Posted November 22 2004 - 09:11 AM
| I doubt Valve mind too much though. It could be seen as a fuck you to all the people that said they wouldn't touch Steam, and were going to get a store bought version to avoid it. |
That's awfully small-minded of a company that spent 4 years on a game just to make the fans happy. Besides, I bought the retail version because: a) I thought the only way to get the cool extras was from the Premium Edition (which it was when I preordered it months ago), and b) I figured that even if it had everything pre-fetched or whatever on Steam, at midnight on the 16th or whatever, the servers would go crazy (which they did). I appreciate the theory and effort behind Steam, I just figured I'd let others stress-test it while me and my DVD would be fine. The idea that even having the DVD wasn't enough by a factor of several hundred
megs is infuriating. Added to that that my video drivers were 3 weeks old(!) and wouldn't work, and I was (and still am a little) pissed.
Now that I've got the game up and running, I'm quite pleased with the gameplay, graphics, AI, and so on. Still, what would have been shocked excitement is little more than amusement. I hope the game lasts a lot (like several times) longer than I've played (about 5-6 hours), the story and gameplay will have to keep me playing to wow me.