If GSC can succeed, and from the footage I've seen, they would have to go blatently out of their way to ruin everything about the game, this game should show the world what a game with good graphics and good gameplay can really be like. None of the half-assed gameplay of Half-Life 2 and DOOM 3 (I liked DOOM 3, but it still should've been better, but HL2 was a total disappointment for me).
I found Doom 3 and Half-Life 2 to both be above average games, even though I was expecting MUCH more from Doom 3. I guess D3 just doesn't have much replay value. Sure gfx were pretty, but the physics engine was not much better than Q3:A, which itself was just a rehash of Q2, so essentially D3 was relatively on par with 1998 tech when it came to the physics engine.
HL2 blew D3 away in this regard- and yes, I'm currently playing through my second round of Half-Life2 since it DOES have replay value. The only disappointment for HL2 for me was I was hoping it would be a little less linear, but that's not stopping me from enjoying the game.
STALKER on the other hand shows much promise not only in graphics, but in the physics/world engine, and despite delays I'm still looking forward to playing it.
People bitch about delays so much, but then, when the game finally comes out people will be saying "Wow, this is totally worth the delays." I can understand bitterness towards delays, but if people really didn't "care about the game," why bother even commenting on the delay?
Because they've been promising this game by certain dates, and it was supposed to be completed in 2003. Now it looks like it won't be until second half of 2005 at the EARLIEST. If it's not close to being done, don't promise a release date.
Was Doom 3 worth the wait? Not really. Was HL2 worth the wait, yes it was, and better yet, they kept development details under wraps until about a year before they planned to release it, so when a delay was announced, it wasn't a big disappointment. Numerous delays after delays after delays are frustrating to many, and lead to a lot of slander against the developer- some may be warranted, some may not be- but a lesson should be taken from Valve-- only announce your game when it is nearly complete, and don't promise ANY release dates until you're almost certain that it can be made. Otherwise, it ends up just being a hype engine (D3), and no matter how you try to sell it, the longer people wait for something, the more they expect when they finally get it. Its also not that big of a deal to hear ONE delay announcement rather than 3, 4, 5... or whatever this one is on now.
Tell us when it has gone gold- THEN give us the release date.This comment was edited on Feb 2, 15:33.