By 24Carrot 0 Comments
Every time I hear one of my favorite upcoming titles has been delayed, I hear the voice from Fire On High (ELO, kids) saying 'Push back, push back, push baaaaaack...' I hate it when games get delayed. Anyone want to guess how many times Mafia II has been delayed. I about went insane when Modern Warfare 2 scared everybody out of there release windows. Now, I don't mind when it's for quality. But when you delay for quality, set a release date, then delay multiple times again for the same reason, it's obvious that something is wrong. It doesn't add up. More than that, I hate the blatant lies. You're going to try to tell me that LA Noire is coming out in November when there hasn't a been gameplay footage, pre-order specs, bonuses or info on the game officially from Rockstar (GI had an interview. Then Edge Mag had an interview which slated the game for Spring 2011.) GI did a Max Payne 3 reveal in July of 2009. The game just got pushed back again into 2011. It's clear that big titles like that aren't going to become Vaporware, but when they can announce Halo: Reach in June of '09 and release when they say they're going to release (I'm assuming that it's gonna be a great game), it makes me want to buy from the dev more. It really does. Rockstar's stuff is too good for me to pass up, but if, say, SEGA started pulling this shit (which they did) I wouldn't buy their games. And for this reason, along with the fact that the game was crap, I didn't buy Alpha Protocol. If it had come out in October 2009 I would have bought without reading the review like I did with Halo 3.
*stops ranting to breathe*
Those of you who are reading this, take a minute to comment all the games you've been upset over for delays. I have a list on IGN that tells me info on when my games have shipped, and there are games that have been on there since their official announcement, or even since first gameplay, that have not shipped. I'm talking fucking 2006. The Outsider. 2 Days To Vegas. This Is Vegas. Granted, those games look like total crap now. But when they were released, they look good. If they're dead, just say so! I care about HEI$T and Necessary Force more than i do the delayed games I just listed. By the time your game ships, people have moved on. Your concept's been used. Your game is a heaping pile of shovelware. But what I think it is more of is wanting to get the buzz out there. You want hype, you want people to notice. Announce it early and slap a fake release date on there and people will eat it up, right? Your local marketing department apparently does not understand the concept of patience vs. anticipation. I would be much more compelled to buy a game like Reach that gets announced while it's in development, rather than sit through transparent release dates waiting for the dev to finish the game.
Jesus, look at all that bitching and moaning. I need to do a blog about my love of Grunts.