If you are unsure about purchasing this game, I sincerely urge you to please continue & read on.
The below review is my opinion of the game based on my perception of what I have seen over the course of many months. It is a sensible and honest review that I hope will give clear awareness to those who are thinking about purchasing it. This is neither a rant nor a fictitious piece of writing.
Firstly, it is with utmost importance that I emphasize this review may get reported by the developer named Tatsur0 who is the owner of Monochrome & Contagion. If you post an opinion which you are clearly allowed to do, so long as you are within regulations, he will flag down your post if he feels he does not like it. In laymen terms, if you have an opinion he will class your review as a false statement that therefore breaks rules. Please know that this is not a lie intended to jeopardize the developer[s] credentials. This is only a constructive warning. Please read all negative reviews of this game and you will find the developers response to be extremely concerning.
Unfortunately since an announcement which stated a lot of the developers left the company the game lost its momentum instantly & became pretty much redundant. No longer were there frequent updates or adding free content as was promised to those who spent money and backed Contagion on Kickstarter. No longer was there professional transparency as to why there was delays but instead fingers were pointed as if this industry is mere child’s-play. This is what brings me on to the reason why I and many friends will no longer play or support this game after doing so for so long.How many people play this game?
Please go to SteamCharts.com
and search for Contagion.
Currently there are “36 playing 23 min ago”
In all fairness, if you join an empty server players do start to fill it up but this is not guaranteed. There is not a huge amount of people who play this game. The developers rely on the promised free DLC to get the numbers back up but they will consistently tell none-buyers the game will pick up again after the DLC is released. This is for you to believe as we have been waiting months and months for the DLC. So based on the delay of the DLC, expect a long delay in player increase.Professionalism:
This is a word not to use lightly. It is so important that within any type of business you have a moral of professionalism that is the cover of your products reputation. This is not the case with Contagion. Tatsur0 [using him as he mainly replies to all of the negativism] cannot take any constructive criticism or hard-opinions about Contagion in any remote way whatsoever. Many other reviews also state this. It is up to you to do your research through the forum & through the reviews and make up your own mind as to whether or not you agree with this. I must add though, anyone with a clear and sensible mind will learn and see how Tatsur0 responds to his customers. He does it in a way which is condescending and extremely rude. He will treat you as if you are the one who is wrong and you are the one who is stupid. Please look closely at this. Professionalism? I’m afraid not.Personal life mixed with work:
This should be an obvious one. When it comes to your real-life-work, you do not post your life story to all of your customers as excuses. This is just not professional at all. To show you in more detail what I mean, please continue to read on.
Below are official quotes from the Contagion forum, Facebook and so on.
1 - Alright, I'm off to eat dinner with my family, sleep, and head back home to the States after 13 years in Kyoto, Japan”
2 - “Also as for the quick update. I got home a little late due to traffic”
3 – “I as well had to use an alarm and have the wife call when that failed haha. But things are going very well.“
4 – “It's been 13 years since I've stepped away from my PC and not worked but my mom came out for surgery all the way on the other coast and I will be seeing my nieces and nephew this weekend.”
5 – “Sorry guys, Alex flew in this week to sort out Corporate accounts while also meeting up with our CPA. Due to this I've been in and out of conversations with our tax attorney and grabbing the necessary info overseas”
6 – “Due to the loss of a close family member may he rest in peace I would again like to apologize for further delays as I spent Friday with family.”
7 – “It's nearly Thanksgiving for many and even if you're not celebrating (in my case my family is still in Japan until immigration gives the go ahead)”
8 – “Even with me flying back home to the States to save the Company additional expenses and get me on a timezone”
9 - Wish me a safe flight(s) and remember just cause I may not be around
10 – “Alex Wright (Monochrome LLC, COO & Lead Animator) just has his first born "Colby Wright" and is at the hospital with his wife”
When others also noticed this and mentioned that is was utterly unprofessional, the CEO of an Incorporated Company named Monochrome, Brian "Tatsur0" Comer replied on the forum which is quoted below:
"I will speak freely about my personal life and don't care how individuals feel about it as I promised to be transparent about delays and other inconveniences. I don't want anyone's sympathy but do not care for those who feel I'm making up excuses (sorry but I can find less morbid excuses to make up). Deal with it."He just does not care and that is from his own mouth.
However, these are only little amounts of quotes that are public for anyone to view for themselves. Can anyone else fathom why this amount of personal detail is brought into the update of the game itself? Some may appreciate this and I get that but there should still be a limit to how often you post such things? Look how much he clearly talks about himself rather than talking about the game or the FREE DLC. Has anyone wondered how or why he can talk in such intricate detail about his personal life with great transparency yet he cannot talk like this regarding the free DLC or future updates, animations and so on. This type of behaviour worries me especially when we are the ones who give such people our money.
I had to talk about this because I believe it is bad for your business to post to your customers that you are stuck in traffic, that you are going to eat dinner with your family, that you are going to sort out company taxes when instead you could of talked to us about why the animations have taken years to be added into the game and so on.Free DLC Status:
For those who have been able to stick around long enough you will have heard about the notorious free DLC that was promised over and over again. Now I just want to make a point that I hope some will appreciate. You can always throw in my face; well they are giving away free DLC! Yes, this is true, but at the same time look how long we have been waiting for this free DLC. Just because something is free does not mean you can show the dog a bone and tease him with it every day and expect the dog not to get a little mad or upset. This is the case with Contagion. Finally:
In a nutshell, if you like traditional zombie games and love the Source engine and you are not bothered about future updates or features or bugs to be fixed frequently, then go ahead, I’m sure you will enjoy this game for some time.
If you are however a believer in customer loyalty, respect, real-honesty & professionalism from a business. You prefer your game to be updated when bugs/glitches that jeopardize game-play are not fixed then I’m sorry but I feel you will be in my humble opinion not happy buying this game.
In the end, it’s totally up to you whether or not you will purchase this game.
Thank you for reading this review.