I think I’ll be moving Blades of Time off of my active play stack and in to the category of games I boot up when there’s a Steam sale and a related spike in population. I’ve had a ton of fun with the multiplayer, but there really aren’t a lot of people playing it so I wind up playing with the same two or three gentlemen over and over again.
That said, I got a ton of play time from a reasonably small financial outlay. I’m used to dropping, oh, let’s say twenty bucks on your average 10 hour action title, playing it through once and putting it on the “finished” stack. That’s cheaper than most forms of entertainment right there, though the occasional $50 5-hour game does skew things a little.
I paid $36 for Blades of Time and played it for over 50 hours, having fun all the time. Any way you look at it, that’s a pretty good entertainment value.
I finally ranked up to “Master”, which took a lot of multiplayer hours. In all those hours playing the online mode, I only ran in to one other Master-ranked player, so I feel pretty proud of that as an accomplishment. I don’t know if there’s a rank above master, but I do know that it would probably take me 15-20 hours more playing to find out. I don’t have that kind of devotion in me. 🙂