Review: Rogue State
Written by Maiyannah Bishop and published on Aug 25, 2016.
Neutral: There's an interesting enough core series of mechanics to Rogue State, but once the humour stops carrying the game so much, the negatives bog it down significantly. In particular, the animation delays of going to various screens makes the game pace slow and stodgy, and turns completing the thing start to finish a chore. There's some fun to be had here, but I could only recommend it on a sale given formulaic mechanics and a narrative that loses its luster fairly quickly, as well as some fairly crippling bugs and lack of replay value.
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Early Access Review: Rimworld
Written by Maiyannah Bishop and published on Aug 18, 2016.
Neutral: RimWorld is one of those games I dread writing a review for, because I really want to like it a lot more than I ultimately did. There is a compelling and intricately-detailed colony builder in the vein of a science fiction adaptation of DwarfFortress just struggling to break out of its limitations here, but it feels like it doesn't quite do that, at least not yet. A lack of proper tutorializing and random events that can severely handicap and even even abruptly a scenario that's going well otherwise, without any easy option to restart such as DwarfFortress' embarkment mechanic, lead to many a rage-quit. While it's true to say that the appeal in the difficult city-builders such as DwarfFortress, Banished, and so forth, is in being able to scrape by when things go wrong, there's a feeling that I could not escape that even doing things 100% correct, there's going to be times the game just pushes my shit in, and without an easy way to get back into the action, that unfortunately means I could only recommend it in its current state to those fans of this "hardcore" builder genre that have an especially high tolerance for "Fun" as it so sarcastically gets called in said circles. With some more time in the over to even out its idiosyncrasies and smooth the rough edges, this could easily be one of my favourite builders, but as stands right now, it's just not there.
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