I thought for sure from the title that this post was gonna be troll-bait. Glad it’s not
All I can say for sure is I put in about 30 hours in this alpha and, even with matchmaking hell and 2/3 or less of the game that we’ll get on release, I was still having a lot of fun, still learning, still improving my own skills. In fact my very last match showed me a weakness in my Kraken strategy that I hadn’t run in to yet. I wanted to play it when I got home from work today. During my work day I was mulling over in my mind how I really need to learn to use orbital strike defensively as well as offensively. I’m hooked. I’m all in. Evolve has “the juice”. I’m hoping/expecting for it to take the place of TF2 and L4D for me, both of which I played for an embarrassing number of hours.
Interestingly, I was looking at some comments on general gaming websites and seems like there’s some hate out there for Evolve, and/or a lot of people who think it can’t be worth full price. A lot of them sounded like they didn’t actually know anything about it, they treated it like it was another generic FPS, which it clearly isn’t, even to the casual observer. Others were people who played the Big Alpha and still were saying it sucked or it was only worth $25. A lot of those said it was boring. And not the lobby, the gameplay. I admit if you go 15 minutes without seeing the monster, that can be frustrating, but it didn’t happen often for me. I suppose in a way this is going to be a niche product, sort of, because you’re not going to be able to just pop in and go crazy and expect to do well. There’s a learning curve, and the instant gratification types aren’t going to like that. So… it’s not going to be another Call of Duty. Well, I doubt that TRS expected to make another CoD nor was that really their goal. The people that are saying it sucks and is boring probably would never buy a game like Evolve no matter how amazing it was because it just isn’t their bag. The people who say it’s not worth $60 often seem like they either didn’t play it much in the Alpha, or they’re forgetting that more content is coming, including new game modes and custom games which potentially could dramatically increase the appeal and longevity of the game. Or else they’re broke-ass college kids.
Anyway, while I’m not sure Evolve is going to live all the way up to its hype (because that may not be possible at this level of hype-ness), so far, this gamer feels they’ve got a knockout brewing that will be amazing to play for at least a couple of years to come if not longer.