RSV2 Plagued By Network Problems
Everybody deserves some time off, but sometimes, things go awry when important individuals take their much-deserved vacation - or holiday - time. Last year, an epidemic struck Xbox Live over the Christmas break; it was so bad, online players couldn't really count on the service for over a week, and Microsoft later apologized and offered a free Arcade game for all those annoyed users. ...and if Microsoft offers anything for free, you know it had to be a major issue.
Well, the Easter holiday has apparently wreaked havoc on the PlayStation Network, although it appears to be game-specific. Joystiq reports many readers complaining about connection issues and severe lag when trying to play the recently released Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 online. Now, we assume Ubisoft is aware of the problem and are rousting the relevant employees out of their respective beds to fix the error(s). As I type this, it's about 12:30 a.m. ET, so we wouldn't advise trying to play RSV2 online until the team has had a chance to sit down and get to work. If you're really desperate and aren't convinced that Ubisoft has been made aware of the problems, you can probably send them an e-mail. But by this time, it seems highly unlikely they're oblivious.
If we start seeing e-mails from readers complaining about playing other games online, we'll be sure to let you know. For the most part, the PlayStation Network has been quite reliable since the launch of the PS3, but every online system has its snafus every now and again. Let's just hope this isn't widespread and only affects Rainbow Six Vegas 2 (sorry, RSV2 players).
3/23/2008 Ben Dutka