i can’t recall exactly how many “EarlAss” games i’ve bought, not very many i think
i tend to stay away for a couple of reasons
1 ofc being playing a alpha/“beta”(some devs don’t seem to know how much content a beta actually needs to have these days), has it’s own set of problems and limitations, which i’m just not all that willing to waste time on. Why deliberately bother play a buggy mess etc?
nr 2 reason being continuity
depending on dev cycle it can take a looong time before you get a decent “near finish” product, meaning if it has any semblance of story or progression you keep having to halt your experience, and get it in chunks every couple of cycles/months(note how infesting ea with survival games don’t “suffer” this)
And i’m just not the type that want to keep returning to play a game in chunks to eventually get a cohesive experience -hell telltales Episodic model was hard enough for me to swallow, and early access is often much worse/longer
nr3. being burned
one thing is preordering because having been swooped away by the hype train, and then get let down, that can happen, being a slight dumbass is ok.
But with ea you have no inkling of an idea if the game will even ever get finished to a near complete state, much less if promises will be kept or issues fixed, even despite if getting “finished”. It’s like forking over money, with nothing but a hope “please don’t screw me over”, to a guy with a creepy smile in a back alley…
such a shame there are so many rotten or sour apples out there, because some ea devs are totally committed to doing good work and fulfill the goal. It’s just difficult to not be a bit jaded at times,
so even if i pt 3 might not apply, i still defer to 1 and 2, i do prefer to get my game “in 1 go”