"With the demo, I could at least be reasonably sure of what I'm getting myself into and can only blame myself for paying so much. Without the demo, I really would have to blame myself if I didn't like it."
Like many posters i'd love to buy this, but unlike many i probably will buy it, but it doesn't feel right, not without a demo. I'm well into your engine, especiially with the enhanced editors, but who knows if i'll like the 'feel' of this episode?
I took a risk buying COTA originally - It wasn't cheap and was completely didferent from what i'm used to but after reading MarkShot's exhaustive AAR/Review i took the risk and have gotten more than my moneys worth out of it. Since BFTB seems to incorporate a lot of advancements i am going to pay the extra, part of which i'm happy to pay as a tip for COTA, and part of which i'll feel uneasy about.
My chief reservation is not price, which i can afford, especiially for a quality outfit like yours, but because of the lack of demo. I will be taking a risk, again, with BFTB, because i'm not sure i'll like the context. There's something crazy about late war german ersatz formations and equipment that puts me off (like canon totting elephants in Medieval Total War 2 (joke) ), similarly American combat formations are so different from what i'm used to that i might just put the game down until some British scenarios are available.
I don't know, it shouldn't be that a return customer is put off this way.
I played the demo of HTTR and i didn't sit well. Admitedly i only joined the series at COTA, also maybe it was the older engine that put me off, but i'm not sure. I felt something similar with AGEODs ACW and Napoleonic titles vs their original AWI/French and Indian War title(s). Something didn't 'click' for me with their ACW, maybe it was the ridiculour level of micromanagement. Ditto with their Napoleonic title, i think i played 2 or 3 of the scenarios then uninstalled it! Possibly it was the change of graphic artist, or something else supposedly trivial.
After that i haven't gone back for their Frederick the Great title - they don't seem to have ironed out the AI, so they've lost a customer.
Panther on the other hand seems to have everything going for it, title 4, steady improvement, but no demo?! WTF. Your game promises to be amazing but i don't fancy buying it tonight, not without a demo to try out in the morning.