So for the Big Alpha I invited my core friends, these are the guys/girls that over the years we’ve rocked out the Transport choppers in the Battlefield Series, worked on getting Nukes/Boming runs in CoD, took on the Lich King and Deathwing in WoW, tore up zombies in L4D, fought epic wars in Starcraft and competed poorly in League of Legends. This lot are gamers, however, baring myself (and some of you may recognise my name, you may not, I played A LOT of Monster in Alpha and made a few new friends and have been quite vocal in despite its flaws and balance issues this game is freaking awesome) they all disliked what they saw in Evolve and this is a high level summary of why.
The maps, although very pretty and laid out differently, looked exactly the same, filled with the same wildlife, and are very dark, which didn’t give them much hope that the other maps would be much different and fights effectively will become – everyone learns the weakness and exploits it.
The hunters although slightly different, effectively do the same thing (well aware of roles) but for them it felt like more of the same thing and again, once someone knows a weakness it will be exploited.
In the end they’re argument boiled down to, so you hunt a monster or hunt the hunters. That’s it .
A game of tag.
I couldn’t effectively argue against them, I explained this is a very specific Alpha with a small scope of testing (not like a Beta where you get to see everything) and that the new maps will be different, I’m hoping some open/more day light based maps more in the Hunters favour? (waits on IGN articles/announcements here)
and that the combination of roles will massively effect how your team will/can play against the different monsters. it not often we have a different opinion on a game (which was refreshing) but that got me thinking.
Urgh. I’m not having a moan, I’m passing this info on here for the Devs etc… Because these 5 people, play a lot of games and cover a good amount of demographics and I value their opinion, and based on the Alpha, that’s 5 less sales, with the exact people who I WANT to play this game with.