Sunday, August 1, 2010

Have to admit, I chuckled

From Kotaku's story:

Another large patch coming by mid-August for NCAA Football 11 will address some notorious balance issues with recruiting in the game's Dynasty modes, and deliver "live tuning" for necessary gameplay adjustments without waiting for a dedicated patch. Although this is also being addressed directly in the patch, a big key will be its ability to fine-tune dynasty recruiting AI, because many have noticed bot-controlled powerhouses coming in exceptionally underweight with repeated lackluster recruiting classes.
Ok, that sounds goovy. Kotaku was pointed to the EA Blog and posted its story. Of course that isn't even the real problem (Lackluster recruiting classes). But that's ok.

Of course Kotaku is apparently not one of the "many" as those pesky and 'notorious' Dynasty issues are MIA in their review. (written by the same guy, btw) Funny how that works.

OK to be fair Kotaku isn't alone. No one else said anything about it either, and really I don't know why I let this get under my skin the way it does. I'm old enough and have been around the block enough times to just let this flow under the bridge and move on.

We ALL miss things in reviews. I have written reviews in the past and then noticed a major issue a week later and it leaves a lump of pain in the pit of my stomach. I try and take this shit seriously but when I see news posts from a MAJOR game site talking about these important game issues like they were on top of the story all along -- I have to admit it's rather "irksome."

Because the "many" who noticed those issues? The gamers. The people who bought the game primarily off of reviews by websites like Kotaku. The critics absolutely failed them.

Anyway, that's my last rant on the subject, I promise.

The good news? EA is fixing the dynasty mode problems and if they work -- this will get a ridiculous amount of playtime this fall and winter. And I guess in the long run that's what matters.

Don't forget --- Madden Monday. We'll have a lot of impressions from the front line of the retail build.


jcalvert said...

Give 'em hell Bill! Seriously, I have read most of the reviews out there ... just to give me something to do since I have not purchased the game this year.

I am not sure if the typical Bama or Gator gamer even cares about Dynasty mode. They probably just play a few games with their buddies; maybe season mode, but I seriously doubt they go year after year trying to keep their teams on top. Dynasty mode is more for us older farts.

Not that I would ever expect the mainstream reviewers to catch issues in Dynasty mode, but they are kind of in a bad position. They need to get their reviews out on (or by) release day, so how can they even have time to make it through multiple seasons?

bill abner said...

Well, the time issues are a bitch.

But I don't always buy it.

How long does it take to check the integrity of a sim? Not that long. Just sim a season or two, do a cursory glance at the numbers to see how they look and move on. If we see problems only five years down the road then I can see how that can get overlooked.

That's my issue. (And Kotaku trying to sell people on how they were on the scene with the scoop when their own review didn't even mention it.)

The problems with NCAA's Dynasty mode pop up in year TWO. And while I agree that the old farts like us play Dynasty mode, it's such a MAJOR feature in NCAA that it demands to be looked at and not simply fact sheet reviewed by telling readers what they already know by reading the press releases.