An interesting week of releases. I have notes on GTAV and Mortal Kombat X.
This post is really late this week but I only had to go through 26 titles. It’s a bit low for going on four days of releases. Not that I’m complaining because I’ve been really busy.
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: Grand Theft Auto V
From what I’m hearing, the PC port is great. No major glaring issues, crashes or optimization problems. There have been some noted problems with integrated graphic cards and Windows User Account names but they aren’t enough for me to warn you off. However: Warning: Contains Rockstar Social Club DRM. Social Club DRM will prevent you from going online if their servers go offline. This became a serious issues last year when their servers crashed, taking down several games with it.
Will I get GTAV? I haven’t decided. The DRM is a bit of a breaking point for me and I’ve got several other open world games to play. It’s simply not a high enough priority for me. It will probably be years before I get around to it.
Side Note: Mortal Kombat X
Game launched with several issues, missing content and a host of other problems. They have fixed many of the issues since then, but some still remain. It has optimization problems and constantly switches between 30 and 60 FPS during cutscenes and gameplay respectively. To make matters worse, not only does this game have a $60 price tag, a season pass and a pre-order bonus, but it has a microtransaction system as well. They are clearly cashing in on the series and it has completely turned me off from getting it. I’m getting fed up with microtransaction systems being pressured on everyone. Whether they want it or not. And no, the microtransaction system was NOT mentioned by Warner Bros before release. So pre-order people (who shouldn’t be pre-ordering!) got blind sided.
Mixed Feature: The Charnel House Trilogy
Starting off with a weird feature. Been a while since I’ve seen a 2D horror game show up on Steam that wasn’t iffy at best. That said, this one is only slightly better based off the three trailers I watched. It features voice acting which I would rate as “ok”. It’s just difficult to tell how good/bad this game is going to be based off the store page alone. So I sit here…wondering what more I can say about it. Looks like Linux is coming soon too. Anyway, featuring it because it at least stands out from some of the other stuff I’ve looked at today.
Mixed Feature: Telepath Tactics
Well hi there Telepath Tactics. Last time I saw you, you were on Greenlight at the beginning of that…well..trainwreck of a service. I wasn’t sure what to make of you then and that remains the same today. Telepath features destructible objects, flinging/pushing enemies off cliffs, mod support, multiplayer and lots of classes. I don’t think the trailer has changed at all since Greenlight but I could be wrong. Is it good? Your guess is as good as mine but at least someone is trying something new in this genre.
Mixed Feature: 404Sight
This is a free game made to support net neutrality. Featuring a company’s logo as the antagonist who is probably not too thrilled to see it used in this manner. Might give this a run. Geddit? ;). Bad jokes aside, I’m not really convinced of the concept they’ve presented. I get the feeling that this might not really talk about Net Neutrality in a way that will help the cause. It’s a complicated issue. I definitely didn’t expect any games based on the issue to ever show up.
Mixed Feature: Gratuitous Space Battles II
GSB2. The weird strategy/simulation game finally got its sequel today. For those that don’t know, the game is basically setup like this: create your fleet ship by ship (with more customization variety than most 4X titles), give generalized orders for each ship -> watch incredibly long and gratuitous (yeah I know) laser show. Rinse and repeat. It’s a formula that Positech has used in other titles and one that I find to be way too dull for my liking. Certainly this series has its fans but I’m not one of them. Being unable to direct a fleet goes against my instincts as an RTS gamer. I just want to be able to do something while the ships are blowing each other up but we’re expected to sit and watch. If I wanted to just sit and watch…well I’d do something else.
I also don’t get the marketing strategy Positech is using. They have a very serious and dark narration throughout the trailers, talking about some war and alien invasion going on. But then they use cutesy, almost cartoony, graphics to depict some of the alien races. And the main announcement trailer has a live action performance in it. For a title that may not have much acting/story in it. This is what I’m guessing from my previous experience with GSB1 and the lack of it being mentioned in the store page. It’s all over the place.
Oh by the way, you guys mention that the game has a 30FPS mode for Let’s Players. Except that we’re now up to 60FPS. So….you’ll need to go back and change that.
Side Note: STATIC: Investigator Training
In the words of George Takei: Ohhhhhh Myyyyyyy. This is something….else. Also, it’s a Strategy First published game. I think that’s ALL I need to say about it.
Thanks for reading as always!