Gamer rights ...
Not sure if there is such a thing on paper but I feel as though there should be one. As I read articles and comparisons on Bayonetta, the rage that consumed me during the Orange Box days crept out of its abyss. I really had thought we would be past the days where archaic development tools were the cause of botched port jobs. Are we really past that point? If we were, would we see what in many people believe to be a bad 'port'?
Now I do credit Sega for taking the responsibility to share this game with PS3 owners. With this responsibility comes another one. The responsibility of the publisher/developer to deliver on its goods. 25 seconds to load a level. 10 seconds to load a cutscene. 5 seconds to open the menu. 3 seconds to pick up an item (got this from a Joystiq article). Sega in 'consideration' to patch to address long load times. That was back in November. No patch yet to address these issues. A patch will not address this issue nor a patch will be created. It really is beyond my comprehension that the producers/directors of this game at Sega would find 3 seconds to pick up an item is 'acceptable'! This is where my credit to Sega ends.
One of the biggest selling points to a developer is the PS3 hard drive and it wasn't even used. In the words of Kevin Butler, "Oh Come On". Now, I understand that negatives of mandatory installs but I would be willing to bet that 99.99% of all PS3 gamer that wants to play this game wouldn't mind it at all. If a mandatory install brings down the load time for a level, I'm all for it. I would happily make, eat, digest, and crap out a sandwich while the game loads to disk.
PS3 gamers, why did you buy this game? Why validate Sega's stance on this port? Instead of making the effort to buy this game, the gamer should have written, emailed, called Sega to DEMAND better.
Accountability for Sega but not Platinum Games. You ask why? Sega took the ownership of porting this game. Not Platinum. Sega had the deal with Platinum for publishing rights for this game. You would think that they would take care of these guys financially to ensure that all platforms are on or close to par.
This is a phenomenal game. It should have been treated as such. The PS3 only gamer should have been treated as such.
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