Of course, when the game is free, that's also a driving influence as well.
Thanks to the continued excellence of the PlatStation Plus service, I got a little game called Malicious for free a few months back, and while I downloaded it long ago, I haven't touched it once, until now. I knew nothing about this game at all, and the only reason I kept it on my hard drive is because the logo was fantastic and the main character looked like it could be a fun game to play. Apparently neither one of those factors pushed me to play the game or even look into what it was all about, but I couldn't bare the thought of deleting what could be a good, and fun, game.
Once I jumped into it and skipped over the cut scenes that looked ripped right out of an anime film, I was lost. I was an empty space, similar to the loading program for The Matrix, where my character was just floating there. I moved around and eventually realized that I could enter the monuments in this vastly open, all-white world I was in. Once I got into the first level I chose, it took me forever to discover how to actually attack the bad guys, as it seemed like a legit boss battle right off the bat. With a tutorial (that I saw at least), figuring out the control scheme was something of a challenge.
After playing a few different levels to varying degrees of success, I realized that this game isn't for me, right now at least. It looks like an anime, which is awesome, and while I have no basis to judge the story on (since I skipped throughout it), I can't say this is a bad game. In fact, it reminded me a bit of DMC, which I thoroughly enjoyed. But in all honesty, I probably won't get back tot this game. It intrigued me enough to play it and enjoy what I did play, but it didn't keep my attention long enough for me to fully invest in it.
Even if it was free.