Update 1: The game is back on Steam Greenlight. Good for Destructive Games. I don’t want to see them censored if a service would otherwise carry their game… No matter what Valve has said to the contrary.
DISCLAIMER: Naughty language follows.
I think this is the third time I’ve felt compelled to say something against a game I have zero problems with existing. The name of the game is Hatred and it is most definitely not my cup of tea. I do not plan on buying it, I think it looks like a decent isometric shooter that lacks everything I want from an isometric shooter. The protagonist is repulsive. His actions are motivated by emo teenage angst and it appears the only attraction to this game is murdering helpless civilians and weakling police. I’ll pass. It isn’t for me.
The first time I brought up the game it was basically to say what I thought above as well as it being bad timing. The second time I pointed out how lame the lead developer’s reasoning was for following a political group on Facebook with questionable ethics. This time I’m stepping in to call a party foul on the developer and fans of their game for trying to compare two edgy games which pushed the way we thought about dispensing vengeance, to Hatred.
It all started when Hatred went up on Steam’s Greenlight page and then was pulled. Valve’s Doug Lombardi had this to say to Eurogamer.
“Based on what we’ve seen on Greenlight we would not publish Hatred on Steam. As such we’ll be taking it down,”
I am not entirely sure what their reasoning is behind it, possibly the problems with selling it in specific territories I would imagine but that is simply speculation. Developer Destructive Games obviously has to respond because they are attention whores in the first place. Here is an excerpt from their press release.
“Even though games like Manhunt or Postal are still available on Steam…”
Fuck you. No. Seriously. Fuck you. If I didn’t stop to tell you to fuck off I would have to apologize to every Manhunt and Postal fan out there. So again, Fuck you. Continue.
“Even though games like Manhunt or Postal are still available on Steam we of course fully respect Valve’s decision, as they have the right to do so. In the same time we want to assure you that this won’t in any way impact the game’s development, game’s vision or gameplay features we’re aiming for. The game is still to be released in Q2 2015 as planned.”
“Moreover we don’t treat this as a failure because yet again this showed us a huge community support we’re totally overwhelmed with. After only a couple of hours Greenlight campaign being live, Hatred gathered 13,148 up votes and ended up on a #7 on Top 100 list.”
Snivelling babies. “Even though other games of arguable artistic merit are available…” Just stop.
Nobody was a helpless victim in Manhunt. Not the protagonist, not the antagonist and not your enemies. You may have been playing as the bad guy but every other bad guy wanted you dead. On Xbox, the microphone would track your breathing and if you made too much noise, they would hear you. Innovations in gaming and survival horror were made when Manhunt caused its controversy. In the end, you survived and maybe that was your redemption. Manhunt 2, you were escaping and evading more people who wanted you dead. This time around you were a sheep. Quite literally the protagonist’s name was Danny Lamb and he was manipulated by his own dementia to do the bad deeds of his alter ego. But nothing changed the fact that you were being hunted and murder was arguably in self defense.
2. Postal (At least Postal 2)
I skipped the first Postal because I thought it looked cheesy. I do know you don’t have to kill anybody who is unarmed. I think you get to the next stage by killing a percentage of the armed citizens. However the second Postal game was a fun little title I had a bit of fun with. Why? Because it is so mundane and mimics life’s chores pretty well and at any point, you have the option of going postal! This game is largely tongue and cheek. It borders on satire but it is very self aware and it parodies itself on several occasions. This game is not about murder for the sake of murder. You don’t have to straight up murder, you can go through most of it harassing or assaulting people. Each “weapon” you obtain doesn’t have to be used to bring death. Killing people is an option, not the goal. And Hatred doesn’t have a fucking cat silencer!
Just shut up and make your game. You’re making an isometric shooter that is so stripped down there is only one motivation. That doesn’t take skill. It’s like making an RPG where all you do is talk. No quests. No loot. Just walking around, talking. You owe nobody an explanation and quit comparing it to anything because nothing like this exists. That may sound like a backwards compliment but there is also only one William Hung. Just make the damn game already.
The Jaded Gamer