By HumanityPlague 10 Comments
Well, I've been considering whether or not Stardock is a good developer/publisher lately. This comes on the heels of a recent interview with Stardock's CEO/President, Brad Wardell.
You can read the article here if you want.
I'm not so sure he knows what he's talking about anymore. Why would you really flush more money on Elemental, down the toilet? Doesn't that seem a bit counter-intuitive? Why not just come out and say "Ok, this game is shitty. You can't win them all, but we'll take what we learned about it, reverse it, and our next game will be great"/ Would that be such a bad thing?
Don't get me wrong, I'm not a huge fan of Stardock's previous games. I have Galactic Civ 2, and Sins of a Solar Empire, but both are incomprehensible to me. I bought Gal Civ 2 because it wasn't using DRM, and I wanted to support (with money) that decision. And I think I bought SOASE because it was 6$ for a weekend sale thing. But, as a whole, the "4X" game genre is bewildering to me. But both games are fairly decent in what they do, and have their fans. Just because I can barely make it past the tutorial stages doesn't make them bad, just not my taste.
Elemental is a wash. Just drop it and move on.
Also, I like Impulse (their own digital distribution service), and it's a decent alternative to Steam. However it has a few problems:
1. Their prices are usually more than Steam's (not always, but usually)
2. Their sales are not great
3. The website is cluttered, and should be streamlined a bit.
4. It has a LOT of weird crap on it. Both good and bad really. Good in that you MIGHT find a jewel hidden amongst the rough. Bad in that, for ever 100 Eastern Bloc, or Russian games, 99 of them will suck.
The actual program is fine though, so that's ok.
I just wonder if Stardock really has a clue anymore, especially about their games. Anyone else have any thoughts on Stardock?