Those first few eager little bunnies to download Batman: Arkham Knight must have been seriously concerned for their PC’s health. 30fps stutters and random pauses on a 2015, highly anticipated AAA game? It must be a problem on my end. Then, more and more people started complaining. Not unlike the T-Rex water scene in Jurassic Park, a low rumble erupted across Steam. And then the reviews came in. Angry series fans venting their frustrations at the poor quality of the game, and equally angry reviewers sometimes refusing to comment at all stampeded into the scene launching accusations of laziness and apathy. At least those first few were comforted by the fact they didn’t need a new computer.
We’ve seen it before though. Disappointments with The Order 1886 and the bug infested Assassin’s Creed Unity have been causing a stir in the community for a while now. It comes down to the incredible speed at which technology is advancing nowadays. We went from the clunky but appreciated PS3 and XBox 360 systems to the super fast, super powerful, higher beings of next gen in what felt like a second. Developers are desperately trying to keep up with these advancements, and the more they edge closer to what next gen can really deliver, the more fans push them to break new ground. What results is a gaming industry attempting to cover all its bases but not delivering in many of them. There are far too many expectations being placed on AAA games as a result of this technological inflation. Awe-inspiring graphics are now to become customary, and originality is swept under the carpet to the point where we’re all playing the same game just with different beautifully rendered backdrops.
Obviously this isn’t always the case. The PS4 has produced some spectacular new titles that are engaging and innovative, but it’s a lot more difficult to do this. And PC is getting left behind as a result. The ports simply don’t make the cut any more and it’s because developers are all trying to jump for the technological console moon without laying the foundations for their trampolines. (If that makes sense).