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Emrah Jul 27, 2013 @ 2:05pm
How long did you last before you uninstalled the game?
First, I honestly didn't know anything about the game, but one look at the user score and the general metacritic rating and I thought to myself "Hey this is probably one of the classic gems".

Well, I lasted 25 minutes, before I decided that I no longer wanted to be party to this. The game is just plain boring, the story seemed nice, but the slow moving hero and the quick apparent shadow monsters before he woke up, quickly told me that this is one of those games where you're constantly more or less forced to watch scripted events.

Cue the usual "OMG derp, go back and play COD" responses. I'm sorry to anyone that disagrees with me, but I think games should give the player more freedom and not limit the player in any way. I know I'm very very quick to judge, but if a game doesn't suck me in after the first 20 minutes or so I'm not going to bother waste my time with it.
Last edited by Emrah; Jul 27, 2013 @ 2:07pm
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Plaid Jul 27, 2013 @ 2:07pm 
cool, see ya 'round :)
Spawk Jul 27, 2013 @ 2:12pm 
I borrowed it from someone on 360 when it was first released and remembered kinda liking it, so I bought it when it went on sale for €2,80.

Then the rose-tinted glasses came off and I uninstalled it 3 hours later.
Xune Jul 27, 2013 @ 2:23pm 
It was gone the second the last card dropped.

I played through the second chapter, just after the ranger guy who was tending the injured dog became possessed. By that point I was already massively turned off by the linearity of the levels and the clunky feel of combat. My biggest sticking point was that Alan was totally unlikeable, I hated the guy. If that was the aim of the developers they did a great job but it turned me off the game big time.
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milkfat Jul 27, 2013 @ 2:27pm 
It's unclear what you mean by "not limit the player in any way". You want Wake to walk through walls? Pull down his pants and make inappropriate gestures at trees?

You may want to allow more than 20 minutes for a first impression. More and more games are story-driven and contain a large percentage of the cut-scenes at the beginning of the game. There are quite a few cut-scenes throughout the game (because the game is split into episodes), but you can skip all of them.

If your main complaint is about movement speed... well, that's part of the gameplay. This is supposed to be a suspenseful game. Maybe it's not your style, that's cool. Go play Quake 3 Arena.

I enjoyed the game quite a bit. I did feel that the gameplay would get boring after a while, but there was enough variety thrown in to keep me interested until the end. It's a shame you'll never get to know Barry. I suggest playing this game in the dark with the volume cranked up (a subwoofer greatly adds to this game), or with headphones on.

Or y'know, go play a game that you're interested in.
Spawk Jul 27, 2013 @ 2:38pm 
Originally posted by milkfat:
If your main complaint is about movement speed... well, that's part of the gameplay. This is supposed to be a suspenseful game. Maybe it's not your style, that's cool. Go play Quake 3 Arena.
It's always sad to see someone go for the old 'You don't like the game I like? Go play Call of Doody, hur hur!'
Plaid Jul 27, 2013 @ 2:51pm 
Originally posted by Ultimacy:
Originally posted by milkfat:
If your main complaint is about movement speed... well, that's part of the gameplay. This is supposed to be a suspenseful game. Maybe it's not your style, that's cool. Go play Quake 3 Arena.
It's always sad to see someone go for the old 'You don't like the game I like? Go play Call of Doody, hur hur!'

why do you keep coming around here?
Spawk Jul 27, 2013 @ 2:53pm 
Originally posted by Plaid:
Originally posted by Ultimacy:
It's always sad to see someone go for the old 'You don't like the game I like? Go play Call of Doody, hur hur!'

why do you keep coming around here?
I'm sorry. Did I miss the sign at the forum entrance that said I was not welcome?
Plaid Jul 27, 2013 @ 2:55pm 
Did I say you weren't welcome? I just don't see why you'd want to waste your time coming back to discuss a game you don't like.
Emrah Jul 27, 2013 @ 2:56pm 
Originally posted by milkfat:
It's unclear what you mean by "not limit the player in any way". You want Wake to walk through walls? Pull down his pants and make inappropriate gestures at trees?

You may want to allow more than 20 minutes for a first impression. More and more games are story-driven and contain a large percentage of the cut-scenes at the beginning of the game. There are quite a few cut-scenes throughout the game (because the game is split into episodes), but you can skip all of them.

If your main complaint is about movement speed... well, that's part of the gameplay. This is supposed to be a suspenseful game. Maybe it's not your style, that's cool. Go play Quake 3 Arena.

I enjoyed the game quite a bit. I did feel that the gameplay would get boring after a while, but there was enough variety thrown in to keep me interested until the end. It's a shame you'll never get to know Barry. I suggest playing this game in the dark with the volume cranked up (a subwoofer greatly adds to this game), or with headphones on.

Or y'know, go play a game that you're interested in.

See this is a thing I don't get. Why on earth should I force myself to play a game in the hopes that many hours later it gets better? I enjoy the game or I don't. Looking initially at the game I thought it was going to be fun. I knew I shouldn't expect much from the combat, but the mechanics and bad movement quickly turned me off. Then after I arrived in the diner and had to walk around like a turtle, I knew right away that I wasn't going to enjoy it, no matter the story.

If you check my steam profile, you'll see that I enjoy many kinds of different games, so the whole "If you don't like story games, go back and play COD" is just a fallacy that way too many use to justify what feels like a bad game.
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Spawk Jul 27, 2013 @ 2:58pm 
Originally posted by Plaid:
Did I say you weren't welcome? I just don't see why you'd want to waste your time coming back to discuss a game you don't like.
If you'd go through my post history you'd see that most of the time I'm trying to help people get the game running. But hey, I don't think the game is super awesome, so posting on the forums of a product that I bought is verboten, right?
Plaid Jul 27, 2013 @ 2:58pm 
Uh, sure dude, whatever.
-pg- Kenny G Jul 27, 2013 @ 5:48pm 
Originally posted by milkfat:
It's unclear what you mean by "not limit the player in any way". You want Wake to walk through walls? Pull down his pants and make inappropriate gestures at trees?

You may want to allow more than 20 minutes for a first impression. More and more games are story-driven and contain a large percentage of the cut-scenes at the beginning of the game. There are quite a few cut-scenes throughout the game (because the game is split into episodes), but you can skip all of them.

If your main complaint is about movement speed... well, that's part of the gameplay. This is supposed to be a suspenseful game. Maybe it's not your style, that's cool. Go play Quake 3 Arena.

I enjoyed the game quite a bit. I did feel that the gameplay would get boring after a while, but there was enough variety thrown in to keep me interested until the end. It's a shame you'll never get to know Barry. I suggest playing this game in the dark with the volume cranked up (a subwoofer greatly adds to this game), or with headphones on.

Or y'know, go play a game that you're interested in.

I absolutely love Quake 3 Arena. Being 15, I am one of the younger players online. My father let me watch him play when I was about six or so. I watched as he would kill everyone with a Rocket Launcher. q3ctf4 was his favorite map (I believe that is the space one). The one I adored most was the water in the middle. That was my favorite part of the whole map.

Anyways, I have been playing it nonstop. I am on the fifth (almost sixth) chapter and I love this game. It is truly amazing. I have never had so much fun in a horror-styled game. I honestly would recommend this to anyone. :D
Arminius Jul 27, 2013 @ 6:15pm 
What do you expecting now? You dont like it? Hmm thats bad... so cary on. But no, you want acknowledgemt. "I dont like it, please confirm you dont like it also."
Thats all, nothing more. And no, you dont want to share your opinions, you want the people to confirm you. If you want to discuss, you would take another heading.

So yes, go back to CoD. :P

btw: The game is not about freedom, cause its not a shooter or a sandbox its more a interactive horror movie. You should take a look at "American Nightmare" thats a shooter.
Emrah Jul 27, 2013 @ 7:37pm 
Originally posted by ErsMerz:
Are you opening a thread for every game you dont like?

Yes, stay tuned. By the way folks, instead of posting and keeping the thread on the first page, you could just ignore it and it would die quickly. Not everyone is a fan and I'm wondering how long it took for people to quit playing it.
A Very Frisky Ewok Jul 27, 2013 @ 9:12pm 
I love this game.
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