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EA knew exactly how many reviewers would be playing the game, so our experiences with the always-on requirement is in no way representative of the final product. It could be the same, or the servers may buckle under the pressure and no one will be able to play the game they paid for.

It wouldn’t be the first time such a thing has happened, and since reviewers didn’t play under the same circumstances as normal consumers, our good or bad experiences writing the review shouldn’t be used as evidence that the sytem is ready to go, or that it will break. It could go either way.

We also weren’t able to try out many of the game’s social features, and those are expected to play a large role in how the game acts and feels in its latest incarnation.

Source.

Interesting... thinking.gif
It begs the question, why were a lot of the social features disabled? They likely could have managed to do it as part of an internal network just for the reviewers if they'd wanted to. It's also a great reason to not pre-order games, and just wait until a little while after release to see what it's like.
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Interesting.
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Interesting.
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So.... let me get this straight... EA doesn't want you to trust their own reviews? They couldn't even get their own paid off reviewers to give "acceptable" good reviews? applaud.gif
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It's not EA? It's Penny-Arcade talking about their Simcity Review and that the build they had may or may not be the same as the build we'll all get.

Personally, I believe it was merely because of the cloud features in SC and it just being a lot easier to have pre-release reviews done that way, but either way mad props to PA for telling us instead of just not saying a word...It means that if EA was trying to bribe them I'd feel more confident that they're going to say. (ie. They cherish integrity over cash, unlike IGN)
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Game was suppose to be released 45 minutes ago. i still cant download it........ rolleyes.gif
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Game was suppose to be released 45 minutes ago. i still cant download it........ rolleyes.gif
It's Origin, if you set up a VPN to mimic New York it'd work just fine right now, just like people who got ME3 unlocked hours early by "being" in Korea. An oversight considering the game's launch was being advertised in EST rather than without a timestamp though.

As for the editorial, I'd commend PA for putting it out, but doing so would require acknowledging that their audience needed it, and I want to foolishly hold onto the hope that the average gamer knows the conditions reviewers play under are anything but launch day conditions....

Nope...
Lost that hope...
Damn it humanity...

Also, the social features weren't disabled, you can see TotalBiscuit use them in his review, it's just with everyone on the server being concerned about their own story they're not social with each other, so they don't really explore that. Rather common on media servers actually.
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Is it worth it..? I got home too late to cancel my preorder..
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Is it worth it..? I got home too late to cancel my preorder..

Yes.

Also, if your updater has errors, close it and reopen it, 3rd beta had the same issue and restarting the updater fixed it instantly. It's not actually an install error it's someone not catching an exception correctly and throwing an error rather than the please restart prompt.
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I see this launching like Diablo III...

Lots of people having just plunked down money, installed, but can't play the game they purchased because the server was down.....

Even though there is a "Single Player" feature....
    
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