By TheMasterDS 3 Comments
So I was invited into a party for some Left 4 Dead 2 today, and ran into difficulties. At first it failed to load the game and kicked me out to the main menu, which is nothing new, except that instead of zombies behind the main menu, there was static. I tried to join the game, got locked in the loading screen, quit out, and tried to start it up again. This time it said it was unreadable. So I took it out and looked at it. Looked fine, apart from a line going from the center of the disc straight out to the important bits. I tried cleaning it briefly, then gave it another go and managed to get in some L4D2.
It worked, but barely. It was the jankiest game of L4D2 I've ever played. The guns seemed to work alright and the zombies seemed to work alright, and it was fun I suppose, but after we failed the Parish's 2nd stage twice, shit started to go wrong. Textures started disappearing left and right, and I'd end up walking on odd textures that were probably supposed to be bumpmaps or something, random objects with no textures other than a blue one, hedges disappearing before my eyes as I got near, shit was fucking up around me. Now, more than anything I'm worried this mean no Passing for me, considering I need to be able to run it. Now, when I took it out the smudgy line appeared to be longer than it was before, and indeed longer than it is now after several hours of disuse. I've looked around the interweb briefly, and gotten the impression that it may be a crack, not a scratch and that would render it irreparable.
Anyway, options. I figure there are a few options, one I could see if I could pay 5 bucks to have it repaired at a local place. I know that according the internet I could do it myself, but I honestly just don't want to risk it. Second, I could find someone to borrow a copy from, install it to my hard drive, and run use the broken disc only for validation. Then again, this would eat up my poor 20 gig harddrive, and what I can tell, leave me with no wiggle room whatsoever. No more Live Arcade, no more DLC. Although I suppose now I could use a USB harddrive to add a gig or two when I need it. Third, Gamestop informs me I could take 10 dollars for the defective copy and use it on a used version, running me 45 bucks. Not really the best option, but there may be no other choice.
Personally, I'm leaning towards repair first, and should that not be possible I sorta hope there's a way to get it replaced for free. After all, the 55 dollars I payed was for the game, not the disc. If I had gotten the game on steam (which I didn't because while my laptop is just barely TF2 worthy, it's not quite L4D2 worthy), I would never have this dilemma. That's the situation I suppose, what do you guys think?