Ubisoft and Assassin's Creed: do post-release review embargoes always mean the game is bad?

With the recent heated debate about Ubisoft and its post-release review embargo on Assassin's Creed Unity, Geeks Don't Lie looks at what this could mean for the future of the gaming news industry as well as discussing whether review embargoes always mean the title will be bad.

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Mikelarry1285d ago (Edited 1285d ago )

in most cases it seems to be the case. I mean if you are so sure of something why would you place restrictions on when the reviews can go up especially when it is so close to release day. when publishers do this I tend to be very wary. please if you do disagree with me post why as I want to understand it from your point of view

LOGICWINS1285d ago

I agree wholeheartedly. It basically says "I don't have faith in my product, so let me hope a ton of people pre-ordered it digitally(non-refundable) before the shit hits the fan on launch day."

frostypants1285d ago

It depends. If the game is heavily reliant on a multiplayer component, then I can understand wanting people to wait, rather than having a bunch of people review half the game (i.e., misrepresent it) just so they can get ad traffic to their site.

MasterCornholio1285d ago

If its a game that's focused around multiplayer I could understadlnd but in this case there's no excuse for Assassins Creed. I remember that reviews were released early for the last of us and that was because Sony had tremendous faith in the game that they allowed early reviews to come out. It makes sense because it convinces more people to buy the title at launch. However many company's don't have faith in their games getting good reviews so they impose an embargo till the game launches or shortly afterwards. This seems to be the case with many titles like Watchdogs, Assassins Creed Unity, Ryse etc.

sigfredod1285d ago

Not all of them, but in many gamesthats exactly what happens, to have embargoes for release day kills the purpose of sending a copy to a reviewer before everybody else, if he is unable to write his thoughts about the game, it doesn´t make any sense at all

Blaze9291285d ago

no. it just means they have the chance to get as much money as possible without someone's opinion ruining that for them. Business

saber000051285d ago

@Mikelarry, you hit the head on the nail. I feel, in order for ANYONE to give a proper review of a game, they need to play the whole game first..

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-Foxtrot1285d ago

Pretty much

If the developers know there game is good they would be confident enough to let reviewers get the word out how much of a good game it is

Mikelarry1285d ago (Edited 1285d ago )

Exactly especially when they can add it to their marketing campaign lunch trailers like they do in all recent trailers " ign gave it 10/10" " forbes its more than a game" unknown site this is the game you got next gen for and so on and so forth

Neixus1285d ago

While i do see what you mean, late reviews are not allways bad.

Look at how Shadow of Mordor turned out for example. Late reviews, but 9's and 10's all over the place. And the game had minimal bugs and polished

xenz1285d ago

Not always.

I'm enjoying Assassin's Creed Unity on my PS4 very much and haven't experienced any crashes or bugs in the 6 hours I have played. Only minor lag a few times but nothing special.

I think this is the best AC game so far, much better than AC3 and Black Flag IMO.

osprey191285d ago

U actually share the same opinion as most who have actually played the game, most hate is coming from people who are just jumping on the bandwagon. And going on about the glitches.

xenz1285d ago

excactly :)

People who hate the game will always rave and complain on the internet, while we who enjoy the game do not :)

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MegaSackman1285d ago

Although i understand the point of the article, lets not forget that 7 and 8 is not BAD. Dissapointing is another story.

Hipp01285d ago (Edited 1285d ago )

Granted it still received some good reviews, but other notable places gave it less than expected. Polygon gave it 6.5/10 and Joystiq gave it 2.5/5.

LOGICWINS1285d ago

It likely would've gotten better reviews if Ubi didnt overhype it. This game had too much to live up to.

At the last minute I decided to get Advanced Warfare instead of this. Idk what it was, but I had a feeling that this game wouldnt live up to the hype. Very happy with my decision. I'll buy Unity used at some point because I love the franchise, but I hope this has taught Ubi to be more humble.

DualWielding1285d ago

well the major publishers seem to embargoe all their titles whether good or bad, it makes sense if you are a big publisher to embargo all your titles, if you only embargoed the bad ones then people would immediately know that an embargoed title would be bad.

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