Saturday Morning Gaming: All I Wanted Was A Rehash
Way back at the height of the pandemic, I talked about playing Bloodbowl 2.
A really fun game with a single-player mode that gently walks a new player through the rules of the game and gets them ready for 1-on-1 play. Heck, starting around game 5 in the single-player mode, it starts being a good single-player game in and of itself. All of the fun of Bloodbowl and you don’t even need a second person. Heck, if you had a second person, it was even more fun. Multiple people? START A LEAGUE!
It was the perfect game for Safer at Home.
When I heard that there was going to be a Blood Bowl 3? Man, I got excited. I loved 2, after all. The main things I wanted were:
1. A decent AI
2. A decent story mode. Heck, I would have been okay with a revamp of 2’s storyline. Plucky underdog goes on to win the Superbowl! Why would you need a better storyline than that?
So when Bloodbowl 3 got released, I immediately went to the Steam store and looked around.
The first thing I saw was this:
So I went to check out the discussion page:
Finally, I visited the reviews themselves to see what was up and the devs have done what they can to reply to the majority of the mostly negative reviews. Most of the replies include something like this:
Hoo boy. That right there tells me the following:
The hope was for the BB2 people to jump in with both feet, a handful of BB2 people jumped in with both feet, they immediately started screaming about how they shouldn’t have jumped in with both feet.
And they are currently on their back foot because they have no intention of changing how they’re doing stuff but they also don’t know how to deal with everybody being so very unhappy that they are publicly advertising “DO NOT BUY THIS GAME”. Like, at all.
Personally, I’m curious as to whether someone in a room with a whiteboard has written down “we will make more money by selling the game with fully free cosmetics than we will by responding to every single negative review with boilerplate about how we understand that monetization is divisive” on it.
As it is, I’m mostly disappointed that one of the games that I have been looking forward to for the last few years has had such an inept launch and, now, an inept team trying to manage that just-over-nobody appears to want the game that they shipped.
Pity and alas.
My recommendation is just to play Bloodbowl 2 again. It’s even on sale.
So… what are you playing?
(Featured image is a screenshot of Steam’s weighting of the various reviews of the game. Screenshot taken by the author.)