We are another week closer to feasting on turkey and stuffing but with some recent games we are left to feel like turkeys ourselves. There has been an unfortunate rash of games experiencing launch issues. Let’s just not speak of DRIVECLUB and its horrendous situation. Even the Master Chief is susceptible as matchmaking issues are hurting the launch of The Master Chief Collection. Forget matchmaking problems when you look at Assassin’s Creed Unity with its resolution and framerate problems but worse is the facial rendering that leads to “exploded” faces.
Even after having only played the first level of Halo: Combat Evovled from The Master Chief Collection, I’m already more satisfied with it than I was with Sunset Overdrive. Since Sunset just didn’t work for me I traded it in on The Master Chief Collection just to cut my losses on it. The fact that a game over ten years old and has been remastered before is still more appealing to me doesn’t say anything bad about Sunset Overdrive, it just says that my preferences were not met with that game. I haven’t even tried the online play yet with the new Halo set but I’m sure I’ll get there. Maybe that will wait a little bit until they get a chance to properly fix the matchmaking.
If there is something that needs fixed more than anything else that I’m playing is the Vault of Glass in Destiny. I know, I know, I should just stop playing the game and move on but I really do like the feel of the game. With that said, the Vault of Glass has gotten worse as Bungie attempts to patch it. They removed the “cheese” so you have to battle Atheon fairly but the other glitches that have been induced are atrocious.
Through several attempts at the raid this weekend I encountered numerous glitches that made the event frustrating and not worth playing. (If you are unfamiliar with the raid, this next part may not make a lot of sense.) On one attempt the Pratorean within the Venus gate regenerated health when it was nearly dead, as has been widely reported. During another attempt, I was trying to take out the three Hobgoblins in the Mars portal, landed the Relic slam directly in front of them, well within range to damage them, only to have none of them lose any health and instantly kill me. Teleporting members found themselves shorthanded or within in containment bubbles several times. These were attempts on the raid’s hard mode and I thought the problems were isolated to the higher level raid.
Playing the raid on the normal mode was problematic as well. Our group experienced some glitches I had never been privy to previously. At one point between phases, a player randomly died while walking around. He was not shooting, jumping, or running and there not even any enemies on the map. Gorgons normally kill an entire raid party instantly but our group found that for some reason they didn’t kill the entire group leaving one or more players alive. That would be fine in theory but to get all the other players back those that were living had to die in order to restart the area of the event. Our solution was to use yet another glitch were the player has to kneel in the water and shoot one’s self in order to perish. Then when we did reach the Gatekeeper and Atheon, we continued to have issues. Upon failing, either by death or glitch, there were times when the Gatekeeper or Atheon did not appear on my screen but other players could already see them.
Bungie had the servers for Destiny offline on Friday November 14th but obviously have not resolved many issues. The Vault of Glass is broken to the point that I no longer wish to play it. This was supposed to be one of the best events in the game but it is being diminished by its current state of disarray. Up until this point, the running joke while doing the raid was that the “jumping boss”(the part with the disappearing platforms) was the hardest part of the game. It has now become that the “glitch boss” is the hardest part of the game. Let’s hope that this Tuesday brings a patch to relieve these problems.
I don’t like competitive play online and tend to stay away from it at all cost. However, with the Vault of Glass being in its current state I am more inclined to play the competitive modes. Even though they don’t appeal to me at least they work.
Since Sony plans to have the PlayStation Network down for maintenance for several hours on Monday, I plan on putting some quality time in with The Master Chief Collection.
Thanks for reading this rant, I feel better now.
Paul Novak is a self described Polish ninja toiling away as an IT professional but more into gaming and writing. Physically existing in the west side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania yet existentially flowing with the ether of the Internet. Found here at What’s Your Tag? and on the Twitter @dudewantshisrug. Game on with Team XBRO!