Now I’m usually a pretty level-headed person. I try to see both sides of the issue, and not lose my cool. However, this ToEE issue simply infuriates me like no other, except for being unemployed perhaps.
This game is buggy horsecrap, for the most part. Let’s make that clear first and foremost. If you think otherwise, then I’m sorry, but you are a detriment to the gaming community. An evil blight of fanboy mediocrity. Because of your wanton, uninformed spending habits, unscrupulous game companies continue to piss on consumer’s heads, call it ambrosia from the gods, and fucking get away with it.
I, too, was caught up in the hype of a turn based 3.5 D&D game to do the proper research, and I paid the price. I’m regretful that I squandered my money on this junk software, and I’m sorry for being part of the problem. I felt cheated and duped by Troika and Atari, but I also cheated myself and the greater good.
This game, although very promising even in its current state, is riddled with uninspired or broken quests (too many to list here), missing content (The Brothel, for one), poor design (the frequent lag and memory leaks, some of it due to inefficient pathfinding), and downright stupid gameplay decisions (Mercs looting so much they cannot move due to encumberence, skeletal gnolls with high damage resistance, or the galeb duhr fights that were a friggin NIGHTMARE). This game needed at least 6 more months of bug testing, gameplay balancing, and polish. It’s criminal that this aspiring game didn’t receive it. I dunno who deserves more of the blame, but Troika and Atari can kiss my money goodbye. The little I have anyways.
I will say this, I have a lot of respect for Mr. Steve Moret, the lead programmer for ToEE. He has taken his own free time to listen to the community, and create this patch for the game. I admire that kind of commitment to do what’s right, and to help the players of his game out. I realize that the patch delay is due to internal issues with Atari, and is no fault of his own. Even if the game he worked on turned out badly, I admire his character and honesty in handling the situation.
I’m through ranting…