Killstrom: Passages of Gore online play testing notice filed by Neil Mackey.
We're pleased to announce that R&D has completed focus group play testing of GenFlux's online adventure game, “Killstrom: Passages of Gore”.
I'll be referring to the game simply as “Killstrom”.
A secure Killstrom server was set up within the Data Center, and our focus group was placed in a room with cutting edge computers and access to said server through the game. Play testing was conducted for two hours, with a break and brief Q&A session at the midway point.
The group was broken into male and female subgroups, which were in turn seperated into even groups of those who had played Killstrom in the past, and those who hadn't.
Male player in both player and non-playery sections had an overall favorable view of the game, noting the impressive use of spatter physics and advanced crafting systems. Female players, while overwhelmingly positive in relation to graphics, mechanics, and gameplay, felt the game fell flat in terms of female representation.
Apparently, most found the ability to adjust breast/posterior size unnecessary and would have preferred control over their avatar's general build as per male character selection.
The most sought-after body types for female players seemed to be “Brawler” and “Just Normal”. Multiple female subjects requested to play male characters, which was denied due to the need for full creation testing of both gender models.
Moving on, players unanimously enjoyed simulated combat, especially “boss battles”. The character of “Sludgehammer” became the crux of a particularly interesting team effort. Weapon, armor, and item usage worked as intended, as well.
Another quibble, however, was that players agreed farming, harvesting, mining, and so forth seemed like needless excercises designed to keep them “grinding” mindlessly while paying the monthly online fee. We may have to rethink this approach, since as I understand it they easily saw through to the intent.
All in all, a positive outcome with a few points to mull over.