German Mag Says Ubisoft Demanded Positive Assassin's Creed 2 Review

The COMPUTER BILD SPIELE Website for this German gaming magazine outlines what their current cover touts as an "Assassin's Creed 2 SKANDAL!" (hey look, I can read German!), saying they were told by Ubisoft they could have an early review copy of Assassin's Creed 2 only if they guaranteed a "sehr gut" (very good) review of the stealth/action sequel. They say they turned this "offer" down, and will review the game in their next issue, and it will only be deemed sehr gut if it deserves it. Thanks GameInformer.com via wearetheinternetz.
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I think you hit it spot-on. This is probably common practice and kept quiet (probably also why some magazines don't mention scores in pre-release tests sometimes), what the marketing guys didn't know (lack of knowledge about the German market?) is that BILD will dismantle you and your unborn when you give them ANY kind of ammo. Trying to bribe/extort them like that was the dumbest thing possible, given their reviews they'd have given it a top score anyhow... but now they are going to feed on this. A scandal causes higher mag sales, after all.
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