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When you choose to invest your time and energy into a game, it can be a pretty big deal. Games in this modern era can often eat up tens of hours of your precious time. So, when you make this decision, it should not be made lightly. But what if you choose to buy a game that is not technically finished by the developer?
It seems unthinkable but thanks to the phenomenon of early access, players can get access to promising games ahead of time, provided they make allowances for the game’s unfinished nature.
Early access is something that has only truly been available for the last seven years and within that time, we have seen some brilliant and some brutally poor examples of early access games. So, with this in mind, we want to run you through the pros and cons of buying early access games.
Pro: Early Access
Let’s begin with the most obvious benefit. You gain access to the game before its actual release. This means no waiting around for the title to become available. You can get in on the ground floor of some of gaming’s most promising IP’s and watch them grow with each passing day. It can be a cathartic and rewarding experience and when you pick a winner, there is no feeling like it.
Con: Unfinished Content
The biggest issue with early access is that content on offer is usually either incomplete, unrefined or just plain broken. This is to be expected as the developers are gradually working towards a finished product and there are inevitably going to be roadblocks which they will have to overcome. However, as a player, this is rarely something that you will take into account, especially if you have paid full price for what is far from the finished article.
Pros: Often A Cheaper Option
When you purchase an early access game, developers will often reward players for having faith in their title by offering this option at a cheaper price point. Meaning that those in early will reap the rewards of a discounted full game when the project is finished. Early access games can also provide early players with exclusive in-game perks and cosmetics which is also a nice bonus.
Cons: Development Hell
Another huge issue with the early access format is that it is ultimately a gamble. Just because you pay for a game that the developers aim to finish promptly doesn’t mean that they actually will. Massive gaming projects have hit huge roadblocks, ran out of cash, lost the support of their publisher or seen their creative team go their separate ways. Which means that you paid full price for a gaming experience that will never live up to it’s potential.
Well, those are our main pros and cons to consider before purchasing an early access game. What do you make of our choices? Do you often buy games in early access? What pros and cons do you think we missed out on? Let us know below!