I want to prefix this article with a disclaimer that my PC does not meet the recommended specs that Boss Key have put out for this game. However, that isn't really the point either. Granted I have seen this game looking good and running semi-coherently in other videos but I haven't seen it running as well as say Fortnite or PUBG. I'd even go as far as to make a ridiculous statement that it doesn't even work as well as the mobile versions of those games. Radical Heights is currently in something the developers are calling 'X-Treme Early Access', and that isn't just a cute tag for their 80s inspired title, they really mean it.
Before I get into the issues I experienced and my concerns about this game I really wanted to let you know the type of PC set-up I'm working with against what the developer recommends, for complete transparency,
Intel Core i7 930 @ 2.80GHz
AMD Radeon 7700
Intel Core i5-2500K / FX-6300
Nvidia GTX 660, AMD Radeon 7870
My set-up is a few years old, however, it is important to note that I play two games frequently on it including FFXIV and Fortnite (on ULTRA graphic settings). I would have thought that even on minimum settings I'd be able to run this game to a manageable degree...but no. The game is incredibly jittery and buggy. Games take a LONG time to match make, which might be due to the smaller pool of players currently playing. The game does not run well and the optimisation seems to be the issue. It does not take advantage of the hardware it uses and I fear that's because it's been rushed and although these are issues that can and hopefully will be fixed, it makes me question why Boss Key would put a game this broken, out into the wild, even in the age of the Early Access title (I personally dislike the ship it broken, fix it in a patch mentality of some of the video game industry).
Boss Key recently shuttered LawBreakers, an Overwatch type game that was DOA when it released, having missed the boat for that kind of title to find a large enough audience. It was their first title and recovering a studio from that much of a flop was always going to be nearly impossible. They announced Radical Heights quickly and it's clear, in my opinion, this was made to try and recover from LawBreakers by monopolising on the current upward trend of Battle Royale titles.
That's not to say that move was a bad idea, it was inspired. Fortnite did it to great affect after seeing how PUBG took the world by storm. But the problem lies with just how early this early access is. I wouldn't even call it early access/BETA content. This is more like an Alpha build model and they've definitely opened the floodgates for people too early. This will help them get more players interested right now but they run the risk of losing too many players and the bad press spreading whilst they create what the game will eventually become.
It's clear this game has been made with good intentions. I love the 80s theme and the over-exaggerated world of a televised homicidal game-show. I just worry that this game won't be what they are selling in the trailers for a LONG time and by the time it is, will it be too late? Other reviewers via Steam have also shared my concerns that this game has just been pushed out into the world too soon.
Have you had chance to play Radical Heights? What did you think and will you be keeping an eye on the evolution of this game? Comment below or tweet us @ghoulishent.
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