15dec10: State of Black Ops: 1.04 Patch


Last night I played Black Ops with the 1.04 patch, and I have to say that it wasn’t as bad for me as many led me to believe. I played for about two hours. Most of it by myself, and for a couple games in a party of four. Note that these are my experiences. Feel free to post your own as a comment.

Does this patch really make things worse than before? The only thing that got worse for me is the amount of time the game spent searching through games. You know when you’re in the lobby and it says “Found 40 Potential Matches” (or whatever)? Then it slowly searches through those matches for a suitable one? That process takes about three times longer than before.

Other than that, things seem the same. I got kicked from two games due to the dreaded “Connection Interrupted” plague. But that was there before the patch as well. I was hoping they’d fix that, but no luck. It is quite bad that the host migration does not kick in for cases like this.

On the good side, they’ve actually added some handy stuff. The “Load Multiplayer by Default” option is now available on the PS3 (it was formerly on the 360 only). It works great and I love it. They’ve added new contracts and a new camera to Theater Mode. See this Black Ops intel sheet for details.

As well, they’ve added game options to local split screen play! (They weren’t there before, were they? I don’t ever remember seeing them.) Now, the options aren’t as plentiful as in MW2, very basic actually. But in those options is the ability to play with bots either on your side or on the enemy side. As in combat training, this is Deathmatch or Team Deathmatch only. I hope to try it with my friends this coming Monday. I will also test the ability to set up classes and killstreaks, which was very buggy before. I’ll see if they’ve improved it any.

To sum up: my post-1.04 experience is much the same as my pre-1.04 experience, except it’s faster to get to the menu you want, and it’s slower to find a lobby.


Written by: Blackstaffer - News Contributor


  1. #1 by Gibb on December 15th, 2010 [ 2415 Points ]

    lol.. it’s being called “the retard patch”.

  2. #2 by donifar on December 15th, 2010 [ 890 Points ]

    i stopped playing yesterday. i tried to get into a game partied with 2 other friends. took about 6 minutes to get into a game. then connection interruption, game craps out. happened three times. so i logged off. then i tried again a few hours later. same crap. so i logged off and set dc universe to download. will try that shortly.

  3. #3 by UbeRamza on December 15th, 2010 [ 915 Points ]

    I hadn’t played this game for about two weeks after having an extra horrible session in which I played for about two hours and not one match played to completion. I was so angry that night that I was ready to just get it over with and trade this turd in and at least get a little bit of my wasted money back but I decided to wait and give them some more time.
    So Sunday 12/12 I decided to boot it up again and see how MP was running and I ended up playing for four plus hours and the game ran great. The matches started fairly quick, I didn’t get booted one time and I only experienced one host migration. I couldn’t believe it, every match played to completion. The game ran like it should of ran from day one, it ran great. So I thought that maybe they were starting to make a little progress.
    Then when I heard that they had implemented a new patch, I wasn’t sure what to think. So I booted the game up last night on 12/14 and the game was worse than it had been just a couple days ago. I couldn’t believe that it hadn’t gotten any better and I can’t believe how completely inconsistent this game is. One day the game can run well and then the next it runs like garbage, its so rediculously inconsistant, WTF!?
    I really miss Infinite Ward lol. The other thing that really pisses me off is that this game makes me so mad that I have to bitch about it. I can’t stand complaining about stuff but the game gives me no choice. I’m usually just happy to get to play an awesome game. New Vegas for example is really buggy but its completely playable so I don’t bitch about it at all and I love playing it. I’m really not that picky but Black Ops is border line broken with no end in sight and its bullshit!

  4. #4 by Kane112 on December 15th, 2010 [ 34177 Points ]

    i could even join my friends party at all and only played two games myself because after the party issue then getting kick from one of the games i was too frustrated to play.

  5. #5 by Derrickgott007 on December 15th, 2010

    Of the very few games I got into last night there was NO lag. Frame rate was great too. They just need to fix the UPNP settings in the patch. I’m going to DMZ my router and see if this helps. It showed I had moderate nat.

  6. #6 by UbeRamza on December 15th, 2010 [ 915 Points ]

    Kane112:

    i could even join my friends party at all and only played two games myself because after the party issue then getting kick from one of the games i was too frustrated to play.  

    ^

    I’m exactly the same way. Usually by the time I get a good match I’m so frustrated that I don’t even want to play anymore.

  7. #7 by LOKO117 on December 15th, 2010 [ 2940 Points ]

    It seemed to steadily get better for me all that day. I actually managed to finish a few games last night. I actually got to stop playing by choice instead of having my PS3 hard freeze and rage quitting. I also put my PS3 in DMZ as someone above mentioned. It seemed to clear up some of the lag i was experiencing.

    I haven’t played at all today and I probably won’t get to. I’m really hoping this’ll get better after the majority finishes downloading the patch. I doubt it will though.

  8. #8 by xDeFcoN_2FasT4Ux on December 15th, 2010 [ 2160 Points ]

    Honestly guys just stop playing COD. Its so broken and its only gonna get worse. This could be a thing from Microsoft tring to point out 360 is the best console to play COD on. You know Why is that 360 players are fine and we are suffering. Cod needs to die out. thank god they are tring to make 1 in space that may stop the games sales. Rumor? IDK. but yea guys the games garbage. Ask for your money back if you or trade it in for what you get bc soon it wont be worth squat

  9. #9 by Josh on December 15th, 2010 [ 190 Points ]

    U know what im going to sell black ops to get KZ3

  10. #10 by kennygk on December 15th, 2010 [ 25503 Points ]

    @josh good choice

  11. #11 by Delta on December 16th, 2010

    Well I hope that you realize that almost all these
    Multi Platform games like all COD’s are ported from the xbox to ps3 and so fourth that’s why xbox has hardly any issuse and why ps3 gets the left over crap lol. That why only first part games from Sony are only good game on PS3! Until they ” developers” start porting ps3 to xbox we might start seeing good games for us!

  12. #12 by Blackstaffer on December 16th, 2010 [ 7261 Points ]

    I played for about 3 hours last night, and I have to say it went pretty well.

  13. #13 by UbeRamza on December 16th, 2010 [ 915 Points ]

    Delta:

    Well I hope that you realize that almost all these
    Multi Platform games like all COD’s are ported from the xbox to ps3 and so fourth that’s why xbox has hardly any issuse and why ps3 gets the left over crap lol. That why only first part games from Sony are only good game on PS3! Until they ” developers” start porting ps3 to xbox we might start seeing good games for us!  

    ^

    I disagree, games like Red Dead Redemption and FO: New Vegas were made for the PS3 and 360 and although they may run better on the 360 but they are still “good games” and are still worth playing on the PS3. Just because the games may have some bugs doesn’t mean that they aren’t good games. Its just Black Ops that is a bad game on PS3. Treyarche sucks!!!!

  14. #14 by Frank on December 16th, 2010

    Mw2 played great on ps3 exactly the same as my buddies 360. It’s just black ops that has issues because treyarch is a joke. I was playing mw1 the other day and it ran way better then block ops, graphics were better too.

  15. #15 by ryan a. on December 19th, 2010 [ 130 Points ]

    i spent about 6 hours replaying the campaign yesterday to collect intel and clean up some trophies i missed and now anytime i die or try to restart a level it freezes on a white screen and never loads the last check point. i have to shut my ps down and restart all over again. Anyone else having this problem? i would like to delete the save data at some point to see if that helps but i only lack 7 intels and also dont want to lose my online stats. would this help?

    oh and im still getting connection errors frequently when trying to play online.


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