios. The player assumes the role of crash-landed bush pilot Will Mackenzie who must survive the frigid Canadian wilderness after a geomagnetic storm. The game received seed financing from the Canada Media Fund, and further funding was secured through a successful Kickstarter campaign in October 2013.

An alpha version was released through Steam Early Access in September 2014. The alpha version was later launched on the Xbox One as one of the first two launch titles associated with Microsoft’s Game Preview Program in June 2015. Early reviews of the alpha release were generally positive, and the game went on to sell around 750,000 copies by April 2016. It was officially released on all aforementioned platforms on August 1, 2017, as well as for PlayStation 4. In 2017, it was announced that a film adaptation of The Long Dark was in the works. On September 17, 2020, it was announced that the game would be coming to Nintendo Switch later that same day

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The Long Dark is a survival game that takes place in the frigid Canadian wilderness and is played from a first-person perspective. The gameplay is stated by the developers to be a “survival simulation that accounts for body temperature, caloric intake, hunger/thirst, fatigue, wind-chill, wildlife, and a host of other environmental factors.” The Long Dark has three game modes available to the player, “Story mode”, “Survival mode”, and “Challenge mode”.

The game’s map is divided into many regions: Mystery Lake, Coastal Highway, Pleasant Valley, Forlorn Muskeg, Desolation Point, Timberwolf Mountain, Mountain Town, Broken Railroad, Hushed River Valley, Bleak Inlet, Ash Canyon, and Blackrock Mountain. A new DLC, Tales from the Far Territory, adds 3 regions (so far), that being Transfer Pass, Forsaken Airfield, and Zone of Contamination. All areas are interconnected.

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Survival mode is set in an open-world environment where the player can choose the region they wish to spawn in and may access any region in the game. The objective is for the player to survive as long as possible by scavenging and utilizing whatever resources they may find within the world. This includes commodities such as food, water, firewood, medicine, and tools such as weapons, axes, knives, and a myriad of other items.

Wildlife is also present, such as deer which can be hunted for food, and wolves and bears which are a constant threat to the player as they venture outside. Tools and items degrade over time, forcing the player to make careful decisions regarding their condition and their eventual need for repair. Fire, being a primary component, is necessary for warmth and cooking. The player has to forage for wood and fuel regularly to stay alive. The player can get sick from food poisoning and disease. The Long Dark simulates a full day/night cycle, which is a fundamental part of the game.

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The game also simulates temperature and wind chill, encouraging the player to monitor the weather and their clothing carefully at all times to prevent death from exposure. Initially, the game did not feature varied experience modes, but due to player demand, Hinterland added three experience modes to accommodate a range of playstyles, and a fourth mode was added later.

The easiest mode, “Pilgrim”, is for players looking for a more exploratory experience, “Voyageur” is a middle ground and the most well-rounded about exploration and survival, “Stalker” offers a more hardcore survival experience, and “Interloper” is for players looking for a punishing, difficult experience. Added late in 2017, “Custom” lets the player customize many of the gameplay elements to create a unique gameplay experience.

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The save game system enforces careful decision-making by the player; saving only when the player’s avatar enters a building, sleeps, passes time, or receives an injury.  The only possible ending to the game is player death, with no way to “beat” the game. When the player dies the original save file is deleted, forcing the player to start a new game.

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