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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NewMonday4135d ago (Edited 4135d 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"

Derekvinyard134135d 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-Assassin4135d 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 Fingers4135d 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.

GrathiusXR4134d 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.

MikeMyers4134d ago (Edited 4134d 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.

Winter47th4134d ago

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

admiralvic4134d 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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Razmossis4134d ago (Edited 4134d 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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chrish19904134d 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 thegamescabin.com tomorrow. Just don't expect any updates afterwards as I'll probably be in the middle of getting my ass sued.

GrathiusXR4134d ago

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

InTheLab4134d 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.

admiralvic4134d 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.

dirthurts4134d 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.

MattyG4133d ago (Edited 4133d ago )

When today is it going up?

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TheOneWhoIsTornApart4134d 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.

kupomogli4134d 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.

DeadlyFire4134d 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.

ZombieNinjaPanda4134d 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.

DeadlyFire4133d 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.

Abdou234134d 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.

Blaze9294134d 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.

3-4-54134d 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-custardly4134d 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.


joab7774134d 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 first...cool. Then, i may visit others when their review goes up. This isnt like simcity at all.

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Mariusmssj4135d ago

IGN has to make money one way or another