Like any self respecting PC gamer, I pre-ordered Call of Duty: Black Ops on Steam for a steep price point of $60 thinking that by pre-loading the game I could play it on day one. Stupid me! What I forgot to realize is that PC gaming has decayed to such an extent, most PC games (if not all) almost never work perfectly at launch. And this is the norm in the industry now as it doesn’t really bother most gamers. Either that or they’re beyond caring. I faced similar issues with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (MW2) and Battlefield Bad Company 2 (BFBC2) but Call of Duty: Black Ops took things to another level.
Even though MW2 and BFBC2 had teething issues on the multiplayer side of things, I could still play and enjoy the single player campaign. Such is not the case with Treyarch’s latest game. Upon booting up the game I was horrified with the appalling frame rates that didn’t allow me to enjoy the game for even a minute. Constant stuttering, freezes and lock ups forced me to quit the campaign eventually.
Let’s move onto the multiplayer side of things I thought. Another stupid idea!
If possible things were even worse on the multiplayer front with crappier frame rates and lag that reduced my game to a virtual slide show. Add to that, a broken server browser and the inability to play with my friends. I was ready to punch something.
That’s when I decided to scour the internet for answers and the sad truth hit me like a ton of bricks (once again). People were angry sure, but at the same time a lot of them were laid back about the whole affair saying stuff like “It’s cool. A patch should be out soon” or “What! You expected the game to work on launch?”