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Banished:YouShouldPlayIt

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Banished isthecitybuilderofthecountrysidea
peaceful Stronghold,arural SimCity,andhonestlybetterthan
both.
Banished isanotherofthosebeautifulgamesthatleavessomuchfor
theplayertofigureoutontheirown;somemightcallitanexercise
infrustration,butthosewhoappreciatecity-buildersrelishinthe
immediatechallenge.Notbeingpresentedwithallthetoolsnecessary
tomakeabustlingmetropolisrightaway,youinsteadhavetofail
continuously,havingyourbelovedvillagersstarveandfreezeto
death,orliveoffofadietofonlypeachesandwheatorotherwise
justgenerallysufferbecauseyou,theiromnipotentdeity,area
bumblingfoolofaplayerwhohasnoclueatallwhysomuchfoodis
freezinginthefields.Whatdoyoumeangatherersareimportant?
Look
howpeacefulthislooks
Tostartwith,thetutorialforthegameistrulyexcellent.Notonlydoestheactualgamecontainso
manyminutedetails,requiringeventualknowledgetothrive,butthetutorialalsoworksquitehard
atobfuscatingthemfromtheplayerbutstillmanagingtomaketheplayerfeelreallycomfortable
with the game.Perhaps its the gentle, graceful music that plays, perhaps its the wild deer and
birds fluttering through the map, or maybe its the slow and meandering pace of the villagers.
Regardless,onefeelsutterly,completelyatpeacewhenplayingBanished.However,thegraceful
paceofthevillagersissoonlostoncetheplayerbeginstobecomeheavilyinvestedinhisvillage.
Thespeedveryshortlygetscrankeduptox10onecanseeallofhisbeautifuldesignsofhomes,
farms,andcemeteriescometolifebeforehisveryeyesandmaketheplayerfeellikeatruegod.
Seriously, one truly does feel like a god when playingBanished. An inept, inefficient and overall
foolishgod,sure,butabenevolentdeitynomatterwhat.Seeingeverythingyouveplanned,seeing
little Timmy the child become a student, then graduate to a miner, follow with seeing him be
crushedtodeathinyourminestryingtogatherstoneforyournewesthousingprojectallofthis
revealedtoyouinonlytext.Itchangesaperson.IfindithardtobelievethatIcouldrealistically
feelbadformyvillagerswhentheydiegatheringresources,orfreezetodeathbecauseIhavent
provisionedthemwithenoughfirewood,butItruly,trulydo.
Seriously,justlookatthisgame!
Allofthatfeelingpassesinaninstanthowever,becauseImthen
immediatelymoreconcernedwiththelossofefficiencytheirdeath
hascreated.Nowthereisonelesslabourerwithwhichtocollect
resourcessoIcanexpandevenfurther!Bloodyingrates.Thegame
stillhasalotlefttoadd;thedeveloperisplanningoncontinuous
updatesforagoodwhile,sothereslikelyplentyothergame
featuresstillyettobeaddedtothisalreadyexcellent
game. Banished istheperfectgameforanyonewhoappreciatescity-
building,whoappreciatescityplanning,andmostofall,appreciates
efficiencyitisthepursuitofefficiencyin Banishedthatwill
eventuallydriveyouinsane.Andthen,onlythen,doyoutrulyknow
everything,andthus,cancreatetheperfectvillage.
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