24 September, 2010 Leave a comment
Recently some poor soul, stricken with buyer’s remorse (I bought an awful game, what now?!) asked about any recourse for bad, expensive PC games.
My answer (surprisingly well-received – top answer):
I think research before buying is the best answer (as many have already said – especially demos, videos of actual gameplay and reputable reviews sites).
But I’d like to add: wait. The game will still be there in 6-12 months, but:
- Less $ wasted: you can buy it on sale on steam (often for as low as $5-10 at some point in the first year or two after release)
- More honest reviews: the reviewers will get over their initial excitement. If the game was really good (once they look back, with the benefit of hindsight) they’ll put it in a “best games of the year” list.
- Maybe even better visuals: you may have upgraded to a faster PC by then
It may seem hard to wait, but there are a million other things to do while you wait: sports, social life, novels, movies, study, family, travel, learning… and if that doesn’t appeal to you: have you really played through all of the best games of all time already?