Buy this game and send a message
When people play AND buy old RTS games over and over ( I own 4 copies of sup com and FA now - legal copies, discs and downloads) and they STOP buying the drivel that is coming out like C&C4 or DOW 12 unit squad rubish then ALL will take notice. Look at EA with regards to PA. They laughed at the 800k fund goal that was set and that someone was trying to make an RTS in this 'day and age'. The goal was thrashed by over 2.5 million dollars. That is a start up figure too - not what could be made from the sales. This was a kick in the nuts for those publishers that said RTS was dead.
This also changes the market somewhat and proves that the games industry is not only dominated by spotty teens with a penchant for consoles and short term memory. The games industry is now saturated with cash-rich older generations who can count on their left hand how many spectrum/c64/amiga/st games they finished, and have lost count of the over budgeted cinematic games that ooze out of the modern market. They all look pretty and are technical marvels but no one seems to be able to get the gameplay right or the challenge.
The difference between older cash rich folk is they are savvy and don't see games 'ownership' as a status thing. They only buy when the price is right and the product is of a high standard, and the more they get it wrong, the less likely they will jump in at 'new game prices'. EA new game prices are currently laughable. I WANTED BF3 but this time I waited and I bought BF3 when it was £9.99 and it was so buggy I would not even rate that price. I played it 4 times. I went back to BF2 and even 1942 to find that 'fun factor' that was lost. The likes of THQ and GPG (the latter is not bankrupt, but their move away from the awesome looking 'kings and castles' to the dire AOE online 'make a quick buck' fix was what put them in trouble, they blatently ignored their biggest paying fan base.)
There is too much emphasis on quick bucks drivel (pay to play, pay to win, with EA's pay then pay some more, then look - another DLC wow, have my wallet, hell have my mortgage) and less on longevity these days. If you want to see more games that become 'legendary' we need to quickly adapt our tactics. I have put way more money into indie and publisher-less productions this last few years than I have into big budget games, and of the big budget games I WAITED and got them in the sales. This is data and it is a growing trend. Do you really think the big wigs won't see this? They are starting to drop like flies because they have massive budget productions and miss the whole fact that they continue to make games without gameplay that no body buys
The reason the likes of EA said RTS was dead was because C&C4 didn't sell very well. They are too 'Awesome and untouchable' to notice that it was because the game was NOT C&C and they pi**ed off the fans whilst they tried to steal DOW fans by going squad based. Too much chasing and catch-up and not enough innovation. They game is naff - throw some more eye candy in. No one will notice.
I hope Uber do well with Planetary Annihilation (note the price tag for this does not reflect the 'release price tag', but the backers fees, Of which I was one and also one who requested a steam release at some point) and people start to take notice. Never underestimate your power as a buyer. It seems that unfortunately owning 'the latest' game has become more of a status symbol than it has about having a collection of games that you actually play and love.
A status symbol with a status symbol price tag to boot. Be careful PC gamers or we could actually lose the divide between console and PC games, if we keep buying console stuff for our PC's. Leave the DLC and pay to win to the tablets and mobiles, for the mums who play gem games and the kids who battle cards and throw birds at evil pigs. The world is full of people like me with fast machines, homes, real careers, lives, and families and still a deep set gaming history from the dawn of games like frogger - hungry for the real deal project that fills a void in recent titles lacking depth and thought.
I am 36 and so what if I like to play games for a bit of escapism. Some people jump off buildings for fun. Games are my entertainment and I demand a higher respect for my intelligence and I a bit more respect for my wallet.
Anyone out there wondering if this game is worth buying? Hell yes, get sup com and FA its better than 120% of the stuff out there and you will be adding to the massing data to send warning alarm bells around the failing gaming industry giants. We are not all joypad thumbing pirating teenagers now, we grew up with you games industry and you are starting to ignore us.