*Full disclosure - this is a thinly veiled review post. I don’t claim to be a game reviewer, and I don’t plan on doing these on a regular basis, but I certainly have my opinions and when I feel strongly about a game (positive or negative) I don’t mind sharing those thoughts.*
Months and years - the game development cycle isn’t something that is generally known for it’s brevity or timeliness.
So in many cases, it’s months and years we spent lusting for games. With the way the game industry has progressed, we are now given a window into concepts looking for funding via crowdfunding campaigns like Kickstarter. Mighty No. 9, Bloodstained, and Battletech are some of the more famous games that fall into those categories. Many other end up on Steam Greenlight, giving us not only the early build or concept, but the power to decide if the game lives long enough to see a full Steam release.
One of the earliest large successes video games had on Kickstarter was Hyper Light Drifter - a game that I joined to Kickstart on day 1. The concept looked right up my alley in both game type and aesthetic, and at $10 it wasn’t something I was too worried about if the game wasn’t great. Honestly, it was a bit of a throw away purchase; just a buy on a whim. I wasn't sure if it would be bad or just ok, and I didn't dare dream that the game could be great. Then whispers of demo builds came in of how well it played and looked. Interest in a game I had already paid for piqued. 2 years later, the game has been delivered, but how did it fare compared to my slowly rising expectations based on internet rumors and impressions?
Slain! I discovered via Twitter #screenshotsaturday. Immediately, it's the visuals that draw you in. The gory beauty, those beautiful pixel animations, combined with it's serious metal soundtrack; I had high expectations for this title and the time I would spend soaking in it's gorgeous visuals and killer soundtrack.
Now we've come to the delivery of these two titles and reality sets in - how have my expectations aligned with what was delivered. Read More