I sometimes play failed or obscure titles just to look. Sometimes I am pleasantly surprised (Wildstar) or predictably disappointed (Revelation Online). Sometimes I just shrug and wander off because a game isn’t really bad, but it also isn’t really good (Shroud of the Avatar).
And that brings us to what’s on my mind tonight:
Bless Online failed spectacularly. People do not like Bless Online. You don’t have to take my word for it– go look at the reviews anywhere. (If you go check it out on YouTube, you might want to pop on some headphones so your kids don’t hear the profanities in some reviews.)
But now it is on sale on Steam. I wasn’t willing to pay full price to see how bad it is, but I might be willing to shell out $10 to check out the failshow. I just can’t decide if I want to spend money on it or wait for the almost-inevitable free-to-play.
I have seen some games fail at launch and then make an astonishing comeback, but then there are the flops that stay flopped. Bless looks like it will probably be the latter. The more highly anticipated a game is, the more people feel betrayed if it turns out to be a steaming pile. See the aforementioned reviews to experience the bitterness first hand.