H1Z1: King of the Kill is a game no one likes that’s still on Steam’s top games

    
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H1Z1: King of the Kill is a game no one likes that’s still on Steam’s top games

Do you like H1Z1: King of the Kill? That’s a trick question; just a quick glance at the game’s Steam page would reveal that no one likes it. It has a 59% rating from reviews, it’s covered in reviews saying that the game is a buggy and unfinished mess that’s never going to be as developed as it could be, and in Steam’s performance charts it… winds up being one of the top-played games. Despite all of that. So perhaps there’s something to learn here.

It turns out that while a lot of players will vociferously point out how much they dislike the game, that doesn’t stop people from playing it and streaming it whilst enticing others to do the same. The result is a game which is unpopular in discussion but quite popular in terms of actual units sold and hours logged, i.e. the metric that the designers actually care about. So if you really dislike the game and the focus it’s gotten by Daybreak, perhaps a solution to that would involve… well, actually not playing it.

Source: Kotaku; thanks to Agemyth for the tip!

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gczombie
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gczombie

King of the kill isn’t THAT bad of a game , sure it can be buggy and needs fixing .. but I enjoy a romp through the poisonous gas FpS shooter from time to time.
I’m not a FpS gamer at all, your looking at a casual carebear when it comes to games ..
But Kotk is one of the few deathmatch games I enjoy playing with friends.
Don’t know why, I think it’s fun hiding out and seeing how long you can last before being forced into a tiny area and shot in the face haha
I have gotten to spot #2 before so that’s a thing.

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rafael12104

Doesn’t strike me as odd. Often gamers just parrot what they have heard even if they are having a positive experience.

Take most recently Mass Effect Andromeda for example. If you read the reviews and comments you would think nobody is playing the game and that it is a huge flop. And yet, the game will make millions of dollars from people who supposedly don’t like it.

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Bryan Correll

It’s telling that one of the negative reviews showcased by Kotaku says “I’ve uninstalled this game 4 times.” Sounds like you’re a slow learner buddy.

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Upaya

It turns out that while a lot of players will vociferously point out how much they dislike the game, that doesn’t stop people from playing it and streaming it whilst enticing others to do the same.

MMO players don’t like it. MMO players are a niche of a niche.

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Dystopiq

Bluehole recently joined the cash grab. Their own survival game.

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Melissa McDonald

“he is a foul, loathsome brute. Yet I can’t look away…”

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kidwithknife

Gamers claim to hate a game yet still play it? I’m shocked. That never happens.

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Jeremy Barnes

maybe one day they will make this game an MMO

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enamel

This comment section is oddly devoid of the “Daybreak is a failure and near death” posts that flood every Daybreak article. Weird.

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agemyth 😩

Maybe those posters read that they have one of the most successful games on Steam over the past year or two and realized Daybreak is in great condition. They got there by nearly abandoning their core promises of what the game would be, but it gave them $$$$$$$$, so screw the early adopters.

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BalsBigBrother

Can’t say anything about the H1Z1 but this is not a new phenomenon in the entertainment industry. I have watched movies, read books and indeed played games that have been pretty much universally criticised for one reason or another only to find I very much enjoyed them.

It is why I tend to give reviews of entertainment very little in the way of credibility no matter what the source is and just go see for myself. Yes I do get stinkers every so often but I think I have had more wins than losses overall so I am not going to change this any time.

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Antheriel

Ditto. I played No Man’s Sky for a lotta hours and I may play it some more. Doesn’t matter to me that other people say it stinks. I still love BDO even after “the community” decided it had been ruined by P2W (secret: it hadn’t).

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agemyth 😩

H1Z1 players play the game for many dozens to hundreds of hours and write reviews that make it sound like they were physically assaulted by the game (poor analogy). This happens in a small scale all the time with game X or movie Y, but H1Z1 really gets the sheep kicked out of it (deservedly so) on a uncommonly high scale of its playerbase.

Movies, books, etc. have similar cases, but the interactive nature of a video game means one has to be actively engaged and actively making the game “happen”. It is similar, but a different phenomenon for people to play things they really don’t like.