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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How about multiplayer games?

Interested in what some people think for that.

Insisting a review only be written after a game has been played from start to finish is not realistic. Once you've played a game for a few hours, say 4 at very least, you should have a very good idea how good or bad the game is.

There are a ton of games coming out all the time and many have online portions as well as single player games. We won't see reviews until well after the game is released if we make it a rule to finish every game.

For me that is too late, when new games come out I expect reviews to be ready and waiting. If a site doesn't have them I will find them elsewhere and probably not visit the sites that take the time to play the game in full.

Since we keep going back to consumer reports, do you think they test drive cars for 100,000 miles before they write the reviews? No, that isn't realistic, they spend a decent amount of time driving it and testing the important features that people will have questions about and write their findings. Same is true with games in most cases. 10 hours is more than enough time.

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