That’s lame as fuck that a console game be that buggy. With PCs it’s almost understandable, what with all the different hardware that it might be run on. But a console? No doubt they decided to skip most of the testing to get it out for the holiday season.
The original KOTOR was a buggy pile of crap on the PC as well. No game should have a bug that not only causes it to crash once an hour or so, but also frequently corrupt your save game while doing so. That they hadn’t released a patch for such a fundamental problem a full year after the game was released is just the crowning turd on what really ruined a pretty good game. But rushing out a release on an unpatchable console? Looks like contempt for customers is now pretty much SOP at LucasArts these days.
Luckily the Xbox is not “unpatchable”. Hopefully your problem is not isolated and a patch will be released to remedy the situation. You do have Xbox Live don’t you?
I feel your pain though. The whole beauty of consoles is that the hardware is all the same so any game you buy WILL WORK. Unfortunately that isn’t always the case. Bugs are rife in many games, lax testing and a rushed schedule the most probable cause.
Well, not really. First up, the Xbox is the only console that uses PC hardware. Second, crashing on PCs is generally due to their being so many different combinations of PC hardware that it is not possible to test for bugs on all of them. An Xbox however, despite being built on PC type hardware, should be the same as any other Xbox so testing should be a no brainer. Of course, it is well known that Xboxs come with various different brands of DVD drive, so who knows what other internal variations may have come out in the past couple of years?
Halo 2 has been patched this way, but Bungie is a little more caring about their customers.
XBOX Live is a subscription service. Some of the games come with free 2 or 3 month trials so check inside the box - it’s usually a scratch off card. I also got 3 free months with a new controller I bought. I actually have several of these freebies so if you can’t find one, I can send you the activation code from one of them.
(Unless that’s illegal. I can’t imagine why it would be though.)
You need a Live subscription if you want to download a patch. I’m sure they could provide a patch via a free disc with an Xbox magazine or something, but I don’t know that that’s ever been done before. And you’re right, there may well not be a patch. I don’t think console developers set aside any time for patches.
Are you playing it off your hard drive? I have an older X-Box and the only crash I’ve experienced so far while playing it off the disc has been when my roommate was exploiting a known infinite experience bug.
It does load pretty slowly and I do think the game desperately needed more polishing.
It’s not, on a stock Xbox. It is possible though, to put a “mod chip” into your Xbox that will allow you to copy games onto the hardrive and play them off there direct. People have also installed PC OSs on it (Linux I think). Of course, it is a legal grey area as it allows you to make a copy of a game which you are not supposed to do. Xbox Live will not work on a modded Xbox.