Review embargoes are generally a bad thing, but they are horrendously bad for video games. And there's no better example than what's happening with Assassin's Creed Unity right now.
It is not really a bad thing, only when reviewers are only allowed to publish after the game has already been released.
Ironically, with the state of video game journalism right now, embargoes are a better indicator of how a game is going to turn out than if it was actually reviewed early. Tell me THAT isn't the saddest thing you've read all day...
Its definitely true. Embargo is the only red flag we need.
If you look at the review averages on Metacritic, you can see that the reviews would have impacted on pre-prders and day 1 sales if they come out before release...
Definately would have
Definitely not how you spell definitely...
I don't get Metacritic, I mean look at it http://www.metacritic.com/g... I've seen way more 7 out 10s for this game and the site isn't displaying them. Yet there is a few high scores registered from sites I've hardly heard of
I think most places got sent the Xbox version for review; http://www.metacritic.com/g...
And this is why we dont take Metacritic seriously, its not bad for getting a rough idea of the quality of a game but thats all. Personally there are a few big and well known review sites that i will never take seriously, you kind if need to mentally create your own metacritic based on the sites that you yourself trust.
@ginganinja: Ironically, Microsoft's partnership with Ubisoft on AC Unity may have backfired in this respect.
Well I managed to cancel mine just in time, feel sorry for those who couldn't Saved me £119.99....yup, was going to get the collectors edition because I was impressed with what they knew I WANTED to see, not what was actually the finished product. Oh well, saved me money
£119 pounds damn you were lucky
Saved me about £80 as i had AC and Far Cry on pre order. Both cancelled, i will be skipping AC entirely based on the performance issues and i will most certainly wait for the Far Cry reviews now before paying for it. Sub 30 frames is not acceptable for me, its not fun to play a jerky game.
Considering how early Far Cry 4 was playable, I don't think that it will suffer the same issues as Unity. Far Cry runs on an entirely different engine, and considering how awesome Far Cry 3 was, I can't wait. Unity on the other hand is the latest in a yearly franchise that is trading regularity for innovation and QA. I'd rather it come out every second year rather than rushing to assemble a bug ridden mess.
Cancelled my 70 quid edition of both far cry and assassins creed. Good old Amazon, didn't have to get off the sofa!
This just a good example of why you should never pre-order. There is literally no benefit to you as a consumer to do so. When was the last time you heard of a game being 100% out of stock? I can't ever remeber hearing that in the last 7-8 years.
Review embargo = publisher/developer aware of issues prior to ship date that could impact sales. There is no positive purpose for an embargo. It is a major red flag. Any time reviews need to be held back you know there are 'issues'. It is a legal recourse with no positive upside. In short publishers are conditioning smart buyers. Pre orders are silly and a waste of money. Waiting a month or so will allow for; Game patches - to fix improve issues Game reviews - allow you to see what others think Game discounts - get the same title for less (in many cases much less) Anyone who pre orders nowadays is fool. You are paying full price to beta test (ass creed, drive club, Destiny) Consumers hold all power here, yet don't realize or wield it appropriately. Stop pre ordering, allow title to languish at retail, show publishers we are not ok with this. They only listen to one thing...MONEY.
Sometimes it is the only way to get the full game.
I personally don't pre-order games with review embargos, but I wouldn't say those who pre-order are fools. I've never paid full price to "beta test" anything, pre-ordering costs a whopping $5. Not to mention you can cancel that at anytime, even after the fact and get your money back.
A wise man. I agree with you 100%. If nothing else, 2014 showed us the the days of pre-ordering games is over
I keep watching twitch and these bugs they keep going on about where are they, ive watched over 6 hours of it now on different streams, hardly seen any.
This Publisher has successfully replaced EA as the worst in the business! AC Unity looks beautiful from the Youtube playthroughs I've seen, but the game has many issues performance wise, and The Crew is faring no better! Looks like the only good game they'll be releasing this year is Far Cry 4..but whether it has performance issues remains to be seen. Yeah...way to go Ubiflop ;/
Gosh, just imagine if FC4 is also a fail. Ubisoft will replace EA as worst company
I've been playing this game for around six hours now, and I have no idea where people are getting the idea that the game is a broken mess. I've had a handful of issues, but nothing I don't experience in most open world games. I did have one rather bizarre game freeze that reset my Xbox One, but other than that, it's just some texture pop-in, clipping, and the only severe framerate drops I've noticed are in cutscenes for some reason. The map is littered with things to do like most Ubisoft games, and some of them are actually new and interesting like crime scene investigations. The game is also a sight to behold to anyone who can forgive some of the aforementioned minor graphical flaws. I've never experienced quite such a lively city in a video game before. I'm looking forward to really digging into it this weekend. If you get a chance and are a fan of Assassin's Creed, I'd say ignore the mob and give it a chance, even if you just rent it. Oh, and there are a ton of interiors in this game, with no loading screens. This is something that I feel has been missing from open world games for far too long.
So you are ok with paying full price to hunt bugs? Full lock ups, pop in, frame rate issues all scream RUSHED PRODUCT. I will wait (if I buy at all).
I'd say that the majority of games I've played over the last 28 years have had at least a few bugs. The bigger and better that games get, the more bugs there will be. If you actually play this game, there is no way you could actually say this game is rushed. It's an impressive sandbox to play around in. As long as there is nothing game-breaking, like save file deletions, or quests that can't be completed, I don't see what the problem is. But I am one of the few gamers left in the world that plays games for fun, so I know that defending this game is a likely a lost cause.
What about ea I only seen a handful of reviews for nba live....i think embargos are bad for developers
Why do we even bother to pre-order games. Red flags everywhere
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