I'm beginning to reverse my position on patching console games. Up until recently, I've been adamantly opposed to consoles being allowed to patch their software. I've worried about the slippery slope between gameplay updates and releasing software that is just plain unfinished. Well, this week's bout with Viewtiful Joe has nearly changed my mind about the whole issue. Here is a game nigh perfect in every way, but the ways in which it is imperfect nearly render it unenjoyable.
The game is hard. That's fine with me. But you just can't couple a hard game with only a handful of save points. I feel like I'm a kid again being yelled at to come upstairs for dinner. I have to tell my wife, "I'll be right there! I just need to save my game!" The fact that so much of your accomplishments can be wiped away before your eyes is downright maddening in a game this much fun. I won't even bother complaining about not being able to skip cutscenes (including the very long intro). That's just a given in this day and age. I truly begin to wish Capcom could simply give us a patch to clear up these minor issues and turn Viewtiful Joe into the game it really deserves to be.