I’ve been stepping outside of my normal gaming routine lately. In my current state of mind, I’m not in the mood for following a lot of rules (quests) and pre-defined routines. I’m winging it and playing more casually. That is how H1Z1 has entered the line-up.
I’m not into horror, zombies or post-apocalyptic environments. Until recently, I’d never played a straight up survival game. However, Twitch has introduced me to two games that at least on the surface looked interesting. First up was Don’t Starve (DS) and so far it’s been worth the price. Both of my daughters are now playing it too. On the heels of having liked DS/DST, my interest was piqued enough to give Sony’s new MMO title, H1Z1 a try.
Remember: THIS IS ALPHA
H1Z1 will be F2P, however, to have access to the game now it costs 19.99 USD. Paying to test? Sure, if you’d like to look at it that way. I see it as a path to play something that looks interesting to me now, and that if it were on the market today, I’d be willing to pay to play it. I tend to be a very early adopter in MMOs.
It’s important to remember that even though you’re paying to play, THIS IS ALPHA. No tears over broken mechanics or when the game is down. That’s what you signed up for! If that’s not your cup of tea, don’t buy it. Wait for it to release for free. I enjoyed the alpha phase of ArcheAge. In fact, I enjoyed the management of the alpha game substantially better than the nonsense that went on in live, hence my departure. And even then, I feel like I got my monies worth from the alpha period.