Endling – Extinction Is Forever review: Handle with care

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Endling – Extinction Is Forever is a moving and empowering tale that follows a mother fox and her cubs trying to survive in a world ravaged by neglectful humans.

In the process of fighting for survival, you’ll work to find one of your cubs after they go missing, explore and avoid humans and traps, and care for your three remaining cubs by feeding them and teaching them life skills. survival.

There’s so much more to Endling – Extinction Is Forever than fun fox-centric gameplay, and as you delve deeper into the game’s story, you’ll uncover tragic horrors that will have you long after thinking about the cost of greed and crime. human arrogance. the credits roll.

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Endling – Extinction Is Forever puts you in the role of a mother fox with several young cubs to care for.

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In Endling – Extinction Is Forever, the gameplay loop of going out each day in search of food and clues is undeniably fun, even with the grim landscape and dark, heartbreaking atmosphere around you. Food hunting is one of your main tasks, with the process offering a good balance between not being overly complex or just plain boring.

You’ll need to sniff out the scents first, then follow their trail, before quietly crawling up to your prey and jumping on it before it has a chance to get away. To feed your hungry little ones, all you have to do is drop your catch on the ground near them and they’ll eat.

Not all food needs to be fished like fish or small animals like rats, as there are also trash bags to steal and other items that have been left carelessly. Among these items are clues that will help you unravel the mystery of where your missing bear cub is, what the humans are doing in the ominous buildings nearby, as well as traps and dangers that can make your life worse. fox even harder than it already is by slowing you down.

After one of your Cubs goes missing, you’ll use your ability to detect scents to track down clues to your Cub’s whereabouts.

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The things you find along the way also serve as lessons for your cubs, although I feel like the game could better explain the ‘wolf cub skills’ system, because that’s what I found most confusing in Endling. While sleeping in your den, you can press R to bring up and review the cub’s skill menu, with the first skill listed for each cub being Jump.

However, the game is less clear about how to teach new skills to fill the remaining slots, and the different ways to use those skills, as none of that is included in the opening tutorial. Instead, the tutorial focuses only on the movement from jumping to climbing and digging.

You can teach your Cubs practical skills at certain locations on the map.

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Watching videos showing how others have been able to unlock Cub skills, it seems like you need to take your Cubs to special places in order to teach them. I did manage to teach my little ones a few skills, but it was mostly during the story scenes where those skills were explicitly required. Outside of these scenarios, I struggled a lot with the system itself, both understanding it and using it. Luckily, the game wasn’t negatively affected by me not using or fully unlocking all of the different Cub skills.

There were other issues that were occurring outside of Cub skills that were a bit more disruptive, like game freezing where I couldn’t move or open the map or menu, especially during enemy encounters where escape is necessary. Other minor bugs I encountered included a time when one of my three little ones ran away on its own for no reason, then later appeared when I was trying to avoid an enemy, forcing him to overtake and fetch him before leaving. It was very strange.

Damage that cannot be repaired

History shows the natural consequences of human selfishness, greed and neglect.

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Although the game is shorter, it certainly doesn’t fail to pack a punch with its story. The overall message is pretty clear when it comes to humans needing to be more responsible and respectful of nature. However, he goes even further by pointing out the permanent and very real consequences caused by human negligence.

You can’t just look back on the destruction as if it never happened, or the consequences of careless actions on wildlife. Once a species is extinct, that’s it. As the title of the game aptly suggests, extinction is forever. The story told over several days works well, as does the slowly expanding map that encourages you to explore every nook and cranny.

In doing so, you’ll pick up on the story beats of your surroundings, while encountering interesting enemies in the process that further delve into the world and its inhabitants. Obviously, I won’t share any spoilers, but I will say that Endling gets surprisingly emotional and will probably bring at least a few tears to your eyes by the end.

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The story can get quite dark and dark, but in a way that helps more convey the message of the game.

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While playing Endling, I thought back to other games that evoked similar feelings such as Limbo and Inside as well as Ori and the Blind Forest. Standing out, Endling feels more approachable and easier to connect to in terms of the situations unfolding in our world right now. It also gives you the opportunity to “walk a mile in their shoes” so to speak as you take on the role of mother fox, caring for your young and trying to live in an area that is becoming more and more hostile day by day.

Endling – Extinction Is Forever sends a powerful message worth hearing.

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The visuals are stunning, and the soundtrack excels at helping to convey the gravity of evil, as well as the moments of light and joy included in the game. Overall, if you like games with a deeper meaning hidden beneath the surface, you’ll love Endling. If you like games that make you cry, you’ll definitely find it with Endling. Minor bugs and issues aside, Endling is one of the most emotional games I’ve played this year, and I highly recommend it. Just make sure you have tissues handy, just in case.


This review of Endling – Extinction Is Forever is based on a Steam key provided by the publisher. Endling – Extinction Is Forever is available since July 19, 2022 on PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

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Morgan is a writer from the frozen wastelands of Maine who enjoys metal music, kpop, horror and indie games. He’s also a Tetris fanatic who is fiercely competitive in games like Tetris 99…and all games in general. But especially Tetris. You can follow Morgan on Twitter @Author_MShaver.

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