Duke Nukem Forever designer calls Reviewer ‘retarded’ for Halo 4 Review

GB: Now guys, you don't really call a reviewer 'retarded' for not agreeing with the review or score; that too if you belong to the games industry.

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Snookies122175d ago

I don't think it was cool to call the guy retarded for his opinion. Although I also don't think it was cool for that backlash of the other guy saying, "Not sure if the lead designer for DNF should be critiquing anything at all."

Do people even realize what they had to work with on that game? How many times it got remade and redone over the years, switching studios, and they had to piece it all together to make a game? I think it turned out just fine when looking at all that. It wasn't perfect by any means but it was still a fun game.

Jinkies2175d ago

I could easily call him retarded for some of the level designs in Duke Nukem Forever.

I honestly feel that things like this are why reviewers can't be honest in their reviews with big games like Halo. Fans arn't the only problem, people working in the gaming industry are ones aswell

palaeomerus2175d ago

The problem is sucky reviews from clueless people that fault Halo 4 for not changing to play like other "modern" COD clones such as Homefront or Killzone 3 (not 2, just 3) with overly-scripted "big" set pieces, waves of easy to kill respawning drone AI coming from monster generators until you advance to a point that switches the reinforcements off, very tight linear "haunted fun-house" type tunnel levels, and iron-sights.

If somebody doesn't like Halo4 for legitimate reasons (serious technical issues, confusing objectives, a story that makes no sense, seeming incomplete, not having much content, major bugs that break the game, just being graphically ugly) that's fine.

But when they fault it because they just don't like Sci-fi or want COD controls, or think that green means power rangers, well...that's a really stupid opinion that is useless to the person reading the review.

guitarded772175d ago (Edited 2175d ago )

Some people's opinions are retarded. There are people who think the Earth is about 6-9 thousand years old... it is their opinion, and their opinion is retarded. George Broussard doesn't have much room to talk though since DNF sucked.

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FanboyPunisher2175d ago

duh reviewers are paid off either directly or indirectly.

Corrupt world fellas, dont buy games based off reviews.

EVILDEAD3602175d ago

EGM's review is what it is. It won't stop ONE Halo 4 fan from purchasing the game in a few days.

The fact that Broussards Tweet made news means it will sting EGM.

I could careless because once I play through the game I go back and look at the reviews. If EGM really was completely off the mark then let's see that they gain from it.


Temporary2175d ago (Edited 2175d ago )

Whoever disagrees that in this industry lots of reviewers are paid off then theyre naive. Even our politicians are paid off, you dont think video game reviewers are?? Are they not corruptible?

Take the red pill, the world is full of shadiness, under the table deals, and payoffs.

Reviews are great to see pros and cons of games, thats the only reason i even use metacritic. When a game releases I'll skip the 100s and 90s and go straight to the reviews at the bottom of the list to see what the consensus is as far as what's BAD about said game. Then ill work my way upwards and for my own conclusion based on what ive read.

Jinkies2175d ago

I'm not saying reviewers arn't paid off guys, I'm just saying people who are supposed to be professional slagging off reviews they don't agree with, it's the reason why no one likes to say anything about games in general, not Halo 4, despite something being true, it puts them under pressure.

I understand if he just said "I disgaree with this review because...." but to call someone retarded.

MaxXAttaxX2175d ago (Edited 2175d ago )

Are we seriously complaining so much about a 7?
I've seen other sites give it a 5 / 10. A 7 is by no means a "bad" score.

If you're a fan of Halo, what do you care if every site gives it a 2 / 10. You're gonna buy it and play it anyway, right?

So again a 7 is a good score because there are obviously flaws that the fans will deny, as with EVERY game. So what do you care.

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morganfell2174d ago

I am not saying George is correct but the fact is these reviewers need to have their influence checked at the door.

Before anyone screams that the EGM review won't change things consider how often unqualified reviews (no standards) and reviewers (no standards again) are able to unjustly influence the gaming public. Sooner or later the game community needs to be policed so that people with a big mouth and a platform cease their undue impact on gaming in general.

Think about how many games were ruined because developers and publishers were more interested in pleasing some pimple faced mealy mouth at IGN instead of focusing on the fanbase.

Sellout publishers and developers are also to blame and they need to clean their own house but this overly powerful gaming press consisting of mostly unqualified big mouths needs a sound slapping and a new seat in the back of the damn bus.

aviator1892174d ago (Edited 2174d ago )

the reviewer over at egm gave halo 4 a 7.0 for all the wrong reasons. basically, he wanted a carbon copy of a call of duty game- iron sights, michael bay-esque cliche moments, small environments, etc.

as for me, I won't be visiting EGM anymore after this review. I wouldn't have minded if he gave halo 4 a 7.0, but the reasons he came up with are just frustratingly ridiculous.

extermin8or2174d ago (Edited 2174d ago )

woah @palseomerus kz3 was not really a COD clone; large set pieces do not make a COD clone; personally I never found halo 1,2 or 3 all that great so I doubt I'd enjoy the 4th one were I to own it, plus on the note of killzone on kz2 reviews slated it for having it's own identity and not being enough like cod;so for kz3 thy changed the controls etc and then reviewers had ago for it being more like COD which they had previously said they wanted..also if they really ad that much of an issue with COD gameplay why does everywhere give it such high scores EVERY year even when it's unbalanced crap.....
not saying 7.0's abad score btw it's not its quit good infact but I saw OPMUK gave AC3 a 7.0 and there's no way that's only a 7. Reviewer seemed to think it played like AC1 and was layied ut similar yet more tedious and boring don't know what game he was playing but it was a different one to me

Cam9772174d ago

For example, the whole part involving toilets - I'm talking about both types of waste that leave the body that were meaninglessly implemented into the game.

kikizoo2174d ago (Edited 2174d ago )

"like other "modern" COD clones such as Homefront or Killzone 3 (not 2, just 3)"

lol, delusional fanboy spotted.

hypocrit denial fanboyz are the worst, everytime a biased review is killing a great AAA ps3 exclusives with A 5/6 "bububu it's opinion, bububu it's a good score" and when a guy give a 7 (for a game with ton of 8) they are crying everywhere, insulting reviewer, etc

DragonKnight2174d ago (Edited 2174d ago )

@Evil: Can't believe I actually agree with you for once. The world must be ready to end.

@edonus: The issue I see with your suggestion, though it is an intelligent one, is that it would mean no one could really say anything about anything. Art critics who can't draw a circle wouldn't be able to talk about art for example. I think what needs to change is not the reviewer's knowledge of game design, but the entire reviewing system itself. Scores need to be removed completely and reviews need to be changed to have only 3 fleshed out points. Those being "What I like about this game," "What I don't like about this game," and finally "What I would have personally liked to see in this game."

If reviewers reviewed a game like that, sites like metacritic wouldn't exist (as far as games are concerned anyway), reviews wouldn't be able to be used as leverage in any way, and problems like these wouldn't exist. That's why I like any reviewer who doesn't give a game a numbered score because it makes the review a lot more clearly an opinion to be taken with a grain of salt than somebody who thinks they have some kind of power to affect game sales and public perception.

**EDIT** There should be a 4th section actually. "The bugs/glitches I personally experienced playing this game." And it should be written in that perspective because not everyone experiences the same bugs. For example, I never had the backwards flying dragon in Skyrim.

ChrisW2174d ago

I remember when 7s and 8s were the norm for really good games. Both EGM and Nintendo Power gave such reviews in their magazines... Mind you this was back in the late 80s.

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Karooo2175d ago

Yeah comes off as a big douche, but hey he did ship Duke Nukem Forever after all.

greenpowerz2175d ago (Edited 2175d ago )

He has the right to call him anything he wants. Maybe he doesn't believe it was a honest opinion but a excuse to over analyse for whatever reason.

It's not the first time anti Halo people jump at the chance to review halo.


They both have rights and calling names might not be right but it was in response to a reviewer hating a franchise and reviewing it to advertise his opinion and to purposely hurt the rep of halo and that wasn't the right thing to do hense the name calling.

Snookies122175d ago

He has the "right" to do it, but the question is, was it actually the "right" thing to do?

Lol, see what I did there?

crzyjackbauer2175d ago


someone had to do it
the guy is clearly retarded
he just wanted to piss people off
so EGM could get some hits on the webpage

but is EGM even relevant now?
im just saying

GarandShooter2175d ago

LMAO You know what's funny? If this review was about a Sony exclusive your opinion would be completely the opposite and you would be calling him a whiny Sony fanboy.

'to advertise his opinion and to purposely hurt the rep of'

This is called projection and is exactly what you do to Sony.

There's a lesson in there somewhere.

On Topic:

As a professional, he should respectfully disagree and counter the reviewers points. If done properly it makes the reviewer look unknowledgeable and foolish and helps maintain the dignity and integrity of the dev. Far more effective than name calling.

grifter0242174d ago


Why wouldn't it be right either way? it's freedom of speech he can say whatever he wants. Now in this day and age everyones feelings get hurt if you even utter something bad about something is a different story.

I agree with the Duke guy for calling this guy out. Hell I would keep coming saying he should shut up and go play COD if he actually wants these things implemented into Halo...and IS retarded for even wanting these things implemented in the first place.

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CalvinKlein2175d ago

ahha so you dont think its ok to criticize a hit seeking reviewer giving halo a unjustified low score, but it it was uncharted 3 you yourself would call him a moron probably or talk about how he was paid by MS or is a conspiracy against sony. HAHAHAA

Snookies122175d ago (Edited 2175d ago )

Are you talking to me? Why would you think I would say something like that? You have no basis for your accusation. I would have no problem with someone who didn't like Uncharted 3. Everyone has their own opinion after all. Though that's not what this is about, it's about Halo 4, which I'm sure is an amazing game.

Jinkies2175d ago

7 is a low score now...

Why bring Uncharted 3 up though, were talking about Halo. Someone always has to bring up Unchaerted don't they...

What about that guy who give it a 5/10....THAT my friend is a hit seeking website.

Old McGroin2174d ago

@ Snookies12

Good. I didn't like Uncharted 3. Part 2 was way better imo.

XB1_PS42175d ago

I haven't played the game yet, so I can't input my opinion. If the DNF dev played it, and disagrees, he has every right to call the reviewer retarded! You can call the president retarded, this is a free country.

Soldierone2175d ago

If the game was crap, then scrap it and do it properly. They didn't do that, and still released it as a 60 dollar game, so therefore they can be targeted. Personally when writing or doing anything, if its not good I won't put my name on it, period. Why? Because if its crap, I don't want to be associated with it.

They felt proud of Duke Nukem, and it was a rip off. Not going to baby them and say "its okay you almost made me waste 60 dollars, it wasn't your fault." No, because it was their fault.

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Kohven2175d ago

Brandon Justice wants iron sites for Halo....LOLZ

Redgehammer2175d ago

I think it is ironic that reviewers consider themselves to be above reproach, and somehow not subject to the same critiquing the so willingly dishout. I agree that using devisive language is not the way to prove ones point (unless you are running for political office apparently). Reviewers should be reviewed IMO, but only through an objective lens, and they should be called out when their subjectivity is apparent.

dennett3162174d ago

All reviews are subjective...there are no, and will never be any, purely objective reviews. The very notion is idiotic.

There would have to be some sort of standard game that all others could be measured against in order to come to an objective viewpoint on a game. With so many different genres, concepts, ideas, game styles, art styles, etc...there's ZERO possibility of there ever being an objective standard of what a game should be.

Heartnet2175d ago

Reviews arnt just opiinons matter of fact reviews are more in the case of solid facts at what makes the game good and bad bbuggs etyc..

opinion should never really enter a review as it would cloud the score... i loved two human but the as far as the story and game play goes i wudnt give it past a 5 or a 6...

im not going to give it a 9 or 10 simply cuz i loved playing it :) ur not reviewing it for urself ur reviewign it for potential customers so clouding it with biased judgements makes for a bad practice

ninjahunter2175d ago

As if reviews are opinion anymore XD

KidBroSweets22174d ago

I think he's right for calling him retarded and I think it's awesome the guy called him out. Simple as that. But I do know that I'll be dusting my Xbox off and shoving my PS3 to the back for a while to play halo.

Old McGroin2174d ago

Taken from the review: "These low points are openly exacerbated by the series’ staunch refusal to get with the times when it comes to game mechanics and level design, ignoring obvious enhancements like big-ticket sequences and proper iron-sights mechanics".

And again: " Fans of the game will have a blast here, and the multiplayer is something special, but if you expected Halo 4 to keep up with the Joneses, you might be disappointed."

Obvious COD head reviewing one of it's main competitors?

solar2174d ago

George has always been a tool. Not surprised

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Kalowest2175d ago

I agree with George Broussard.

AO1JMM2175d ago

Same here and if you look at the Halo 4 EGM review comment you'll see me calling out Brandon Justice on numerous occasions.

mynameisEvil2175d ago

So I saw.


For those of you wondering, YES, those were actually some of Brandon's ACTUAL problems. He also criticized it for HAVING WIDE OPEN AREAS.


Man needs to be fired for being stupid, methinks. And, yes, I actually agree with George Broussard. Criticize him for DNF all you want, but let's not forget that he was responsible for the awesomeness that is the Duke Nukem character and, most notably, DN3D. So he had a bad game. So what? He's had many more good ones.

cleft52175d ago

I agree with him too. Game developers are people too and it's only a matter of time before they start calling out stupid reviewers. The word retarded is a bit harsh, but not because the reviewer in question wasn't an idiot.

Soldierone2175d ago

Yeah but they should be more professional about it for one. And two they are going a little far lately.

Remember Duke Nukem? Their PR started black listing anyone that said anything negative about it....and guess what? The game actually did suck, so reviewers were justified. EA backlashing negative reviews about MOH, again its not just a few publications saying it, its ALL of them saying it. Again reviewers were justified.

This one I can understand. Its some guy trying to get hits by bashing a popular game, but why is it the guy behind a terrible game getting mad and not the studio that made the game?

My point is, yes reviewers can be bought and not truthful, but so can the developers. They want to filter as many positive reviews as possible to, so its not entirely fair for them to go around and say all the negative sites are retarded....

Vaud-Villian2175d ago

Twitter summarization articles are retarded

Summons752175d ago

It's only the EGM reviewer, he clearly is retarded if he can't make a review unbiased and says the game is terrible because HE doesn't like it instead of the game just being bad. There is a difference between a game being bad because of bad gameplay mechanics and a game being bad because of personal opinion....he clearly reviewed on his beliefs and not on the gameplay mechanics.

cleft52175d ago

I am sure this reviewer will just hide behind the notion that he is stating his "opinion." The days of professional reviews are long gone and I am glad to see game developers start calling people out.

auragenz2175d ago (Edited 2175d ago )

lol @ "days of professional reviews are long gone"

I'm just trying to think of that time when those professional reviewers were awarded professional videogame reviewer degrees from an accredited institution, and that they actually applied some system of objectivity across the board according to some agreed upon set of standards and best practices to the material they were reviewing instead of sounding like invested fanboys in some capacity each and every time.

Though, I suppose its possible I'm just too young to remember those days.

Blastoise2175d ago

All this over a 7 out of 10. You'd think it was a 3 or something lol

Dlacy13g2175d ago

The score didn't bother me, it was the content of the review that bothered me. Knocking the game for not being more like COD, or knocking it for having too many similar game mechanics to previos Halo games... And yet EGM gave AC3 a 9.5 and that game screams same mechanisms as previous games.

Hicken2175d ago

That highlights some of the major problems with reviewing this generation.

1. Scores don't reflect the impression of the review. (A game gets a 6 but the review sounds like an 8, or vice versa.)

2. Reviewers don't maintain any sort of standards taken from one review to the next. (Games that get crapped on for not being innovative enough, or evolving enough from the last iteration, while other franchises are praised for remaining "true to [their] roots.")

3. Allowing personal bias to color the review too much. (Scoring a franchise or genre too high or too low because it does or doesn't fit the viewer's personal preference.)

All of these things are so rampant, it makes the majority of reviews pointless to rely on, whereas in past generations virtually ANY review would be reliable. And I hate that cop-out "reviews are just opinions." Yes, they're supposed to be objective opinions, not personal ones. Doctors give opinions not based on their personal feelings, but professional observation; even so, they can still disagree on things.

Instead of making excuses for bad reviews and reviewers, it's about time the industry starts demanding some standards. Reviews, unfortunately, aren't getting any LESS important; if they're going to count, let's at least make sure they're something we can count on.

hardcorehippiez2175d ago

get used to it. all fps reviewers now think cod is the set standard which is sad.cod is a casual pick up and play arcade type game and i wouldnt count it as a competitive hardcore game at all. anything that isnt cod gets slammed and if it tries to be cod it gets slammed for copying . its a no win situation and the media are making fools of themselves imo

MRMagoo1232175d ago


The exact same thing could be said about halo its casual and easy to play thats why its popular so why not compare them they are shooters neither are hardcore