Posted: July 30
Early Access Review
I have played around 10 matches or so, and I admit it has been a few years since I have played the TT, but I feel PP did a fair job in bringing this game to the Online Game world. The price as many have indicated is based on KickStrater, and for most people I would recomend waiting until release when the price will be much lower. However, those who have played the TT will realize the $65 is nothing compared to how much money and time it takes to get a army up and running. It appears the the Deluxe Ed. will grant some free additional units and that had me sold to get this game now! This game will be riddled with "in-gmae purchases" so be aware!
I wont waste time with listing all the issues in this Beta, which there are a lot! But I remain confident the PP will grant us a game worthy of the title Warmachine. A few major issues for newbies, is the lack of explainations of abilities. Even myself had too look up some spells onine mid-game to remind myself of effects. A minor detail now that I expect to be fixed, but those not used to the game will struggle. For those TT players I say you will miss the in person interaction with your enemy. You are forced to sit there for 3-10min per round in silence watching a turn go by and there is no chit chat. I miss the cheers of "WHAT A HIT" or the cries of "YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME!" as the game played out. A audio connection would be great or a chat box would be nice at least.
Units have moved from single point kills to multi-point health, and that is nice, but I feel that this has greatly shifited the balance of power. Now a few "solo" units can easily take down a warjack in a turn or 2, and a Warjack can have 2-3 hits on a SINGLE unit and not kill it. So when your Jack is ganged up on by 3 units, it has almost no chance! Something needs fixed on that.
Overall this is a game to get. For those who have played TT, now is a great time to buy, it's a low cost compared to what you have spent already on TT, and you'll get free stuff, Newbies its great to learn in a beta with few armies options, so the matches will be as even as they will ever be. However, PP will try to sell the the moon with in-game upgrades, so if this game releases at $20 (and who knows!) the $45 you'll save may be better spent upgrading to the units you want, and not the freebies they'll give you in the Deluxe.