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September 11th

Because every game has a red-headed step-child.

I love many games, but for some reason there is one, mainly technical, aspect of it that ruins the experience. Here are 5 games with one annoying issue.

Fallout 3 – frequent crashes. This is game crashes and crashes often. Good thing auto-saves are frequent or else I’d be sending it to the scrap heap.

Dealbreaker? Not anymore actually. The 1.7 patch that came with Mothership Zeta fixed pretty much all the crashes.

Assassin’s Creed – takes forever to exit the game. First, as Altair you exit that game, which take you back to being Desmond Miles. A short cutscene later, then you have to exit that, which take you to the account selection menu. Select your account, then can you actually exit the game. Let’s hope AC2 doesn’t have me jumping through that many hoops again.

Dealbreaker? No, but then again I deleted the game after finishing once.

Call of Duty 4 – long ass loading time in the beginning for multiplayer. This was not always the case. As a matter of fact, it used to be lightning fast. Now for some reason (due to some minor update), it takes over a minute to load the game, which extra annoying if I’m finding servers with xFire. Unfortunately, thanks to Modern Warfare 2 the game is no longer supported.

Yeah, but it has more to do with anticipating Modern Warfare 2 than anything.

Grand Theft Auto 4 – automatically sets my graphical settings. I hate ports that do not have the correct aspect ratio for my monitor (16:10, I’m looking at you Mercenaries 2). I really hate it when GTA4 doesn’t let me change any of the settings (at least without doing a bit of hackery). For a game that encourages sandbox behavior, it sure is strict about what I want to do with my graphics.

Dealbreaker? Yes, and because I hate the ending.

Neverwinter Nights 2 – Crappiest camera in all the land. I played the first Neverwinter Nights to death. Thanks to the camera, I couldn’t get into this one.

Dealbreaker? Ef yeah!

Bonus: Load Anno 1404. Load a game. Take out a magazine. Finish feature article. Play the game. Never again.

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