VG24/7: "Ubisoft and Microsoft are the latest companies to release games that are being ripped apart by the community."
I couldn't agree more with this article. This is getting crazy releasing half a** games. Then you have an app with micro transaction on top of that. Looking at you Ubisoft! What's funny is AC: Rogue is better than AC: Unity from what I hear. Hope that parity does good for you Ubisoft.
why are games becoming like microsoft windows where they release something to the public only to fix it later? its getting insane how these games get passed the certification process. i can understand a heavy load is hard to fix 100% when a game goes online with the community and millions are playing at once but this is ridiculous. the only thing i can think of is they just have to release it at a certain date no matter what. perhaps they should make less assassin creed games so they have a better control on things.
To answer your question, it's because people will buy it no matter what. Do you really think people won't buy the next COD or AC? It saddens me though. We should stick together as a community and speak with our wallets. Instead, we'll bash each other over which version is better.
Yup, gamers are idiots and will buy this crap no matter how busted or broken it is. Publishers only react to sales and when they push broken games out and see fanboys will throw money at them regardless, they realize they can get away with it in the future and that's what you see. It's particularly bad with exclusive games being broken such as Master Chief Collection or DriveClub, because idiots will bend over backwards defending their precious console exclusives no matter what. People are dumb.
well because Microsoft,EA,Activision want gaming to be like that and they'll do anything to get it , lie cheat pay off everyone look at some of the misleading news they have out right now for example "Microsoft Xbox one is about to sell 10million console soon have you ever heard of shit like this youre predicting you're going to sell before it happen lol Sony should do the same thing too by saying hey we about to hit 20 million soon if that how easy it is to con people and the fanboys buy it up hook line and sinker lol
This is nothing like Windows gaming. Games require post-release patches on PC because it's practically impossible to test the myriad hardware configurations that any user could have. You won't know about all compatibility issues until users with untested hardware configurations report them. These consoles are of a standard configuration with virtually no differences between one user's console and another's. Testing for these is much more straight forward. Alluding to this problem being similar to post-release patching on PC is erroneous; this is a genuine problem of either 1) laziness/ineptitude or 2) rushing a broken product out the door. Considering this is the Christmas season, I'm going to go with 2. This is not how post-release patching on PC gaming works or is supposed to work. This is purely how greedy, inept corporations abuse this capability to maximize profit at the expense of user satisfaction and quality. PC gamers do not accept broken games as full releases; do not pretend that is the norm.
"the only thing i can think of is they just have to release it at a certain date no matter what." Was going to say this myself, but you technically answered your own question. Want to know why games like Sim City, Ride to Hell: Retribution, Aliens: Colonial Marines, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, Battlefield 4, Day One: Garry's Incident, and Total War: Rome II were released with multiple performance issues? Look no further than the publishers (sometimes developers, too). It's unacceptable when we are in an age where companies can sell unfinished products to the masses. Only when we start reporting problems or issuing complaints do the companies begin damage control. If they understand that their products are having problems now, then sure enough they understand why. Meeting deadlines is all good and well, but not at the expense of your potential customers. You can always push it back so that you can avoid the backlash, but quite a few publishers don't do this. They would rather take the money and face the consequences instead of bothering to put out a finished product. Sometimes the business angle of making a profit is what can lead to the downfall of a company's image.
Our wallets should laugh loudest of the bunch.
I know somebody that worked the QA on this. It was a mess back in Aug when I spoke to them so they have known this for a long time. Didn't delay though did they...
And yet they are laughing to the bank the fact that so many of you pre-ordered it . . . @M1ST4K3 Pretty much. I by no means condone what they are doing. Nor am I damning gamers. But, really, gamers are allowing things like this to happen by making the same stupid consumer mistakes, buying into the preorder culture and never actually holding crap publishers responsible for their actions (banning future purchases of their games). I write for Duuro, and we've made a point not to cover Ubisoft titles for a good while now (Child of Light, Valiant Hearts to name a few).
Exactly my though on reading this title... the only ones laughing are Ubisoft themselves... I was ready to buy this game... I'm so glad I don't have the habit of pre-ordering things... They can even say: "You pay your money and you take your choice"
I'm not sure what the refund laws are out here in the UK in regards to games. I would be interesting to know how you prove the game is broken in order to get a refund as that would apply to 99% of consumable goods. Whats the consumer law for games out in the US?
Virtually non-existent. Revolves almost solely around the rules set by the retailer.
I contacted Trading Standards about this before, if you believe the game is broken and not as was originally advertised, you can request a refund for it (Which would be easy considering negative videos are everywhere). The shop can request you give them 2 weeks to fix it (not that they can). If they can't they have to give you your money back :) If they refuse (most will as they lie and say anything to not get a refund), just contact your local Trading Standards who will happily take on your issue :)
I've been saying for years how Ubisoft are the kings of bullshotting and downgrading. Didnt pre-order, didnt buy and NEVER will, from them. Liars and cheats and all you suckers fell for it again (watch dogs anyone) lol.
"Ubisoft and Microsoft" come on, be fair, Sony dropped the ball with Driveclub just as bad if not worse. But this sort of thing is getting more and more common and it isn't acceptable! Even with a 30Gb day one update to Halo MCC it still doesn't work properly. I haven't tried it today, but its my only day off until Monday so it best be improved or I'm going to be raging!
You're right... although both Sony's and Microsoft's problems were kinda different... Server stress testing is REALLY hard... It may work fine with 10k people and break with 11k... there's not really a reliable way to test the servers for what will happen in real life... Still, they failed with their predictions... And they are to blame.
A beta test for DriveClub would have thrown up these issues long before they took peoples money on Day 1. Destiny's servers had almost zero issues (some login queues that were quickly fixed, but nothing broken). It seems like common sense that for a network heavy game, you have to do more than synthetic tests.
"Come on, be fair, Sony dropped the ball with Driveclub just as bad if not worse." He IS fair. Http://www.vg247.com/2014/1...
Did you not finish the sentence? He said 'latest companies'. I don't think he's giving them a pass, only these are the two items we're dealing with this week alone.
Many of the larger companies are not playing it smart at all, rather than build a loyal fanbase by treating gamers to polished games and the occaisonal goodwill gesture in the form of free DLC or patches that address concerns and requests that the community may have, instead they are practising a non sustainable business model by just thinking about the here and now and squeezing as much cash as possible.
Very true.The state of a good few games released so far this gen is shocking.BF4,Thief,Soul Suspect,Sniper Elite,Drive club,AC Unity,Plants vs Zombies,Halo,the list goes on.All title's released with either slow down,pop in,dodgy frame rate,game breaking bugs and glitches or just shoddy online performance.When is this gonna stop.The money I depart with and money these company's make should be more than enough for me to be guaranteed at least a 9/10 experience performance wise.No game releases perfect I know that but some of these games are just thrown on the shelf without any testing at all.
@daBUSHwhaka It stops when you decide for yourself it stops. You are IN CONTROL of you, as well as the rest of us. As for when will the Interactive Entertainment Industry called Video games stop screwing you and me over? Answer: uhm NEVER. not joke, never, they never will stop, its in there nature and there OBLIGATED to there nature. don't waste your life waiting on evil people to grow a conscience, its not gonna ever happen lol. But I know you already know this in your heart of hearts, as well as most probably do also....but hope..lol it gets people everytime, holding out a little hope, wishing, not understanding why they wont be fair....lol I understand I do...but ITS NOT IN THERE NATURE...save your hope for something WORTH hoping on.
its not funny when your getting a brocken product
Yeah, it is hard for me to find it funny when gamers support a product only to have it turn to crap. What is sad is this is not new to the industry... I do know my propensity to preorder a game has declined.
I'm not laughing, I'm pissed off. Preloaded halo because Microsofts launches have historically been buttery smooth. But having to wake up at 4am to get a decent game is unacceptable. After watching the same thing happen with GTAV and Drive Club, how could they be so unprepared for their most important launch of this generation? They were doing so well these last couple months, but this is a black eye for them, and a slap in the face to me
@mhunterjr Yep. agree 100% The question is: What are YOU going to do about it? I mean you said it perfectly "how could they be so unprepared for their most important launch of this generation? " Exactly, they shouldn't be under any circumstances, but they were unprepared and didn't care and spit in our faces again. What are gamers going to do about this? answer: Most will do NOTHING BEYOND there complaints but act out the EXACT SAME INSANE behavior next time by preordering the games, buying into the hype, buying the micro-transactions and DLC etc etc less than 1/3 of 1% will actually discipline there selves, have human dignity and self respect, exercise intestinal fortitude in the face of temptation and pressure to give in and go along....and tell these sorry greedy evil bastards to stick it where the sun doesn't shine....and MAKE THEM EARN YOUR $$ not just give it to them. p.s.- the choice is yours, YOU HAVE THE POWER to say yea or nay........you, me, and every other game consumer.
Well I usually don't preorder/preload games, but MICROSOFT has been perfect in this regard up until now. I had no reason to believe they had it in them to release the game in its current state.
lmao at all you who pre-order games in this current climate that we live in.....just insanity, simple as that. in·san·i·ty /inˈsanədē/ noun: insanity the state of being seriously mentally ill; madness. "he suffered from bouts of insanity" synonyms: mental illness, madness, dementia; More lunacy, instability; mania, psychosis; informalcraziness "insanity runs in her family" •extreme foolishness or irrationality. plural noun: insanities "it might be pure insanity to take this loan"(as an example) synonyms: folly, foolishness, madness, idiocy, stupidity, lunacy, silliness; informal craziness. Question: how many more chances are YOU GAMERS gonna give this Industry before you realize they have NO LOVE FOR YOU. None, every chance they get THEY ARE GOING TO ROYALLY SCREW YOU, everytime. Stop listening to these liars sell you nice farm land in a desert in Arizona, WATCH there actions....they don't match, and they never will.. Are there exceptions? sure maybe (CD Red Projeckt looking at you and those like you)...then support them and not the Ubisoft's and EA's and Activisions, Microsoft's etc etc etc (yea there's a bunch of them).... They will NEVER STOP BREAKING YOUR HEARTS, never, its not gonna happen, they are ravenous wolves to the CORE, don't get it twisted, this is business in 2014 and beyond.....
I must be insane because I just read all of that No, I don't pre order games. Never really felt the need so theres nothing for me to fall out of love with.
We are not laughing, we are disappointed. What is laughable is when some publishers say they listen to the fans. It they did listen then they'd know that people would be willing to wait a little while longer for a more polished product. I learned my lesson last gen, I'm never going day one again.
I used to work for a software company (not games), and we always released the software with a "known issues" list. They weren't show stoppers that had an effect on our customers business though..
It's unfortunate, but it's true that publishers / developers are laughing to the bank today. People are way too forgiving and uninformed about games, so this will continue to happen. Very few devs are actually worth supporting, developers like CDPR staying afloat by creating and supporting their games fairly. In the informed consumer's eyes today, those qualities are rare.
If bungie can do it right then so can all the other companies. It's called stress testing and beta codes. Bungie sent out so many codes that people were just giving them away.
Hey writer of the article. Your're right, but it's the gamer's fault this stuff is happening so lets point and laugh at the gamer. If people would just stop fucking pre-ordering based on E3 tech demos then this shit wouldn't be happening. Wake up gamers this is your doing.
Well they're laughing harder... ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK.
"You're only as good as your last game." That's why Ubisoft is putting out Far Cry 4 only a week later. Hoping people forget about AC Unity lol
Oh let's do a full next gen game. okay but why not make one for last gen too we will make miles more money if we do that.good idea let's do that we will be rich and the lamb gaming community will buy it.......greedy bastards good! Serves em right this games a mess!
Hey players they already at the bank depositing your money, so who's laughing hardest ? Stop talking about it and be about it, stop buying crappy yearly hack job games.
these are games that diserve to be pirated just for f. sake
I bet AC unity will sell millions copies...
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