Opinion: Assassin's Creed Unity, Unfinished Games and Over-Reliance on Post-Release Patches

Young people reading this might find the following notion strange and archaic, but video games were once released in complete, finished states.

In recent weeks a spate of high profile releases have suffered upon hitting the shelves. DriveClub had ongoing server problems, Halo: The Master Chief Collection's matchmaking was a mess, and Assassin's Creed Unity... oh boy.

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robtion1411d ago

It is a shame and should be regulated. Releasing faulty products should not be allowed and companies who do so should be penalised in some way.

ziratul1411d ago

Things are getting worse every year! Now they have started selling $60 product which is completely broken on launch day. Patches were always used to fix minor flaws and to improve stability, BUT NOW we have 20 GB patches that transform complete game from one state to another... and that SHOULD be regulated by law somehow!

IGiveHugs2NakedWomen1410d ago (Edited 1410d ago )

Regulate it with your wallet. Don't enable these developers by continuing to buy rehashed crap with a new paint job. I haven't bought a Madden game since I had a PS2. I bought the very first Assassin's Creed game and not one after that. Ghost was the last COD I bought and it will be the last COD that I buy. You don't need laws and regulations to get developers to stop selling incomplete crap, all we have to do is become a single voice of reason and not encourage this type of activity by not spending money on games that should have never been released in the first place.

Let me ask those of you who are commenting on this thread this:

Some of you complain about broken and unfinished games, but when Assassin's Creed Rogue is released will you buy it and remain a part of the problem or will you spend your money on products from developers who make sure their games work before releasing them?

Some have complained about the lag with Advanced Warfare, but when the next COD is released next year will you continue to be part of the problem and buy it or will you spend your money on games that work?

Infamous Second Son works, Wolfenstein works, Shadow Warrior works, The Evil Within works, TLOU works, Metro Redux works, and there are plenty of other games that have been released and others that will soon be released that actually work as intended.

Understand that 100,000 people complaining about a game will never be as effective as 100,000 people who refuse to spend $60 on a particular developer's game. Get on twitter and Facebook and start discussions about these broken games being sold. Then "speak" to these developers with your wallets. They don't care about your complaints, but they do care about your money.

Dyldog691411d ago (Edited 1411d ago )

And game developers will do nothing about fixing it as long as people keep pre ordering and buying day 1. Pre orders: the root of all evil in gaming. Don't you see its allowing developers to ship unfinished products? Stop pre ordering games at the very least if you ever want to see this tr-end.