So, I've noticed a disturbing number of recent Steam reviews of D:U that I can only describe as being... "confused." Like this one for instance:
"I bought this game because I felt nostalgic of Fury III, clone
of the original Descent, and how it was fun to fly all around
a planet firing at hostile ships coming at me, destroying
army camps, flying into endless straight tunnels and finally
killing a boss...
...The FPS maps are claustrophobic for a space vehicle,
this game urgely needs huge free roaming spaces in which
one can properly enjoy the full extent of flight. The skyline
of a city full of skyscrapers with hidden passages among buildings
and underground would be a much better improvement over
the current maps. It's not that it is difficult to move around within
the current maps, it's just that it feels as a dutiful exercise of timing
rather than the crazy fun experience I would have with less
I... I don't think this person knows what Descent is (Fury III is NOT a clone of Descent! He's clearly referring to Terminal Velocity! I know because I loved playing Fury III back in the day lol), and it's completely unfair that reviews like these are bringing D:U's overall rating down.
And this one:
"I've bought this game to support the development of it just because of nostalgia to Descent series. And I think it's a good starting point. However there's not much content in it at the moment. Trying to use controller in a UI is a disaster. The game successfully launches only from the second tru, and you have to go to the PC to start it while on a SteamLink.
I hope that in the future... :-)"
Is he saying there's no way to start D:U from Steam's "Big Picture" mode because you have to go through the launcher in Steam? That's the only thing I could figure, since I regularly play D:U with a 360 controller and have no issues navigating D:U's menu at all. Either way, that's no reason to give D:U a negative review! That's ridiculous!
And yet another one:
"I really enjoyed the original Descent series, but I'm really disappointed by this version. The controls are difficult, and the VR aspect makes my head spin due to the close quarters nature of the environment. I even tried 2D to reduce the nausea, but still, the controls are not easy to master. I don't recommend it."
WHAT? The close quarters nature of the environment makes his head spin? He says he really enjoyed the original Descent series, but he makes it sound like close quarters is something that's detracting from the gameplay. And he's specifically talking about the VR experience making him nauseated. I mean, has he tried playing it the normal way, with a monitor? Again, not a reason to give a negative review for D:U.
I could keep going and point out lots of bizarre fallacious negative reviews, but I'm going to stop there and focus on something more constructive.
How can we resolve some of this "confusion" coming in from recent reviews? I know there will always be people who don't quite "get it" and you can't please everybody, but at this point, it's like we need big flashing signs on the front page that say:
"ATTENTION: YOU WILL EXPERIENCE CLOSE QUARTERS, FAST MOVEMENT, FRENETIC ACTION, EXPLOSIONS, AND POSSIBLE NAUSEA IF UNACCUSTOMED TO 6 DEGREES OF FREEDOM. ALSO REQUIRES USE OF MOUSE TO START GAME THROUGH LAUNCHER."
It's just silly, guys, it's just silly.
On a more positive note, I know you guys are in crunch mode for the singleplayer and I am soooooo looking forward to that! I've got some more gameplay videos planned that I want to put together soon (hopefully tonight!) so I can showcase the improvements made from the last time I uploaded a D:U video.
Do you guys have any plans of releasing a possible singleplayer demo? Like maybe one training mission and the first level to play along with one map for survival mode? Just a basic, "Hey, thanks for taking an interest in our game. This is what it's like (No it's not Fury III dangit) If you enjoy it, please consider supporting us by purchasing the full product" message to go along with it. Maybe something along those lines can help.
Anyways, keep up the great work as always!