Am I the only one who loves bringing home a PlayStation 3 game that I’ve been dying to play for months and months and then watching an install screen for 20 minutes instead of being able to just play the damn game? Seriously, I just can’t get enough of it.
That’s why it saddens me to hear that Sony Santa Monica’s upcoming mega-sequel God of War III will forgo the joyous install process entirely. The developer’s head of technology Christer Ericson made the announcement over Twitter (via VG247), in which he added, "The 5MB listed on box back is for save game only."
I actually have nothing against being able to install games to a console’s hard-drive to speed up load times, especially in the case of the PS3 since loading from the hard-drive is faster than loading from the Blu-ray drive, but it needs to be optional. Since the first two God of War games featured just one load screen at the beginning of each play session, there is even less of a need for a mandatory install for GoWIII. And given that other blockbuster titles like Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and the upcoming Final Fantasy XIII don't require an install, it’s clear that developers are capable of alleviating the annoyance of this process. Whether more decide to do it in the future isn't quite as clear.
What are your thoughts on mandatory game installs? Is it super annoying or just a slight inconvenience?