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I didn't want to do this, but...
I was never really a FPS type of gamer and I hated HATED 3rd person shooters. Uncharted and Gears of War, I could never get the hang of those and my friends KNOW this. Santa Monica threw a Beta for a game called Starhawk at me and I said screw it, because it felt like nothing was on the line. I fell in LOVE with the Beta, I felt like I took to it well and was able to play in multi-player without feeling utterly embarrassed. I became a fanboy and this Beta was responsible for getting me back into gaming. I had to wait a few weeks to actually pick up the game, due to finances, but it was a big to-do when I finally did buy it and all my friends knew how excited i was. I get home, install it, boot it, head straight to multi-player and BOOM I cannot connect to a server. After getting the same error message several consecutive times, I took the usual steps. I checked other online services to see if they were connecting and running properly, reset my modem, checked my network settings. Then I looked to the support forums and wikis. I found that the error message I was getting was little mentioned, but was said to be related to my ISP. I gave Charter a call and told them what was going on. They explained that all the ports on my modem were open and there were no restrictions that would interfere with me playing this game. It's been a week now and I haven't played the game yet. So I calld Sony Playstation customer support. They told me that it was an ISP problem and to call my ISP. I explained to them that I already had, but decided to play ball as they weren't giving me too many options. I called Charter again who had me reset my modem and a bunch of crap that took around 3 hours and fixed nothing. So I was pissed now and decided at this point that maybe it was the disc so I exchanged it and the same error message popped right up. I called Sony again and explained everything before telling them that I could stand to get a refund. They informed me that once a distributor purchases the game, they are responsible for any problems with it. They told me I could ask for a refund at the store where I bought it. Before going to Walmart for this little adventure, I made sure to inform the Sony rep of Walmarts return policy on open software which is no refunds only exhanges for the same title. I told them that this wasn't going to solve my problem and they told me to call back and put them on the phone with Walmart customer service when I got there and they'd try to help and they informed me that my issue was on file for when I called back. I got to Walmart and everything went as expected. The customer service rep denied my return. I explained the situation to her. She asked her manager (some rookie scrub lacking independent thought) who became visibly pissed at me!!! So now I'm being hated on for being the victim. And I still have this useless $50 coaster. I called Sony again and a young lady was kind enough to put a supervisor on the phone to tell me to screw off on behalf of Sony Corporate. After a few weeks of cooling down, and being optimistic and hoping everything fixed itself, I popped the disc in to see what would happen. Again, i got the same error message, but I decided to try to force it. After around 30mins, I was actually able to connect to a match! Happy day, I thought. After playing for a bit, I decided to come back later. When I came back later an old friend was there to greet me. Yep, you guessed it, Mr. Error Message. Over the course of a few days I discovered that I could get on after a few tries between 7am and 11am. Before and after that, no chance. I was, at the time paying for a 100Mbps connection so I was confident that network speed would not be an issue with anything for a while. I still don't know what the problem is with connecting to Starhawk servers. The Beta worked fine and there were lots of people on that! So I guess I can't really review the Starhawk multi-player because I haven't even gotten 2 hours in. But we all know the single player is just a tutorial for the multi-player so that's as sufficient a review as I can give.
Whoa man. Where's the spacing in your paragraphs?