Disclaimer: Ark: Survival Evolved is an Early Access game and still heavily in development, any negative points brought up in this review are subject to change upon the game’s official release.
Queue the iconic music and get ready to step into Jurassic ARK! (See what I did there?) Well, sorry to say this isn’t a themepark experience, instead you are forced to survive in a harsh environment on a mysterious island. You awaken on the warm sandy beaches, the sound of waves crashing against the shore, birds above your head, well this is rather pleasant…wait…those aren’t any ordinary birds those are Pteranodon! (oh good job, those Paleontology lessons came in handy). Well…they don’t seem hostile…what’s that rumble coming from the forest? OH GOOD LORD THAT’S A TYRANNOSAURUS!
Growing up gaming was a huge part of my daily life, it was the part of the day that was my reward. I was content with my AMIGA 600 and then my MegaDrive Mega CDII and I didn’t ever own another console until Christmas 2014 when HidYn bought me my very own PS4. To keep in my bedroom no less. Whoop!
In 1997 I was bought my first Windows PC and the Amiga was reluctantly retired. My mum ‘sold’ it to me, telling me things about ‘The Internet’ (insert pre-pubescent eye-roll here) and the actual monitor, not a 12” portable TV and it had a mouse with three buttons instead of a joystick that suckered to the dinning table… Being an old headed type of girl part of me just wanted to be left to the stuff I already knew but the bundle of thirty new games did smooth my transition quite a bit. I don’t remember many of the games that were included in my first bundle but I know that Worms (joy) was one and MDK was another.
Hidden Path Entertainment who developed Defense Grid and co-developed Counter Strike: GO has made the decision to shut down development of it’s sandbox game Windborne.
“We have attempted to secure the needed funding to finish the game in various avenues and unfortunately what was once a not-so-completive market has now been flooded with games of this style” The developer said in a steam update.
“Windborne has been a labour of love for this studio since its inception. We have spent countless hours designing and creating a striking world to share with everyone. We have decided that after much business development around the title with no positive movement in funding that we will be delisting Windborne on Steam.”
“We reinvested every dollar earned on Windborne back into the game, but haven’t been able to afford to continue it at the level required to make significant progress,” the developer added in its FAQ. “We worked to have a smaller team continue to work on the game, but that also became more costly than we could afford.”
It’s a basic human need, but when you’re two hours into a guild event or Pub Night, you can’t afford to AFK for too long to cook and feed yourself. Some never make it back to their screens if the food takes too long…
Steam has essentially opened the door for a barrage of Early Access titles, incomplete games that (sometimes) require you to pay full price, this in turn is a sort of non-binding agreement that the developer will, eventually, finish said game.
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It’s begun! It started with a rumbling, the steam servers crashing, then BOOM: PRICE MADNESS!