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ericprovan  [developer] Apr 11, 2014 @ 6:19am
Review compilation
Last edited by ericprovan; May 20, 2014 @ 2:13pm
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TheGravesOfThe80s Apr 14, 2014 @ 4:24pm 
Nice to see all of these positive reviews Spate received. To be honest, I'm surprised some of the bigger publications haven't reviewed it. I'm tempted to do some sort of YouTube review of it, but a newcomer reviewer into an already crowded scene probably isn't going to generate the sort of buzz the game deserves.
Messofanego May 2, 2014 @ 1:42am 
ericprovan  [developer] May 3, 2014 @ 1:46pm 
Well ^&%, talk about a bummer. Had an 8, 8, and 8.5 on metacritic. Was so excited because 4 reviews and the metacritic score goes live. Well, I got that forth review, a 3 out of 10!!! From GAMEStm, a magazine. I have no clue why they gave it such a low score. Its print, so I wont be able to get my hands on it for a while. Sucks regardless =P
ericprovan  [developer] May 20, 2014 @ 2:14pm 
TheGravesOfThe80s May 22, 2014 @ 4:17pm 
Just played through again, and I still love it. I too am interested in what GamesTM had to say...
ericprovan  [developer] May 23, 2014 @ 10:22am 
I did finally find it. Still not online though. It's strange. If I read the review and didn't know the score, I would have guessed it was a 6 rating, and yet that giant friggin 3 sits there, killing the metacritic score

It cited the writing as bad (calling me out by name, hehe), the jokes not landing, and the gameplay being mediocre. If I remember correctly, it doesn't mention the art or atmosphere. While I don't agree, It's not stuff I would argue against. I'm just surprised and bummed the game was given a 3. I mean, I have seen barbie games get higher scores =P

To put how much the metacritic scores means for game sales in perspective. The instant the metacritic score went live and linked to Spates steam page (automatic), the daily sales (which were already horrendous) dropped 90%. And even though I was able to get the metacritic score off the steam page after about a week, the damage seems done. It was essentially the nail in the coffin.
TheGravesOfThe80s May 23, 2014 @ 6:58pm 
That's horrible to hear. I have played a lot of games in my existence, and I have barely encountered any games I would give below a 5, let alone a 3! Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but damn.
Ravaj Jun 30, 2014 @ 12:21pm 
Hey eric! as a game developer i really don't think you should be stuck and moping about a low review score. You yourself should be the judge of the product knowing how much blood, sweat, and tears you've put into this project. Review scores are highly subjective and I hate to see you overthinking about how this reviewer gave you a 3/10.

In a technical stand point it's a solid game, there were few bugs/glitches/etc, the aesthetic/art are beautiful, and the platforming is also quite enjoyable. So don't overthink that. I'm playing the game right now and it's been a great experience.

I really hope you don't keep looking at review scores (too frequently), HIGH OR LOW because honestly it'll suck the life/time out of you. I know that looking for constructive criticism is good, but working yourself over one review is really bad. Soon instead of being proud of your product you'll stay up pondering why someone would say that about your game or where maybe you may have messed up. That cycle is toxic, and will just make you sad. Sometimes after you make a game the best thing to do is not really think about what reviewers say/metacritic scores (especially metacritic scores cause the way it aggregates scores is really stupid). Maybe look up a let's play or a youtube video of someone playing the game and enjoying it. That in it itself I swear will be much more satisfying that seeing a number that says 10/10. A genuine reaction of people enjoying your product will honestly bring a smile to any creator's face :)

Anyhow personally I think spate is a really great game, and I will reccomend it to my friends have a nice day and I hope you continue to make more fantastic games!
Polygonien Jul 19, 2014 @ 3:59pm 
Here is a link to my (german) review for your list:
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