I picked up Fallen Enchantress when it was on sale. The main problem I have with the game is it’s not Eador, which is unfair to FE itself but such is life. It’s not bad, and has some interesting systems, but the whole thing does not come together as well as Eador does, and while it has depth, much of it feels like depth for the sake of saying its deep.
It’s also strangely missing a campaign of any kind. Right now all I can play is randomly generated maps against the AI. The game also has zero multiplayer, which again does not compare favorably to Eador (Genesis has hotseat, and Broken World should have full-scale internet play).
I can’t say I’d recommend it unless you are dying for a turn-based strategy title, but then again for $5 it’s not going to set you back all that much either. Plus I generally like Stardock (the devs), so supporting them is a nice plus.
Moving on, the SimCity fiasco is hilarious on many levels. The most obvious is how horribly EA is mismanaging the entire thing, from shipping a crappy game to making things difficult on the fools who bought it; if it could have been handled poorly, EA made sure to do exactly that.
On the other hand, if you bought SimCity, you are to blame as well for supporting this kind of crap. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s Diablo 3 all over again; people talking about how they are fed up, all while bending over and taking it from EA or Blizzard. The wallet vote is far more important than spamming the Amazon review section or writing an angry post about the game after you paid up, but so many continue to fail to realize it.
A hilarity of a certain someone complaining that SimCity is now too ‘accessible’ made my day. “But it sold a million copies!”
Reading the various opinion pieces about Kickstarter of late has been interesting. I still think overall Kickstarter is good for core gamers, because certainly EA and Blizzard aren’t going to cater to us. On the other hand, it’s not 100% foolproof and we will see stuff like Garrott asking for a million because hey, why not. We’ll see titles not make it, titles deliver something completely different than expected, and everything in-between. But at the end of the day, if Kickstarter is responsible for even one enjoyable game that would not have been made without it, it’s a success IMO.
Finally, while it’s still under NDA, Darkfall: Unholy War is shaping up nicely. We’ve had some fun times in the latest beta round, and a system Aventurine recently introduced might replace EVE for the best character progression system in an MMO. The amount of core problems with DF that it fixes is nothing short of genius, and the kind of gameplay it encourages and rewards is something the entire genre has been seeking but getting wrong since the early days.