Amazon released free-to-play PC game Crucible on May 20th on the PC game platform 'Steam'.
TPS game game Crucible was unveiled through TwitchCon held in 2016. Amazon hired Louis Castle as the head of Amazon Seattle Studios in 2017 to develop this game. Louis Castle was the co-founder of Westwood Studios, which developed the RTS game series Command & Conquer. And Crucible was scheduled to be released in March 2020. But due to COVID-19, it was delayed to May 20.
Since Crucible is the first major PC game released by Amazon, which is an famous e-commerce company, it has attracted the attention of many users. Amazon has been doing variety activities in the game industry, such as acquiring the game broadcasting platform Twitch and establishing a game development studio. And now it has released a major PC game.
I enjoyed this game, right after it was released. And I believe that there are a lot of problems on this game. It was bad from the beginning. Graphics is not good. It felt like I was playing 5~10 years ago game. Even if I kept playing the game, I couldn't find the good thing of this game. I think the development team should change the game from the beginning.
■ Poor graphic quality, Is this the game that is released in 2020?
When you play Crucible, you would start with the tutorial first. I was very disappointed with the overall graphics quality since the tutorial. The graphics quality wasn't good. It did feel like a game was developed about a generation or two ago.
And User experience like gun-shooting and Killing-monster is bad. At TPS game, gun fighting is one of the very important elements. However, Crucible is too flat. Even if I shoot and hit the enemy, I don't feel the cool feeling.
■ game balance problem, almost impossible to reverse the game
There are two modes in crucibles. One is The Heart of the Hive, in which two teams of four user fight over a huge boss. The other one is Alpha Hunters, in which eight teams of two user t participate and the last surviving team wins.
I enjoyed Hearts of the Hive, which is a 4 to 4. Because I thought it was appropriate content for users who are not good at shooting games like me.
However, when I played Heart of the Hive, there were a lot of problems with this mode. If a character dies during combat, it takes too long to return to the battlefield. Game balance is also a problem. If you push the enemy once after the appearance of the giant boss, you will score a lot of points against the opposing team. If any one dies, they would have to fight with 3 people against 4 people for quite some time, which makes it very difficult to reverse the battle.
And it is almost impossible to recover the gap that was once pushed. It's hard to reverse the game in other team games, but it's not impossible. However, in this mode, it is almost impossible to reverse the game. I think they need to make something that makes the losing team get back in the game. Or they need to reorganize the overall game balance.
■ A lot of problems, It is not that you are in beta test
There are many other problems with the game. The monsters that appear only take very simple actions. There is no original or unique action of each monster. Fighting against them is just boring.
There is no mini-map. There is a shortcut button to show a map. A mini-map is like a basic thing of the shooting game in these days. But in this game, there is no mini-map.
And there is another problem. Despite the poor graphic quality, there are a lot of users complaining that it does not run smoothly on high-end PCs. In addition, users accessing from Asia are complaining that there are a lot of problems about latency.
Many elements of the game are generally bad. The graphic quality is also poor, but the details are also problematic, so the game cannot be fun.
Is there anything good? I think this type of shooting game always have the potential. If they upgrade the game, I think they might have a chance. Because there are a lot of users who like this type of game.
Currently, users who positively evaluate this game are users who enjoy this type of game. However, these users are also saying that they cannot recommend this game to other users because of various problems.
If this game is at early access or beta test, I may be understandable, but Crucible is an officially released full game. I don't understand why they release the game in this state.
■ I hope Amazon make a judgement call for this game
The reason Crucible attracted attention is because it was presented by an Amazon. However, the condition of the Crucible is serious now. Either stop the service and make major modifications, or develop a new version while maintaining the service, they need to choose.
If Crucible doesn't show improvement in the near future, Amazon will suffer a lot of losses. It's not just “we invested development costs in this game, but we didn't make any profits”. In the future, people will have no expectation about PC games that Amazon release. For Amazon, this is a huge blow in terms of corporate image.
Therefore, the game should be improved properly for the sake of Amazon. I think there is a potential. However, it is unclear if the development team will be able to take full advantage of its potential, and it is unclear if users will be waiting for this game until then. If they don't have the confidence to improve the game, shutting down the service early seems to be a good option. I think maintaining the service as it is would be the worst option.
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