right first off id like to say happy new year to everyone (the massive two people who actaully read my blogs) and like to tell you that christmas is the biggest contributor of suicides around the world so if you made it this far, there's always next christmas.
id like to start on the topic of difficulty settings in games of recent. ive played kane and lynch, COD4, R6:V, Frontlines demo and a few others and noticed an extreme difference in difficulty settings. back in gears the difficulty settings were just right. easy for just a quick run through and insane for, well, insane people. but it was do-able none the less. now though, devs seem to think that jesus might want to play a few of these games himself and the difficulty settings are a bit low. so in COD4 recruit is a bit easy with you dying a few times here and there and progressing upto a level chuck norris would sweat to complete. i tryed to complete "charlie dont surf" on veteren and got to the TV station where i noticed that it is impossible. i was constantly throwing grenades back, prone on the floor so to take cover and then being killed by a grenade that i had been throwing backwards and forewards like a tennis match. now ive completed a few missions onveteren that i know were do-able but the rest are physically impossible unless you are god. kane and lynch is hard even on asprin difficulty and that's the lowest one! R6:V is alright but the NPCs somehow know where you are exactly as soon as you get into the level, there they are patrolling away from you, you stick your head out to pistol them BOW!! they take your head off. ? . settings need to be varied and not all tuned to different shades of chuck norris.
my second swipe at the games industry isrelease dates. i admit, some games do need to be polished up before they go on sale but ive played a few demos where i couldnt seewhy they were being released in 2009 rather than next year. we all should know bynow that the reason they do this is to gain publicity so to sell more. but this has been taken to extremes in cases. take STALKERfor example. 5 years of development. 5 YEARS. they had to redesign the engine twice because they were still using DX7 when they started. and even after that it was filled with bugs. thats also aother thing that falls under this section. why to devs release buggy games when they've spent so long developing it? they have people they pay to play these games and find the bugs, then beta testers playing the actual game people will buy and tell them to send in thier reports on bugs and glitches. so why then do games need patches to fix bugs? they should be making new content to keep the game going, not do a half arsed job of patcching it then saying "hell with this, lets just make another game". the only game i can think of to this day that i havent had to patch is HL2 but that patches it automatically so it doesnt bother me but downloading 8 patches in oe day for all my games was a bit boring. even the X360 games have automatic patches but whats always confused me is that it disconnects from XBL then downloads the update? how can it download stuff if it isnt connected to the internet? so why does it cut you off mid sentence in chat just to install an update. surly it should give the choice before installing, maybe you dont want to? but then of course your the player, and companies like microsoft dont care about your needs unless your intending to buy one. once youve got it, they dont give a flying hoot. which brings me onto the next part. service.
microsoft are the worst of the lot, with nintendo the best. i once rang up nintendo about my gameboy ages ago (things might have changed since then) and they said "sure no problem, we'll get you a new one rightaway" i was only asking how i make the screen brighter. sony are a bit either way. my PS2 acted up so they discussed it with me and i got a repair out of it because they said that the lifetime garentee was still valid (?). then there's microsoft. word of advice. if your X360 gives you the ring of death and its still in warentee, give it a go. if not, then throw your old one off a bridge along with a petrol bomb (take the game out first) and go into a store and buy one with a store warantee. microsoft are really tight. they will never give you a new one, only repair and ring of death is the only way you can get a repair. if you get three red rings. turn it off and back on again and that should cure it. the best thing you can do is ring up microsoft and cream down the phonee at the indian guy "F*** YOU!!" and go to argos to get a new one. remember the store garantee.
microsoft need to sort it out. we pay £300 for the box, £50 for extras and £40 for XBL and they still wont give us a damn new one. it has the best online service by far, owing to the fact you have to pay for it but the service is appauling. a bit like mercades.
and finally my last rant is at the UK governemt. i hate you all. have a happy new year.