This post is more about featuring games than me talking. Which some might find to be a plus.
Majority of the features today come with limited amounts of commentary for whatever reason. Sometimes it happens. I hope you enjoy anyway.
This post is part of a series where I feature the most interesting new releases on Valve’s Steam store. With my first impressions commentary to go along with each. Learn more about this series at this blog post.
Side Note: Stardrive II
I paid a bit of attention to Stardrive I and the course it took during Kickstarter and it’s eventual release. It’s a game of broken promises as the dev had promised there would be multiplayer in the Kickstarter campaign. Once the game released, the dev stated that it would take too much work to put in said multiplayer, dropped the project and began immediate work on the sequel. Despite the original still being in a very incomplete and buggy state. I never picked it up to play and it should come as no surprise that I have very little interest in the sequel. Especially as it’s getting hammered by negative reviews claiming poor UI, simplified game mechanics and a whole other multitude of problems. There isn’t much humbleness to be found with this dev it would seem. I recommend staying away from this title.
Mixed Feature: Sovereignty: Crown of Kings
Ambitious but I wonder how this plays out. I really don’t have a lot of comments to add to this one. I just don’t often see grand strategy titles worked on for over three years by smaller developers. It does make me curious as to how much longer they can continue to afford working on a product like this. Especially if it doesn’t sell all that well.
Mixed Feature: Strife
I could have sworn this had already been released. Guess I was wrong. The only real reason I’m featuring this title is for the trailer. It is very good, featuring the unique mechanics that set it apart from other titles in this genre. Giving you an idea what to expect out of the gate. I’m definitely applauding them for that trailer because the art style sure wouldn’t have won me over if they depended entirely upon it. I don’t really have any interest in top down MOBAs right now outside of a casual and sporadic interest in Heroes of the Storm. This one really doesn’t pull me towards it either.
Anti-Feature: Total War Battles: KINGDOM
Huh, SEGA. *Random voiceover about restoring honor to my family’s name* As if I haven’t heard that cliched storyline 100 times over. Wait, CA? That…that can’t be..Creative Assembly? It is. Wait, this is a Total War game? It is. But, I haven’t been barraged by 100s of ads stating that I should play this because I’m a strategy gamer. That’s weird. (And never a good sign I might add). *Trailer shows off first bit of gameplay*. Huh, ok, castle building. Seems promising. *Notices UI*. Oh…oh no. No, no no no no, please SEGA, please CA, please tell me, please tell me you’re not that desperate. *Big BUILDING UNLOCKED box plays on trailer* Oh…no no no no no NO NO please tell me this isn’t free-to-pla………….it is. Interest drops to 0.
Apparently SEGA and CA are willing to sacrifice all the goodwill they got from their previous Total War game and make this abomination. A Free to play “strategy” real world money sucking title. Otherwise known as a Farmville clone. To cash in on the weight that this series holds for a cheap cash grab. It’s of little surprise that it’s got a mixed Steam rating. Why no one even questioned this really stupid idea….why anyone thought this would work out….I just don’t get SEGA sometimes. Or CA for that matter. For those brief flashes of brilliance they compound them with terrible releases like this.
Mixed Feature: Albedo: Eyes from Outer Space
Developed by a single person (somehow) and published by a company that makes ok games, Albedo sets itself as a really odd FPS experience. With six trailers to boot. I point out the six trailers because it’s odd to see that many highly edited trailers come from a one-man or small indie team. I really don’t know what to make of this one. One-man projects tend to a ton of issues. Those become increased when we go into highly detailed 3D games. Compound it many times over if the game is trying to be odd or eccentric. Usually a lack of multiple perspective seems to sour something about game development. Of course there are exceptions and this might be one of them. I just can’t tell from the trailers or store description. Though I am noticing a blinding amount of filters and effects. At least most of the Steam reviews are positive. This one leaves me stumped.
Mixed Feature: Hero Generations
Another title where I’m really uncertain what to take away from the trailers. Being in development for over four years, Hero Generations is a blend of roguelike and 4X strategy. And I just don’t know what to think about it. This is a title I need to experience if I really want to have an opinion on it so I’ll just let you take a gander at it because it’s too important (in my mind) to not feature here.
And that’s it for the week. Thanks for reading!