GAME FACE: Shabby Ports of Stellar Games


Since it’s release, it looks like Hyrule Warriors Legends has not been receiving very good reviews.

Not only do we currently have publishers releasing games that don’t work properly at launch, requiring patches later on (*cough* Assassin’s Creed: Unity *cough*) we also have games that would otherwise provide excellent experiences, performing absolutely abysmally. I struggle to believe that anyone at Nintendo or Omega Force/Team Ninja played Legends on an original 3DS or 2DS, and declared it in a fit state for their audiences. According to IGN’s review of the game, Legends even suffers framerate and graphical issues on the New 3DS as well, although considerably less so than its older counterparts.

What makes this situation even more disappointing however, is that Hyrule Warriors is one of the Wii U’s best titles. Initially, no one expected it to work: a mash-up of The Legend of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors made by a third party developer. To many, Hyrule Warriors was an unexpected surprise (along with PlatinumGames’ excellent Bayonetta 2). To have third party developers making games like these for the Wii U were a cause for serious celebration among the Nintendo fanbase. But with a shoddy port like Legends gathering negative press, it could reflect badly on Omega Force/Team Ninja’s reputation for terrible customer service, along with Nintendo. This rather spoils all the good work previously done.

I learnt my lesson after experiencing a similarly unpleasant experience with the Xbox 360 port of Dragon Age: Inquisition. I was shocked by how terrible the graphics looked, it was so bad that I didn’t recognise Varric until he’d opened his mouth and introduced himself. The framerate was terrible, the game barely ran and the majority of the environments were in a constant half-state of loading. Speaking of loading, there were times that I was waiting minutes for the next screen to load. It even paused to load every time I entered and left the tactical camera.

Luckily for me, I could afford to buy a PS4 that Christmas, along with a fresh (and working) copy of Dragon Age: Inquisition. But for many others, the option of the newer console port is simply not available to them. I’m certain that there are many gamers who are perfectly happy with sticking to an Xbox 360 or a PS3.

Publishers attempting to make a quick buck off botched ports just infuriates me to no end. People do want to play the newest releases, but terrible last-gen ports like the notorious Call of Duty: Black Ops III, which had its story mode campaign completely removed, or the apparently sloppy Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, means that customers are paying up to £40 to £50 for games that barely function.

It’d be better for Nintendo to have made Legends a New 3DS exclusive rather than advertising their game for a system that just isn’t capable of running it. This goes for all the other publishers releasing naff ports for older consoles.

If it doesn’t work properly, don’t sell it. End of.

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