Up-and-coming subscription service, Utomik, has just partnered with Curve Digital, adding some pretty sweet titles to their ever expanding selection of games.
Utomik is a PC-based gaming subscription service that offers an ever-expanding collection of indie and AAA titles. This 600+ collection includes well-known titles like Borderlands and Batman: Arkham Asylum, and more independent games like Yono and the Celestial Elephants, and Deponia. How they operate is simple - they get rid of the hassle of long installations but downloading just enough of the game to your hard disk and allowing you to play as it finishes! It's a simple concept, and honestly, I don't know how sold I am on them, but I'm getting ahead of myself.
The beauty of the service is supposed to be its unlimited gaming with a low price, and thanks to their partnership with Curve Digital, they are one step closer to making that statement a reality. Since I last got their press release, I was given the opportunity to try the service for myself. I admit, I am not a huge fan of subscription services - I find the lack of ownership of things to a little too loose for me. Still, I decided to give them a chance, because they definitely seemed to be more robust than other services.
When I booted them up for the first time, I was impressed by their Netflix-like front page. The design felt easy to navigate. I decided to try one of the Curve Digital games first, Hue. Downloading the game was a simple enough experience - it took a few moments for a sufficient chunk of the game to finish installing before I could play - and it went off without a hitch. I played for about an hour and had no real issue. There were no freezes or bugs - everything ran smoothly.
Of course, Hue is just a 2D platformer - and it's not like I was trying to run Fallout 4 or Witch III. So, I decided to try a larger game, Borderlands, and again - it went off without a hitch. It took a little longer to download, needing 828mb before starting. But the game ran smoothly, and I never had a moment that threw me for a loop.
I think the main issue I have with the service is the phrase, "unlimited gaming," because it is very limited. They do have a lot of titles, but they don't have a lot of major titles. Of course, this is unfair to say, because it's hard - and they do seem to be getting a steady of flow of new content. And, they it's not like they don't have a large selection, they definitely have some games worth playing - and that's to their new partnership, they've got even more.
Games like Hue, Manual Samual, Serial Cleaner, Hue, Human: Fall Flat, and Skitbold: A Dodgeball Adventure are fun titles and I hope that the service experiences more growth as they expand. And while it doesn't have quite off an unlimited gaming experience, the experience it does offer is well worth the low price of $10. If you want to experience the service for yourself, you can check out the website here.
Shann Smith is a freelance writer, screenwriter, playwright, gamer, and film/TV lover. When he's not working on his columns for Popdust, he's doing his best to create and consume as much media as he can!
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