It’s not often a game comes along that keeps me intrigued to the point of obsession. One of the latest titles to do so is a game called SCUM, and it’s currently available to play via Steam’s Early Access.
Do you miss the old days of role-playing games? The kind that brutally curb-stomped your Level 1 Ranger if they dared tackle a quest slightly too challenging for them? Then maybe the next RPG by the creators of EverQuest is for you. Titled Hero’s Song, it looks highly ambitious, while also being reminiscent of classic RPGs. It recently launched via Steam Early Access.
Early Access as an advance method of testing games before launch has been dealt with on NAG Online before. We’ve debated its merits in past podcast episodes, Chris wrote an article about it once, and we’ve all reported on games that have either failed to live up to expectations set forth in their early access period, or that have surpassed expectations (and the number of those games are very, very limited). Steam’s Greenlight and Early Access programs generally offered gamers a deeper view into the workings of game development, but these systems had their pros and cons. And, very recently, Electronic Arts has started to hop on to the same train starting with the open beta of Star Wars Battlefront.
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