Playstation 4, Battlefield 4, and the joys of launch problems…


I got home last Friday and began moving my Xbox 360 into the bedroom; I had to make room for a package that was coming later that evening.  And thus, while I enjoyed some Sweetwater IPAs, a knock came at the door and UPS delivered me the long awaited Playstation 4.  Set up came easy, and before long I was online, downloading the day-one patch, and popping Battlefield 4 into the slot.  And then…well, and then nothing happened.

Next generation errors are displayed in full HD aggravation.

Next generation errors are displayed in full HD aggravation.

As a kid, I used to always buy games that were just a little too good for the computer I had.  And without fail, they would always fail to install, and I’ve have a brand spankin’ new game that I couldn’t play for another few years.  And while my situation that Friday evening was nowhere near as severe, or stupid, I was left dumbfounded and frustrated that I couldn’t do what I’d dreamt of for months, and that was to start kicking ass in Battlefield again.  I would later discover that not only was the PSN ground to a halt with the influx of new users, but the BF4 servers were under some unspecified DDOS attack.  A double problem for my new gaming setup, and there was nothing I could do.  I grabbed another beer.

bf4-ps4-errorWith no other options (just kidding, I also got Killzone and Black Flag, which I’ve yet to install, as well as NBA 2k14, Madden 25, and Ghosts, not to mention all the PS+ freebies) I turned to the Battlefield 4 campaign.  And I have to say, it was actually pretty fun.  For all 4 hours that it lasted, I had a great time (and the game only corrupted the save twice!  Yeehaw!)  But it left me frustrated, as this isn’t the first launch-day fiasco we’ve seen, and yet the companies that produce these products just never seem quite prepared enough to have enough servers, or to safeguard those servers.  But it is what it is.  I still had a next generation console, on launch day no less, and I had plenty of games to play.  And thus I dove right in.  And I have to say, I was quite impressed.

BF4_2_copy.bmpThe graphics on all games are quite fantastic.  And even the much maligned Ghosts turned out to be quite fun, if not, ahem, a little dejavu inducing.  And the free Resogun is just plain addicting.  All in all, I suppose my point is, this new system is fantastic, and the games I’ve played so far on it are incredible.  I just hate to see them stumble so hard out of the gate due to numerous issues on launch day.  Regardless, I will continue to attempt to figure out the share feature (still no sound, what is up with that?) and dive deeper into some of these experiences, hopefully to share more fully at least on BF4 before my Xbox One arrives Friday evening.

Oh, and Madden 25 is shit.  Like, pure shit.  Graphics on par with N64’s Blitz.  Good thing it was free for me.

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3 Comments to “Playstation 4, Battlefield 4, and the joys of launch problems…”

  1. “Next generation errors are displayed in full HD aggravation.” LOL when are they gonna learn? Is it the sale department making promises they Know the IT cant keep? Or is IT just really bad at their job?

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