When a game’s review embargo doesn’t lift a few days before its official release date, odds are that game might end up with negative review scores.
pretty much.... lets look at a few examples FH2 embargo lifted a week early, great review scores. Destiny, embargo until launched mediocre review scores Driveclub......ya Sunset Overdrive embargo lifted one day early i believe? and early live streams? excellent review scores Call of Duty is a weird one, its been getting good review scores but wasn't the embargo until launch? these studios and publishers definitely have an idea how it will review beforehand and use embargos accordingly.
Well, they flew out the 'gaming press' to review their game, all expenses paid. I'd wait for actual user reviews.
Activision tends to always have day one review embargoes for some reason. It's weird.
lulz cod ghosts.
This is nothing new.
Not at all lol. Some people are late to the party, or somehow only just realizing it.
I'm not saying it is, but it is something a lot of people don't realize. It's also much more apparent than ever now that live-streaming is becoming a more common thing.
If course it is. Forza Horizon 2, Shadow of Mordor, Sunset Overdrive, and COD AW proved that. On the other hand, Destiny and Driveclub had embargo past release date and both are duds.
I wouldn't consider 3.2 million players a day dud.....
DriveClub is so much better lmao.
My god, seriously this tool is so bad at writing its insane. Look at his writing. Its so bad.
Totally agree, those developers that have launch day embargoes usually have games that are dodgy in some major way.
Leading up to Destiny my anticipation dropped like a rock with how Activision handled the press and advertising. It was so obvious they knew that the game had issues or was "bare bones" so they gave us fancy trailers showing us what the game SHOULD be but upon release it was an empty world shooter with no story, nothing to latch onto the universe they wanted us to jump into. All held together by decent albeit very familiar shooting mechanics... Yeah Activision couldn't let reviews out of the bag and risk sales. I mean how many days after the game was out did reviews role in?
Decent shooting mechanics? There isn't a game with better mechanics, ever.
I think it's not an indication of confidence so much as it is a measure of money sunk into the intellectual property. For a major new IP like Destiny or The Last of Us (examples given in the article) so much money is riding on the game that a lot of times the first review is the review that gets the most views, and if that review is negative then it can sink the whole thing. But if there is a review embargo, the publisher can control when reviews hit the net, since everyone will hit the net at roughly the same time, there's no issue. For IPs with fewer dollars sunk into them, good word of mouth via early reviews is the best way to make sure they do well, so you roll the dice and let reviewers put the reviews out early. It's not about confidence, it's about money.
Hmm that's true. Interesting way to look at things.
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