Losing The Gaming Mojo?
Yesterday a fellow gamer and Old ‘n’ Rubbish regular stevetigersix tweeted that he has become disillusioned with gaming at the moment. You can read his extended tweet here, but basically he is annoyed that an increasing number of games are being released that don’t work and then take an age to get patched so that they eventually do.
The constant issues such as games glitching or saves becoming corrupt is ruining the gaming experience. And I have to agree with him!
I’m not a hardcore gamer. I don’t buy many games a year, maybe about half a dozen or so (big) titles a year but when I bought my PS4 in November I bought 4 games with it. And I’ve had nothing but problems with 3 of them.
First up was Killzone. I played through the single player campaign for about 4 hours on the first day but when I went back to it a day or two later, my game save was corrupt meaning I had to start back at the beginning. Four hours wasted!
I couldn’t even get online for a game in the first few days. As a result, Killzone has been on loan to a friend since the beginning of December. He has had similar issues with corrupted save files, but trudged through it.
Next up was Assassins Creed IV, and I had the same issue, a corrupted save meant I had to restart the game in order to play through it. I have persevered a little with this one and, touch wood, it has been OK, although I haven’t played it in a while to check.
But worst of all was Battlefield 4. Trying to get online and have a game with friends has been near impossible. A couple of us tried for two hours one evening to get a match going to no avail. We just ended up flitting in and out of the menu system for a couple of hours, getting absolutely nowhere while it tried to find a match for us to join or other people to join our match.
Oh, and I had a corrupted save with this one as well! Six hours wasted after banging through the single player campaign in a single session.
I got so fed up with it that I traded the game in at the weekend. The look of shock on the Game employee’s face when I handed it over was something to behold. He couldn’t believe I was trading it in. But with all the problems I’ve had with it, I’d rather cut my losses now and get just over half my money back than try to persevere with it or let it sit in a cupboard not being used.
Partly due to the problems encountered and the annoyance it causes, and partly down to there not being any games making me want to play them, I haven’t actually turned on my PS4 since Christmas day!
However, there has been one light in all this gaming doom and that has been the PS Vita. Purchased just before Christmas, I have spent lots of time on it, playing some great games such as Uncharted: Golden Abyss, The Walking Dead, Tearaway and my latest fave OlliOlli, a skateboarding game which is incredibly addictive. It has that “just one more go” factor about it.
The Vita has kept my gaming mojo alight but the disappointment with those next-gen, all-dancing, all-singing, all-broken games seriously dented it!