August 18th, 2011
Remember when I said we can't be friends unless you put Ubisoft's From Dust on your radar?
I take it back.
Turns out, the PC version of the game is a "technical mess," according to this report. Poor frame rate, frustrating mouse controls, crashes, and even failure to boot, according to at least one user.
"This is far from the first time Ubisoft has released a subpar PC port," writes Vincent Lynch, an avid PC gamer. "Far Cry 2 for PC suffered from some critical bugs that would corrupt save games or prevent progress in the story, and they were never patched. Rainbow 6: Vegas 2 for PC suffered from such terrible performance and netcode that the game was unplayable, these issues were also not fixed."
Consquently, he says, "It's expected that all the issues plaguing From Dust will largely go unchanged." Furthermore, "Ubisoft's reputation as a PC developer takes a step down after every release, and many gamers have stated their intentions to stop purchasing their games altogether or wait to see what others say first."
Harsh criticism from one of the largest and often creative publishers around.
Of course, Ubisoft isn't the only company to have cut corners on PC development. Still, it's a tough pill to swallow, especially since PC was often the best version of multiplatform games up until last generation.
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