My history with survival games has always been hot and cold. Whether it’s from cumbersome collecting and crafting or being put off by punishing play for me finding the right balance in the genre is tricky. In the case of Green Hell there’s actually quite a few positives. Though I’m not generally a fan of the first-person perspective with the game’s setting and story it does make sense in this case and can help to make the experience more immersive. It’s also nice to have a bit more story backing the action than normal and your goal of not just living to see another day but to rescue your wife also helps pull you in. That said, the interface and controls are really quite awful, especially when it comes to crafting and then trying to use the tools you construct in some cases. This can make many essential tasks into a chore and pulls you out of the moment often, killing any momentum you’ve built up. If you’re willing to overcome those issues there’s a solid experience to be had but you’ve been warned.
Justin Nation, Score: