Killzone 2 reviews and the rush to be first

Destructoid writes:

"There's no denying that games media is a competitive business. The blogs and the big sites all scrabble to be "first" with news, fall over each other to have exclusive details, and generally act like vultures, fighting over whatever scraps of game-themed newsmeat they can get their beaks sunk into.

It's an element of games media I'm glad I don't have to worry about anymore now that I am only obligated to work on reviews for Destructoid (all my news posts are extracurricular). However, as more and more blogs turn up and reviews become an increasing cause of sensation, controversy and validation among the gamer community, the same desperate, rather pathetic, scrabble to be "first" with one's own opinions seems to be infecting the reviews sector with alarming frequency."

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PirateThom3633d ago

And yet, it's only for a PS3 game that this has become an issue to sites that normally don't care.

Trollimite3633d ago

so much truth in your statement

callahan093633d ago

What exclusive review did Killzone 2 even get? Two days ago there were 0 reviews, now there are like 75 reviews. There were no exclusives, it was just a bum-rush out of the gate, as soon as Sony said "Reviews are cool for print now" they all got printed.

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callahan093632d ago

I never read 1up's review of Warhawk, but if THAT'S the case, WOW they're ridiculous. Warhawk is one of the most addictive, most balanced, most well-designed & fun online multiplayer games of all time (it's my personal favorite, but I know a lot of people would have a strong argument for Halo or Counterstrike or something else). 40 dollars for Warhawk was a steal, and now it's only 30. I will never completely stop playing Warhawk unless they come out with a sequel that is every bit as good and better.

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GWAVE3633d ago

Again, Killzone 2 is the first that journalists bring this up with. Interesting. I agree that having an "exclusive" review might call into question the site's validity, but there are other thing that might call a review score's validity into question. Things like...oh, and I'm just pulling things out of a hat...$800 swag bags?

Unicron3633d ago (Edited 3633d ago )

Indeed. Why are exclusive reviews being called into question NOW? All of a sudden the media is going to be ethical? I don't get it.

I thought the media wasn't biased? I thought it was all one big fake conspiracy? What's that? Shady deals DO go on? The media DOES have things to hide and DO have incentives/reasons for "exclusive" first reviews such as score limits? No! Not possible! Only Sony would give out an $800 Killzone 2 swag bag including free copies of Halo 3 Legendary Edition and Halo 3 Edition Xbox 360's!


Oh Gwave, you and I are indeed on the same page.

In all seriousness, this is NOTHING new, and happens with EVERY SINGLE BIG RELEASE. To start calling out KZ2, while ignoring the same situation with Halo 3, Gears 2, MGS4, LBP, etc is just absurd and yet more inconsistency on the part of the media. Call out ALL reviewers for doing it, or call out none, but at least be consistent.

And no, I do not condone "exclusive" reviews nabbed with incentives to back them up. Shady dealings.

BRG90003633d ago

This is not even close to the first time this has come up. Almost every major gaming podcast muses on this regularly when they talk about the games they're playing for review, and I've seen articles about this on at least IGN and 1up before. This topic tends to come up at the release of every major game.


TruthBTold3633d ago

"This is something even GameSpot said was improper, and when GameSpot's saying it, you know you probably shouldn't be doing it."

I would trust Kotaku and Gamespot if they did this so called "deep review" with every single game they reviewed. Truth be told, this is the first time I have seen them want to be so careful with a game review. There are good web sites that have good and professional journalist and there are the ones that are just full of fanboys who don't act professional but rather bias and childish. I get what this article is referring to but using Kotaku and Gamespot as an example of trustworthy and professional web sites doesn't give the writer the support he was looking for.

rucky3633d ago (Edited 3633d ago )

Destructoid's alright and so far from what i've seen they've put out some pretty well written reviews but I totally agree, they should have never mentioned Gamespot and Kotaku as examples to support their propaganda. That's like promoting sportsmanship and having Mike Tyson back you up.

TruthBTold3633d ago

But having the writer use some of the worst websites as an example of who we as gamers should listen to just makes him look either ignorant or look just as bad as them by promoting them as an example of what he considers "good journalist". As a gamer I really wish we had more websites that did their articles based on their passion for games and not attention or ridiculous fanboyism.

ALIEN3633d ago

After reading the whole article, i have to say that what gamespot said, makes sense.

labaronx3633d ago

There are tons of Sony reps who are there just playing these games so the reviewers can actually have "substance" for there reviews instead of just saying well Gears 2 multiplayer runs on xbox live so you know its flawless 5 stars, while an actual problem exist and it takes a month to fix. Can you say double standard?

Max Power3633d ago

i guess the hit you just got from me will not be repeated when your review comes out, because most likely i will have the game by then, and i will have the demo for days/weeks by then, and your review will mean nothing to me.

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