If I walked up to you in Best Buy and asked if you heard about the release of the new Halo: Reach for XBOX 360, I wouldn’t blame you a bit if you said you haven’t heard of it. Just about any other person would ask if you lived in a cave, but not me. And quite honestly, I could care less if Halo: Reach made $200 million dollars on its first day of sales. Why?
For one reason: It’s lame to have a game of this magnitude be playable only on Microsoft’s XBOX 360 console.
I’ve been working on a Microsoft operating system almost all my life, and if there’s one thing I know, it’s that anything Microsoft crashes. And freezes. And locks up. What a pain!
And guess what – that’s nothing new to anyone who owns an XBOX 360. XBOXs are not only known for freezing and crashing, they also overheat. That’s not exactly an electronic device I want in my game room!
So why would I purchase a Microsoft XBOX 360 to play a game like Halo: Reach which will obviously require pretty fantastic graphics and highly developed online gameplay? I wouldn’t.
So if you’re feeling sorry for yourself that you’re not among the millions of people who purchased Halo Reach on its first day of sales, I’ll give you three big reasons why you’re not missing out on that much. Here’s the top five complaints that users have found when playing their brand new Halo: Reach video games.
Server Crashes: Half the reason you wanted Halo: Reach was to participate in the online Beta version of the game, yes? Well, that’s what buyers thought, too. However, after you top $200 million in sales, it’s hard to serve all those people who want to join the online games. So, you guessed it – the servers crashed. And while those servers have been back up and running recently, it’s not like it can’t happen again – like around Christmas, when you’ll have the most time to play.
Halo: Reach Freezes on Old XBOX Models: Hmmm. Sound familiar? If you don’t own the newest XBOX 360 device, you could be among the many players who have run into freezing and crashing discs when trying to play Halo: Reach in an older player. Looks like you’ll be upgrading soon, eh? Your only hope is a potential update to help fix the problem. But you already know all about Microsoft and its “updates.”
Halo: Reach Freezes on New XBOX 360 Slim Models: You didn’t think they’d leave all of you new users out in the cold, did you? Nope – there’s freezes and crashes to go around for any XBOX user, it would seem, in the form of popping up error message (so very, very Microsoft-esque) and blocking out portions of the game, like the co-op. Right now, Gary Johnson of product-reviews.net says the only way to fix the problem is to upgrade to a 250 GB hard drive or wait for Microsoft to resolve the problem.
Gary Johnson, http://www.product-reviews.net/2010/09/15/halo-reach-problems-with-disc-and-co-op-on-xbox-360-slim/