Just had to shoot this update out as I try in vain to connect to the SOCOM servers. So got the game which requires you to download the newest PS3 Update 2.50. After that process, you then need to put the disc in which will pop up the game icon and a game installer icon, you must first click the installer which will load the SOCOM game data onto your hard drive and yes it is almost 3GB. After this process that took more than a little while to get going, I finally got it installed and launched the game. Then you have to download the most recent game update which is almost a gig. Finally, I get done and am ready to play when I am called away for something, this was at about 4:00pm eastern time. I got back home about 6:30pm eastern time and tried to get into a game, but I had a problem with my wireless headset because I could hear other people but they couldn’t hear me. So I quit the game to go fix the microphone issues, bad move. After making the quick changes I needed, which took about 2 minutes I go and try to start the game back up again. That’s when I get a little “Failed to Log In To Server” error. Now I know the reason I can’t log in is because the servers are all full and thus I am sitting hear trying in vain to connect. I doubt this will clear anytime soon because I am sure that most gamers are doing the same thing I am doing which is trying over and over to get back in and effectively cancelling each other out.
Anyway this goes back to one of my most recent post about making the online experience better and more reliable. I mean come on if you are going to make a game that is completely dependent upon the ability to get online and have your servers handle the load then you have to do better. I mean how many people did they think were going to hit the servers at once? They should have been more prepared. But its just another failure of a gaming company to provide an adequately resourced online environment, this almost makes me want to take this back and get my money back. I mean it just seems like gamers deserve better.
So if you are out there having this problem know that you are not alone and lots of us are having the same frustrating problem as you. In the end, I guess I will go and put some more time into Saint’s Row 2 which is pretty good so far and try it again later. What is the moral of this post, if you do manage to connect to the SOCOM servers, DO NOT quit the game for any reason or you will be sitting on the sidelines with the rest of us. Even if you do get in you may find yourself waiting in the lobby of games for a while but keep trying. I am sure they will add more servers to the load over the next week and by next week this won’t be a problem, but it shouldn’t be a problem today now should it? If you combine this with the large number of reports about games just being dropped for no reason right in the middle of a fight and this is riducolous. I just finally was able to get into a game after an hour of trying and do you know what happened, after about 2 minutes and I got killed and made one kill I was completely kicked out of the game and off of the SOCOM servers and as I write I am looking at the screen as it tries to initialize to the network. Like I said earlier I know that this is a new game but if online is going to be your only way to play, that environment must be up and reliable and right now for I can only imagine thousands of other gamers like myself that just isn’t the case.