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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Since we keep going back to consumer reports, do you think they test drive cars for 100,000 miles before they write the reviews?

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.

As for multiplayer games, those are a bit tricky. There are so many variables involved: the reviewer's skill, the skill of his teammates/opponents, the server(s) he plays on, what stage the community is at, how long the reviewer played for, etc. The Tribes reviews, for example, were completely useless, as they were written before skiing was even discovered. Since skiing completely changed the game, any reviews written based off the initial release were invalidated.

With that in mind, I think multiplayer reviews are pretty pointless but if they had to be done, I'd say that at least 300 hours of gameplay would be necessary.

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