Alright so maybe I’m a little cheeky for making the first “Evolved Gamers Online” article about a game with “Evolved” in it but it’s been a crazy week for gaming (GamesCom just passed) and I’m feeling…cheeky!
Recommended by TEST Squadron
The first thing I noticed on the Steam page for ARK: Survival Evolved is that my buddies from TEST Squadron recommended it. Now I respect the TEST Squadron leadership and their opinion. Hell, I was wearing the TEST Gaming T-shirt yesterday, so I’m biased and proud.
I’m just a little concerned that someone has come to a quick judgment for the sake of generating quick content rather than authoring constructive criticism of the game.
Jump to Judgement
My most recent game is theHunter and it has been out for many years already. The point I want to make is that I will try anything, old, new, different and strange…especially strange! I like to think that I give everything fair chance.
Then I scrolled down! I kept scrolling and I kept seeing red Thumbs-Down. Alright so there was some green ones, the up ones and some of those were from people who manage to play for a whole TWO HOURS!
I spent the last two days just checking reviews and statistics as they changed. What I can see and you’ll see it too. Most of the people who post thumbs-down have spent more hours in the game than the average hours spent by someone who posts a positive review. I cannot ignore that. I cannot consider spending over $50 (£49.99 here in the UK) on a game that is disliked by currently 32% of its buyer so soon after release.
Decreasing Positivity Percentage
While I typed this article the percentage of negative reviews increased to 33% and yesterday it was just over 20% I believe. This is a game that is crashing like a nerfed Pteranodon. No, I’m not going to say it’s burning too because games don’t need to make everybody happy. ARK Survival Evolved will profit and a loyal ARK following will find joy in the new title. Good for them and the developers.
Summary: Buy Later
Nothing should be taken seriously not even this post, I’m being serious! I scrolled down and seen a lot of thumbs-down by players who had spent 8 and 9 hours in the game on day one. It doesn’t look good but gamers who are ready to buy a title for that price and instantly put a day of play into it. Well, they are probably keen gamers, with plenty experience and they’ll have high expectations.
Maybe you can ignore reviews from players who might seem like they have AAA expectations in every expensive title and also the players who seek to rekindle the past enjoyment experienced in the original title when the whole style of game was new to them.
Then things might look differently and statistics become nothing but a gauge for the current attitude or trend. Buy later when the price decreases and you’ll probably be among thousands of happy customers who rate the game positively because the value for money will increase.
This is why we must understand the nature of feedback, opinions, reviews, and the community. If we are going to read and take any notice of responses, especially Early Access ones. Do not forget your own taste in gaming and ignore a title completely is my ending advice.