I recently started playing Pariah and was really looking forward to it. Imagine my surprise when I found out that there was no manual save option. OK, I think it’s good when developers try new things and I was prepared to see what happens. I thought I read somewhere that the game saves at various points during a level and at the start of a new one.
So, there I was almost dead but about to reach the end of a level, I mean REALLY close, when BAM! There’s an explosion and I’m dead. No problem, I’m sure I’ll start from somewhere near the middle. OH how wrong I was. Yep, you guessed it, right back to the beginning of the level! OK, maybe I missed the special point that saves the game. Seem not. This situation repeated itself until around level 10 when after playing the F**king level about 12 times I finally complete the level. I check that it has saved and I move onto the next level. I die and start from the beginning on the new level. Great! Time for dinner, I’ll play more tomorrow.
Next day I fire up the game only to find the last save point is at the start of the previous level. AAARRGGHH! NO. I check all the various options but to no avail. That’s it! I search the Internet for cheat codes and find one that opens all the levels in the SP game. The code I need was IMALAZYBEEOTCH. For those non-native English speakers what the word means is “I am a lazy bitch”. It should be clear to everybody reading that this is rude.
I was very angry about their use of this code. I feel it is very insulting and unprofessional. I see no reason to insult the people who have paid for a game. There could be many reason why a player wishes to jump levels not least the level design is boring! Can you imagine a movie DVD that required a code to access certain scenes having such a code? I can’t. On a deeper level perhaps this is simply an example of how the gaming industry views its customers!
As mentioned above I was initially very angry that the developer was essentially calling me A) Lazy and B) a Bitch, but then I suddenly realised that the phrase was referring to the developer itself. It was expressing the fact that they were too lazy to test the save feature to find that users generally hated it. They were also too lazy to ensure that it actually worked properly. We have a phrase in English that goes something like this: “When you point a finger at somebody, there are three more point back at you.”
Perhaps developers should have a little more respect for their customers and before pointing the finger at them and calling them names they should ensure the product is finished.
I was planning to write a review of the game and had been making notes during my playing but I was so angered by this incident I haven’t bothered to play the game since and probably never will. All I’ll say was I was quite disappointed.