Ok, i bought this game not too long ago, despite the reviews because i saw it had some promise. I thought the system in it to make your own block and design your own armor and weapons via voxel editing was pretty neat. This has been a growing trend in video games as of late. I also thought it was pretty neat that you could build your character like you could. Again, pretty neat. Thought i saw something on the unity asset store just like it.
Now that the nice stuff is out of the way...
The game is broken. It crashes, constantly. EVERYONE is having those problems. Have some fan boys here, but lord are they really niave to think that this is how normal development is supposed to work. I'm an indie developer. I have an upcoming title that i have been working on, and already have the networking code framework complete and ready to be fleshed out with instantiating objects and players and world events and all that sweetness. Needless to say i have been at this for quite some time. I have 3d modelling experience, animation and loads of forum management, community management, and server management experience. A decade worth.
And I know when people are jerking me around for the most part.
Now. I burned myself a tad. But thats ok. I mean, i bought a chucklefish game for the gods sake...
I bought this game without first looking at their forums. And when i played the game, it crashed. It was a laggy piece of ♥♥♥♥. I could be lucky if i could find anything that didn't look like a cruddy generic weapon. (Pretty sure i was meant to make my own. so not really a big deal.) And like many others couldn't run the game without a CTD within 5 minutes which is tell tale of a memory leak.
So what do i do? Look on steam forums. See they are pretty quiet. "Hey lets check out the website and see what is happening there!" Website looked pretty damn good. It represented its game well, and misrepresented it at the same time.
Its misrepresentation is pretty much the same as the misrepresentation on the steam store. There is no multiplayer. It was disabled last build because of some issues and stuff like that or something. Not a big deal because they are saying they are going to bring it back next update...
Now when i say they, i mean y2bcrazy, because this alleged other developer "AlwaysGeeky" is either never on steam posting, or they are really the same person and its and anonymous shield for y2bcrazy to deflect hate with. Which is a pretty sound tactic if you have feelings... Feelings are obsolete and have no place in the gaming industry. There is a difference between caring about your community and letting your feelings run your business. But lets not talk philosophy.
Now here is the cold harsh impression of the game and the developers that everyone has been waiting for..
I checked their forums.. They were filled to the brim with over 2k plus PORN BOTS. They deteriorated so ♥♥♥♥ing bad that if i had checked those forums before buying the game, i would have never bought it and the rest of you poor guys would not be reading this review, and would probably most likely be making a huge mistake. I mentioned it on the steam forums for them, and got an answer, which was surprising after seeing the state of the forums... His response to the forums porn issue? Shut them off. He took them down, Those forums no longer exist. Took the easy way out.
BUT WAIT! Theres more! I even offered on the steam forums to help them. Added y2bcrazy and AlwaysGeeky as a friend, And told y2bcrazy when he accepted about all the ♥♥♥♥ i can do and would have even sent them screenshots of a lot of my work when they replied.
I got flat out ignored. I would have helped them clean up their forum and get it properly secured which would have taken me about 20 minutes tops.
The end result. These "Developers" are ♥♥♥♥ing lazy. I know how hard it is to develop a game. I have been doing it by my damn self with nobodies help for a while now. I know its not easy unless you count grass simulator or shower with your dad simulator...
But there is really no freaking excuse for not checking your forums and your site and letting them deteriate that damn far... None. Get some volunteer mods. Childs play. Risking your forums being defaced by a rogue mod who might not even have access to an admin CP is nothing compared to having your professional image sullied by porn bots.
Thier excuse is they are re-working the game engine. I'm sorry, but i don't believe them at this point. That, and they are "developing a game they want to play..." See now, that strikes close to my heart, because i am developing a game i want to play aswell. BUT it irritates me to NO ♥♥♥♥ING END, when people use that as an excuse to treat people who are asking questions, (even if they are being rude.) like dog ♥♥♥♥. It is unprofessional. It is disgusting, they use that saying like it is a catch all to describe how much they care about their project but then contradict themselves when they treat their customers (again even the rude customers.) ♥♥♥♥ poorly. It is like saying "I really care about my game but i don't care if people don't buy it because i'm a public ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥."
ProTip: If you can't be understanding of frustrated customers, either hire a community manager who can, or go back to working your day job at McDonalds and stay the hell out of the game industry. Seriously, if you can't simply hire someone or select a volunteer to be the voice of your passionate hot headed devs, you don't belong here. But you probably won't listen to me anyway. Have fun filing for bankruptcy with your mom at the age of 25... That will probably be embarrasing.
Customization is only as limited as your imagination, EPIC.
Lazy ♥♥♥♥ Devs.
Waste of money, ♥♥♥♥.
multiplayer is disabled because, ♥♥♥♥.
Quests are ♥♥♥♥.
Monsters are ♥♥♥♥.
Resource gathering, Seriously ♥♥♥♥.
Not mod friendly, ♥♥♥♥.
Third to first person camera control, horrible ♥♥♥♥.
Character doesn't actually aim where your camera is facing, basic ♥♥♥♥.
Devs treat customers on the steam forums who only want to know what the hell is going on like, YOU GUESSED IT. ♥♥♥♥.
Fanboys who will roll over and accept any excuse like they know what development is all about, Again, ♥♥♥♥.
Maybe if you sacrifice your first born son, you might get something worth while out of this game. MAYBE.
I understand the game isn't finished. But when hell freezes over and my great grand children are down there licking yellow snow cones and starbound hits 1.0 and is everything chucklefish ever promised us with actual results instead of excuses and a useless ♥♥♥♥♥♥ blog...*Breathe in...* (Well maybe not the starbound part, that is really unfair... I guess.)
Basically. I will change this review if the game turns out to actually be worth changing it for. ♥♥♥♥ i'm not even mad about this game. So here you have it. My review. Enjoy spending your money elsewhere.
"Oh but dragir, you only have two hours ingame!"
So what? One of the devs only has 20 hours. I'm pretty sure i am not missing out on anything. And i doubt anyone can really run it that long. Rebooting the game every five damn minutes from CTD is a waste of my time. Until its fixed i will be spending my time on things that matter. I also don't need to play the damn game to form an opinion when there are numerous youtube videos and lets plays all over the place that i can form an opinion from. Pick another arguement from your hat of straw men.