If you’re anything like me, you’ve been searching for an RTS (Real-Time Strategy) game that lives up to the greatness that Command & Conquer gave us so many years ago. Sure, there’s been some good ones throughout the years, namely Starcraft and Starcraft 2, but they just didn’t do it for me the same way Command and Conquer did, so I’m always on the lookout for the next RTS game. A while back I found out about this game that was actually on Kickstarter – Iron Harvest.
From the looks of it, it looked great! It was evident they had taken their time with the character design and backstory. Also, they took a large-scale poll of many RTS players and asked them exactly what they wanted in a game. I fully supported the way they were going about it. I was so hyped about it I even wrote this post months ago. I was intrigued more and more the more I heard. So, I followed the game’s development and literally couldn’t wait to get my hands on the demo or beta.
The second the beta came out I instantly downloaded and was super excited to get into it. I sat down started a game and was met with perhaps the biggest disappointment I’ve ever had in gaming. The game was nothing more than a worse Company of Heroes clone. Honestly, I just couldn’t believe it. You mean to tell me these developers used a big amount of time to develop this game and to survey a ton of RTS just to give us a game that had already been made and made better at that. The gameplay is the exact same. There’s nothing fresh about the game whatsoever.
As much as I want to say there’s a chance that the developers will turn this thing around and add enough to it where it feels like a fresh experience, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. They clearly missed the mark, and there’s next to nothing out there that makes me believe it’ll grow into something great. Now excuse me while I go play the recent Command and Conquer remaster!
So Valorant is here… kind of. Its basically Counterstrike with powers from what we can tell from watching hours and hours of streams, which is what you need to do to unlock the game for yourself apparently.
We’re still over here waiting for that magic moment where Twitch blesses us with a beta access key for Valorant.
How long do you have to watch Valorant on Twitch before you can play the game yourself?
Nobody really knows and there isn’t a good way to figure it out other than watching stream chats and people who are getting them and giving little tidbits.
Officially, once you watch a stream for 2 hours you are eligible to get drops, but when you watch more, it “slightly” increases your odds.
This comes from one of TimTheTatman’s party mates saying this, so other than that we can’t vouch for its true-ness.
For a clue of what other players are saying:
I’ve seen 5 days, 12 hours, and 90 hours from various players.
Recommendations to make sure you are ready to receive your key:
- Make sure your Twitch and Riot Games accounts are linked
- Make sure your Riot Games account is set to the correct part of the world (i.e. Northeast USA)
- Watch a stream of Valorant WITH DROPS ENABLED
- Streamers usually have that right in the descriptions of their stream, but make sure you see the little message under their title which says “Drops enabled! Watch for a chance to earn loot. You can only earn loot on one stream at a time. Learn more“
Anyway, hopefully we get access to this game soon so we can bless you guys with that spicy content you know and love. We have alot planned coming up with this game and are going to be happy to get into something from the start and stick with it.
See you guys soon!
If you’re anything like me, the thought of a promising RTS title is super exciting. Mainly because I’m still trying to relive my Command and Conquer glory days, but that’s beside the fact. Every RTS game since just hasn’t lived up to the hype in my opinion. Sure there have been great titles such as Starcraft and Starcraft II, but there’s just something about them that doesn’t hold a candle to the Command and Conquer series. Trust me, I tried to go hard with several RTS titles, and it just hasn’t been the same. I still go back occasionally and play solo skirmishes just to relive the greatness that was. The thing is, I miss the online battles and community the most. So I’ve been anxious to get into a new RTS game and Iron Harvest finally looks like it’ll something worth my time.
I must say I like their approach. For a multitude of reasons, RTS games and RTS are very particular about just about everything. There have so many failures in the genre and it really doesn’t have much of a presence online at the moment other than Starcraft II. The thing that is promising about this title is the fact that they have a mentality where their community is put first and foremost. They were originally and successfully crowdsourced too, so that is always interesting considering people have supported it from the start. It was also picked up by a publisher recently, so it seems like full steam (no pun intended) ahead here.
What are your thoughts? Let us know.
We’ve included some snapshots of the game below.