Sessler's Soapbox: High Hopes and Heartbreaks

Posted: February 7, 2012
Sessler's Soapbox: High Hopes and Heartbreaks
Adam talks about how difficult it is to write a bad review, especially for a game you had high hopes for.

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  • BeatKing4

    I personally have been looking forward to this title for some time now and rushed through 13-2 just so I could play it the day it came out. Sadly my optimistic expectations were met with disappointment as well but that's still early impressions.

    My main issues so far is the restrictive load system since you start out with a max of seventy items(Doesn't matter what or how heavy they are) and in rpgs I'm a bit of a hoarder and yet to find storage for all my access so stopping my adventure every five minutes to head back to town to sell my access got old for me very quickly. What can I say torchlight's pets have spoiled me.

    Then there's the leveling system that caps out at 40. Need I say more. And idk if anyone else has noticed this in their games but I hate how when I talk to the npcs they'll suffer from a case of lazy eyes that make it look like I'm getting quests from special-ed kids

    All that said I still hope the game manages to do well so I can see a sequel that will live up to hipe.

    Posted: February 8, 2012 12:04 PM
  • jizm000

    At least amalur tried different environments, unlike another certain rpg that was just snow.....snow.......and snow.

    Posted: February 8, 2012 9:38 AM
  • zintona

    I really had high hopes for this game untill I played the demo felt like I was playing a improved version of Fable I got my ME3 gear and never looked back.

    Posted: February 8, 2012 8:02 AM
  • OldestYoungMan

    I played the demo and I agree with Adam. What makes a hack and slash game good and what makes a rpg good are two different things. KOA's interface is awful,the dialog terrible,the story boring and uninteresting. The combat is one thing that a lot reviewers say there impressed with but I was never a fan of god of war. It has some elements from the last dynasty warriors game(primary/secondary weapons) as well ,but playing 100+ hours of that would get repetitive. Overall if the game would have came out at a much lower price point I might have brought it but its not a $60 title. Its a xbla,psn,steam title and by those standards it would have been a 5/5 .

    Posted: February 8, 2012 7:59 AM
  • xCh0z3n-0n3x

    People at IGN say the whole opposite of what Adam is saying...which is a great example on why i do not listen to Reviews at all. They are only opinions and people who only buy a game based on reviews are dumb if you ask me. If you like something and you have fun with it they go for it. do not base it on what someone else says. That just shows you cant make your own decisions and it will bite you in the ass later on.

    Posted: February 8, 2012 7:41 AM
  • mordi

    As I've said in the comments for the review. I am not gonna scream "bias" but it seems fishy to me that you will criticize and scrutinize one game while giving another a free pass for almost the same issues. I get that KOA is not Skyrim and BHG are not Bethesda but I just don't think it's a good message you send your readers that it's ok to give games you like a free pass.

    Skyrim, a game you gave a perfect score, had loads of issues when it came out, issues that Bethesda should have known how to deal with by now, to the point of being unplayable for a large group of gamers but ti didn't keep the gaming industry from lavishing praises upon it and completely ignoring the major problems with it because "come on, it's Elder Scrolls, it's bethesda".

    I know that every game must be reviewed on it's own merit but given the similar nature of the game I think in this case there is some truth to the matter.

    Personally I found this game more intriguing and engaging then Skyrim. I just find this game more honest in it's approach to the RPG genre.

    Posted: February 8, 2012 7:14 AM
  • DoonerBandit

    This is what I love about X-Play they don't have a mathimatical formula for reviews. Sometimes a game will do everything right but it will lak that certain X factor preventing it from being great game and X-Play looks for that. Great job.

    Posted: February 8, 2012 7:01 AM
  • blueboykc

    i want to thank you there "sess" for single handedly costing bhg/38 studios a bunch of sales with this bias pos review..i hope your proud of yourself and i really hope you get what you deserve after this..to be run out of the gaming review business covered with tar and feathers..

    Posted: February 8, 2012 6:58 AM
  • Xtraflossy

    It's odd, I had high hopes for the game simply because I wanted a new IP to be successful. I hope the scores it got elsewhere translate into them making some money.

    Posted: February 8, 2012 6:11 AM
  • Slayinfool

    Developers can't all be Kevin Levine.. It's an RPG, players just want to level up their characters, unlock the coolest armor and weapons, pull off some awesome magic spells, and have sex with the hot chick.

    Posted: February 8, 2012 5:56 AM
  • Goddhand

    I like 90% of what Adam had to say in this video but come on who are you kidding... writing bad game reviews is FUN AS HELL.

    Posted: February 8, 2012 5:37 AM
  • nastyfresh

    What's all the fuss is about? Gamers today are WAY too nit picky....
    I know Kingdoms of Amalur has its flaws and sorta agree with Adam but I'm the type of person who looks past the bad and focuses on the good. No game is ever perfect but if you just focus your attention on what you dislike about it of course you're not going to like it or have an enjoyable experience playing the game.
    So far I'm about 15 hours into Kingdoms of Amalur PC version and I'm highly enjoying my experience with it. I'm a major gaming enthusiast, been playing RPGs since 1995 and KoA is just something fresh for the opening of 2012. I've already played through the RPGs from 2011 so it's nice to get my hands on something fresh.
    With KoA I feel like I'm playing a mix of great games melted into one like God of War, Fable, Skyrim, and Dragon Age....yet people are acting as if that's a BAD thing and I'm loving every second of it.
    Personally I feel like today's expectations towards video games is WAY too high, this is the first title I've seen from this developer and I'm happy they took a shot at the genre because thus far I think they did a great job.
    If you're a gaming enthusiast in the mood for something fresh, pick up KoA!


    Posted: February 8, 2012 2:20 AM
  • killuuminnaati

    Well said, Sess. I totally agree. like many of you, i tried the demo and wasn't impressed at all. i gave it a shot , but didn't have the depth that we now expect from an RPG. Thanks Skyrim.

    Posted: February 8, 2012 1:44 AM
  • MetalX224

    its at least a 3 out of 5, or an 8 out of 10. still a great game. its a new studio that needs to settle in. im really glad im playing it, and regardless of the scores, im really enjoying it.

    Posted: February 8, 2012 1:17 AM
  • Sack-Lion

    I knew this game would be overhyped, glad I'm skipping it.

    Posted: February 8, 2012 12:33 AM
  • HJC

    Absolute gold I agree 100%. Awesome expansion / explanation of the review I played the demo and was thoroughly disappointed as well. I had the CE pre-ordered and was counting the days but canceled the same day I played the demo. Oh well. It's just not original enough. Everything about it is stolen from other games, especially the aesthetics. Carbon-copy rip-off of Fable.

    Posted: February 7, 2012 11:31 PM
  • lngun4311

    I have a small feeling that this might be the pretentious writer critic that Adam is inadvertently showing.
    From what I've read it seems that he is disappointed by the fact that, there wasn't enough for him, he wanted more from a game that was supposed to be an introduction to a new world from a great writer. The world of Amalur is just so interesting, but that works against it. It like some movie trailers where you get this really interesting story filled with clever writing and good detail. But when you see the movie your left disappointed because it didn't give you as much as you were hoping for. That's how I think Adam feels about this game. If this game wasn't advertised as a huge up coming release I would guarantee you that Adam would have given this game a higher score.

    Another thing is that we've kind of been spoiled by Elder Scrolls and Bioware rpg's. Elder Scrolls can be seen as the pinical of Game Play rpg and Bioware can been seen as the piinical of Story Telling rpg. Then we get something like kingdoms of amalur which tries to reach a middle ground. You have the really awesome combat system, with an intriguing story line. Both of which it does well but not where as a good as skyrim or dragon age. We may have set our standards absurdly high coupled with the fact that we didn't get enough out of the world may have been the reason behind the score.

    Well, I just do what I always do, pick up the game, play it, bitch about it if it sucks, and if its good I probably wont see the sun for a few days. After all an opinion is an opinion.

    Posted: February 7, 2012 10:25 PM
  • kings_legacy

    Adam I agree with you in your review and opinion. While numerous people have been giving you flak over lower score of the game versus the other sites and their high scores I still believe where your coming from as a gamer represents what I would feel towards the game. I played the demo and I hated it, what you said reconfirms the problems I had in it. Thanks Adam for begin that different opinion for me.

    As for all the other people who like it and went with the so called other guys reviews I say sit back and enjoy your game. Just because I didn't like it, doesn't mean you can't like it. The best thing about begin a gamer, freedom of choice.

    Posted: February 7, 2012 10:19 PM
  • ShinjiEx

    I knew the game was not polished enough to be released yet!

    Posted: February 7, 2012 9:50 PM
  • RPG-fan

    It will be interesting to see the rest of G4 staff share their disappointment of the game as well, while the ones who enjoyed it will not be heard. I suppose the same thing happened when the Darksiders review was out. LOL But seriously, I'm conflicted. Adam made some good points on the negative aspects of the game, but the likes of Jeff Gerstmann from GiantBomb and Jim Sterling from Destructoid, the latter who isn't shy giving AAA games bad scores i.e. Assassin's Creed 2, gave KoAR glowing reviews. Maybe I'll buy the game and see it for myself. We got a month before Mass Effect 3, so I got to time to burn till then.

    Maybe because I'm older than most gamers that visit here, but I feel RPGs back then is more tactical and stat-based, look at RPGs like Baldur's Gate series, Planescape: Torment, the first two Fallouts for example, while RPGs today are more action-oriented and streamlined. Imagine the likes of Planescape: Torment was made today, even with updated graphics of today's standards will be panned by both critics and gamers alike because it requires one to read huge amount of dialogue, micromanagement and not implementing hand-holding mechanics that a lot of today's gamers expect from today's games not just RPGs.

    Posted: February 7, 2012 9:49 PM