The mark of a good game, IMHO. TF2, Battlefield '42, Civ IV, etc. are, for me at least, extremely fun even if you lose, provided you weren't utterly steamrolled and teabagged by the opposing team.
Oh, it was about as lopsided a match as I've ever been in. I still managed to eek out a couple of match awards (damage dealt was one of 'em). More importantly, I learned a lot about the strategy of the game.
Alright Bucky, tell me why I should buy this game. I'm close to pulling the trigger here...
That's a hard request to fulfill. I still can't believe I like this game as much as I do--and yet the counter in Impulse tells me I've fired up the game 18 times since Monday night. The hard part is that there are very few games out there like it; this is the first game of it's type that I've ever played. I think Demigod is going to be hit-or-miss with a lot of people. Anyway, here goes:Why to buy A.K.A. Why I Like The Game:
- Stardock is the publisher. This means the phenomenal community interaction, good DRM methods (with no copy protection) and stellar post-release support are all part of the package. This is the reason I pre-ordered without really knowing anything about the game.
- I lose track of time when I play. This is my traditional top mark for games. If I look up and realize it's 3 AM, it's a damn good game.
- I enjoyed losing. I can't even play free poker without getting bent out of shape if I lose.
- I feel like the game has depth. 1v1 provides lots of interesting strategy. Now imagine 5v5. I've been playing a lot of skirmish against the AI in order to get familiar with the Demigods.
- Strategy. Working as a team with other Demigods to complement each other, balancing your gold spending among equipment, consumables, citadel upgrades and reinforcement upgrades. Leveling your Demigod along an effective path. There are lots of points to consider and not a lot of time to do it.
- It's fun. I suck at reviewing games or even talking about the game mechanics, so that's probably the best reason I can give. I really enjoy this game.
In the end, you've got to decide if Demigod is a style of game you'll like. It's got an even blend of strategy and tactics, has a moderate learning curve and is focused on multiplayer (which, I should note, is P2P based). I do not believe patches or balance updates will be lacking in any way and the community seems to already have a very solid foundation thanks to the beta testers. You can always wait for a demo, but me, I'm gonna spend my weekend losing badly, learning the game, and enjoying every minute of it.