IGN Allowed To Exclusively Publish Bioshock: Infinite Review, Gaming Media Gets Frustrated

DSOGaming writes: "It seems that this week’s “SimCity” story will be dedicated to Bioshock: Infinite. In an awkward turn of events, 2K Games allowed IGN to break its review embargo for Irrational Games’ upcoming title and post a ‘in-progress’ review of it."

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NewMonday1952d ago (Edited 1952d ago )

gamers should be aware on any review site that depends on hit driven Add revenue.

it is disappointing Bioshock:Infinite would be a game to get this treatment, I don't think it needs it, they already got me at "Ken Levine"

Derekvinyard131951d ago

It will most likely score an 8 or above but from what the ign reviewer has been saying he has noted a few problems instead if kissing 2k's ass, full review comes out on the 21 prolly not gonna read it tho

Nimblest-Assassin1951d ago

Also.. why don't journos call foul when a magazine gets to publish a review first?

Now I'm worried that other journos will reduce the score of this game simply because they got a longer embargo

After all Sess took offense to a trophy name, how do we know he won't take offense to this?

Fishy Fingers1951d ago

Magazines obviously face challenges like publishing, shipping, release dates etc so it's very difficult to put strict embargoes on them and even when they do, it's often leaked through scans as they go through many different hands.

GrathiusXR1951d ago

In reply to Nimblest-Assassin: I know people that work in print here in Australia and they face much greater challenges than online media.

They have strict date they need content to be finished then they have to edit, print and publish etc... They have a strict deadline they need content to be completed and when magazines need to be printed and ready to ship.

MikeMyers1951d ago (Edited 1951d ago )

There is definitely a conflict of interest starting to build. IGN may now be pressured into giving it a higher than normal score in hopes of further timed exclusive reviews. Do you really think 2K will grant IGN more of these if they score the game lower than average of all other reviews?

Review scores do have some impact on sales and this is just another step of blurring the lines of trusting those reviews. I tend to pay more attention to what they say in reviews than the score they give but sadly some focus too much on the numbers.

Winter47th1951d ago

The last time I've read a written review was sometime in 2006 or something. It's been videos ever since.

admiralvic1951d ago

@ Nimblest-Assassin

There are a number of reasons that it doesn't happen.

- Different target markets.
- Stricter demands.
- Leaks! Most times we see leaks long before the magazine is out for sale / in consumer hands. This also happens with Manga (really any JP magazine), since we will see leaks of next weeks chapter on Tuesday, usually the full thing on Wednesday and then the magazine finally hits stands on Monday.
- Some magazines don't have a lot of content. While I don't read a lot of magazine reviews, I've seen some magazines have a paragraph for the review and give you a score.

As far as review scores go... I doubt anyone will be vindictive enough to actually mark it lower over IGN publishing early. If anything, people will just discredit IGN.

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Razmossis1951d ago (Edited 1951d ago )

Bioshock 1 was the one of the most innovative, fresh and inspired games to come out this generation. It very well may be thee best. Completely original, atmospheric, properly story driven, proper GAME!

Now a sequal comes from the 'original' devs.
I couldn't care less about waiting for reviews, I AM GETTING THIS GAME!

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chrish19901951d ago

This is ridiculous. Obviously money has changed hands and it's coming at the cost of the consumer.

I managed to get a hold of a copy of BioShock Infinite yesterday (living in Austria at the moment, independent retailers don't mind a few extra euros, if you know what I mean...) and I was going to wait until the day before release to publish the review, but in light of this, you can read the full review at tomorrow. Just don't expect any updates afterwards as I'll probably be in the middle of getting my ass sued.

GrathiusXR1951d ago

You won't get sued because you didn't sign any embargo for when you can publish the review...

InTheLab1951d ago

You can play through the game AND write a review less than 3 days?

That's why I don't care for reviews any more.

admiralvic1951d ago

@ inthelab

I've platinumed games in less than 3 days, so I don't see the problem. Not even like every game out there is that long, like rising had people beating it in 5 or less hours. I think someone could easily manage to pull that off in 3 days and write a review.

dirthurts1951d ago

Nothing can stop you from writing your own review, it's freedom of press.
Unless of course you signed some embargo paperwork or something.

MattyG1950d ago (Edited 1950d ago )

When today is it going up?

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TheOneWhoIsTornApart1951d ago

Not sure what's up with all the disagrees about Ken Levine. He is my peace of mind about this game being exceptional. I also never knew there were so many Ken haters.

kupomogli1951d ago

I take it you've never played Street Fighter 4. Lots of people hate Ken because 99% of the noobs played as him and did nothing but Shoryuken.

Oh. Wrong Ken.

DeadlyFire1951d ago

Never trust one review site. I line up all the scores. If it averages out 8 or better its worth buying if its averaging 6 or less its not worth a purchase.

ZombieNinjaPanda1951d ago

What's wrong with a score of 6? A score of 6 is above average. If the scores average out to be below 5 then you should think it's not worth purchase.

This is another example of what's wrong with gamers now.

DeadlyFire1950d ago

Well I personally rent most anything I have some interest in buying regardless. Your own view always trumps others.

Not paying full price for anything unless I really believe its fun and decent game.

Abdou231951d ago

I haven't been following IGN's-Gamespot-Gametrailer s or any other big company reviews for years now, if you want a decent unbiased review check youtube for gamers reviews like you and me, people who don't get paid or make deals to review a game.

Blaze9291951d ago

I don't know why people still trust these big sites. I'd rather go to these smaller sites and get multiple, REAL opinions then a paid off one from someone who's probably not even a fan....or played it.

3-4-51951d ago

This is dumb.

Basically they are allowing a company who they know will give them a good review, to be the only people to review it leading up to the game.

That way, all the news about the game can only be good and not bad until people have already made the purchase for the most part.

This leads me to believe that there is something in this game people are not going to like at all and they don't want you to know about it until they have your money.

It's shady and I just lost a huge amount of respect for them, for what it's worth.

* They are trying to censor the truth.

bunt-custardly1951d ago

Look at it this way. The game is obviously good enough and will get high praise across the board anyway. This was probably determined during preview stages a while ago.

This deal simply means, 2K are confident in their product and its potential reception to grant one media outlet first dibs on publishing a review.

What is interesting is how IGN are posting slightly negative elements before review is published to avoid being tarnished with the "bought review" brush.

IMO IGN didn't need to say anything and have just made themselves look worse.


joab7771951d ago

Who cares? So many ppl today are journalists and get to play this game early. The embargo will be lifted ahead of the release so who cares? Most ppl already know that they eitber will or will not buy the game day 1. I am. I knew it last year. So, IGN wants to be the place ppl go to Then, i may visit others when their review goes up. This isnt like simcity at all.

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Mariusmssj1951d ago

IGN has to make money one way or another

Ezio20481951d ago

hahahaha....roflmao! *choking in tears*
Nice one, bro. :P :D Bubble for you.

Though I presume it was 2K who proactively approached IGN for the earliest embargo since IGN has some of the highest clicks in the video game journalism.

torchic1951d ago

wouldn't be surprised if this was the case. Levine said that the cover of Infinite is the way it is to appeal to the casuals, dudebros mostly. as we all know these people don't visit gaming sites but when they do for a review or what, it's IGN.

2K & Irrational just doing what they need to do to sell copies I guess.

N0S3LFESTEEM1951d ago

2K games "Just make sure it scores over X amount"
Ign *Wipes it's mouth while raising it's head up* "You got it"

majiebeast1951d ago (Edited 1951d ago )

I hate IGN as much as the next guy but god Arthur Gies of Polygon needs to stfu. This is the last guy who should talk about integrity, what a joker. Same for Dorrito's pope Keighley and Sessler is a guy who deducts poins of a game for a trophy name. Now that they are on the other side of the fence they start complaining bunch of hypocrites.

overrated441951d ago

I honestly can't agree with you more, Arthur Gies has always "rubbed me the wrong way" simply due to his necessity to push his opinions on everyone else. He may be the reviews editor at Polygon but his reviews are also the only write ups that I refuse to read, everyone else on that site is fantastic. And Geoff Keighley? Do we REALLY need to bring up the Halo 4, Doritos, and Mountain Dew fiasco? Probably not. Adam Sessler I've always had respect for, even if he did work at G4 while it was being torn apart from the inside out. All of this being said though, are ANY of these journalists really going to come out and say that they wouldn't take that review exclusive if it had been offered to them? Fuck no, they all need to take a Midol and shut the fuck up. Sorry if this was too long.

Simon_Brezhnev1951d ago

I know right i read this on gaf yesterday. Sessler should stop whining like a bitch.

Rampaged Death1951d ago

Expecting 9 and 10's for this game.