There’s a pretty big problem with modern game design - and no, I’m not talking about the unfortunate proliferation of DLC and micro-transactions. While those are indeed a scourge, the biggest issue I have with modern games is that thanks to the internet and the ability to deploy patches very nearly at will, games re frequently being shipped in sates that are a far cry from what you’d call “working.” You could say that most of last year’s major releases was broken in some way or another – but that’s fine, because developer can just release patches to fix things. Only, it seems that they’re can’t even do that. Halo: The Master Chief collection was released in November last year. It’s still broken.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is a better game than the last one – but its had a few online issues that have prevented many players from enjoying the game as they should. Upon launch, specifically, the servers weren’t quite functional, and the host lag compensation algorithms made the game a frustrating experience for many. The game’s been better since – but it still has more than a few match-making issues. Sledgehammer’s reiterated how the game’s matchmaking works.
Titanfall is out already in the US, with a European release of the mech-battler tomorrow. South Africans waiting to play the hyped multiplayer shooter will have to wait until its local release date of 32 Febtober. Or pick up a key from somewhere like Evopoints, which is where we got our pre-loaded but as-yet-unplayable copies of the game. If you have the game, but are experiencing issues, EA and Respawn have outlined some of the more common errors – and how to fix them.
We’ve already told you of a strange PlayStation 4 error that’s affected some users; Error CE-34878-0 seems to be affecting quite a few PlayStation 4 owners, with no word yet of what might be causing the problem. Now, it seems more users are having problems of a decidedly more graphical nature.
If you’ve recently acquired a PlayStation 4 and it’s just not working properly, you have every right in the world to be pissed. It’s natural to expect the very expensive item you’ve just plonked a wad of cash for to work, so having it throw up error messages instead of beam shiny graphics at your face stings with bitter disappointment. Here’s what might be wrong with your PS4, and ways to fix it.
Many people are still struggling like heck to get in to a game of Grand Theft Auto Online. I’m one of them; I just can't get past that first tutorial race. I hate having to do the exact same thing over and over in games, so I’m not even going to bother until it’s all sorted and settled. For those of you desperate to jump in to an online game and kick it in Los Santos, help is at hand.
As most of you are aware, there are a few issues with Grand Theft Auto V’s online component; most notably that it’s just not working for a lot of people as Rockstar’s servers struggle to keep up with demand. They’ve now released a list of known issues, along with their assurances that they’re busy working around the clock to fix everything.
As with just about every hugely anticipated online game, Rockstar’s GTA Online has had a somewhat troubled launch. Many, like me, couldn’t even get in to a game, some managed to play in a very laggy environment and some, poor bastards, have even had their single player saves corrupted just by trying to play.
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