Up For Debate - Have any recent game releases affected your future buying decisions?

Written by Chad Norton on Sat, Dec 4, 2021 12:00 PM
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If you look online, more often than not you’ll find everyone claiming that 2021 was a pretty bad year for gamers. Sure, we started off well with a few bangers, but the rest of the year was plagued by big releases with major issues at launch, and of course the continuing of the global chip shortage and GPU crisis.

But it’s those game launch issues we wanted to talk about today, because it seems to be a theme this pandemic that a game gets shipped way too early as developers try to adjust to a new working from home environment. Oftentimes this has resulted in a game being released when it could have done with another month or two in the oven, despite several delays already.

Perhaps the obvious one is Cyberpunk 2077, which you would have thought based on the backlash alone that other developers would hold off their games as long as possible, but it seems to have made things worse. Most recently games like Battlefield 2042, among many others, for instance.

So what we want to know is whether this has affected your buying decisions at all. Like your stance on pre-ordering games, or waiting some time after release to let the bugs get ironed out. Even though we like to think it won’t happen to every game, the problem certainly isn’t going anyway anytime soon.

What do you think? Have any recent game releases affected your buying decisions? What games specifically? What is your stance on pre-ordering games and has it changed in the past year or two? And do you get games soon after they come out? Or do you wait a month or so for bug fixes now? Let’s debate!

Have any recent game releases affected your future buying decisions?

How often do you preorder games?

Has your stance on preordering games changed in the past couple years?

How long should you wait after a game release to play it at its best?

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06:37 Dec-06-2021

I used to play games on their release day but i did that because i thought that the games were READY to be played, not simply PLAYABLE. Now that i know that all major title are released when they are considered to be PLAYABLE, i dont play them until a few more patchs has been release.

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23:31 Dec-05-2021

Personally I rarely pre-order, I did few games, not going to lie, but mostly they were games I would buy anyway. And that mostly stayed the same. I actually am not sure which is the last game I preordered, I think it was Halo remasters, I think that had preorder. There is very little reason to preorder for most games anyway. Plus as CDPR thought us, good reputation is not guaranteed for good game. And as CDPR, Bethesda and Blizzard teach us, there is no corporation that "can do no wrong" and being overly protective about them only makes things worse.


As for how long to wait, that entirely depends on the game and what kind of game it is. Like some can be bit tricky, like multiplayer games, where there is certain fun to be head to be in early on when hype is still up and everyone is new and there are most players. But then again, it won't be best experience in terms of technical side and bugs. But it really depends on where game stands with its state on release. With CP2077 I would easily say 2 years or more. Just wait for full package with all DLC. Or big sale which I think it recently had and it was point where a lot of people were like "this is cheap enough so I am willing to put up with bugs" and came in with already low expectations. While some other games are pretty good on release, like I played Psychonauts 2 basically after release and over all game I encountered single bug and that one was easy to ignored and was patched shortly after. Then again, with multiplayer games, I guess best compromise would be 1-3 moths. Because with some it is bit like hot food, you don't want to eat it while it is too hot, but you also don't want to wait for it to completely cool down and everyone moved on or are way ahead of you in terms of skill and progression.

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10:47 Dec-05-2021

Cyberpunk created a standard within the video industry where I read most games are not up to par on release, so I will very rarely pre-order now. I did with Halo Infinite as MS is one of the fairer & reputable game developers as not many left.

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10:55 Dec-05-2021

We pay hard earned money & for a game to be so below par on release sholdn't need continual repairs or over used patches to fix,

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10:19 Dec-05-2021

Last time i have pre-ordered was for the Darksiders III and Darksiders Genesis's Collectors Editions, but only because i wanted that figurines on my shelve.And because they are shipped at very limited numbers in here.Other than some action figures i never pre-order a digital game - never.

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08:22 Dec-05-2021

I used to preorder the games I was a big fan of with or without the build-up hype coming down from the studios because I had a computer strong enough to plow through any bad optimization, but having sold the desktop and playing on the laptop now, I'll probably wait before buying because I don't want to play at under 60 fps haha.

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23:42 Dec-04-2021

It was Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War, I wasn't buying games much previously, beside Modern Warfare 2019... But BOCW taught me to wait at least 2 months before buying fresh game :D

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23:01 Dec-04-2021

If there's a game I wanna play day one, I'll preorder it on steam if there's a preload available. You can refund it anyway, why would I wait?


In most cases though I'll just buy games that are already out for a while, these days there's rarely new stuff that gets me excited.

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19:10 Dec-04-2021

I always say - 6-18months after release is where most games get their proper launch (bugfixes, DLC, rebalancing, online issues go away, etc) AND you get them for a lower price!


On top of that - it could even be free! I wanted to buy at various points Battlefield 1 and V, Cities: Skylines, Frostpunk, Just Cause 4, Plague Tale, Control, Rage 2, Transistor, Watch Dogs 2 and many others to try...didn't have to - they were all given away for free at various points! I'm hard-pressed to find reasons to buy games early if you can live through the FOMO.

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17:32 Dec-04-2021

No as my buying decisions are always:


Never Pre-order


Never buy broken

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16:50 Dec-04-2021

Remember when games actually came out in perfect state and no patches were needed? Good old times..

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17:34 Dec-04-2021

Yup, but graphics were much simpler, lower fidelity and cheaper. The biggest reason why games nowadays are so screwed is the high graphical fidelity they have, which takes too long to develop, which leaves them with less and less time to test the game properly and also causes AAA games to cost 100-300+ million Dollars to develop instead of 5-20 million dollars

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15:58 Dec-04-2021

#### "How long should you wait after a game release to play it at its best?" That is a bad mentality to have. A game should come out in a playable state, otherwise you will have games likes BF 2042 which released in poor state, and it's going to be getting regular patches for the forseeable future.

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15:51 Dec-04-2021

Just bought FC6 and I hate it. All thoose repetetive missions, outposts.. Meh... From now on, I'll make sure to listen what gamerscore is saying :D

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18:05 Dec-04-2021

I wouldn't listen to that either. If you have enough experience you can tell by watching a gameplay trailer and knowing the genre and subgenre.


Rockstar games and Valve games have huge scores, but they are pathetic, portal being an exception. Same with Ubisoft's latest games, and they are mediocre and pathetic too.


Then there are the broken ones, and nowadays that's most of them, which means never pre-order.

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13:54 Dec-04-2021

Never going to buy Ubisoft games again but will still play a decent future release in international waters


Their games have become boring and the performance sucks a$$ while the game looks like sh!t. This is all owing to their DRM layering and crap optimization.


Oh btw before anyone thinks I am being really low I do own all AC, WD and FC games. I also own Blacklist, Conviction, The Divisiom (of a$$ cracks) and a few other games. So the above statement is from someone who has got burnt time and time again and now has decided they need some love.

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14:37 Dec-04-2021

Also let's not forget the horrible optimization of their games on PC.

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19:27 Dec-04-2021

There is no optimization whatsoever for PC. And this company uses 3 layers of protection for their games on PC comprising of Denuvo, VM Protect and Uplay.

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12:12 Dec-04-2021

The only games I preorder are the ones I will play regardless of launch state.

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14:39 Dec-04-2021

A fair statement

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