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5. Re: Game Reviews Mar 25, 2011, 14:59 Pineapple Ferguson
That DA2 review by RPG Codex pretty much confirmed my worst fears for the game, and made me glad I resisted the urge to buy it. I was planning on buying it on the cheap whenever they GOTY bundle it, but I may not even bother with that.

What it does illustrate though is one of the biggest problems in gaming today: the circle jerk of gaming sites and magazines that have traded the objective critique for the inexplicably positive day zero review in order to stay in the good graces of the big devs/publishers and maintain the cycle of bullshit, favoritism, advertising revenue, etc.

By now people should know that a real review doesnít come in until someone has had time to actually sit through the game, organize their thoughts and offer some real analysis on the pros and cons of the games Ė in other words, a review that may not come in until a month or so after the game is released. But the way it is now, that review Ė as honest and accurate as it may be Ė doesnít matter. The developers already have your money, and if you donít like it, tough shit.

If people want games to improve and not feel ripped of (like Iím sure I lot of people do who bought DA2) then the ONLY thing you can do is speak with your wallet. Stop preordering or buying without reading the objective and honest reviews. Make sure that the developers know that if they want your money they are going to have to earn it by producing a quality product. If nothing else, EA/Bioware has shown that itís a mistake to trust a gaming company based on reputation alone. Face it; the Bioware that made the classic RPGs of the past is dead and gone.
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