Bioshock.exe has stopped working is a message Vista has given me about 60 times this last week, and to many users as well, and you have to admit, when you have bioshock, a game you've waited two years for, sitting on your hardrive, and all it does when you double click it is give a irreversible error? Almost anyone who preloaded the game through steam had that problem, garanteed, and it was some time until people figured out they had to download this obscure .ini patcher from a third party downloader site to rectify the situation, among other things, anyway.
Thats not all, people with dx10 hardware have been having problems running the game with high shaders and are forced to turn those off to even get into the game.
I myself have come across a game-ending, desk-bashing, keyboard annihilating problem that no one else seems to have.
I have Vista, 8800GTX, e6600 and 3gb of ram, and i was running the game fine for a long while unitl two days ago my game wouldnt load any savegame. After a reboot, the game itself wouldn't work. After a long redownload and reinstall, the same thing happened, and if i ever got the slightest chance of getting into the game menu and click on any of my saves, I'd be greeted with a blank loading screen and the ambiant loading music, forever. After two days of cursing at my monitor, I figured for some odd reason if I played the game fullscreen, this is what would happen, and I now force myself to play in windowed mode, basically killing the entire ambiance and atmosphere I was looking for and interested in, in the first place. These two technical problems have had me boot the game more than 50 to 60 times (accurate), most of the time uselessly loading the absurdely long intros just to get the blank loading screen, or to be greeted to a nice atuo alt-tab feature Vista has, which alt tabs my game from fullscreen, giving me a blank windowed bioshock screen that I'm forced to CTRALTLDEL.
I won't even go into the random crashes......I haven't been able to voluntarily close a session of Bioshock yet, seriously, and I've been playing since launch. Everyday I finish my short Bioshock gaming session with a nice crash to desktop, realising my last save was a mile and four big daddys away, and I basically toss the controller to the ground and go play the world in conflict demo which works perfectly under Vista.
Ah yes, the controller, why use the controller on a pc fps? Because someone under Ken Levine's leadership had the smart idea to break away from the group, be different and original, and NOT include a walk function on the keyboard for the atmosphere-ridden game, forcing me to use the controller, and the xbox360 interface, just to be able to walk and creep around the levels, basically throwing all that pc-exclusive inteface out the window. And of course using the controller introduces its own slew of problems like advanced pc graphics settings not being saved and the whole menu switching to the xbox360 version.
Anyway I can go on and on, with say the directional and overlayed sound channels in the game, but I'll stop there.
I understand this is partly my 'fault' for running Vista, but give me a break, if running a goddamn Vista OS still a problem, I have no idea where pc gaming is going to go.
The game itself IS amazing (when I get to play it), Ken Levine is God, but the technical problems, I'm sorry to say, are the worst I've seen for any game launch.