If You Buy Resident Evil 6 On PSN, Don't Download The Patch

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By most accounts, Resident Evil 6 isn't very good. But if you are playing it—and if you plan to buy it digitally on the PS3's PlayStation Network—don't download the day-one patch.

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A few gamers in Europe contacted IGN yesterday to report issues with their copies of Capcom's new survival-horror game. In a statement, Capcom confirmed that there's a bug:

Essentially it is recognized that some consumers who downloaded the game from the PSN store pre-loaded (pre-order) or within the early hours of launch may be experiencing problems booting up the game. In short, early purchasers who tried to download the game from PSN store may have seen an error message, after they downloaded the day 1 patch. The patch has created an issue and prevents people booting the game. The temporary fix to ensure people can enjoy RE6 today as intended is to ask those people to un-install the game (only if they originally saw an error message) and re-install the game. This time they won't be prompted to download the patch and the game will load. Please note however, these people won't be able to play against disc owners on a temporary basis. We are working with SCEE (Sony) to fix this issue and a patch is imminent to fix the issue. Please note that those people who downloaded the game from the PSN store originally won't be able to access RE.net at this time, but this will be fixed by the imminent patch. We will keep people updated as soon as we know more and thank them for their patience.

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The problem may be limited to Europe right now, but if you want to be safe, try not to download that patch—and uninstall/reinstall if you do. Note that this is only for people buying the game from the PlayStation Network; a couple of Kotaku staffers have played all of Resident Evil 6 on PS3 without any issues.

PS3 Gamers Having Issues with Resident Evil 6 [IGN]

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I wonder if I need to start treating games like I do consoles. With consoles I wait for a while until the price drops to an affordable level. During this wait the bugs and malfunctions are fixed (early customers are the testers is what it feels like). A better version of the console typically comes out with the fixes.

With games being more complicated and the concept that they can just be fixed with a patch, which can apparently screw your game up too. It's probably a good thing that I tend to wait on games for price drops and sales as well. Well that and some games get Game of the Year type treatment (all DLC included with the game).