As a game collector, I have vowed to never trade nor sell my games.
Of course, unless times are extremely tough and I have no choice BUT to part with them. God forbid that ever happen... D:
Well today, I experienced another deciding factor: Being completely unable to play the game.
Less than a week ago, I picked up Battlefield 3
for my XBOX 360. I would've gone PC, but my machine will need a little more oomph to it. That, and a good handful of coworkers had gotten it for their 360s.
One thing I noticed was the fact that the game came split on two discs, with the campaign being on disc 2. So out of the blue, I figured I'd tackle the campaign first and knock it out of the way. I popped in disc 2 from the get-go and waited... and waited...
Was it a bad disc??? Then a sudden annoyance came to my head... "No. They couldn't have done it like this," I thought. I swapped in disc 1 and booted it up, and the game menus came up. Then came the initial update... and then came something that made my jaw drop. A required file installation of 1.5 gigabytes in order to play the campaign in HD. What the flying fuck?
After that nice little slow-ass install, I was finally able to access the menu and select the campaign. It then asked me to insert disc 2... *head-desk* I knew it.
After a flashy, seizure-inducing intro with the logos, I watched this guy zip over a bridge, land on the roof of a train, and kick the window out from one of the cars. I picked the first guy off without a hitch, and right as I was about to land a headshot on the next guy, the game froze. Like not even ten seconds of gameplay passed, and it fucking froze.
Then the realization came to my mind... "No fucking way." Yep, I had to restart my 360, take out disc 2, put disc 1 back in, start the game up, and then get prompted to pop disc 2 back in. This wasn't a quickie process, mind you. I had to wait for the game to load up, get past all the logo shit, and wait for the menu to arrive. Then add in the loading process for the disc swap.
Ooh! It saved! I don't have to watch the intro again. So I proceeded to start killing guys in the train and..... it freezes again....?
You gotta be fucking kidding me. Why the hell is it freezing? Now I was getting pissed. Twice in a row it froze before I even got INTO the game, and I had to once again repeat the painstakingly stupid process of disc swapping for another five minutes.
I also noticed that it will not let you install disc 2. You can install 1 just fine, but anytime you try to do anything with 2 outside of launching the campaign when the game tells you to, it just sits there as an unreadable disc. I noticed that disc 2 would barely spin at all, so maybe I'd have to install 1 in order for it to work.
By this time, I was losing interest fast, almost to the point where I wanted to break the game in half and stab things with the pieces.
After another eight minutes of waiting for the thing to install, I gave the game one more go. I followed the prompt to insert disc 2, watched as my campaign loaded, whipped out my pistol to start railing bad guys with bullets on the train, and..... YOU SON OF A BITCH!
Okay, at first, I thought it might have been my 360. But being that I had played other games for hours and hours without a snag recently, I had serious doubts. I popped in random games (both installed and non-installed) and played all of them with no issues at all. I also assumed it might have been the disc drive, since i normally play my games installed in order to reduce wear and stress.
Nope. By now, I was done. I was fucking done. Infuriated beyond recognition, I deleted the game from my 360, put both discs back in the case, threw the game in the car, and drove to Gamestop where I got a $40 credit towards my reserved copy of Assassin's Creed: Revelations
So that's my new reason to trade a game in: If I can't even fucking play it!
Some may yell "Well, 'Rift, you should know better that the multiplayer is where it's at!" No. If ANY part of the game is completely unplayable by any means, that's a broken game. It's a game I never want to remain in my library. I might get it for the PC later, but right now, I'm too agitated at EA and DICE for publishing a version that's such a blatant mess.
You guys just gave Activision another easy victory this Fall. :|
--- x-posted to my own journal ---