The latest patch for Call of Duty: Black Ops seems to have made the game less playable, with many PlayStation 3 owners reporting far more serious connection issues.
In a thread on the game’s official forums, scores of PS3 players have attacked Patch 1.04’s disastrous effect in a whirl of anger and misspellings, accusing it of causing significantly more freezing, disconnections, and lag. A selection of their comments include:
“[The patch] just made the gameplay more worse than it was. Gamefreezes after 5 minutes gameplay. While you dont have gamefreeze you get everygame a connection interrupted. Framerates fails etc. etc.” – Fiko
“I never had matchmaking issues before, now I do. Connection interrupted is happening 3x more often than before. Haven’t had a PS3 freeze or transmission error yet. Managed to complete about 5 games in 2 hours.” – purehatred89
“Been trying to get in a game for over 30 min. WTF is the best they can do. Great game made horrible beyond belief. Im disgusted.” – Johnny_Law
“It is now 5 48 eastern time. I last played a full match before 3:20… thats two hours of waiting in lobbies only to play a game that lasts about 3 kills before freezing up” – octavias
And so on. While the odd positive comment appears in the thread, it’s mostly bile and (justifiable) whining. The Xbox 360 and PC versions of the game seem to be free of such issues.
However, Treyarch community manager Josh Olin insists it is the routers of those complaining that are causing the problems, telling one angry gamer on Twitter, “That means your Router has a strict NAT, causing your lag. It’s not the game.”
To placate matters, he added that Treyarch still wants to hear from Patch 1.04 victims. “We are listening to you,” he stated, “and we’ve been busy working on updates based on feedback from the community. We have already deployed a number of updates, and there will be many more to come.”
This isn’t the first time Black Ops has had problems with its online mode – last month, players of the PC version accused the game of being “unplayable“.
[Black Ops Forum, via Eurogamer]