What is it about the PS3 that developers struggle with so much? According to users on the Black Ops II forums, numerous users have reported connectivity and freezing issues on the PS3 version of the year’s biggest shooter.
OK. So Gushing Garth has done his usual “Ah Luffs It!” at Sleeping Dogs – and also as usual I’m here to sour up the environment. It is, they say, a talent (or not, I forget). Let’s get a few preliminaries out the way: I love the game. It’s beautiful, bold, innovative, engaging. It has excellent voice-acting – aside from one or two minor moments, where my brows were so furrowed it looked like they were duelling; the game puts GTA IV, Saints Row and others to shame in many respects but in other places, it is severely lacking.
It hasn’t been an easy week for Diablo 3 lead designer Jay Wilson. Blizzard North co-founder David Brevik was critical of some of the design decisions that had been implemented in Diablo 3, something which many fans would agree on as well. Wilson, and a couple of other Diablo 3 designers, weren’t too happy with Brevik criticising them, and they went on to Facebook to voice that, using some salty language to do so. And now, Wilson has apologised for doing so.
With Bioshock Infinite and the Tomb Raider reboot having slipped to next year, there’s little on my radar for the remainder of the year. Sure’ there’s Dishonored - which looks like it’ll fill the gaping void left by Infinite nicely, the bizarre yet endearingly charming Lollipop Chainsaw, Darksiders and of course, Far Cry 3 - but the one game I’m salivating over right now is Borderlands 2.
I poured way too many hours of my life in to the first, co-op shooty loot-a-thon - and can’t wait for its sequel. The first game, addictive as it was certainly had its share of issues; issues Gearbox is hard at work resolving for this sequel; most notable framerate, stability and the first game’s rather terrible inventory system.
It seems that Diablo III’s not the only game to suffer from launch issues. Rockstar’s Max Payne 3 - which has been cleaning up in reviews, even being called Rockstar’s best game to date - seems to have a few multiplayer issues. Players on both the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game have been reporting multiple multiplayer issues, including matchmaking problems and - and this is a big one - multiplayer stat resets.
It’s an issue Rockstar’s aware of - and players in EU territories (like us!) will be greeted with a day-one patch should they wish to engage in multiplayer.
If you’ve the cash to spare, you’ve probably picked up a PlayStation Vita. Why wouldn’t you? It’s a sleek and sexy beast of a handheld - that’ll give you some unique and wonderful gaming experiences. During your time with it, you may - as some have already reported - had an issue or two with it…like it becoming unresponsive or worse, just dead.
Don’t panic! There’s a quick fix at hand, courtesy of playstationlifestyle.net
In honour of "Safer Internet Day" (whatever the heck that is) Xbox Live’s general manager Alex Garden took to Major Nelson’s blog to make a statement about Xbox Live and its recent security woes.
He says users need to be mindful of the information they give out on the internet - but curiously doesn’t actually mention the problem, defending the service’s security measure.
Skyrim is an amazing experience, and one of the best games this year - unless you’re playing it on a PS3, where it’s essentially broken. While some are unaffected by a bounteous bevy of bugs most players are experiencing some pretty crippling lag that gets worse the longer you play. The general consensus amongst PS3 Skyrim players is to wait for the next patch before continuing their quests.
Sorry…but the next patch isn’t going to help.
If you’re playing Skyrim on the PC or Xbox 360, you’re having a great time, there’s no doubt about that. Sure the PC may have access to some mind-bending visuals and mods, but at least us console gamers still get a smooth, fantastic experience.
Wait, what’s that PS3 owners? Your game freezes and slows down more than Stephen Hawking when his wheelchair hasn’t been charged overnight? That’s terrible for you guys, and it looks like the issue might not be resolved any time soon, due to the hardware of the PS3 itself.
Some new rumoured details about Project Natal have been released and itâ€™s a mixed bug all round.
First up the good news, Project Natal is expecting to retail for $50 (R500) and will come bundled with a free game, most probably a mini game compilation but hey Wii Sports is still one of the top Wii titles.
Now the avalanche of bad news.
The latest PS3 firmware update â€“ yâ€™know, the one that removes the ability to install Linux â€“ seems to have brought with it more bad news than just the removal of the OtherOS feature.
Users on official Playstation boards are reporting all sorts of issues since updating.
Mass Effect 2 is out in the US (and garnering some pretty damned exceptional reviews), but the launch has been mired by an issue involving the redemption of collectorâ€™s edition and promotional DLC codes.
Weâ€™re only getting the game on Friday (Or Monday, if youâ€™ve ordered the Collectorâ€™s Editionâ€¦delays suck!), but at least you wonâ€™t have to endure the same problems.
The issue mostly revolves around having your gamertag or profile tied to an EA.com account. If you already have an EA account linked to your profile, do not create a new account on BioWare's or EA's site to redeem your code.
Left 4 Dead 2 stumbled into American retailers yesterday and has been snapped up by people needing a bit of zombie destructionâ€¦ however there is a problem.
Apparently the online multiplayer side of the game is suffering terribly from lag and is virtually unplayable and seeing as the game is aimed directly at the online multiplayer market this is a serious problem.
While nothing has been announced yet you can bet your life that Valve are working through the night to get this resolved and hopefully everything is all sorted out by this weekend.
The issues only seem to be affecting the Xbox 360 versions at the moment.
News that you never want to hear right before the release of a game you want, is that the game is already suffering from terrible issues.
This would have been the case for us South African Playstation 3 owners but is no longer. Earlier this week complaints started pouring in saying that one of the main elements of Borderlands, co-op play, wasn't working over PSN. Friends couldn't see other friends games and joining public games would take up to half an hour to find.
Gearbox soon announced that they are going to have the problems sorted ASAP.