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We can add Halo and Assassins Creed to the list of titles which have had serious issues at launch in the past year. In sports games alone, there have been several titles which have shipped with major problems at launch.

NBA 2K15 had major online connectivity issues. Ditto for Driveclub. NHL 15 had a ton of expected game modes not ship with the game, which isn't a technical problem but it is a consumer problem. MLB The Show had major online playability issues.

How big are these issues to you, and are you going to be adjusting your buying habits in response? Sound off by voting in our poll and leaving a comment below!

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# 1 heelphreak @ 11/12/14 05:22 PM
This poll needs more answer choices. my real reply would be: I have no intention of buying these games on launch day but don't have a lot of confidence in my will power once the hype train is rolling and it's close to launch. In short, maybe hopefully i'll hold off.
 
# 2 thesportsguru11 @ 11/12/14 05:32 PM
Agreed with the previous poster. I would choose never been a fan of buying at launch.

In fact, the only 2 games I can remember ever buying at launch were NCAA 14 (got it a week after it came out through the mail, close enough) and 2k14. I ended up not playing 2k much, and I still play NCAA, but have backed off it a bit recently.

Not quite sure why this is, but I've always tended to enjoy games more after waiting a few weeks, even months to let the bugs settle themselves out and the reviews come in.
 
# 3 CaseIH @ 11/12/14 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by heelphreak
This poll needs more answer choices. my real reply would be: I have no intention of buying these games on launch day but don't have a lot of confidence in my will power once the hype train is rolling and it's close to launch. In short, maybe hopefully i'll hold off.
Im the same way, think I wont buy then end up doing it anyway, with MLBTS and NBA2k each yr. I did get the will power a few years ago to not buy EA football games day 1, and there has been a few years since where I havent bought the game after seeing how bad it was, but with NBA2k and especially MLBTS each yr its tough.

I will say after this yr I have grown tired of NBA2k lies, an they have finally past up EA on being scammers and dishonest, actually EA has improved and seem to be trying harder now to please customers. EA stillsupports the old console games, but NBA2k just takes your money and runs with it, and leave you with a broke game.

MLBTS is a hard one for me, and its a great game yearly, although they have slipped some in their customer care lately. Im on PS3, so Im guessing 14 was my last game until I manage to get a PS4, but I cant say Im 100% sure that I wont buy it day 1 for the PS3, as its always good. But they did the old console gamers dirty this past yr with not fixing the budget issue yet they fix it for the PS4 on day 1 patch, so that has me thinking and telling myself not to buy day 1 next yr since they have slipped in doing the right thing, so we will see, Im going to try and not buy lets put it that way.
 
# 4 MMChrisS @ 11/12/14 05:41 PM
Thanks for the replies guys, added a fourth option for future voters to more accurately capture your position of not buying at launch anyways
 
# 5 Ghost Of The Year @ 11/12/14 06:00 PM
I only have a problem if the same company keeps releasing broken games.
If it's done continually by the same company, their games move off my day one purchase list.
 
# 6 MichaelAngeloTMNT @ 11/12/14 06:13 PM
What would be the difference between you buying NBA 2K15 on release day or buying it today? Nothing. Buying it today probably didn't save any money and didn't affect 2K's Bank Account. All it would have done was rid you of playing a great game for over a month now. Same with NHL 15. I bought NHL on release day knowing the modes were missing. I was bummed, but I wasn't going to let that keep me from enjoying a Hockey game on Next Gen. NHL gameplay is incredible, CPU or vs a User. People who waited or didn't buy it, are missing out on a great game, why? Because they think that by holding out and waiting, or not buying the game at all will show the Developers. Wrong, the developers don't care that they put unfinished games out, they can just patch them and carry on. The games are still playable, don't let these hiccups keep you from enjoying the games.
 
# 7 scottyo60 @ 11/12/14 06:47 PM
I've only bought two games on release day this gen, Madden and The Show. I bought 2K14, FIFA 14, UFC and NHL used. 2K14 I actually ended up even trade with bonuses from gamestop picking ufc up so that was ok dealing with issues even after all the patches so it wasn't too bad.

I had scheduled to buy wwe release day, but something feels off about the game and knowing my penchant for wanting the added characters with the price of DLC I'm better off waiting till it's 30-40. Ill move that to call of duty or something else with what I know I'm paying for off reviews. I think you're a tad off Michael Angelo about the developers. They care because it's their art and have many stated upon they left they were handcuffed by the suits.

My question is have we already got past the graphics? I know that sold me on The Show and Madden. looked at WWE and it looks amazing, but feels stripped in areas. Seems the modes have replay value, but outside options limited. Are people buying on release giving a pass on modes for gameplay and graphics? Where do you find re playability? Not trying to hijack the thread, but curious what others are looking for at launch?
 
# 8 Halloween @ 11/12/14 06:55 PM
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Originally Posted by scottyo60
Not trying to hijack the thread, but curious what others are looking for at launch?
A complete game!

It pisses me off actually but having no other choice is the real struggle. I don't do myself a favour waiting for a game that is already released. I'm not buying many (2 or 3 a year) so I just buy them straight away. It's better than nothing.
 
# 9 Ghost Of The Year @ 11/12/14 06:56 PM
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Originally Posted by MichaelAngeloTMNT
What would be the difference between you buying NBA 2K15 on release day or buying it today? Nothing. Buying it today probably didn't save any money and didn't affect 2K's Bank Account. All it would have done was rid you of playing a great game for over a month now. Same with NHL 15. I bought NHL on release day knowing the modes were missing. I was bummed, but I wasn't going to let that keep me from enjoying a Hockey game on Next Gen. NHL gameplay is incredible, CPU or vs a User. People who waited or didn't buy it, are missing out on a great game, why? Because they think that by holding out and waiting, or not buying the game at all will show the Developers. Wrong, the developers don't care that they put unfinished games out, they can just patch them and carry on. The games are still playable, don't let these hiccups keep you from enjoying the games.
I should have elaborated. I won't buy on launch day which was the poll question. I also won't EVER buy that particular game until I know the broken parts are patched to my personal acceptable levels.
 
# 10 RipCityAndy @ 11/12/14 07:28 PM
It wouldn't bug me (as much) if the developers were open and honest about the game being incomplete. What bugs me the most is when the incompleteness is obvious. It feels like the developers are knowingly shipping games with giant chunks missing. Even worse is when the developers mock users for expressing frustration with broken features. Take this giant "F-U" as an example:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z46ugSAEgds

This is mostly a reflection of my experience with NBA2k15. Of all the games I own I think it's the worst culprit of shipping an incomplete game (I'm not exaggerating). In all honesty the 2k15 launch really turned me off from the game (and the future of the franchise). I haven't played it in 2-3 weeks.
 
# 11 cjsimon22 @ 11/12/14 08:07 PM
As the launch problems continue to mount, I try my best to resist the game hype like other posters mentioned. The developers want to continue to meet launch dates and not give any hints of possible red flags. This is why you see so many pre-order bonuses to entice us to buy the game before the reviews and news of missing modes or no online or simply the gameplay is broken. I just wish the Developers would be honest after release and give the consumer updates. 2K appears to be horrible at giving out any news or responding to major criticism for a 2nd straight year. All we get is: There is a big patch coming. At some point, developers need to be held accountable, but the only way for that to happen is if a majority of consumers do not buy at launch, which will not happen any time soon.
 
# 12 sydrogerdavid @ 11/12/14 08:44 PM
Other than the Show, I rarely buy games at launch. Out of all my PS3 games, I think the only ones I've gotten within the first week are NHL 12, GTA 4 & 5, Rocksmith 2014, Red Dead Redemption, Uncharted 3, and Heavy Rain.
 
# 13 tril @ 11/12/14 08:49 PM
Sim City also had major issues at launch and there after.
but for the most part it depends on the title.
for instance, I know NBA 2k has always had issues with online, but I dont buy 2k for online. All the other modes work well, with a few minor issues at launch. so 2k is always a first day or few days buy for me.

The Show I always wait a week or 2, not because of the game-play or online, but because of the differences between the versions ona yearly basis.

Madden been burnt so many times, Ive skipped so many years all together, but the last 3 years the marketing has been so convincing that it would be a first week buy. bad move on my part.

those are the 3 major sports tiles that I look for on a yearly basis at or near launch.

other sports like hockey, soccer, Ill buy every 2-3 years. and usually not on or near launch. but months after.
 
# 14 Retropyro @ 11/12/14 09:07 PM
Define a "broken" game.

To me a broken game means that I can not play the game at all in any mode, online or offline. If a game has an online component to it, I generally go in believing that there will be some issues during the first week or two. So long as I can play offline and the problems for online don't surpass that two week period, I'm fine with it.
 
# 15 voodoo_magic @ 11/12/14 09:13 PM
These days I still buy at launch but know that the game will most likely need to be beta tested by all of us and once the first major patch comes out then it may be playable.
 
# 16 BBallcoach @ 11/12/14 09:26 PM
It's all how you perceive broken. People think NBA 2k is broken and that is far from the truth. Most of the forums are filled with nitpicks, like not being able to equip a headband to a real player. Or stuff like that. And most others think playing on HOF and them not being good enough to be playing at that level, so they believe that it's cheesing. And to a degree there is some cheese, but in most cases people posting are not good enough to handle it.

Then you have games like AC:Unity, which is literally unplayable on ultra for us PC players. And even the console ports drop to sub 20 FPS. Now that is a broken game.

So it's all how you define broken.
 
# 17 scottborasjr @ 11/12/14 09:49 PM
I think one thing people forget about in this generation of games is how complicated they are. It's not if X happens then Y and Z will follow. This goes for sports games as well as adventure/rpg/shooters. No matter how much testing they do there will be a line of code somewhere that will mess up someone's experience. We all remember how games were such a perfect experience 20 years, even 10 years ago, however the entire business has changed.

Now what is not forgiveable is a mode in a game no matter what genre that continues to be useless year after year because of lack of development. You would hope after all of the difficulties certain yearly franchises have had every year they would find a way to remedy the situation.
 
# 18 ironjumpman_23 @ 11/12/14 09:52 PM
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Originally Posted by BBallcoach
It's all how you perceive broken. People think NBA 2k is broken and that is far from the truth. Most of the forums are filled with nitpicks, like not being able to equip a headband to a real player. Or stuff like that. And most others think playing on HOF and them not being good enough to be playing at that level, so they believe that it's cheesing. And to a degree there is some cheese, but in most cases people posting are not good enough to handle it.

Then you have games like AC:Unity, which is literally unplayable on ultra for us PC players. And even the console ports drop to sub 20 FPS. Now that is a broken game.

So it's all how you define broken.
It really is what you perceive as broken, what may work for some may not work for others. Like I've always believed that nba live and nba 2k are totally different basketball experiences just how madden and NFL 2k was. But the catch 22 is should we blame the developer for promising the simulation experience due to past experience or us believing that they will provide that experience year after year and coming up short by "our" standards. No one can truly be satisfied no matter what.
 
# 19 gremdog8 @ 11/12/14 10:17 PM
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Originally Posted by voodoo_magic
These days I still buy at launch but know that the game will most likely need to be beta tested by all of us and once the first major patch comes out then it may be playable.
Well said man, pretty much sums up how I feel on the subject as this is the new norm now in gaming.
 
# 20 WaddupCouzin @ 11/12/14 10:58 PM
It's an annoyance, but it won't prevent me from buying the game at launch. Games like NBA2K, Assassin's Creed, COD are annual titles, although the later two have like 6-7 development houses to make their games, most sports game do not. The attempt to finish a game in the abbreviated window they have to work with is an accomplishment in itself, so I understand they'll be issues, however, games like GTA that only come out once every 4 years, I have very little tolerance for their online mess ups.
 

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