Let me start by saying I've sadly never played a GOW as I bought my PS3 a bit after GOW3, but I have been aware of it and even watched multiple videos and reviews about all the games and liked what I saw...I just never thought to buy the game because I had seen what it had to offer through playthroughs and such.
I had the option to try the MP beta and loved what I played, very enjoyable gameplay/visuals and a style something unlke I had seen in other games (I'd not another shooter). I was worried that I wouldn't like the SP as much but the SP demo put that to rest too. So I've preordered the game and am currently anxiously awaiting its arrival and look forward to playing. It looks to be an all around great game and (in a small way) since I'm experiencing my first GoW game I won't feel like the gameplay is "stale" as much as someone who has been with the game since the beginning.
That being said, while I'm sold on the game I know many people base their decision on whether or not buy a game on reviews. And as we all have seen many a reviewer have really dumped on the game for a multitude of reasons...one consistent one being MP being poor.
I for one think otherwise as I had the chance to experience it in the beta...but to potential buyers these reviews would scare most players off that would otherwise bolster the MP community. This is where my fear sets in, with only the devoted players (like you) and the people like me fortunate enough to try the beta...what if the MP doesn't have enough players to retain a long lasting community? I would hate to see this MP die in the early days due to a lack of players which results in poor matchmaking thus making less enjoyable matches.
I truly hope my fears are unfounded as I hope to play this game for a long time (and being my first GoW game I know the SP will make it worth the buy...just the MP was my selling point)
Thanks for your time.
I haven't really read anything bad about the MP. It seems very large for being a first installment. But a lot of people dislike the MP because they just don't get how to play and they get destroyed super easy.
One thing that would benefit SSM is to make their MP "free to play" like Uncharted 3 and killzone 3 did. This would allow people to try it out, keep the player pool fresh and then people could decide to purchase it from there...
Their biggeset screw up was not making it truly public. They kept it very private and on the last day made it public...but you needed a special code in order to download it. That's a HUGE no no. You want as many people playing as possible. They need to advertise their MP more if they want people to play it. SSM should have learned that lesson through sony's terrible marketing strategies.
I have no fear of this really. The beta servers were pretty packed and like I said, not a lot of people had access to the beta.
The most interesting part to me about the reviews is how mixed the reviewers were about it. They seemed like they either disliked it or they absolutely loved it. Try it for yourself...I for one absolutely loved it and if it wasn't for that, GOWA would have simply been a two night rental.