Cortex Command

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DireSpawn (Banned) Oct 6, 2012 @ 10:51am
Feeling ripped off.
Seriously, I rarely even buy games anymore. I try to do research when I do. I read about cortex command, watched a couple videos, it looked like a fun game, and the stuff I watched was the game in alpha/beta mode, so I figured it must have come further. Little did I know the research I did was clearly made by fans.
I am not made of money, shelling out the 18 bucks I payed for it is not a small feet. I am 25, have a fiancee, have rent to pay, and groceries to buy. I thought I was getting a finished product I could download, play, and keep myself occupied with for weeks (or hopefully months) to come.
The first thing I notice when I start it up is the message that the game is not complete! BS! I play the tutorial, felt okay, but clunky. Then onto the campaign, once I got the grips of the game it was a breeze, although factions are highly unbalanced. I "beat" the campaign, the ai was extremely incompetent, ran out of brains, and that was it, the turns kept turning over and no more battles.
So I tried different scenerios. The best thing is endless skirmish defense, but I am fed up with even playing that. You cannot save your base layout, so you have to make a new base every time. Sometimes you start to play the game and your bots cannot pick up their guns, so what do you do then? Start from scratch of course! Then when you lock yourself in and you are doing well, you eventually have to mine gold, which the ai CANNOT do on it's own, so you are sucking your time away mining gold instead of fighting the ai or even watching the battle. Be careful where you make your hole too! The ai might mindlessly fall in and get stuck. One thing the ai is good at is shooting across the screen beyond your view with pinpoint accuracy now and then, which is bs. Once in a blue moon you find yourself starting to enjoy the game, your base is holding up, you keep dropping in bots and stationing them where previous bots died, and BOOM! Your brain dies, for no reason, locked safe away in a bunker, it just dies. Game over, f*** you, telling me I "fail", back to the menu, if you want to play again build another base.
I got a little fun out of this game, but it is fundamentally broken. I got 5 bucks worth out of it at best compared to what I have bought in the past. I gave it a fair chance, dumped hours into it, mostly wasting my time trying to work around glitches and broken gameplay.
If it was 5 bucks it might make a decent little sandbox game for dedicated patient players or modders. But at it's current price stay away from it. BUYERS BEWARE! 11 years in the making and this is it. It was a side project all along, not a dedicated piece of work. Just because it is 11 years of work does not mean it is worth squat. Judging by the posts I have seen the maker post on these forums, I would say it will never be finished. He is being extremely immature, and acting like a victim of hate after he ripped off untold amount of people. My 2 cents on my experience with cortex command.
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Altwynn (Banned) Oct 6, 2012 @ 10:52am 
Apparently, if you phrase your request properly, you can get a refund.
DireSpawn (Banned) Oct 6, 2012 @ 10:57am 
To who? Steam? I would get a refund if I could.
I just looked at the featured items in the steam store, cortex command is still there! Nowhere in the description does it say anything about the game being unfinished, even after all the criticisms in this forum. The price is now to a full 20 bucks as well. The developer is laughing his way to the bank.
Altwynn (Banned) Oct 6, 2012 @ 10:58am 
Check out the refund threads here, there was one guy who stated how he phrased his request and got the refund.
Altwynn (Banned) Oct 6, 2012 @ 11:03am 
Maybe contact this guy:

Originally posted by Badr 1B:
Brandon, I emailed Steam about it and told them the game was announced as finished when it was not and they said they would give me a credit. They did and its all good. That developer is a♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥though.
random y mid Oct 6, 2012 @ 11:13am 
also be sure to email valve and let them know about the stinker in their store, hopefully it will get pulled
Altwynn (Banned) Oct 6, 2012 @ 11:18am 
That seems less likely, main thing is getting your money back.
DireSpawn (Banned) Oct 6, 2012 @ 11:23am 
Alright, I will try this. Looking into it now.
DireSpawn (Banned) Oct 6, 2012 @ 11:25am 
From this link.

"Please contact the vendor you purchased the game from for a return or exchange - as the purchase of the game package from a retail outlet involves a transaction between you and the retailer. Steam Support will not offer returns for retail purchases."

Noticed they are talking about game packages, is this for games in physical forms? There are only two criteria I see for refunds. Unrecognized charges, and Retail Purchase Returns.
Last edited by DireSpawn; Oct 6, 2012 @ 11:27am
random y mid Oct 6, 2012 @ 11:26am 
looks you got owned by a shady dev
Kiro_ Oct 6, 2012 @ 12:28pm 
100% agree
NIL0S Oct 6, 2012 @ 1:38pm 
@OP, welcome to the club :)

About refunding... i think i formulated my request pretty eloquently, yet Steam, rather than answer, pointed me to Data Realms for "third party software" support. So really only thing left to do is hope the bad will get patched so you can enjoy the good in CC...
Last edited by NIL0S; Oct 6, 2012 @ 1:41pm
MurdersBane Jan 5, 2013 @ 5:26pm 
personally i reported the op for FALSE information in an attempt to hurt the product and company in question.

YES A.I. isnt that good. download a mod or something idk yet if they have some that improves A.I. but the game is highly modable.

NO the game mines gold for you if you set it to gold mining mode on your bot with a digging tool simple as that

"A.I. has amazing accuracy out of site"
NO besides the fact this contradicts your previous statement about them being incompetent they are not crack shots off the map they are as good as any A.I. in the side scrolling environment at hitting off screen. and miss very often.

idc about your family or background its unneeded information for you to BASH a dev and a company when you have (judging by your post) only ACTUALLY played 10 mins b4 raging here. you not only do NOT deserve a refund but should have your account TERMINATED along with all other accounts using your IP and be glad that the dev doesn't sue you for slander.

alot of these glitches you mention besides the ones listed i dont even see. and ive owned this game LONG before i got it on steam so ive played awhile

ohh and as a side note SINCE you did mention your family in this post do you ever stop to think your taking food away from HIS family? or the fact that if money is as tight as you say sir that you should be focusing more on your family and less on games.... and buy games when they are on sale ONLY?
MurdersBane Jan 5, 2013 @ 6:50pm 
well i see the OP is a no lifer that has raged so hard he posted a hate group just for this game... its really sad i tell you... if i was a developer id sue you simple as that

and as for advertising your stupid and pointless group on my page.. . do it again and i will personally message a mod and have you banned

and why should the dev apologize which im 100% sure he didnt since your post is almost completely a lie
Tleno Jan 6, 2013 @ 5:31am 
Erm was there a real neccesearity in necroposting this one? I mean, it hasn't been touched since October 6th...
MurdersBane Jan 6, 2013 @ 12:06pm 
Originally posted by Tleno:
Erm was there a real neccesearity in necroposting this one? I mean, it hasn't been touched since October 6th...
yes because this guy is spamming my steam page and putting out 100% false info
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Date Posted: Oct 6, 2012 @ 10:51am
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