Our Score 8.1/10
The Good Deep simulation that results in countless wealthy, bizarre and hilarious eventualities
The Bad Despite the UI being nice, it unavoidably will get awkward at instances
Release Date July 28, 2022
Developed By Ludeon Studios, Double Eleven
Available On PS4, Xbox One
Reviewed On PS4

If you’re studying this evaluation, then chances are high you’ve been Rim-curious for years. Perhaps you’ve heard tales from PC avid gamers of cannibal tribes who have interaction in mutilation rituals earlier than raving to the first light, of hippie cults who espouse humanity’s relationship with nature whereas having no qualms about slavery, or of the time half a colony acquired worn out by an enraged wild guinea pig that gnawed on colonists of their sleep.

If you’re new to Rimworld, then thanks for sticking with this evaluation previous that doubtlessly disturbing first paragraph, and perceive that the bizarre shit you learn above is par for the course right here; it’s a testomony to simply how deep this colony survival administration sim can go. 


Starting with a small group of survivors, every with their very own complicated previous, neuroses, pathologies, and desires, you construct out your colony on a tiny nook of a planet populated with different tribes and factions. You increase your compound, put together its defences for the inevitable raiders, and be taught to make use of the land – be it jungle, tundra, or grasslands – to your benefit. 

Your choices in analysis will dictate whether or not your colony turns into a technologically superior one harnessing the newest renewable power sources, a militarist dictatorship, or perhaps only a rabble of hedonists who develop psychoactive crops within the fields, get excessive on them, then promote the remaining to visiting merchants. You’ll set up commerce routes or rivalries with different factions, ship expeditions out on quests for sources, and develop out your colony (primarily by capturing folks from rival colonies). Eventually, you could even cut up off part of your tribe to start out a brand new colony elsewhere on this planet whereas the remainder of it stays on the unique one.

All the above is sophisticated by the truth that you’re indirectly controlling your colonists, however slightly establishing queues and precedence lists of orders for them. You can typically intervene to get them to do a sure activity pronto, and through fight conditions you get direct management too, however for probably the most half your colonists are their very own complicated individuals who will usually do the issues that attraction to their personalities. Failing to maintain them pleased is simply one of many some ways through which issues can go terribly and splendidly incorrect in Rimworld.

For occasion, within the early phases of a brand new game as what was primarily a caveman faction armed with bows and knives, my naive makes an attempt to tame a panther led to the creature tearing by means of my tribe and killing all 5 folks in it. During one other game, I assumed it expedient to butcher the corpses left over from an tried raid by a neighbouring faction. Unaware that one of many corpses belonged to the son of somebody who was now a member of my tribe, I fed him his personal son, which he (one way or the other) realised, resulting in some type of psychotic breakdown throughout which he murdered a number of members of my tribe earlier than I needed to ‘put him down.’ On the intense aspect, all these further corpses meant extra meals for the cannibal tribe I used to be making an attempt to nurture (‘Looks like meat’s again on the menu, boys!’).

That mixture of tight choreographed administration and emergent chaos that threatens to erupt at any second – be it by means of pure disasters, human battle, or an enraged boomalope that kamikaze-charges into your Great Hall and blows itself up – is what’s made Rimworld one of the cherished, most performed video games on Steam for years. Descended from the legendarily complicated 2006 administration sim Dwarf Fortress, Rimworld is the type of dauntingly deep game that might’ve been unimaginable on console till a couple of years in the past, so the massive query is: does it actually work on console?

The excellent news is that, at a elementary degree, it actually does. Despite chatting with the game’s builders about bringing Rimworld to console, I nonetheless wasn’t positive how they’d pull it off, and it turned out that a part of the method concerned such a heavy UI redesign that the it really makes use of a unique expertise stack to the PC game. Instead of utilizing a mouse-like cursor, you’ve got a big circle in the course of the display that you just use to spotlight issues on this planet, whereas the UI lives within the corners, with every nook assigned to a unique shoulder button that you just maintain to deliver up the choices in that part. 

The concept is that you just’re by no means greater than three button presses away from the display you need. That’s very spectacular in a game the place you’ll be able to go so granular as to handle every colonist’s schedule and work priorities, select what sorts of supplies to retailer in a given stockpile zone, and whether or not to bury lifeless our bodies in a graveyard, dump them far-off from the colony, or flip them into kibble on your pet wargs.

The UI expertise is easy for probably the most half, and after a couple of hours I used to be already getting a couple of button combos into my muscle reminiscence (LT, X, X for the all-important work precedence listing, d-pad all the way down to scroll by means of colonists then Square to leap to them). There had been nonetheless instances, nonetheless, when my mind would merely stall as I attempted to determine learn how to perform sure actions.

Coming to the console model as an skilled PC participant, I not less than had the grounding to know the depth of actions I might have interaction in, however should’ve spent an excellent three minutes making an attempt to determine learn how to ‘reduce the resistance’ of a prisoner to prep them to affix my colony. There’s additionally one thing a bit unintuitive about altering constructing supplies for a given merchandise, in addition to navigating among the constructing screens, like ‘Furniture,’ as a result of the little icons don’t actually signify a lot. 

Naturally, the density of instructions in Rimworld signifies that sure ones find yourself counting on issues like analog stick presses, simultaneous button presses, and touchpad presses. Despite the developer’s stellar efforts, there’s no avoiding the sense that it was an actual squeeze to get all these things onto a gamepad. There isn’t any choice to play with mouse-and-keyboard both, apparently on account of the truth that they needed to rebuild a lot of the game to get it working.

But console play does include its perks. Lying again on the couch and seeing my completely choreographed colony in motion on a 50-inch 4K display is bliss in comparison with hunching over my desktop. Having performed the PC model of Rimworld on a 4K display as nicely, I can say that the console model UI is way bolder and extra legible than its PC counterpart.

Of course there can be some friction in taking part in such a management-heavy game on console, however given the selection of these teething points and having the game watered down and feature-stripped to make it extra ‘gamepad-friendly’, I’ll all the time go for the previous choice. It’s to the credit score of Double Eleven (who additionally introduced the equally styled Prison Architect to consoles) that each single factor I’d do within the PC model of Rimworld I might do right here too. 

Well, other than modding that’s…

While that time on modding could sound like typical PC elitism, there are few video games that as mod-friendly and certainly depending on mods as Rimworld. The base game is an ideal framework for mods, and its easy aesthetic and numbers-and-systems-based play lend it to modding like fewer different video games. 

In reality, some mods have turn into so elementary to my play expertise on PC that it was jarring to play a model of the game with out them. Being in a position to create your customized beginning colonists, for instance, or making a ‘guest’ system whereby you might host guests from different factions, befriend, and even recruit them. Even little mods like ‘chat bubbles’, which show the bizarre conversations of your colonists above their heads slightly than sequestered away in a menu, add loads of life to the aesthetically stark game. While full mod help is unlikely, it’d be great if a few of them might be built-in into the bottom game one way or the other.

It’s some comfort to the above that you would be able to purchase the ‘Royalty’ growth from the outset, which provides a bunch of fascinating hierarchical programs (and psychic powers!). The devs have additionally confirmed that the Ideology growth can be coming sooner or later down the road.

As a PC participant of Rimworld, I’ll be returning to the extra bespoke expertise I’ve turned the game into on its house platform, however I’m additionally delighted that video games like this are coming to consoles, and being ported with this a lot care and a spotlight. This is without doubt one of the greatest administration sims and story mills round, delivered to console in virtually all its glory. The high quality of this console implementation must be a guiding gentle for different video games on this historically PC-only style to do the identical.


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