The Jimquisition: A Cautionary Post-Mortem Of Evolve

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Battleborn is not the only 2K Games release to have suffered indignity this generation. Evolve, more famous for its DLC model than anything it did as a game, was another multiplayer shooter that failed to do anything better than fail.

The fate of Evolve serves as a cautionary tale to any would-be project banking on additional content to make its money. Audience goodwill is a finite resource, and when you push for excess at the expense of quality, you might just find out how finite it is.

The Jimquisition: Can Evolve Cut Down The Bullshit Tree?

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A year ago, we talked about how Evolve fell out of the “AAA” Bullshit Tree and hit every branch on the way down.

Turtle Rock’s multiplayer game of predator and prey prototyped the current trend of unfinished games that used DLC like crutches, and suffered as a result.

Now it’s back, completely free, and redesigned as Evolve Stage 2.

And that’s… interesting.

Metabombed: Evolve Is ‘A Joke And A Total Scam’

The Jimquisition doesn’t regurgitate press releases for third-party controllers or run stories about every little thing that falls out of Jon Blow’s mouth, so please accept my apologies if the site’s looking like the Evolve show lately – I just don’t produce all the filler that would break such posts up, so if I’ve got a big game with plenty of material to write about, you may see a review stacked atop a livestream stacked atop an editorial. Anyway, what I basically mean to say is that I’m going to talk about Evolve some more… or rather, I’m going to let THE PEOPLE talk about it! It’s time to see how Turtle Rock Shooters’ multiplayer extravaganza got Metabombed in a new feature I like to call Metabombed.

Back when I wrote for Destructoid, I posted semi-regular features collecting Metacritic user reviews for popular releases. Sometimes, a big game proves controversial for some reason, and gamers resort to dogpiling Metacritic’s public review system to prove a point, leading to pointed criticism or hilarious meltdowns. With Evolve proving to be one of the more polarizing new games in a while (seriously, its Steam community is a warzone!), you can be sure that Metacritic’s user reviews aren’t a pretty place to be right now. 2k Games did little to earn goodwill with its decision to promote Evolve almost entirely on the basis of downloadable content, and the stage has thus been set for customers to air some dirty laundry – and boy is it dirty!

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Jimquisition Livestream: Evolve

An Evolve review is in the works, but here are some first Jimpressions in the meantime. Recorded live this morning, I go through some Hunter gameplay, then get my arse royally handed to me as a Goliath.

The game is… decent. Several hours in, I’m enjoying it, but I am already feeling somewhat tired of the whole thing, as nothing ever seems to change or – dare I say it – evolve. Haha. What a great bit of wordplay.

Anyway, here’s a video!