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tekmosis Apr 14, 09
I've always known Stardock for their windows apps but it's good to see that their leap into gaming has gone well for them. I'm tempted to get this but I'm a bit worried that SP will get stagnant and since at the time MP wasn't available I'd like to hold off and see how things go with that.
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VeGiTAX2 Apr 14, 09
Seems quite tempting from the video and the screens, something I'll keep an eye out for. Nice write-up though, I'm sure you'll continue to have fun smashing people with the large castle man
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Dine_Agoti Apr 14, 09
I am quite happy this game is turning out to be pretty good. I had been looking forward to it for awhile.

I wish there was a more comprehensive listing of all the Demigods and their abilities and stuff, though. I can't seem to find that anywhere on that 'net.
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ThrombosisJones Apr 15, 09
It needs a comprehensive list of the demigods and their stats?

My goodness, this calls for a wiki!

Fortunately, we have a fat sack of game copies inbound that we'll be giving to people as part of an upcoming contest. Contributing to the Wiki will probably factor into the contest as well as provide a handy resource for players.

Even more fortunately, the game doesn't suck so people might even think highly of us for giving them free copies rather than cursing the name of NeoSeeker.com to their dying day.

Anyway, back to building a Rook out of LEGO. The legs are done, now it's time for a torso and then comes the tricky job of building some arms.

Cheers,
Adrian

P.S. Great review Lydia. I enjoyed reading it and look forward to the day when you get a chance to savagely tear a game to shreds in a review.
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RabidChinaGirl Apr 16, 09
Glad you guys approve.
Also really pleased that Stardock and the Demigod team at GPG responded so well to it.
Guess it pays to be the first review out there when we're not a massive company-backed website like IGN or GameSpot.
Kinda bummed about some negative feedback via other sites that posted the review, none being constructive enough for me to take anything from, unfortunately!
I really like this game; it's simple, well-designed, and gorgeous.
Highly recommend it, especially if you like DotA or aren't into traditional RTS.


-RCG-
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WereWarwick Apr 16, 09
quote RabidChinaGirl
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Highly recommend it, especially if you like DotA or aren't into traditional RTS.
Unfortunately, if you like DoTA and are experienced with it, Demigod becomes boring after a few days because there are no variety to the characters in the game. The matches are also very slow paced, with no variation of terrian height or collision objects, the maps are just flat and boring.

I understand that your review of the game is your opinion, but when you don't take the negative points into consideration why would your review be accountable? I can take some terrible games and only focus on the good points and give them a 10 also.

There is no Singleplayer Campaign, just a bunch of skirmishes, no persistant storyline, many online connectivity and other technical issues, very little content for a full priced game... the list goes on. Demigod has many good qualities to it but they are also countered by the technical issues and lack of content.

This could be the most biased review i have read in my life.

Take Care.
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RabidChinaGirl Apr 16, 09
quote WereWarwick
I understand that your review of the game is your opinion, but when you don't take the negative points into consideration why would your review be accountable?
Oh, just meant that most of them sounded like trolls and don't provide much constructive feedback for me to learn from.
I wish more people on the Internet could critique things without trolling, otherwise it's pretty difficult to determine just how/where to improve.
Also, I took into account Stardock's plans to develop the game further as time goes on, as new maps and Demigods have been confirmed.
Additionally, the game has only been out (officially) a day or so, and I believe Stardock is having networking problems (according to a friend at GPG).
However, this is to be expected, and Stardock has expressed plans to continue supporting this game in terms of content if players respond favorably, and I applaud them for it, even if things get off to a rough start.


-RCG-
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ThrombosisJones Apr 16, 09
From what I've heard, many of the online connectivity issues stem from the game accidentally being sold ahead of schedule at a major online retailer.

It hit the beta servers with a near launch-day audience. The result was far more than the boxes could handle and the team at Stardock ended up hauling ass over Easter weekend to get more servers set up.

Also, the game sells for $10 less than most PC games.

As to the rest of what has been said, I haven't played the game so I can't really comment.

Cheers,
Adrian
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WereWarwick Apr 16, 09
So you admit that Demigod has had a poor release, yet you give the game a perfect score? If you waited a week then reviewed the game then it would make slightly more sense, but it seems that you have just represented the other side of the coin regarding Dota Fanboys and Trolls... blind optimism.

Can you please explain why this is a perfect 10/10 game? I understand that you wrote a review about it, i don't want to call the review a lie because even you know the game is FAR from perfect, but i do think that it is quite misleading to the readers.

Imagine how many people will read your review and go purchase the game based on what you said and your perfect 10/10 score then go home to a broken game that they are forced to play in the boring and uninspired single player mode.
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RabidChinaGirl Apr 16, 09
You read what I type yet see what you see, not what I say.
quote WereWarwick
Can you please explain why this is a perfect 10/10 game?
Read the review. XD
quote WereWarwick
Imagine how many people will read your review and go purchase the game based on what you said and your perfect 10/10 score then go home to a broken game that they are forced to play in the boring and uninspired single player mode.
The game is not broken; read above post by TJ.
Also addressed the exclusion of campaign mode and available play modes, but if reader still wants to get the game after, then good on them.
I believe it is a good game that will receive lasting support from its creators, not abandoned with only an occasional superficial patch.


-RCG-
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ThreeTwoFiveSix Apr 16, 09
quote WereWarwick
Demigod becomes boring after a few days

very little content for a full priced game...
If $35 (amazon) got me a game I enjoyed for a few days, I would get it.. I've payed more money for games that lasted less time, and I still enjoyed them through and through.

quote WereWarwick
Imagine how many people will read your review and go purchase the game based on what you said and your perfect 10/10 score
Based on what I've heard from other players, you either love it or you hate it and most of them love it so...

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RabidChinaGirl Apr 16, 09
Another thread in our Demigod forum explains:
quote Stardock CEO Brad Wardell
"The challenge we're running into is that our NAT facilitator servers are getting hammered by the number of requests. That's the most significant issue as it results in users not being able to connect to each other. The solution to this is partly more servers (which we're doing right now) and partly a code update to connect users without using so many resources. We expect to have this largely resolved in the next 24 hours or so.

The other thing we have to do is isolate the warez users off the main server branch so that legitimate customers aren't competing with the 100k+ warez people playing the game for database resources.

The only reason why we haven't had this happen on other games is because we've never had anything like this many users in such a short amount of time. Sins of a Solar Empire was a huge hit but its success came not from an immediate burst of users but rather sustained long term growth which allowed us to keep enhancing the infrastructure as needed with minimal issues for users."
Those damned bloody pirates!
Statement was made April 14, so everything should be up and running some time today by the latest.
According to Wardell, about 18k users are legit, while an estimated 120k are not.
Those... are pretty depressing numbers for such a great game.
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Shadow of Death Apr 16, 09
Sounds rather good, a game I might be able to get into (though I worry about other player's capabilities, I'm not exactly great at these sort of games, from a worldwide perspective).

I realize there is a skill matching system (at least for some modes), but still...

But I will look into getting this soon....Is there are reasonably priced special edition? Call me a brainless consumerist, but I'm an absolute sucker for a collector/special edition (assuming it actually has something better than a 20 minute 'making of' DVD).
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RabidChinaGirl Apr 16, 09
For tallteen86...

Found this on Amazon: Demigod Collector's Edition for $46.oo
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* Collector's Edition includes exclusive game soundtrack CD, poster, and pewter figurine
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