Video game sizes are getting out of control these days. We’re seeing games that are taking up 50GB of harddrive space even if you buy the disk versions. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 isn’t actually as big as some of the other games on the market, it’s a mere 4.6GB. However, the game will receive a day one patch that’s bigger than the actual game size. The patch is 7.7GB, which suggests that the patch is an actual fix for the game because the original game may be inferior.
Many gamers will question the logic of issuing a patch that’s significantly bigger than the game on disk, on day one. Surely it would be easier to just sell us the complete package already, right?
Well due to strict deadlines it’s become a trend for publishers to ship out a game unfinished and then continue to work on it so there is a patch ready on day one to complete whatever they weren’t able to finish.
In the case of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, it would seem that there was an abundance of fixing needed. Coverage of the game was sparse over the past few months, and many were unhappy with the visuals when they first released screenshots. Who knows how the final game will turn out to be.
If you pick up Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 this week then let us know what you think.