landwhale Aug 29, 2012 @ 10:08am
Overpriced cell phone games
This garbage really needs to stop. Apparently mobile devs think PC gamers are dumber than even console gamers by trying to port their XBLA-quality games to PC and overcharging us for it. This game and the recently released Hero Academy are both FREE on the Apple App Store. They come to steam with no real new content and cost way more than their original versions.

The paid version of this game is $5 and that's for local MP and skirmish modes. This version is $8 with no multiplayer. Hero Academy is way more disgusting of a ripoff but that doesn't justify what they do with this game.

tl;dr: This game is free on phones, speak with your wallet and DON'T support devs ripping off PC gamers.
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☠≈{Guevonaso}≈☠ Aug 29, 2012 @ 10:15am 
+1
<{.:[Hellfire]:.}>Odyssey-☭RUS Aug 29, 2012 @ 10:18am 
Probably a bug, but there's even no buy button for me on this game's store page.
But yes, it looks like a cellphone game that should cost very little.
LazyMonkeYwithGrenade Aug 29, 2012 @ 11:36am 
thx for opinion,i wait for someone writing something about this game,coz it dont look like a good game after i watch video.
mysterpurple Aug 29, 2012 @ 12:06pm 
Except Hero Academy is actually fun and if you get the bundle only costs 15 bucks for the game, all the teams, avatars, uniform colors, and (if you care) hats.

Also, just because something is free on a mobile platform doesn't mean it wouldn't cost money on a PC platform. If you look into why games come out on a mobile platform as free then you would understand this, but basically the mobile market is so saturated that even the good games have to come out as free but then have paid for extras or advertisements. They do make money off of you somehow. And just FYI, the Hero Academy on on steam doesn't have advertisements.
mausTZ Aug 30, 2012 @ 3:00am 
I agree TWBShogun is overpriced. On their website, it looks like even many cellphone users are waiting for a price reduction or a sale. I am as well. Maybe I'll pick this up during Steam's winter sale.
HANLABONGGG Aug 30, 2012 @ 4:05am 
this made up my mind not to buy it :/
chessapplefox Aug 30, 2012 @ 7:31am 
Big prise? No multiplayer? NO MONEY!
Shutterflyby Sep 1, 2012 @ 3:41am 
Wasted money on it. Something ported from touch devices should try to be usable in the PC market. As a VI gamer, I do like larger UI buttons, but these conversions (in the vein of Hero Academy, Great Big Wargame, etc) seem like a 'sink or swim' from the developer. You'd best be skilled with a touch monitor or you're out of luck.
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wredniak2003 Sep 1, 2012 @ 3:14pm 
Actually it's not free. It costs around 4-5€. Free one is limited to first 5 levels.
Phantasmo Sep 1, 2012 @ 5:12pm 
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ game for ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ customers.
Echtzeit Sep 3, 2012 @ 10:24am 
Originally posted by landwhale:
This garbage really needs to stop. Apparently mobile devs think PC gamers are dumber than even console gamers by trying to port their XBLA-quality games to PC and overcharging us for it.

So, what you are saying is, all XBLA games are ♥♥♥♥ and about the same quality as mobile games? And console gamers are dumb how? And I still don't get what any of this has to do with the quality of the game? I find it highly enjoyable so far!

Originally posted by landwhale:
This game and the recently released Hero Academy are both FREE on the Apple App Store. They come to steam with no real new content and cost way more than their original versions.

Someone hasn't done his homework. The free version of SHOGUN is only a demo. Hero Academy is free with one team on iOS, that's true. But when you compare the prices, they amount to about the same.

For 4,99€ on Steam you get the team and all avatars. That's about the same for what you pay on iOS if you buy it separately (1,59€ per Team, 0,79€ for the first Avatars and 2,39€ for the elite avatars = 4,77€). As someone else mentions, the best deal is to be had on Steam with 15€ for everything you can buy at the moment.

To sum it up, nothing costs more on Steam, the prices on iOS are just modular. But since you share an account on both OSs, you could easily unlock the much cheaper teams there and use them on the PC.

Originally posted by landwhale:
The paid version of this game is $5 and that's for local MP and skirmish modes. This version is $8 with no multiplayer.

True, the local MP is missing from the PC version, but you get a free code for a faction in Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai, which costs 3,99€ if you buy is separately. You forgot to mention that.
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Daimyo Sep 5, 2012 @ 12:44am 
Hopefully this garbage isnt wasting their resources and dubbing down Rome II. BTW, Rome II needs 3-4+ player CAMPAIGN COOP! Insta buy for me if it has.
Socialist Marxman Sep 6, 2012 @ 9:00am 
I was actually considering buying this game, but thank you for the refreshing review. Saved me $8 bucks and from what it sounds like, a very crappy game.
Puddle Sep 7, 2012 @ 10:43am 
well its cheap enough and its a well thought out addictive game. im glad i DIDNT see this post as it prob woulda put me off. but the game is very good n i think money well spent. surely the hours of play is worth £5. but you are right bout the MP. that does suck n no doubt we will be charged again for it. thats the only thing thats annoyed me! so to all you who was put off. reconsider if your a total war fan
Motoki Sep 7, 2012 @ 5:13pm 
Originally posted by Socialist Marxman:
I was actually considering buying this game, but thank you for the refreshing review. Saved me $8 bucks and from what it sounds like, a very crappy game.

I don't find a review that basically says 'this game sucks because it's a mobile game port' refreshing. They went it and re-did some things for the PC version and I think it works well and is a fun to play, not overly complicated (like most of them are to me) strategy game.

I agree with his point about the multiplayer and I do see that as quite glaring omission, but for me personally I don't play multiplayer much so it doesn't bother me. For people interested in multiplayer strategy games you will obviously want to pass on this unless it gets added in a later update, but for people interested in a light, casual strategy game to play single player I personally think it's quite good.

At the end of the day it's always just one person's opinion vs another. I don't know that people should be making or not making purchases on any one single person's opinion. I prefer to research gather thoughts from multiple sources and then make my own mind up.

I should also say I bought this on Greenmangaming with a 25% off code plus I had a couple of dollars trade in credit from some free games I got from them previous so it only cost me $4. If you're really on the fence or think $8 is too much, you can always wait for a sale but just saying a game is crap because it's a port of a mobile game I think isn't really fair.

I get that people don't like the mobile to PC port trend and I realize that some developers really half ♥♥♥ their ports but I actually think this one is done well.
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