Someone just posted this on a forum I frequent:
I really want to try the game. I'm really the target audience, I love me some space strategy. Played the hell out of SE4, GalCiv 1 and 2, MoO3. But I've got too many games queued up after steam sales and whatnot to take a $90 dive into a game that I can't even find a demo for (is there one somewhere?).. and my wife would kill me. But if it came up on Steam for $20 or even $30 for the bundle I would probably pick it up without a second thought. There are a lot of other people like me.
The Neiman Marcuses of the world are losing to the Targets/Walmarts. There is a reason for that. I'm not sure if it's a good or bad thing in the long run, but ignoring the current trend in the economy (which in this case favors Steam and bulk sales/deep discounts) is a dumb idea.
And I'm seeing this type of response more and more often. I know people who would LOVE this game, but the price is the ONE thing putting them off, especially given the lack of a demo. It's just...REALLY depressing to see such a wonderful game like this remain way too niche due to its price, and not get the attention, visibility and exposure it deserves because many people can't overcome spending $90 on something basically sight-unseen. I've been gushing about DW since I finished my review on it, trying to get more people into it, and the barrier I keep running into is either high price or lack of a demo.
It just really makes me sad, is all, to see such a vibrant, unique and lovely product like Distant Worlds stay outside of gamers' hands due to these two factors. :(
Well, I'm living proof of that.
I'm looking for an alternative to GalCiv 2 right now. Read tons of reviews, AARs, you name it. Yet, hard to choose, but my mind was slowly but surely leaning towards Distant World...until I found out that:
- the price for the whole thing (base + 2 expansions) is more than $90. That's easily twice as much as any great 4X on the market ! May not be comparable, but today Sword of the Stars 1 Complete is available for $6 (one-day promo, but it's there) - standard price is $25.
- plus, there is no demo: I want to believe the people saying it's a great game and all, but a game is, by essence, a very personal experience, and 2 people could love 4X space games, yet disagree on a particular game. You have to "feel" the game, and see if it is the game for you.
I may have overlooked the lack of demo if not for the price. But the combo sky high price + no demo is just too much I think. And I'm probably not the only one in that situation. Really, I just think DW may well be the right game for me, but I'm not willing to take that many risks (for my wallet :o ).
< Message edited by Vedian -- 7/12/2012 2:00:20 PM >