Bioware Employee Caught Reviewing Dragon Age II

Bioware, EA, and Dragon Age II have met with a lot of scandal over the past week, from accusations of SecuROM, to forum banning, and now to a Bioware employee supposedly inflating the user scores for the game on metacritic.

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TheLiztress3753d ago

Oh, wow... The only way they can get a great review is to have a staff member review it? Do we know if he did it on his own or was paid by EA/Bioware to do it?

josh143993753d ago

Sadly the game is actually great and people are judging the whole game on the demo which even i didn't like much.

TheLiztress3753d ago

I still haven't tried the demo. Regardless of how bad it might be or the deal with SecuROM, I do plan on getting the game at some point. But it's not going to be a PC purchase. I'm going to get it for the same system I got Dragon Age: Origins on.

TheDeadMetalhead3753d ago

"Sadly the game is actually great and people are judging the whole game on the demo which even i didn't like much."

Sup Bioware.

dc13753d ago (Edited 3753d ago )

I finished the game - Played every side quest.. Right around 68hrs. (I took my time and looked around.. trying to pull every little piece of positive aspect out of it.. I wanted to like it.)

Sadly, The game is a half backed RPG and deserved a 7.5 out of 10 at best standing on its own.
Most folks (including myself) view it in light of Dragon age Origin with pushes the 7.5 down to 6.5. (Most folks who follow the DA world and hung on Bioware’s every word associated with this project was asked to do just that!)
Let me be clear. I love Bioware
- I was compelled to platinum Dragon Age Origin
- I was compelled to platinum Mass Effect 2 (played it through 3 times)

Unfortunately, DA 2 comes across as a washed down rush job that looks like it took every bit of a year and a few months to put together…..

im-12-years-old3753d ago (Edited 3753d ago )

Many people are judging it on the actual finished product. Imo, it's a mediocre RPG at best, not a 9/10.

End of line

LunaticBrandon3753d ago

Whats a demo for? If Bioware/EA made a bad demo for a good game they deserve all the lost sales they get.

MaxXAttaxX3753d ago

Too many false positives/negatives.

LeGenDx3753d ago

da2 is freaking awful an this is coming from a person WHO LOVED DA1, such a downgrade man.

pixelsword3753d ago

"Conspiracy Theory" is thrown around a lot, but few people realize that a theory is basically an assumption based upon facts.

Senden3753d ago

Well isn't that the idea of the demo, to give people a playable advertisement? It seems to be a common thing with EA demos lately letting people down then fans coming out saying the full game is much better. That's on EA to make the demo accurately represent the demo in a way which makes the game appealing to potential buyers.

EVILDEAD3603753d ago

Like 'USER' reviews mean a thing on Metacritic. 90% of the people who review the extreme high or love reviews never even played the game. Some of the fan kids don't even own the system let alone the title they reviewed. So if a reviewer felt that way about his own game then so be it. It's his opinion on a website with anonymous users.

Still can't wait to get around to playing DA2


hay3752d ago

This isn't really something new. When you have soft dev companies making apps, features or whatever, among first reviews there will ususally be fake ones written by the workers. It's common practice.

Anon19743752d ago (Edited 3752d ago )

We're talking about an employee who offered his opinion of the game in the USER reviews. You know the user reviews, the section spammed by malcontents, 80% of which haven't even played the game?

A place where useful, thoughtful reflection on the game itself is replaced by "0 out of 10! The worst 60 dollar pile of junk I've ever purchased. Cannot believe how bad the role playing is, and how meaningless the dialogue. Voice overs are pathetic, with no inspiration what so ever. This is a sequel? Hack and slash only, what a waste!" Wow. Thanks for that insightful review.

This is much ado about nothing. If some Bioware employee opened up a website posing as a gaming mag and then put up a review, that's something. An employee offering his opinion in the user section - this is much ado about nothing. One employee review isn't going to suddenly boost the overall score from the 4.2 or wherever the hell it is right now.

undercovrr3752d ago

I completely agree, I'm loving the game.

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Beefstew4u3753d ago

Nothing wrong with being proud of a product you worked on.

Neckbear3753d ago

It's an actually prohibited practice in America, for one:

TheLiztress3753d ago

I agree. But writing a review for the very game you worked on is going to be a biased move. Of course, you're going to give it a great score and review.

HolyOrangeCows3753d ago (Edited 3752d ago )

LOL, oh Bioware. As if making a shorter game, filled with cutscenes and scarred with a more tedious combat system weren't enough.

You had to take it to the next level; censor criticism, add SecuROM, and now....

....break business ethic laws!
Achievement Unlocked: Reach New Low. -100000 points.

"Well, Bioware is a Canadian company. Different set of rules?"
It's an American owned company; they probably have to answer to American ethic codes or else EA could be charged.
....wait a minute...who care? They're trying to spread BS by pretending to be a customer. Who cares if it's legal or not? They're being dishonest.

banjadude3753d ago

@ Neckbear

I did not know about that. Thanks for the link/info.

Pandamobile3753d ago


Well, Bioware is a Canadian company. Different set of rules?

radphil3753d ago


The point coming across is that it's shady.

Beefstew4u3752d ago

Not much worse than the average N4G fanboy rating console exclusives as either flawless 10 games, or horrible 0.1 pieces of crap.

Biggest3752d ago

That depends. Is the N4G fanboy an employee of a development company?

Beefstew4u3752d ago

Probably not, but it still doesn't change the fact that user reviews on metacritic are almost always biased and useless. If you want a credible review of a game, go to a professional gaming website.

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xAlmostPro3753d ago

Makes me where else employees might have reviewed their own game COD maybe lol

BDSE3753d ago

Sadly most companies employ people to go on those sites and on forums to post positive comments about their products. Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo all do it.

Vherostar3753d ago

Don't need to do this though the only reason its getting bad scores is the PC version isn't as good as the second game was made with all 3 systems in mind rather than consoles being an after thought. So PC gamers are hitting out at DA2 and it's a shame as it's just as good as the first and the fact its a little different I like as it doesn't feel like an expansion like every shooter released each year.

mobijoker3752d ago

Just checked the metacritic user reviews.It seems that the users who are giving it 10/10 have got only one review and that is of DA2.Check out on metacritic.Out of 10 positive reviews,DA2 is the 1st review for 9 reviewers.Too much to be a coincidence.

Perjoss3752d ago

That's interesting info, but i dont think anyone pays attention to the user reviews, do they? in the past its been proven that fans of certain consoles will intentionally down rate a game just because its an exclusive on the 'opposing' console. I think this has happened with both ps3 and 360 games. Similar to perfectly good games getting rated down on amazon due to DRM.

killershadow1173752d ago

You should probably get it on PC since the console scores are actually bringing the game down, they are alot better than the first dragon age on the console but the PC is still far superior to it.

RatherHavaBigGirl3752d ago

this is nothing new. if companies have the same access to forums as the consumers what makes you think they wont use it to give their products good reviews? peep game folks

SonyPS3603752d ago

It was an engineer, not a developer or a publisher.

Overblown news as usual.

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josh143993753d ago

I don't see anything wrong with this he is probably upset that people are saying bad things about a game he was involved in making and wanted to try to get people to give it a chance. The game isn't that bad everyone seems to be jumping on the bandwagon of hate even though they have only played the demo.

TheLiztress3753d ago

I can understand if he felt that way. But I think what hurts this theory is all the news going on around about the game. Good intentions or not, this was a bad way to try to make people want to give the game a try. He could just as easily posted comments on some of the more popular reviews out there.

My thoughts anyway.

rrquinta3753d ago

I have been playing the game and haven't been terribly impressed so far, but haven't played enough to form a full opinion. Still, he should have disclosed who he was.

GuruStarr783753d ago (Edited 3753d ago )

yeah, it's a USER REVIEW. anyone can put those up..... it wasnt the first and surely won't be the last done by someone with direct interest in a game's success....

this dumbass just got caught....almost seems like he tried to get caught though, like he's not really affiliated with EA Bioware and someone's trying to sabotage them.....

Who cares though? Dragon Age 2 will still go multiplatinum, even if it was worse than it actually is, which in my opinion, so far it's pretty good, not the greatest of Bioware's work, but better than most games out there.

people do this stuff all the time....hell, there's people on N4G that make separate accounts so they can agree with themselves, bubble themselves up, and approve their own stories.....these types of systems are very easily manipulated......think about it....if someone wanted their story to hit 1000 degrees, they could have themselves and a few friends create multiple accounts, and hit the hell out of a story....voila! your story is at the top of N4G!!!

ThePsychoGamer3753d ago

Might not be to try and sabotage Biowarre, EA said in an article earlier to day that contriversy is helpful to games,

and a lot of the time it works. Example, Yakuza 3, despite how good it was, probably wouldn't have sold half as many copies if not for the cut content fiasco.

pixelsword3753d ago

We did give it a chance when we played the demo.

Devs need to make better demos.

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theherp803753d ago

i bet a lot of companies do this at sites like amazon i know they do it for books that are sold there so wouldnt shock me if companies did it with games as well.

jack_burt0n3753d ago

50% of n4g posts are made by marketing companies/employees etc.

AntiHeroComplex3753d ago

did you know that 72.35% of all statistics are made up on the spot ?

jack_burt0n3753d ago (Edited 3753d ago )

"69% of replies to my comments aren't funny or accurate."

-Jack Burt0n, N4G Official Quote.

rrquinta3753d ago

Yeah, I have known people who have worked for ad or PR companies that part of their job is to write user reviews. I know one company recently got in big trouble for having their employees write reviews for their products in the Ap store, and then they got found out. Of course the company claimed that the employees had written the reviews on their own time and out of their own volition, but it still caused quite a stir.

CaptainGreece3753d ago

Bioware is really looking crazy lol.

gcolley3753d ago

who really cares. just the internet making a mountain out of a molehill again

CaptainGreece3753d ago

You have to admit it is a little sad. If the user score is low deal with it.

PandaJenkins3752d ago

I would be pretty annoyed when a lot of people are acting like babies over some changes.

saumer3752d ago

@Panda - What is funny is that DA2 is basically mass effect 2 with a high fantasy setting. ME2 is hailed as a masterpiece and DA2 is being called crap.

I completely understand the changes bioware made based on how ME2 was received. I dont understand the user reaction at all.

tommyth3cat3752d ago

It stems from the fact that most PC gamer elitists are childish babies, and ME was already light on the RPG so it was less of a surprise when ME2 came out. As much as people complain about sequels, that is all most people want, exact carbon copies of the game they fell in love with.

I'm 12 hours in on DA2 and yeah it's not Origins but its still fun and honestly Nightmare is twice as hard on DA2 as it was on Origins which I think scares a lot of PC gamers as well because they actually have to use tactics and not just have a perfectly min/maxed party.