I love this game so damn much.
Almost 4,000 hours and I still find myself having just as much fun as those halcyon days of the alpha where no one knew what the hell they were doing and everyone was learning so much and having a ton of fun.
This game deserved so much more. It broke away from all the clones that release the same damn game each year and brought something innovative, fresh and with so much depth. It does take some time to break through the initial learning curve but you then get some of the best experiences in a game you will ever get.
I have never had so much fun, so much salt, so much frustration, so much elation, so much banter and laughter as I have in Evolve. I played so much I got pretty damn good and could start thinking about playing competitively. I remember playing on Black Aegis' stream where the community could play some games. I absolutely destroyed Aegis and the other random people he was with. Then he got a few pros in and I still won. Then he was all "Ok, Insane, get the team on" and I was up vs Insane's team. I think I got to S3 with most of my health (shocker right?) and then had to fight cabot torvald.....my health was decimated and I left with a measly strike. Unsurprisingly I didn't win but what an introduction to fighting a pro team
I definitely wanted to play in my own team and started off with Natural Selection which had @aimybot and kingbowie. Next I think was SiTH Evolve after I replied to war spirit asking in a stream for any decent monster players. I annihilated them in some games and was on the team! They moved on after the Evolve Majors tournament so I found myself in JSMS and then when that ended I had been playing some games here and there with that grizzlemarine nub and somehow a team formed. We didn't really have a team name at first but while signing us up for a battlefy tournament and trying to use the name Horse Zero and then getting pissed because that website isn't the best so I had to start over, had no time to think and just thought "fuck it...Horse Toast, DONE"
The legend was born
It was weird that I had such a desire to create a youtube channel to share gameplay but this game was like crack in that respect. I just wanted to put up my games. Not because I thought I was the best or anything as vain as that. Just because...
It's so cool when someone leaves a comment that their monster skills (it's goliath let's be real guys) have improved due to my videos. I've also spoken at length to a few people and helped them where I can with Goliath.
This game should be among the stars, it should have huge tournaments, sponsors vying for the top teams, youtube channels battling it out for the views. It should have other companies thinking "We need to stop with this cookie cutter shit and make something unique", hundreds of twitch streams with thousands of viewers... it really should.
I want to thank the devs @GentlemanSquirl @macman @Chloe @mizx @Insane_521 @shaners @LadieAuPair (and many more) for being a great bunch. I hear a lot that other devs are nowhere near as open and involved with the community and while I can't compare that as I've never been involved with a game like this before I do appreciate it hugely.
So where now? Well I still love the game and want to play vs strong teams so I'm not going anywhere. It really is up to us the players whether there are people playing or tournaments taking place. I see no reason to stop if people still have fun. If you harbor desires to win some big money then that's unlikely to happen with Evolve but if you still enjoy the game then keep playing