Okay, I bought Sins online with my CC the day I saw it won Game of the Year. Must be decent + Stardock look after customers so bingo - got my xmas money. And the award (and Stardock's rep) proved well founded. Everything about it was very impressive. Long download for me but worth it and grand game.
Then soon after on New Years Eve I see Entrenchment listed for sale as micro-expansion. I buy it cos my experience in this short time with Sins and Stardock combo has been great. Unfortunately, I don't see the word BETA anywhere until after my purchase, after downloading, afterinstalling, when first running the game it says WARNING BETA. Great - paid to be a BETA tester. Very annoying start but I think maybe the game is nearly finished.
But not so. Worse than this hoodwinking, I start playing, same exact game but you got Starbases and Mines now is only difference I notice. Starbases cost too much and dont do crap - better to have put a fleet there for 20k instead of upgrading this mini-turret to cover one corner that they all fly past anyway. And Mines - Yay - stupidiest inclusion I can imagine. Someone forgot to ask themselves "is this actually fun?" as they looked at 5000 mines surrounding every single enemy planet now. Not really mines cos in my limited understanding, mines are dangerous but these are magical mines that only bother me and dont bother the enemy their ships immune to the explosions engulfing my whole fleet.
And still even worse, my game lugs to a grinding crawl... on a super computer I just bought 3 weeks ago, presumably cos there are 500000000000000 magical mines across the universe.
So I say goddam I got tricked by stardock into being a BETA TESTER and even paying for the privelage. Very well done, kudos to you business types but leaves pissed off customer whose experience is no so keen as when I entered into this relationship.
Worse, I think it is time we broke up cos I thought fine - wasted my money, I'll just uninstall the BETA I paid for but Sins doesn't have uninstall in launcher or start. So I use windows remove prgrams to remove Entrenchment but guess what now Sins dont even work. I got lots of files and a big mess and two games I paid for, well one game and one beta, and nothing works.
So, all that irritation needs to go somewhere so here it is. My feedback - if something is a BETA test that may completely ruin customer experience and completely ruin customer original gameand not even be uninstallable, perhaps DONT SELL IT YET!!!!
Ta. And now, unable to even play Sins, I am off to shops to buy the other game of the year Fallout in hopes the shop will not have a BETA version like your sneaky impulse does!
Original game was good, but overall experience is now much bittered. I hope someone who makes this decisions reads this. Thanks but no thanks.