Patchonomics

Apr 27, 2007

Back in February, I mentioned a few games that I was planning on purchasing this year. Two of the titles, Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles and Silent Hunter: Wolves of the Pacific, have already been released. So what's preventing me from rushing out the door and picking them up? Sadly, each has a host of problems.

The primary Shivering Isles bug causes saved games to become corrupt, causing gamers to lose all their saved progress. After investing literally hundreds of hours in the game, that's not exactly a risk I want to run. Sure a patch is available, but it's in a 'beta' state. I didn't sign up to be a beta tester here!

Even after a couple of patches, Silent Hunter apparently still has a number of lingering problems, several of which result in crashes to the desktop. A number of the most critical bugs in the initial release have supposedly been fixed, but I hear that not every bug has been squashed. And I've read that saved games aren't compatible after applying the latest patch. What?!? If I'm going to put time into a game, I don't want to lose my progress after applying a patch.

I really want to play these games, but I also don't want to be disappointed by half-baked products. So I'm going to wait a little longer in the hopes that these issues get ironed out.

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