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Absolutely Embarrassing COD Release
on November 12, 2013
Wow, I cannot believe I got duped into buying this game. I watched all the preview videos, bought into the hype that Activision & Infinity Ward spun around this game; only to find out that when you got it, it looks NOTHING like any of the videos they have shown. I have purchased the Hardened Edition for the PS4 (and I have a pre-launch PS4 to play it on), the regular version for the PS3 and the regular version for the PC; so I have quite a breadth of experience here playing the game already.
Let's get down to it, the game is just bad. It really is more of a beta than a final release product and if you contact Infinity Ward or Activision customer support about it, the representatives there will tell you that very thing. I have heard from several different levels of support today [after spending nearly 6 hours on the phone with support] that we just have to 'bear with them, the product needs just a little tweaking and it will be perfect'. Seriously?! The game which you released needs tweaking?! The connection is completely unstable [dedicated servers? I do not think so] on the multiplayer facet that you get logged out after only a couple games, that or it locks up your system.
HACKERS -- that is right on day one of the release of this game it was already hacked. Infinity Ward knew about this two months ago because there was a Chinese site that had posted the entire code for the game for people to start hacking, but they did nothing about it. And the in game reporting system? It is the biggest joke there is. All the multiplayer leaderboards show ridiculous statistics that are clearly hacking, but is anything being done about it? No. I have followed specifically 10 people that I reported for hacking on day 1 of release; nothing has been done to them or their account and they just continue to hack away. Oh and the hackers are on ALL platforms, PS4 included (I am assuming XBONE but I do not know anyone with a pre-launch XBONE).
NETWORK USAGE - When playing online, normal games use about 10-20 KB/sec of data usage (this is what I average playing either MW3 or BO2 or even currently BF4) ... on average I am seeing ranges from 65-100 KB/sec of usage with this game. So 5x the normal usage with this game. What could that mean? Number one it seriously heats up your system, and number two if you have bandwidth caps with your provider, it will be 5x more likely for you to hit them and get overage charges.
HARDWARE USAGE - (THIS RELATES TO THE PS3 VERSION ONLY, I DO NOT HAVE SENSORS ON MY PS4) - CPU Usage on the PS3 consistently spikes to 100% and stays there for extended times, longest time at 100% was for a full 35 minutes. Just imagine that amount of usage. After playing Ghosts for ~25+ minutes, the CPU core temperatures on the PS3 go to 90*C (194*F) on average, I have seen temp spikes in the excess of 115*C (239*F) RAM usage, when playing the game there is never less than 100% of the PS3 RAM being used. How this affects the game or system is that if god forbid someone sends you a message or game invite, you run the risk of disconnecting from the PSN servers because simply put the system cannot handle it. Also if you do not clean out your Inbox and Sent Box which are stored in the temporary RAM on your PS3, you also run the risk of the game locking up. The Blu-ray drive runs almost constantly. I have never had a game that ran the Blu-ray drive this much. Blu-ray drive temperatures are running between 65*C (149*F) and 85*C (185*F). This will cause premature failure of the drive, which could be a very brilliant product strategy if that is what Sony wants (product failure means you would probably go out and buy a new unit).
So what was my resolution after speaking with support today for 6 hours? They told me to contact Amazon and that because of the level of complaints that have been issued about this game, Amazon would give me a full refund of the game. That's right instead of making the game right or making good on the issues, they told me to go back to the retailer who sold it to get a refund for their faulty game. Amazing. Oh and my Hardened Edition only had the game and the steelbook inside of it, EVERYTHING ELSE was missing. Their response to that, "Well we are sorry about that, again contact Amazon for a full refund." MIND BLOWN.