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User Info: Golden_Gonads

Golden_Gonads
3 months ago#11
I think it depends on the genre, I will never pick up a survival game in Early Access. Looking at the reviews on Steam they largely start off fantastically, showing stupendous amounts of promise and then... Don't go anywhere.

User Info: realfreako

realfreako
3 months ago#12
I play survival games with my friends and survival games are forever EA. Besides that, I bought PUBG and it's my favorite game in years so I have no regret.

One good side of EA games is that you get frequent updates which is exciting.
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User Info: Cobra1010

Cobra1010
3 months ago#13
Gamers in general are desperate and spineless people.

I bent over for dayz and no mans sky. I dont know if ive learn my lesson yet.

Preordering is also another stupid practice that I cant help.
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User Info: wildog2006

wildog2006
3 months ago#14
Cobra1010 posted...
Gamers in general are desperate and spineless people.

Just because you have no self control or sense of self worth doesn't mean every person that plays a game does.
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User Info: wantfastcars

wantfastcars
3 months ago#15
richisdisturbed posted...
betatech posted...
Some people may like to support various devs who may have good ideas.

Some may like the idea of providing input to potentially alter development.

Some may see a game as having potential and want to get it while discounted pre-launch.

Some may be just desperate to get hold of something.

Early access isn't something I'd ordinarily get, that said I can see it being a good tool if used correctly, similar to crowd funding.


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Also, follow Rule #1, stated on the Early Access page itself:
When you buy an Early Access game, you should consider what the game is like to play right now. Look at the screenshots and videos to see what the game looks like in its current state. There are a lot of ways a game can go as it develops over time, so if you aren't excited to play the game in its current state, then hold off and wait until the next update--it shouldn't be far off.

Buy an Early Access game if and only if you would be happy paying the amount of money you did for the amount of content the game has at the moment you purchased it. I've got my money's worth out of the handful of Early Access titles I've bought by following this rule.

It's not that hard, folks.
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User Info: Sum_quod_eris

Sum_quod_eris
3 months ago#16
So you want them to make the game with imaginary money? A lot of smaller teams put their projects into Early Access because they need some way to do quality assurance on their game and they cannot afford testers. They also can't just hand the game out to people for free or they'll be losing money after it comes out and those folks who gave them input during development don't have to pay the adjusted, final price.

Not every project is in that situation, no. A lot of them are though. And many Early Access titles are offered at a reduced price point before release anyway. I don't buy into Early Access games, but complaining about them requiring a purchase is about as dumb as complaining when a crowdfunding campaign goes south.
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User Info: h3IIfir3pho3nix

h3IIfir3pho3nix
3 months ago#17
I don't buy stuff on the promise of what it could be, I buy it based on what it is now.

I don't care if the game is early access or not, if it looks fun to play I'll try it.
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User Info: Fantana88

Fantana88
3 months ago#18
Two of my favorite multiplayer games in recent years started as early access titles, Insurgency and Day of Infamy. They both happen to be from the same developer, and I quickly learned that they are great at posting detailed updates on current and future plans for their games, talking with the community, very quick to patch and work on problems/glitches, and so on.

So I trust this developer quite a bit, and in the future if I was interested in it, I wouldn't hesitate to buy an early access game from them again.

User Info: Freelance_Wolf

Freelance_Wolf
3 months ago#19
Some of those EA games were already much fully complete anyway, so when it came out of EA, it's pretty much the same game anyway. I don't mind paying for those games while they're in EA.

User Info: Boge

Boge
3 months ago#20
Two reasons:

1. I love the game design and idea and want to help support the developer so they'll have the funding to finish the product.

2. The game as it sits is worth the asking price.

You sort of have to have the second one, or you better be willing to get scammed because I swear 90% of early access games are never finished. They take your money and quit on the project.
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