Al-Khwarizmi wrote:Picking it up now gives "20 packs and 10 Pandora passes" for €22.99. Is this worth it or is it better to just wait for f2p? I'm pretty convinced I'm going to like that game.
I haven't played it that much but first impressions are that it's a really casual card game and pretty addictive, at the moment it's all about trying to earn cards because it's a deck builder.
It's easy to learn how to play, it's fairly simple but there are something like 274 cards, so It's going to take a lot of playing hours to learn them properly (and fully assess which stuff is imbalanced). It's not information overload though because the small hand-size almost plays itself. Despite that there does seem to be a lot of tactics involved..
The devs acknowledge that it will still take time to balance all the card stats and mechanics, I expect it will still technically be a work-in-progress EA game for months to come...
I don't know if it can be balanced though, there's just so many cards, already I can see that some factions might generally be better than others not because of stats but due to mechanics, for example there's a faction that can do lots of passive damage (kinda like lots of ranged attacks) which always seems to trump the other factions (I'm a newb though so it's still too early to say if this is actually the case).
The SP is going to be quite big (20 hrs), you can unlock a lot of cards this way (I think I've unlocked about 10 packs so far).
I'm not a huge fan of deck builders or F2P, but for now I can look past this, it's fun playing it and learning what the cards do. Time will tell if it's going to be a good competitive game or not, already I've read one comment claiming that 90% of the league players all use the same deck (remember that faction I mentioned), I don't trust this claim 100% though.
And of course it will always have a question mark over whether it is P2W or not because it is a F2P game with microtransactions, I guess on some level it might be P2W.. but I doubt I'll ever be interested in playing it competitively (league), but it is a nice casual game to play against people on your friends list.
Also... Duelyst will be available F2P on steam on 23rd Aug. I haven't tried it yet, it might be ok.
It goes without saying that none of these games will ever be in the same league as CR!