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Kane & Lynch Review Spin

Here's a little more controversy about Kane & Lynch reviews, already the subject of a firestorm over the GameSpot situation that surfaced last week (story). GameBump points out the Flash introduction on the Kane & Lynch: Dead Men features some finessed review quotes and scores that do not reflect the actual reception for IO Interactive's new action game. The intro lists the following blurbs, each preceded by five prominent stars: "'…it's the best emulation of being in the midst of a Michael Mann movie we've ever seen.' GameSpy," and 'A mercenary, a psychopath & a bundle of cash… what could go wrong? Game Informer'." The trouble is GameSpy gave the game three stars and Game Informer scored the game seven out of ten, and neither related quote is from the reviews, the GameSpy quote is from a E3 preview of the game, and it's not clear where the GameInformer quote/marketing blurb is from (presumably the print magazine). Finally, there's an article format Q&A with Jeff "Gertsmann" Gerstmann on Joystiq (thanks FiringSquad) where the ex-GameSpot editor cannot go into the reasons behind his parting with the website, but does defend his Kane & Lynch review, and says this recent experience does not leave him sharing the concern that "game writing is ethically bankrupt."

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55. Re: The Escapist - Bad Example Dec 3, 2007, 21:15 Krovven
 
Poor analogy. A better analogy would be comparing games to movies. Do you review a movie based upon the first half hour? No, you review after watching the whole thing.

While it may not be the best analogy, it still works and is completely relevant.

Movies are 80min to 4hours, most being between 90min and 120min. Most people have the time for such a short duration. Some reviewers however will leave the theatre after watching only half a movie...sometimes it's because they have 4 other movies to see that day for review, other times the movie just sucks and isn't worth wasting the time.

Do you think book reviewers read every word on every page, and every chapter? No, they don't.

300 hours spent playing a multiplayer game for review? That is over a month of playing 8 hours a day, everyday. You are on crack, plain and simple. You obviously have no grasp on reality if you really think that.

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