December 16, 2009

The Effects of Crappy Games

TurningPointWe’ve all been there…   read­ing up reviews on this game for years now, wait­ing in antic­i­pa­tion of this title.  You’ve pre-ordered it 3 years in advance, dumped your girl­friend, quit your job and moved in with your par­ents so you could sit down and play this game with no inter­rup­tions.   You final­ly get the the game and run home to install it and hop on the com­put­er to read the review only to find out it is the most abysmal game that has ever been made.  The graph­ics are hor­ri­ble, the voice act­ing is attro­cious, the sounds are cheesy, the game is bug­gy, ter­ri­ble mul­ti­lay­er that only has one mode of play.  In fear, you start­up the game only to real­ize the the reviews of the game are wrong.  Instead the game is 10 times worse then the reviews made it out to be.  After spend­ing $70.00 on the col­lec­tors edi­tion you feel oblig­at­ed to play through the game.  You try and try but can­not make it even half way through the game with­out going insane, so in tears you unin­stall the game and move back out of your par­ents house.
This has been a fair­ly com­mon trend late­ly as a slew of games have been released that should have been gems but turned out to be hor­ri­ble.  Some recent ones that come to mind are Star­ship Troop­ers, Space Siege, 007:Nightfire and Turn­ing Point: Fall of Lib­er­ty.  Per­son­al­ly I feel if i am going to be spend­ing 50+ dol­lars on a game it bet­ter be damn good.  I unfor­tu­nate­ly pur­chased Turn­ing Point: Fall of Lib­er­ty for 39.99 on sale.  I played half way through it before I final­ly could­n’t play any­more.  I will chalk that one up to expe­ri­ence to nev­er buy­ing a game before I sam­ple the demo, find a good review or see one of my friends play­ing it.  One of the pri­ma­ry rea­sons we want­ed to start this blog was to help peo­ple avoid this very sit­u­a­tion.
Do you guys feel that bad games make you more wary of pur­chas­ing a title? I know I per­son­al­ly will nev­er buy a title any­more unless it’s a) From Bioware or b) Been reviewed.  I con­sid­er releas­ing a faulty prod­uct the same as releas­ing scam soft­ware.  The devel­op­er is dup­ing you into buy­ing a prod­uct that does­n’t do what it says it’s going to do, and for games that is… enter­tain.  I have no prob­lem pay­ing 50.00 for a title.  I spent  $70.00 on Drag­on Age: Ori­gins and I loved every damn minute of it, and for the time I spent play­ing it *around 50 hours* it was quite a bar­gain.   So the ques­tion I pose is should devel­op­ers be held respon­si­ble for releas­ing unfin­ished prod­ucts?  Have you ever been duped into buy­ing a game you thought was going to rock but sucked so bad you turned it a $50.00 coast­er?


  1. DeathProof - December 17, 2009 11:16 am

    Yea for sure it sucks when u get ur hands on an antipi­cat­ed title, and find out that its worse than watch­ing a 2 hour long chick flick that makes no attempt at humor at all : ( But the advan­tage is like u said, hope­ful­ly not mak­ing the same mis­take 2x. To avoid anoth­er waste of time and mon­ey, read reviews, or see what oth­ers are say­ing. But this means hold­ing back ani­mal­is­tic urges to pre-pur­chase or to rush off to the store right as the title hits the shelves, for alot of ppl, this is ask­ing too much.

  2. PimpmasterF - December 18, 2009 8:54 am

    Ah yes, good ol turn­ing point in all its horiff­ic unstasi­fy­ing atro­cious glo­ry. A friend once tried to pawn this game off on me,(you know who you are)the cheeky bas­tard. And anoth­er one to watch out for is Rise of the Arg­onaughts, I bought the PC ver­sion which turned out to be noth­ing more than a cheap and bad­ly done con­sole to PC port. It may have been good on the 360 or PS3 but for the PC it was just a cheap after thought to make more mon­ey. And it sad­dens me that there seem to few­er and few­er demos being release these days. It seems to me that devel­op­ers are get­ting lazy and self rightous.


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