This weekend I had two different games to review for two different sites. One game was for PlayStationLifeStyle, but they didn’t have a PS4 code yet, only a PC code. I made do, installed the game on Steam and attempted to play.
MY GOD WAS IT TERRIBLE.
The movements were so janky and difficult to control, I died so many times within the first five minutes. I was already hating the pants off this game. And then the game locked up on me completely, and did so three other times in the exact same spot. I had to cry for help with the PR contact, and I learned that my PC, the machine I just bought this past summer, already has an outdated GPU. I told my director I wasn’t going to upgrade my PC for this stupid game, and he said he understood. And then came bursting forth my frustration with PC gaming and the reasons why I’m not a PC gamer. (Please note, I don’t hate PC gaming or PC gamers, I’m just happy being a console peasant.)
One hilarious PC gaming rant with hilarious comments later, I remembered I bought a new graphics card for my old PC, one that Chris actually recommended I get. It wouldn’t work with my old PC, which is why I bought this one. I never installed it, because why? I have a new PC; the on-board GPU should be fine. Turns out, that was a no. The husband helped me install the graphics card myself.
No, I haven’t checked if the game runs better now, because I got a PS4 code that afternoon I was having all the issues. I learned VERY quickly that the game is not terrible. The movements aren’t janky or difficult to control. The game is super fun when you have a proper graphics card processing it. You have no idea how hard I’ve been face-palming my forehead all weekend when I wasn’t working on both reviews. I am unbelievably glad that the team was able to get me a PS4 code so I could properly play the game. I would have come down on it so unfairly hard when it was really the fault of my hardware.
I like this game so much, I’m tempted to make it my next Book of the Month Club required reading. Very tempted indeed.