Cough…I call bullshit as the game was in development a year before Early Access. It's actually been in development for almost four years already, but I get your point.:lol:
The complaints about Larian and BG3 and how much they show kinda boils down to punishing Larian for being transparent about their process. It's not taking them longer to make this game than it generally does. They've chosen to make feedback and showing the process a big part of how they do development. They could just as easily be Bethesda Game Studios, who haven't released an Elder Scrolls in 11 years and have shown and talked about absolutely nothing about VI.
If you find yourself getting angry, realize that it's not about them being slow or not showing the right stuff or whatever. It just shows that you would prefer not to be updated until the game is done or very nearly done.
It is not about being angry or the level of transparency it is about having an opinion and looking at what they have shared so far and judging it.
Well, i hope they get extra sales from those panels…
Cos i see them just as glorified patch notes. They have little added velue for me as a EA user would make no difference to me if they just posted a txt file with bullet points about the patch. Kinda looks like wasted money but ok…
Having opinions is the problem. People have too many of them, often with little to nothing to go on. Larian has chosen to show quite a bit, so people feel even more entitled to make sweeping judgments.
You keep saying that they are showing a bit, but they really aren't compared to most of their contemporaries these days.
I probably can't for AA/AAA and if you want to limit it to that then I would agree with you.
But if you open it up to everything else then it is a different story. What they are doing is standard for most smaller studios.
You mean from a performance standpoint? I haven't been able to get more than a few hours into the game because it runs like trash on my PC. If it's improved, I might give it another shot.
[..]They have not been transparent at all apart from the EA aspect of the project and telling us about all the bells and whistles. The reality is that all this extra time is going to better graphics/textures, facial animations, hair styles, cinematics and so much other fluff. The main questline is supposedly shorter than the DoS2 one.
What they haven't told us about is any of the higher level content, most of the characters or anything about the main city (even a screenshot of the map). They give far less meaty information than Owlcat does. Give us more character stories etc. Post a 3 page set of patch notes that are mostly full of bug fixes is of 0 interest to me. Watching Swen larping was funny for the first few months but 2 years later the joke is running thin.
The writing is a massive step down from BG2. The lore is almost non-existent. [..]
None of your examples are valid.
I'm not sure why you find the writing is bad. Again I can't compare to BG2 but when I played the EA there were bits of lore given by several NPCs or the narrator, and I found it rather good. Each companion has a story that seemed at least as interesting as D:OS2 if not more. I don't think it's as deep as Pathfinder though, the game has a more casual gameplay overall, but that doesn't make it bad.
Yes, it compares well to DoS2. It just doesn't compare to BG2 very well. Like I said I'll accept the quests are okay/solid. My main issue is all the background lore stuff that BG2 did so well i.e. item descriptions, books, scrolls etc. It's the stuff that elevates a game and makes it more immersive (for me). I loved reading about the origins of the weapons I was using etc.
It's also about how freaking long the game is taking though. On that point I do agree with JFarrel. It would of been better if they hadn't of announced it and done EA if it was going to be soooo long till they released it. 2 years+ in EA and 5 years total is just too long for a non open world game. Larian themselves have proven that you can release a quality game in 2 years. They have more than double the number of people working on BG3 and it is taking 2.5x longer. It doesn't compute for me with what I have seen in Act 1.
I am currently disappointed with what I have seen in Act 1 but of course I would love for the rest of the acts to be better but the only thing lingering in my mind is previous larian games always have the best starts and weak final acts.