P.A.M.E.L.A. is an FPS with an interesting concept that seemingly groups together every genre and creates the ultimate FPS game. The title is a science fiction first-person shooter open world survival horror. In short, its Deus Ex, Dying Light, Metro 2033 and Bioshock mashup.
Aside from the multi-genre nature of the game, there are a lot of things to like about P.A.M.E.L.A. The gameplay is innovative as you’ll be taking the role of Sleeper who’s assisted by his AI friend, P.A.M.E.L.A. The story is placed in the futuristic world and your job is — besides surviving — to find out the truth about the certain catastrophe.
However, the decision to release an Early Access version has its downsides. Even though the game is quite polished for an unfinished project, the player community is reporting a lot of issues. So, if you are keen to try out the game, we listed a few of most notable problems and bugs. That should inform you what to expect from the game in this phase of the public release.
P.A.M.E.L.A. reported issues
The most-reported issues on Steam discussion forum are mainly game crashes. Some of the players had the game crash on the loading screen while others experienced in-game crashes. One player described his first impressions.
”I just downloaded the game and no matter what I do to the graphic option the game freezes in the loading screen. It will start up, it allows me to select anything about the options menu but if I want to start a game it will freeze and then crash during the loading screen. Even if I downgrade the graphics to low the game continues to freeze and crash in the loading screen.”
Far too long loading sequences
As the developers, NVYVE Studios, already stated, the game in this phase can have a long load period for some users due to a single loading screen. Some users wait for up to 1o minutes to continue the game. Beside reports, one of the users had an idea of what causes this problem.
”It has a memory leak that chews up every last bit of processing power and RAM memory you got. Some people claim that they can run the game and only have giant loading screens while others say they don’t have problems at all.”
There is a lot of quite angry players experiencing freezing issues. It seems that the game freezes mostly at the loading screen. This can be attributed to lack of optimization for certain configurations, but it seems that some users already presented the solution and it’s related to Steam.
”Actually killer NEWS! Set your Broadcasting from Steam>Settings>Broadcasting to Disabled, fixes the crashes!!! Enjoy, like I did for the last 2 hours w/o crashes/freeze!”
We must agree that is always better for players to take constructive initiative rather than just complaining.
Start game issue
Other players experienced an unusual bug. Namely, even though they just installed the game, the New Game option is missing. Instead, they have a Continue option presented, and once selected, the player is spawned on an unknown destination.
”So i actually got the game to start, when i pressed continue option, and not new game, on the lowest setting, however i start at a place, i have no idea how i got there. Better then nothing i suppose.. hower, i thought the controlls where a bit sluggish so i pressed the esc button, and pressed the MAIN menu instead of just options.. and the game crashed.”
Speaking of the spawning issues, there’s a bug that occurs after your character dies. A few users experienced this distinctive error, and one of them explained what he actually encountered.
”Dying when your character is blocking will bug out your movement the next time you respawn. My character keeps moving backward and I can’t control my character and my arms are still in the block position. Buttons won’t work as well like escape and such”
Beside those, users presented a large variety of distinctive errors that impact the game heavily or even render it unplayable. On the other hand, it seems that the game developing team is doing a good job and promises fast patches to resolve problems and improve players impressions. Until now, in this phase, the game received mostly positive reviews from the Steam community. We’ll see the final results in 6-8 months when the full version is expected to be released.
What is your opinion on the subject? Are the Early Access games worth acquiring or it’s better to wait for the final product?
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