I started gaming when I was around three, a long time ago for me. I started out with Pong, which was short lived, I quickly moved on to the NES. First game that ever got me hooked was Super Mario Bros. Since then I’ve moved, to tried to move along with each generation, at best I could. Even sticking with PC gaming as well, not just consoles.
In this time, I have found myself getting caught in worlds, full of glitches, bugs, most aren’t bad. Sometimes I find that what happens is downright funny. Other times though, I find myself getting frustrated, mad, even putting down the game, to never pick it up again. For the most part, developers pour out their heart and soul to makes these games. Many fans will look past it, or make excuses for the developer.
For the most part, I look past them as well, I keep on going. For instance my brother, not matter what game he plays, he gets stuck in something. Being my brother I have to laugh, I can’t help myself. The boy is magnetic to ground, walls, rocks, anything really. I have no clue how he does it.
A good example of the first game I ever played, that was littered with problems was True Crime New York City. The series as a whole isn’t the best, but it is open world, something that was becoming popular at the time, thanks to Grand Theft Auto.
I remember getting this day one, got home, put it in the Xbox. Played for a few hours, nothing ever went wrong. Then Marcus (Guy you play as) started falling through the world, I had to restart it. Multiple times this happened, along with horrible frame rates, freezing, to the whole worlds textures popping in and out.
At the time, I thought wow, then I suspected my Xbox. I tried it on my brothers, same thing. Why do players have to deal with this? In this case it seems like a rushed product, just to hit shelves for the holidays. Thank you Activision, very much, I’ve held a grudge against Activion to this day. Not because of Call of Duty, I play it all the time, but for True Crimes, you can shove it.
Back in that time of PS2, Xbox, we didn’t have title updates, and patches, at least I don’t remember. (Please feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.) But now we do, and it seems more and more games release with a ton of problems.
Now remember I don’t care or worry about little things. My main problem is with freezing, console lock ups, things that make the game unplayable. I’m not really concerned with online either, they are getting regular patches and updates.
My biggest problem, and a great example to use imo is Bethesda Game Studios. If you don’t know they are big just for the Elder Scrolls games, and Fallout 3. Now take a look at the Elder Scrolls series, starting with Morrowind, and go from there. I never had that many problems with Morrowind. Just basic little things, no worry, the world was huge and all, it can be forgiven.
Starting from Oblivion, going to Fallout 3, to Skyrim, I’d sure love to know what happened. Multiples freezes, I hate having to go to the dashboard, or even worse turning my console off, then on again. Why in the world is this acceptable? I mean really, come on now, no body should have to deal with that. NPCs, getting lost, or disappearing, shouldn’t happen. I hired help in Skyrim, we went in a cave, the dude started sliding around on his back, and slowly for the matter. I’m actually glad he died in that cave, he deserved it.
When a game like this releases, and has this many problems, I either want play it long, or just long enough to beat it, that’s it. It really surprises me, a game such as Skyrim can get so much credit, along with hype, while being so broken, even after all the patches its had. Now the game is good, I enjoyed the story, I enjoyed exploring, but I wouldn’t recommend the game to anybody.
Now I’m not going on a rant to just bash Activision on or Bethesda, a ton of other games have seen this problem. And it’s sad, it doesn’t matter if you can patch it after release or not, the fans shouldn’t have to deal with it. If they decided to or not is up to them, which to some it may be worth it.
To me not so much, and if your game freezes on me at least once every time I boot it up, I’ll stop playing it. Have you got any experiences like this? Any games, that you couldn’t stand, because of it freezing, or another type of bug or glitch?