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Game News Empyre: Lords of the Sea Gates Released

Discussion in 'RPG News & Content' started by Infinitron, Oct 4, 2017.

  1. gaussgunnergender: ⚧ Arcane

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    Click here and disable ads!
    ...am I right? :lol:
     
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  2. MRYgender: ⚧ Prestigious Gentleman Wormwood Studios Developer

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    Who knows, but I was mostly struck by the fact that Antebellum America typically refers to the southern states prior to the Civil War, not New York City in 1911. I guess it's "ante" the Great War or something?
     
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    I think the art actually looks quite okay. Not that it matters much, after a week from launch they don't even have enough reviews to have a score (lol), while steam spy tracks them at about 500 copies and peak numbers at the weekend had a total of 5 people playing.

    It's dead Jim.
     
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    Codex 2016 - The Age of Grimoire Serpent in the Staglands Dead State Divinity: Original Sin Project: Eternity Torment: Tides of Numenera Wasteland 2 Shadorwun: Hong Kong Divinity: Original Sin 2 BattleTech A Beautifully Desolate Campaign Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire
    What did they think would happen?

    The tragicomic thing is that because of its slick website and press releases, this game (unlike so many indies) actually got multiple media mentions before its release, but made absolutely no attempt to capitalize on them.
     
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  5. MRYgender: ⚧ Prestigious Gentleman Wormwood Studios Developer

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    And yet they still won't answer my queries!

    Maybe telling them that I like to learn about eccentric RPG development cycles was the wrong angle...
     
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    Well ... I don't care about their sales, just whether it's worth looking at as a game I want to play. So far SIGNS POINT TO NO.
     
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    It's really quite odd. Judging by the website and production values, it's not some one-man garage studio pushing out pixelated indie shovelware. There had to be a number of people working on this and at least the cartoonist seems somewhat high profile. Basically they seem like at least semi-professionals, but the way launch was handled reeks of incredible naivety.
     
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  8. MRYgender: ⚧ Prestigious Gentleman Wormwood Studios Developer

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    As noted earlier in the thread, some of the team were experience Hungarian developers.
     
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    Look at the level design and tell me all the repeating floor tiles and pillars don't make you want to gouge your eyes out. I guess the building exteriors look nice but not the stuff you're staring at in gameplay. The GUI is so busy and kitschy it just looks like mud.

    Above all, it strikes me as too realistic, especially that RTwP combat with all the dudes in plain street clothes punching each other forever. That all sounds great to a noob game designer who hasn't played enough RPGs to know what's fun.
     
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    So nobody can say how this game is ? Only 8 reviews on steam. I personally love the fact that is not fantasy crap but not enough to make me want to play it.
     
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    Honestly just judging from the trailers it looks like the art/various other aspects of the game are really good, but it's just half done and shoved out the door because someone ran out of money. And not in a Arcanumy sort of way in a just no it's totally not fun sort of way.
     
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  12. Florian Gheorghegender: ⚧ Savant

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    Stay the fuck away from this game! It really is an unoptimized piece of crap. If you really thought Tirment Tides of Numenera or Wasteland 2 are not optimized get a load of this.
     
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    Seems to me the team chose an era they knew less than nothing about and karma bit them in the ass. No misdeeds go unrewarded. The shame of it is the Gilded Age isn't all that interesting or well known - not from the way its taught in American schools at least - so like Infinitron said, that they didn't leverage early press is baffling.

    Shit, the game probably suffered from the team's own disinterest in the setting, most of all. :lol:
     
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    So the setting is the game's biggest problem? #informative
     
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    Pretty much, yeah. Unless they had capitalized on press to let people know what the hell it was they had made, buyers will judge by what they see.
     
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    This review (85/100!) nails why the Codex needs to drop everything and play the game:
    It's like the review comes from another world. I love it:
    Yet I can't help but love the author:
    Show Spoiler
     
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    Holy balls, this reviewer is awesome.

    :hero:
     
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    Yeah, I feel like it's all forgiven when you hit the about the author and discover he really may have just missed out on RPGs for 30 years for good reason rather than bad taste.
     
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    It's amazing. It's like watching a child discovering games for the first time, except the child is probably in his 50s and writes with a verve.

    :neveraskedforthis:
     
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    He knows how to write a nice introduction it seems:

     
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    I love this guy. How does he not have any comments? He only reviews some obscure shit too, seems the staff think he's some crazy old fart and they only give him games that nobody else wants to write about.
     
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    His Trails of Cold Steel review was entertaining

     
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  23. MRYgender: ⚧ Prestigious Gentleman Wormwood Studios Developer

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    Some good has come of Empyre after all!
     
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