It’s that time of year again. The last couple of weeks have been flooded with big releases, stretching your time thin as the holidays approach. Chances are you will have to decide which games are a priority for you to play first. Whatever your favorite genre of game is, chances are there is something new for you to sink your teeth in to.
However, for some reason the big titles released in the last few weeks all seem to have some sort of launch issue. Some have bigger problems than others, but with so much to play and so little time it may be beneficial to wait for patches before investing in some of these releases.
Let’s start with the big one…
This year Ubisoft released two different Assassin’s Creed games on the same day. Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 users received Rogue, while Xbox One and Playstation 4 users saw technical advances in the franchise with Unity. With these technical advances however, came numerous amounts of bugs. The game’s issues ranged from missing menu and HUD content, to game breaking glitches causing players to get stuck in hiding places as well as missing enemies preventing player progress. The games co-op functionality has also been affected by bugs and connection issues. While Ubisoft has already released several patches and is actively working to fix remaining issues, they still have quite a bit of work to do before players will get the best experience of the game.
World of Warcraft Warlords of Draenor:
Blizzard released Warlords of Draenor last week, the newest expansion to World of Warcraft. Upon launch, players experienced extended queue times preventing them from playing the game. Blizzard was quick to respond with a formal apology and has added five extra days of subscription to player’s accouts who were active as of Novemebr 14.
Halo the Master Chief Collection:
“For the first time ever, the Master Chief’s entire story is on one console” But, anyone who passed up the story and wanted to jump straight into the games multiplayer was halted by server issues. The game features Halo 1-4 all on one disc and all games run on their original engines. The Master Chief Collection offers an incredible amount of options for multiplayer and is a must have for any fan or even those who just want a little nostalgia. Players can choose to play one specific games multiplayer just as it was when it was before, or play a mixed bag of all four games. Perhaps all this was too much for the servers because players were stuck in long game queues and at times never find a match. The Master Chief collection released last Tuesday and while matchmaking has improved we still haven’t seen a complete fix for the issue.
GrandTheft Auto V:
GTA V finally released for Playstation 4 and Xbox One. The single player experience is just as great as it was before and now includes a first-person mode which gives players a new way to experience Los Santos. However, Grand Theft Auto Online which famously had problems when it launched on the previous version of the game, has issues once again. This time the issue is with transferring characters from old versions of the game to the next gen version. Many players who try to do so receive only an error message. The issue relates specifically to players who have not logged on to GTA Online since 2013. Rockstar is working on a patch to fix this issue and should be available soon (or may already be available by this time). Players who do not wish to transfer old character data will not have issues playing GTA Online.
Far Cry 4:
Far Cry 4 has already received its first patch since its release yesterday but it is still having issues with both single player and co-op. The PlayStation, Xbox and PC versions of the game are all having issues. Some players have had issues with progression status and game crashes. Co-op is having the most issues. Players are experiencing game crashes in the form of black screens and freezes when accepting invites and triggering certain activities at just the right time. The PlayStation 3 version of the game is having a particularly large problem in the form of game data corruption. All of this is to be fixed in the future second patch for the game.