In today’s news roundup, the Xbox 360 is seen to fail 54.2% of the time, a Fable II game of the Year Edition appears on some retail websites, Alan Wake is on track for a spring release and Fallout 3 director Todd Howard believes five is enough when it comes to DLC.
Xbox 360 Sees Failure Rate Of 54.2%
According to a survey conducted by Game Informer, the Xbox 360 has a shocking 54.2% failure rate. This is alarming when compared to the 10.6% failure rate for the PS3 and 6.8% for the Wii. The Xbox 360 may suffer from being the most used out of three consoles, explaining the higher failure rate to some degree. The survey also highlighted Microsoft as providing the worst customer service of the bunch, with only 37.7% of customers finding them “very helpful”, compared to 51.1 percent for Sony and 56.1 percent for Nintendo.
Having a failure rate five times higher than the next competitor is never good news, but as newer versions and models of the 360 come out, the red ring of death is slowly becoming a part of the past. Plus the consumers don’t seem too bothered by the amount of 360 failures, only 3.8% of Xbox 360 owners claim they would never buy another Xbox after hardware failure. [Consumerist]
Fable II Game Of The Year Edition Crops Up
Fable II looks set to be the latest title in for the game of the year treatment, as some online retailers have listed such a thing on their website. Play.com and Shopto.net both list Fable II: Game of the Year Edition, presumably including both the Knothole Island and See the Future packs previously released this year. This will likely be announced at GamesCom, with price and release along with it. [ConsoleMaster]
Alan Wake On Track For Springtime
After what must be a century in the making, Alan Wake may finally be finished. The game should see release this spring, with Remedy only needing to add a bit of polishing to the title. Alan Wake is “all done, we're just polishing at this point” according to Remedy managing director Matias Myllyrinne. This comes as a relief to 360 owners waiting for this game since its announcement in 2005. But for PC gamers, it still looks like Alan Wake won’t be appearing anytime soon. [JoyStiq]
Five Fallout 3 DLC Packs Was Enough
Fallout 3 director Todd Howard believes enough DLC has been released for the game. “I think we've put enough content out there for this game” said Howard. “We knew we wanted to do three initially and we'll see where that goes. I kind of had in my mind that the upper limit was five. Part of that was what I think people are willing to continue to pay for a game. And a lot of that is our own internal bandwidth”.
Bethesda are currently busy at work on their next project, so for all you Fallout 3 fans demanding more it looks like you’ll have to be happy with only five DLC packs. Some people are never happy. [Kotaku]