When Suits Attack
Blatant copying of game conceptsMy copy of this month's PC Gamer arrived today, and on the CD was a demo of Armies of Exigo, a new RTS from EA which it proclaimed to be a "MUST PLAY" and "BLEEDING EDGE"... yeah right.
I decided to give it a try and see if there was any justification for the hype, and I'm really glad that I didn't have to pay money to try this piece of trash. Picture this: the demo level opens with a cutscene rendered in-game, in exactly the same style as Warcraft 3, down to the low-level camera angles and the end cinematic upward swoop of the camera. After that, a little "New Quest" window pops up and gives you your next objective, which is to find a good spot to build a new base. It also mentions that your two heroes must survive. Move a short way in the game world, and you're confronted with a creature who gives you an optional sidequest. Groan.
I can't even come up with a single reason for this game to exist. The resource gathering system was ripped straight from a combination of Warcraft and Starcraft, the units are as generic as they come, the researches are conducted in the same fashion and they even had the effrontery to display the building stats, possible researches, and current researches in exactly the same fashion as Warcraft 3. There isn't a single concept in this game that hasn't been ripped from someplace else.
I have two problems with this: First off, this game is crap. It shouldn't even be sold, it has no reason to exist. It's a textbook example of a game designed by someone who has no creative vision whatsoever, and exists only to leech off of other people's successes. The second problem is with PC Gamer, for marketing this trash like it's got some kind of value to the world. Why on earth should I pay for their magazine if I know all along it's just a bunch of overhyped garbage that's not worth the paper it's printed on?
Anyway, has anyone else played this game, or have a similar experience? Am I just overreacting? I know there isn't much love for PC Gamer left in the world, so I'm not even going to bother getting input on that. Suffice to say my subscription is not getting renewed, a long overdue decision.