Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare‘s Installations Are Fucking Ridiculous

The above unimpressive image was taken from Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare‘s campaign installation screen in the middle of the night. Despite having downloaded the game on PlayStation 4 some nine or ten hours beforehand, the single-player mode had not yet even begun to “install.”

In fact, nothing was actually ready after the game had allegedly downloaded, in a manner very similar to Mafia III.

You may believe this article is a retread of a grievances aired only a few weeks ago, and for the most part you’d be correct.

I’ll stop complaining about it when the videogame industry stops fucking doing it.

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Infinite Warfare aka Infinite Installation aka Installing Warfare aka Fucking Impenetrable Multiplayer After Coddling The Same Obsessive Fanbase For Ten Years – pick whichever name you prefer – was available piecemeal on console, somewhat attempting to live up to Sony’s “play now” promise that has been so thoroughly broken.

Unfortunately, it still took time to access anything after the PS4’s XMB claimed the game was ready in its entirety, and the fact I bought the game that afternoon but didn’t actually start playing the campaign – the only comprehensible part of the game to non-obsessives anymore – until almost midnight is further indication this generation of consoles has well and truly fucked it.

In an age of Netflix and Spotify, where “on demand” entertainment is ubiquitous and audiences have come to expect flexible, instantaneous access to media, the videogame industry continues to trail pitifully behind. Some of this is undoubtedly down to technological restrictions, but some of it is a direct result of bad design, deliberate restrictions, and frankly bizarre methods of content distribution.

Fortunately, the game’s a quick download away on PC, right?

Well, about that…

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Of course, expecting a Call of Duty game to be better on PC is like expected the Moon to descend from its place in the void above and give you a personalized handjob. Even so, I was dumbfounded when this little message greeted me, not least for the fact that I had downloaded the game the night before in order to have it ready for video recording that next morning.

Even on Steam, it would appear the impression of a fully downloaded game can be a false one.

The shaders preloaded considerably faster than the campaign on PS4, of course, but nevertheless it was stupefying to see something just not ready, having sat unready for hours until I booted the thing up.

Don’t get me started on the lack of crossplay between Steam and Windows 10 users. That’s on the table for another time, but it’s definitely on the table.

Right now, this is just your regular reminder that videogames are fucking ridiculous.

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Oh, and don’t give me any of that crap about how I should have pre-ordered the game so it would preload and not have any problems.

These are digitally downloaded games – huge “AAA” games at that. They’re not going anywhere, they do not merit nor deserving pre-ordering, and I’m loathe to reward the pre-order culture that I’ve spoken about at length in the past.

Rather than find ways around the problem that only further benefit game publishers for no good reason, I’d prefer the game industry unfuck its shit.

I don’t think that’s an unreasonable desire.

Pocket
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Pocket

I don’t know what this “preloading shaders” bullshit is, but it reminds me of something somebody on GitHub (I think) said about Valve’s Mac and Linux ports, that they take so long to boot up because they have to translate the DirectX commands to OpenGL before the game can start. Which begged the (as of yet unanswered) question of why they couldn’t just precompile that shit themselves and bake it into the game instead so it’s already in the engine.

Elvar Ingvason
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Elvar Ingvason

to me angryjoe’s video on how they had split the pc gamer base between the windows store and steam was even more interesting, this game is dead on arrival even before they split the playerbase with map packs.

Bilateralrope
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Bilateralrope

Here on PC I get annoyed by the ‘first time setup’ Steam does for most games, which is usually done in seconds. Going over a minute is rare.

When it bugs out and decides to do that first time setup every time, even if it only takes seconds, I get annoyed enough to fix it (known bug, easily googled solution)

Jinx 01
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Jinx 01

I think a lot of this is CPU power. All these files that have to be decompressed and installed. Steam typically does this *as you download* (look at your CPU usage) but it sounds like the consoles do not. And their CPUs are their weakest link, absolutely sluggish old AMD chips.

LamontRaymond
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LamontRaymond

That’s a serious buzzkill.

Wheresmymonkey
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Wheresmymonkey

Jim have you tried rebuilding the library on your PS4. I have a feelingyour HDD may be the issue as much as the 100gb install.

Bind
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Bind

Absolutely great game though.
It’s got that gritty BattleStar Galactica feel, and like CoD4 it was obviously influeneced by James Cameron and Aliens.
I feel like it nails an adult, sci-fi tone wothout feeling like a cheep thrill or cashin. This is something I appreciated about the older Call of Duty games, the weight they could bring to the table.
If any of you are skeptical, I highly recommend you give this one a fair shake.

diamond
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diamond

Strange, this didn’t happen to me with my physical copy of the game on Xbox One at all, the whole thing installed for me in less then 30 minutes, this just seems like yet another example of PSN being slow as fuck compared to Xbox Live, I continue to feel vindicated in my decision to buy all multi platform games on the Xbox over PS4.

I also feel vindicated in my decision to buy physical copies of games over digital ones.

Mark Davenport
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One of the reasons I still like physical, sure the installs are still there, but at least I am not wanting for downloads. Install speeds have gotten faster on Xbox One over time as they have addressed the issues via the OS updates (I remember how painfully long it used to be with like Ryse: Son of Rome at launch, ugh). But I am not sure about the PS4. I know the PSN is a slow-ass network, but when it comes to installing the data, that should all be the realm of the hardwear. I dunno, it’s strange. Although compression… Read more »

Giorgos Katsas
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Giorgos Katsas

On the other hand, Titanfall 2 is 35 GB large and had a 88 mb day one patch.

Man, Activision is really betting on people not reading stuff on the internet about the games they buy.

Carl Amalfi
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Carl Amalfi

It’s come down to people are no longer being rewarded and given extra when they pre-order, now, they are being punished and having standard game features withheld from them if they don’t pre-order.

Gary Jones
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Gary Jones

The Windows store version is played over Xbox Live, so they would have to allow crossplay between the two services.

BAH!
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BAH!

So here’s my question: Would having a physical copy improve the situation in any way? I mean, there’s still the risk of massive day-one patches, but will the game install faster/properly if there’s a disc in the drive?

This is one of a handful of reasons I prefer buying physical over digital. Not a hard-line stance, just a preference.

Gregory McIntyre
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Gregory McIntyre

I almost suspect if the in game loading time is set up to push you past that 2 hour refund mark on steam with a minimum amount of game play.

Beans199883
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Beans199883

COD has become such a fucking joke. I know this has been said in the past but I’m fucking tired of. The same shite every year and people still fucking buy it. I’m happy that Activision is getting hate this year.

Jolly_M
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Jolly_M

I half wonder if this is part of some copy protect scheme. Where you used to have 0 day wares but nowerdays all games appear to be borked on day 0 and so this messes with all those 0 day hacks with a 0 day patch.

TheCowHead
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TheCowHead

Thanks for beating this drum Jim!

I put in the Gears of War 4 disc at 10 AM on Saturday and could not play it until 6:30 PM. The disc had to instal 60 gb of data, I think it was running extra slow because it was also trying to download a 20 GB patch.

My wife was at a play, would’ve been the perfect day of gaming… played dark souls 3 dlc instead.

MeltzStein
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MeltzStein

I read every word in this article in Jim’s angry voice schooling the gaming industry, including his special way of saying “AAA”! (TRIPLE A!)

Anton
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Anton

Take the hint, Jim. Your devices are trying to save you from this game.

Nathan Stapleton
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Nathan Stapleton

You mean… the moon won’t come down and give me a personalized handjob? My dreams… they’ve been shattered…

Trace
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It’s sad, honestly. It has hit a point where I no longer even take a new game out without first attaching my long ass ethernet cord to my PS4 so my PS4 is wired up and prepped just in case there’s a massive day 1 download to be installed, since wifi downloading on the PS4 is garbage in comparison to wired. Definitely miss the days when console gaming was just toss the disc into the system and play the fucking game….

Jp4Real
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Jp4Real

same issue on XBONE, I really don’t understand what happened to the video game industry, the fucking games are 50-60 gb large, and on PC COD is now 120 GB !! IT’S COD !! What happened to compression ?? what happened to bothering about the user actually being able to play the game and caring about it ?? on XBONE the install of infinite installation warfare took 6 hours, only to find out that I can’t play Coop campaign with, my son, so I went to play Modern Warfare Installation remastered, and well, NO stillllllll installing, it’s incredible

MJC
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MJC

“I’ll stop complaining about it when the videogame industry stops fucking doing it.”

Well said!

Dillon Rafferty
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Dillon Rafferty

Booted up Ratchet and Clank tools of destruction an early ps3 game yesterday only took 2 minutes to install. I hope the rumours are true and the Ns lets you play the games you just bought.

Sethzard
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Sethzard

Surely in pre-ordering to pre-install so you don’t have to go through the fucking ridiculous installation you would just be encouraging this ridiculous bullshit.

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