I bought this game to play on my normally very stable and reliable Windows Vista x64 PC platform (ASUS Maximus Formula, Q6600 3.0GHz, HD Raedon 3870X2, 4GB 1066 DDR2 RAM). It may be 18 months old but there is still more than enough specification to run this game at full detail and since I had only days before rebuilt it with all the latest drivers and Vista service packs, I didn't expect any problems...
For me this game is totally unplayable. It plays perfectly for a few seconds - sometimes minutes - and then it freezes mid-game. The screen goes blank and then the action restarts only for it to freeze again and restart a few seconds later and so on and so on. At worst, the action only resumes for a split second before the next freeze. Utterly infuriating.
When I ventured online onto the Ubisoft forums, I was shocked to see many hundreds of pages of queries reporting numerous faults, bugs and glitches for this game - not just on the PC but also on the XBOX and Playstation. Clearly it has been rushed to market.
I have installed the latest 1.02 patch for this game and I have today downloaded the latest DirectX10 from Microsoft but the game still freezes as much as ever.
I tried to write an email to the support address on the Ubisoft website but when you click on the website it says something along the lines of "we are experiencing a problem - please try again later". It's been like that for 3 days now.
I desperation I called the premium-rate 0871 helpline. The advisor talked me through a few things, one of which caused a Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD) crash of my PC. The result of this was that I lost my overclock settings and my RAID 1 array is putting itself through a full verification process. Hopefully it should be finished by tomorrow morning...
For what it's worth, the game looks gorgeous in full HD resolution, 8x anti-aliasing and DirectX10 and the gameplay is possibly a nice, addictive balance between arcade action and combat simulator (emphasis appears to be on the former though). But none of this is relevant to me as I wish I'd never set eyes on the pile of half-finished rubbish.