One of the game styles that has been plagued by the most inconsistencies on the Switch has been survival horror, and the causes of the core issues have varied from game to game. To Kurgansk’s credit, it’s at least a step above what inevitably feels like a common walking simulator with some jump scares thrown in to try to spice things up. There’s no doubt it has a first-person survival vibe first and foremost, with the horror creeping in surrounding the need to try to survive in what can be a hostile environment, the savage people you’ll encounter periodically, and the haunted essence of many of the places you’ll encounter. The problem is that the gameplay runs a bit threadbare, the controls have a tendency to be a bit wonky in places, and the vital interface for managing your resources and crafting things would generously be called clunky. If you don’t mind the budget stripped down nature of many aspects of the game there’s at least some content to explore here, just keep your expectations in check.
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