Sony Needs Babysitting Service


Quick, what was the biggest game launch this year? What was the biggest game launch ever, all time, all platforms? What PS3 game released this year with tons of bugs, lower resolution than the 360 version, bad frame rate issues (also not on the 360 version), and all-around ugliness? The answer to all these questions is “Call of Duty: Black Ops”.

The fact is, Call of Duty: Black Ops runs much better on the 360 than on the PS3. On the 360 the game had some matchmaking and spawn issues that are being ironed out. The PS3 version, well, we’ve gone over that before, but I’ll do a quick recap. First, it is just plain lacking some features that are in the 360 version. Like dual PSN logins and boot-to-multiplayer. Second, it runs at a lower resolution than the 360 version. Third, the bazillions of bugs including frame rate issues and the bad matchmaking and spawns.

This really really makes the PS3 look bad. The biggest game launch ever, and the PS3 version is crap compared to the competition. We know that the PS3 is capable of so much more. Just look at God of War or Uncharted 2 or Killzone 2. Heck, even MW2 runs better than Black Ops. Since Call of Duty is my number one game, I even considered buying a 360 just to play Black Ops. (I came back to my senses… eventually. But I did consider it.)

Sony needs to work alongside developers like Activision for big titles that’ll be in the public eye. Sony can’t afford to have their system look so bad beside the competition, especially when it doesn’t have to. Sony needs to send developers to Activision and make sure that the next big title works just as well (or better) on the PS3 as on the 360. Frankly, it’s too late for Black Ops. That ship has sailed and there’s no fixing the fundamental problems. But Sony can make sure that the next title runs well, and they should do it. Sony needs to remove the egg from its face.


Written by: Blackstaffer - News Contributor


  1. #1 by derrickgott007 on November 30th, 2010 [ 871 Points ]

    It boils down to Microsoft paying for exclusivity. Way to many devs suck ass and are lazy when it comes to making the PS3 version. MANY MANY MANY MANY devs had said if they use the PS3 as the lead console during development THEN port to the 360 that this problem would not happen. But Microshaft just buys their way into first place all the time.

    F U MICROSHAFT.

  2. #2 by Luke on November 30th, 2010 [ 27382 Points ]

    Seems like it’s working as the article states “I even considered buying a 360 just to play Black Ops. (I came back to my senses… eventually. But I did consider it.)”

  3. #3 by owen_kane on November 30th, 2010 [ 32937 Points ]

    thought about doing that myself still got my mates 360 under my bed (where it belongs) collecting dust

  4. #4 by Legion213 on November 30th, 2010 [ 675 Points ]

    That’s why you buy it for PC. Sure it was a buggy mess at the start too. But the patches hit much faster on PC. Plus who plays FPS on a console anyway? *ducks*

  5. #5 by Blackstaffer on November 30th, 2010 [ 7211 Points ]

    Luke: yes it is working. If games on Sony’s console suck and they’re great on Microsoft’s, what are we supposed to do? Grin and bear it? Keep giving Sony our money even though they’re dropping the ball? I hate Microsoft, and don’t want to pay for an Xbox Live Gold membership, but if this is how it’s gonna be, I’d rather play a game that works properly.

    I never thought I’d say this, but buying a PS4 is not a forgone conclusion for me anymore. I’m seriously going to consider the next Xbox.

  6. #6 by UbeRamza on November 30th, 2010 [ 915 Points ]

    I tried to play online last night and I played six matches and everyone of them ended prematurely. It made me so freaking mad last night that I decided that I will never buy another Treyarche game ever and if they don’t do some major, noticable patching by the end of the week, I’m going to trade in Black Ops and try to at least salvage something from this train wreck.
    The thing is that I tried to wait and give them the benefit of the doubt. I never posted any negative comments or said anthing bad about the game. I waited, to give them a chance to fix it cause they said they were working on it but after last night I couldn’t take it anymore.
    Its painfully obvious that the only reason that they even released the game on the PS3 was to get our hard earned gaming dollars. They knew that Infinite Ward had layed the ground work for the game to sell so well and they jumped on the chance to screw us over. **** Treyarche, **** Treyarche in their stupid faces!!!!! You guys will never screw me over again.

  7. #7 by UbeRamza on November 30th, 2010 [ 915 Points ]

    Blackstaffer:

    Luke: yes it is working. If games on Sony’s console suck and they’re great on Microsoft’s, what are we supposed to do? Grin and bear it? Keep giving Sony our money even though they’re dropping the ball? I hate Microsoft, and don’t want to pay for an Xbox Live Gold membership, but if this is how it’s gonna be, I’d rather play a game that works properly.

    I never thought I’d say this, but buying a PS4 is not a forgone conclusion for me anymore. I’m seriously going to consider the next Xbox.  

    ^

    Your mad at Sony because Treyarche made a garbage game? Wow, that makes sense.

  8. #8 by EdEN on November 30th, 2010 [ 131365 Points ]

    When the lead console is the 360, the PS3 version will obviously suffer. If it’s the other way around then both versions will be the same.

  9. #9 by Trieloth on November 30th, 2010 [ 3426 Points ]

    Granted the PS3 version has lower resolution by a little bit but the resolution on the xbox version wasnt even 720. So, in my eyes both are blurry POS. I have way more problems with the idiots, campers and children online than the game it self.

  10. #10 by Darrin on November 30th, 2010 [ 17143 Points ]

    “It boils down to Microsoft paying for exclusivity.”

    Nonsense. It’s the programmers at an individual, personal level, who directly influence this stuff rather than something from an executive decision made by the finance guys and the deal makers.

    Did you say this is the biggest game launch ever? Hardly… I know there is a major CoD fanbase, the game is great, and I don’t know the sales data, but this is hardly overwhelming the game market right now. There are tons of other titles getting lots of attention.

    It’s really hard to break that Microsoft-centric mindset lots of programmers have, but Sony should do a better job of building developer mind share.

  11. #11 by Emrah on November 30th, 2010 [ 7319 Points ]

    @blackstaffer: It wasn’t Sony’s fault for not demanding proper login system from them, but now it’s Sony’s fault that they come up with this sub-par product. In the multiplayer login thread, you accused me of trying to find reasons to bash Sony, now this.

    I do agree Sony’s at fault: since when Sony had the upperhand? Xbox Live demands a lot of things in a standardized way. (Proper local multiplayer login is one of them, if you check my comment in the multiplayer login post, I had found some evidence for it.) Sony hasn’t set those standards. It has been hurting Sony from the beginning, and that’s something I said all the time. Because it hasn’t set its standards, it cannot demand a standard for this very single game.

    Activision can even bluff Sony by saying “Hell, we’ll not produce any more COD’s for playstation”, see what happens then.

  12. #12 by Paranoimia on November 30th, 2010

    “what was the biggest game launch this year?”

    Somewhat subjective. For me, it’s GT5 by quite some margin. Black Ops didn’t even figure on my radar – not because it’s poor, but because it’s Activision, and I won’t give them my cash any more. Why? Because I don’t like the way Kotick runs it, or his many anti-gaming comments, and because as a publisher they seem happy to repeatedly put out inferior versions of games on the PS3.

    Am I missing out? I don’t believe so. Other than CoD, there’s nothing in Activision’s catalogue that interest me. Besides, I’d rather stand by my principles than do what so many others do, which is to bitch and moan, and buy the game anyway. The only way to get these people to listen is to hit them in the pocket.

    I also wouldn’t put it past Microsoft to say something like “if you can guarantee we get the better version, there’ll be a bonus payment.”

    Okay, maybe that’s just my inner conspiracy theorist speaking. But on the other hand, I think we all know from past dealings that if there’s one thing MS don’t like, it’s a level playing field.

  13. #13 by derrickgott007 on November 30th, 2010 [ 871 Points ]

    @Darrin

    It has everything to do with paid exclusivity. Microshaft pays alot to get maps earlier so who do you think the devs are going to cater to? Of course the Microsoft version will be better. They just paid for 3 years worth of early map exclusivity so it would be stupid for Treyarch to not lean towards who just paid EXTRA for what’s going to come out anyways.

  14. #14 by sam on November 30th, 2010

    well, there are a lot of great games on the 360 too. why dont you have one? i dont have one because they break all the time but i played abunch of good games. now i just play ps3 and wii but you talk like owning all the systems is a bad thing. how a gamer not want to play the best games on all systems. i just dont get it

  15. #15 by Luke on November 30th, 2010 [ 27382 Points ]

    guys come on lets stop the b.s. of black ops not being the hottest game or the biggest launch ever. just look at the sales records, first it was mw2 and now black ops. you can say all you want how you want give activision your money or how gt5 had a great launch but the truth is the truth. every1 and their grandmother bought black ops.

  16. #16 by donifar on November 30th, 2010 [ 890 Points ]

    black ops was a very successful launch. and i bought it day one. (second CoD game for me.) the big issue for me are the CRAZY spawns and poor game host selection, which makes for alot of crap laggy games. it is definitely worse than modern warfare 2 was, which is agitating.

  17. #17 by Oly on November 30th, 2010 [ 131640 Points ]

    What is Black ops?

  18. #18 by Blackstaffer on December 1st, 2010 [ 7211 Points ]

    UbeRamza:
    Your mad at Sony because Treyarche made a garbage game? Wow, that makes sense.  

    Who said I was mad at Sony? I’m mad at Treyarch for making a crap game. But I’m facing the reality that Activision doesn’t care for the PS3, and Sony needs to step in to save face.

  19. #19 by Blackstaffer on December 1st, 2010 [ 7211 Points ]

    Emrah: @blackstaffer: It wasn’t Sony’s fault for not demanding proper login system from them, but now it’s Sony’s fault that they come up with this sub-par product. In the multiplayer login thread, you accused me of trying to find reasons to bash Sony, now this.I do agree Sony’s at fault: since when Sony had the upperhand? Xbox Live demands a lot of things in a standardized way. (Proper local multiplayer login is one of them, if you check my comment in the multiplayer login post, I had found some evidence for it.) Sony hasn’t set those standards. It has been hurting Sony from the beginning, and that’s something I said all the time. Because it hasn’t set its standards, it cannot demand a standard for this very single game.Activision can even bluff Sony by saying “Hell, we’ll not produce any more COD’s for playstation”, see what happens then.  

    I’m not saying it’s Sony’s fault. Did I say that? It’s obviously Activision’s fault. But like I said to UbeRamza, the reality is that Activision doesn’t care. In order to ensure quality product, Sony should try to make Activision care.

  20. #20 by LOKO117 on December 1st, 2010 [ 2940 Points ]

    The only thing that bothers me is that the PS3 isn’t able to “break out” because of situations just like this one. I won’t say Sony hasn’t made any mistakes but the focus should be on game developers rather than on Sony. Most would agree (and it’s fact) that the PS3 is the best console from a hardware stand point, yet it is forced to take a back seat to the 360 because developers are lazy and unwilling to put forth effort to learn how to work with the PS3.

    Everything in the modern world comes down to money however, and Microsoft is notorious for shelling out large sums of cash to have things go their way and it is working for them. This situation is no different. All I can say is invest in PlaystationPlus (which honestly I have yet to do) because otherwise look forward to a paid membership for whatever online service comes with Sony’s next console.

  21. #21 by Kratos on December 2nd, 2010

    Black Ops was the biggest launch, like it or not. The numbers prove it. That is not debatable. Your personal radar or whatever you want to call it is irrelevant.


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