I’ve been pondering whether to buy GRAW 2 on the PS3 for a while now so I’ve been waiting patiently for the reviews to hit the web. One of the biggest issues for me is the quality of the online play and the options a game has, with regards to a lobby, creating a party/clan etc, to guarantee that you play with your friends, rather than with random people.
IGN has posted their review of GRAW 2 on the PS3 and snot on a stick is it a waste of time. This is what they had to say about the online play in GRAW 2:
As for the online multiplayer, GRAW 2 satisfies the very basic expectations of an online title. While we didn’t notice a great deal of lag during our game sessions, GRAW 2’s graphics do decline somewhat in multiplayer combat. This isn’t too serious of an issue though, and for the most part our games went smoothly. The chat support is somewhat impressive, since our teammates voices came in loud and clear during team matches. Although as of right now, there is no visual indicator to inform you of who is speaking at any given time, making communication more difficult than it should be. We also had to wait ten minutes before each match, since the matchmaker found so few games currently in session (or so it seemed). But this will hopefully change with time as more players start gaming online.
Yeah thanks a lot, you’ve really provided exactly the kind of info that I’m looking for. 🙄
Gamesradar’s coverage of online play in GRAW 2 is also pathetic. I’m also dismayed by the lack of reviews for a game that was released in NA earlier this week and hits the UK and rest of Europe tomorrow.
Shoddy reviews aren’t just consigned to websites and blogs. Magazines are just as guilty of failing to cover all the major aspects of a game. The same can be said about Gamecentral on teletext (one for UK readers only) that has 5 pages to cover a review and 1 page to highlight the pros and cons, yet rarely mentions how a game plays online.
Online gaming meant nothing to me before I got the PS3, now a major part in my decision to buy certain games, depends on how well it fares online and the options available. I ended up not buying Rainbow Six Vegas because of the poor reports about it’s online play (dodgy voice chat, no lobby, no party forming etc).
Both the PS3 and 360 rely heavily on connecting to the internet and online gaming so why can’t reviewers give proper coverage to the options available in online play and how a game plays, rather than sticking a paragraph right at the end of the review, which is about as helpful as snot on a stick when you badly need a bottle of water!
I’m well aware that more people play offline than online but there are still a sizeable amount of people that play online most nights, yet we’re being giving piss poor info about how a game fares in that department and I’m sick of it.
Sorry for the rant but I’m a little bit annoyed.