Should Gamers Wait For Bethesda To Fix Fallout 4 Problems?
Disclaimer: Due to embargo restrictions, I'm in no way confirming or denying the recent reports about serious FPS drops in the PlayStation 4 version of Fallout 4.
No, this is a purely hypothetical question for the more patient gamers out there.
So far this generation, we've seen a disappointing - and strangely ongoing - trend of games being released with lots of stability and general technical problems. Just about every last one of them is an open-world adventure but whatever, I digress. The point is that a lot of games have significant issues when they first arrive, but those issues do disappear with patches and updates over time. Of course, this hardly means we should give developers a pass, but the bottom line is that lots of games are simply far better a few months after they first launch.
Perhaps the most obvious example of this in 2015 was The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Frankly, that was a 9.5 game without the bevy of ridiculous and unfortunate problems that plagued the experience right out of the gate. And I'm hardly picky; I'm willing to tolerate a lot more than most reviewers in this category. That should tell you just how unstable CD Projekt Red's game was back in May. Then, after four or five massive updates, we ended up with a vastly improved gameplay experience, and one of the reasons why I thought the recently released Hearts of Stone expansion was worthy of that lofty 9.5 score.
That's not the only example, either. And if - repeat: if - what is being said about Fallout 4 is true, perhaps gamers would be well advised to wait before purchasing. It would send a clear-cut message to developers that it is not okay to release shoddy products simply because we now have the option to fix the product after it comes to market. No, that's not okay and impatient consumers shouldn't keep rewarding such behavior. On the flip side, if it can be concluded that the issues have been over-exaggerated, or you believe said issues won't bother you so much, go ahead and buy it.
I'm just asking that people be responsible consumers. You know, for once.
Related Game(s): Fallout 4
11/8/2015 9:55:01 PM Ben Dutka