Savestate: AAA Sky Falls

Assassin's Creed Unity Glitch

AAA games faltering

DRIVECLUB, Halo: Master Chief Collection and Assassin’s Creed: Unity are still suffering from technical issues. They have networking issues, graphical glitches, performance drops and sometimes a combination of all the above. And these are just the high profile titles that have severe issues. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has its own controversy over dedicated servers but it’s being overshadowed.

Instead of dwelling on what is happening, I want to know why this is happening. The easy answer is to blame aggressive publishers that want to make holidays. But we’ve seen plenty of publishers make those timelines in the past.

What’s changed for this year?

Although we’re technically a year into the newest generation of consoles, we’re still not out of the woods yet with regards to console transition issues. Seven years ago, the first Assassin’s Creed debuted to horrible framerate issues and bugs as well.

In the case of DRIVECLUB, you can chalk this up to inexperience with networking. For the folks at 343 Industries, I can’t imagine it’s easy to get four titles humming along nicely (even if they’re remasters).

These are just excuses that I’m making up for these developers. They’re not going to tell us why these games are broken but they’ll continue to ask for forgiveness and patience while you wait.

Consumers are paying money for working products and if they can’t deliver a working product within the launch window, they should be eligible for refunds. It might be tough to convince a retailer to take back an opened game, but those who’ve purchased titles from Sony or Microsoft’s digital stores should receive a refund if they so desire.

Also, thank goodness for built-in recording and screenshot functionality.

Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack #1

Over at Nintendo’s little island of fun awaits Mario Kart 8’s first DLC pack. I bought it the dual pack and look forward to trying the new content. I just don’t know if it’s going to be sooner or later.

Random Thought of the Week

I’m addicted to Florida Natural Fruit Snacks.

LTTP: Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8 Logo

I’ve only seen Mario Kart for the SNES in action. I’ve played a fair share of Mario Kart 64 huddled around a CRT TV. And the last instalment, Mario Kart Wii left me wondering why anyone would want to play this with other arcade racers available.

I didn’t plan on picking up Mario Kart 8 but when I saw footage of it in action running at 720p60, I was intrigued. The more footage I saw, the more I was interested. I finally bit the bullet and purchased it after a $10 discount and Nintendo’s free game promotion was drawing to a close. (I chose to Pikmin 3)

I started the game at the 150cc and immediately understood the hatred for the Blue Shell. It was tough to defend because it required a very specific and uncommon weapon pickup. It’s almost better to be in second or third place and then storm to first in the final lap than to lead the entire race.

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Mario Kart 8 x Mercedes

This is such a strange move by Nintendo.

  1. They’re including real vehicles as selectable karts in a primarily wacky kart racer
  2. It’s DLC which is uncommon for Nintendo
  3. It’s coming out for free which is uncommon in general
  4. It’s coming alongside a patch to fix up some issues which is uncommon for Nintendo

What a weird thing this is. I’m enjoying what I’ve played of Mario Kart 8 so far, so I’m looking forward to the additional content and improvements coming later this month.

I shouldn’t be weirded out by this but since Nintendo have been doing things their own way for some time now, seeing them follow their peers is unusual for them.

Checkpoint: Back to Square One Edition

Checkpoint - Back to Square One Edition

I try not to get into my personal life on this site. Past experiences have taught me to keep that kind of drivel to myself. Nobody really wants to read about it and if they do, they’ll just come out and ask me. So I’ll try to keep this brief.

I’m single again and while it caused a bit of heartache I’ve found solace in my hobby and know life will move on. My time on this Earth has taught me that time heals all wounds and I’ll get over this little slump in due time.

I have the next week off and while that may seem like a recipe for self loathing or decadence, I am making the most of it to stay the course and work on projects around the house and catch up with some games, movies and shows that I’ve been neglecting. I was going to use this time as time for myself already but now I might be spending the foreseeable future doing just that.

I’ve been spending quite a bit of time with the Wii U. At first it was an effort to discover party or “girlfriend” friendly games; I chose Game & Wario as my Club Nintendo title for that sole purpose. I’ll continue down that path just to familiarize myself with Nintendo’s library but at the same time, I am finding enjoyment in titles like Game & Wario and Mario Kart 8. I even want to grab Mario Party 10 on the cheap just so I can play it with family and friends.

I wrapped up Peace Walker and found it disappointing. I don’t know what my next game will be. I might just stay rotating through Wii U titles until I’m inspired to start something more involved.

New Nintendo Direct trailers shows Wii U has games

There was a Nintendo Direct today and along with it a handful of new trailers to assure us that the Wii U has games coming.

Bayonetta 2

Bayonetta 2 caught my eye first but unfortunately they didn’t see fit to include a release date.

I think she still looks great with that new hairdo. But I must admit that I’ve become big fan of ladies with shorter hair as of late, so there’s a bit of bias there.

Mario Kart 8

I think I have to pick this up. It will become the first Mario Kart game that I can call my own.