I found the article a bit rough, but then again, this is my experience with elemental:
played the 1.0 version yesterday, It really feels like a BETA
downloaded the 1.05 patch today, I supossed that the game will be better... guess what? IT DOESN'T EVEN LOAD!! I can see the main menu, but when I try to get in the game the game stays on the moving backgorund forever, it nevers shows the map.
so, for me, that's a SHOWSTOPER, Stardock keeps refering to the day 0 release problems, but it's not getting any better. and I don't see them asking for apologies.
my pc config: Windows 7 64 bits, ATI 4870, 4 GB ram, latest drivers. (and yes, I tried with the minimal graphics settings )
So, regarding the review, I have no choice but to agree with them, It's an unfhinished game, and we deserve and DEMAND a playlable game.
and Brad, dude, if you can't handle the stress of posting in forums and watch your hairy giant BUG being critizaiced and with REASON, just don't post, you should be profesional about it.
by the way, releasing a 1.05 patch that breaks more than it fixes is not helping you out. seriously, I had hig expectations for this game, the idea is good, I love Age of wonders, civilization series and others, so I should enjoy this game. you should get a better tresting and debug team.
some things I could review yesterday about the game:
big zoomeable maps
general Idea of estrategic/rpg hibrid
characters design is childish, they look like toys, like flash animations to
too much blur on several graphics
equipment in general seams like little color clothes, no details, no design, doesn,t look "epic" like other games
every race image is like the others but with a different color (?). They all look the same! I think the problem is the engine they use for graphics is too limited.
UI is not friendly
Game manual just plain sucks
no LAN or Hot seat support!! (come on, that's the best part about this kind of game!! thay are like a board game, you should learn from CIV 4, Age of wonders, Total War and the rest!)
I hope Stardock Will finish the game and I think It could become a classic. but you have to change the way you work.
sorry if I made some grammar mistakes, english is my 2nd language.