I know that it seems a bit… humorous for myself, a game reviewer, to complain about reviews. That it seems I am possibly going against my own reviews to a degree. If you check out my Call of Duty: Black Ops II review you will see that I gave it credit for what it was, an online game, but disliked it for the same reasons. I gave it credit on futuristic weapons and the like, but scathed its half-assed story and characters.
My whole point here is my major problem with Game Informer. GI, the lengthy arm of Gamestop review juggernaut that most people look at as generally laughable. My problem with Game Informer isn’t their reviews as much as it is their inconsistency. Allow me to elaborate.
Here in America FPS games tend to rule both purchasing power as well as the online community. From Halo to Call of Duty it seems to be a majority of what people are playing competitively save the first 2 months of Madden and NCAA Football. I enjoyed playing Halo 4 and I did buy it when it came out, but I have reached a point where I am just finished with it.
I enjoy the senseless violence just like any 24 year old college guy and it can be a fantastic waste of hours playing online with a group of friends, but the hidden cost is what ends it for me. Look at games like Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, it has DLC that comes out over the span of months to even a year, but the game itself it complete. They come up with new ideas as well as additional storylines that would enhance the gaming experience. I have no problem paying a bit of extra coin to gain extra weapons, armor, quests and generally between 10-25 more hours of game play. What Call of Duty Black Ops 2, Halo 4 and Battlefield 3 have done is take a game and essentially steal your money and I personally, am done with it.
I recently was having issues with my online via my Sony Playstation 3. It involved my not being able to play games online and my Netflix (I pay $8 a month) unable to work on my TV via the Playstation 3. It had been happening off and on over the past 3 months. At first I wasn’t angry, the interwebs has issues all the time. Then it became regular…it lasted instead of a day or so, days then weeks. It became a point of no return. I couldn’t do anything nor play anything. It would auto sign me out…for literally no reason.
Then after emailing them about this issue (albeit I was angry so it was a very worded message) I get the generic response of, “We’re sorry, we wish we could do more, but we can’t. If you just wait for it to fix itself everything will be ok, we promise…till next time if screws up at least.”
Well unfortunately for them, I don’t feel I should have to wait on a $400 system and $60 games.
Madden 13 has issued yet ANOTHER patch to ANOTHER Madden game. Before we talk about the patch itself let me just say that I played this Madden 13 and I hated it. It is regressed. Madden 12 ran circles around it. The players feel fake, they still want to act like “Gameflow” was a great idea which it wasn’t, because if it was they wouldn’t have made a patch TO RESTORE MY ABILITY TO CHOOSE MY OWN DAMN PLAY. I mean really what is the point of calling a play where you don’t even know what routes are being run or where your running back is running the ball? I mean yeah online you can check it, but why show your routes to your friend sitting next to you? They know how you play and will probably try to jump one of them or stuff the area your RB is about to run forth.
So anyway here are the patch updates, fixes and add ons that SHOULD have been in the original $59.99 game.
I do enjoy a good FPS with a solid or at least interesting story (Resistance, Halo, Haze, Bioshock) that makes me think and work toward a collective goal and OFFERS the ability to enhance my experience with online play. I dislike strictly online games that are not MMO’s.