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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.