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Watch_Dogs Review Thread

Tue, 27 May 2014 06:45:19 +0000

Watch_Dogs Review Thread

  • Subreddit: /r/Watch_Dogs/

  • Release Date: 2014.05.27 (Wii U: Q4 2014)

  • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

  • Publisher: Ubisoft

  • Genre: Action-Adventure

  • Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, 360, XB1, Wii U

  • Media: Launch Trailer | Metacritic Page


CVG 9/10

Forget speculation about textures and framerates - Watch Dogs is a bona fide next-gen proposition with a wonderfully told tale at its heart.


Destructoid 8/10

Impressive efforts with a few noticeable problems holding it back. Won't astound everyone, but is worth your time and cash. Check out more reviews or the Destructoid score guide.


Escapist 4.5/5

While the controls are quite basic and a bit more limited than one might hope (exploding things only gets so varied), a significant sense of empowerment is hard to argue with, and the interface is so fluid that even a simpleton can feel like a master hacker. It feels cool, that's for damn sure.


Eurogamer 7/10

It certainly entertains, but mostly through borrowed concepts, and the central notion that could have made it stand out - the hacking - is the most undercooked of all. It doesn't get anything horribly wrong, but nor does it excel at any of the genre beats it so faithfully bangs out. It's good, and yet that always feels like a criticism when a game comes weighed down by this much hype. You won't regret the time you spend in Aiden Pearce's world, but nor will it be saved as a precious memory when you reboot.


Joystiq 4/5

These online invasions are arguably the smartest realization of what Watch Dogs is about: the fear of being violated, and the principle of identity protection. Even when it skews toward bigger actions and questionable bouts of busywork, though, Watch Dogs is a more fluid and modern power fantasy than we're used to.


Forbes 8/10

Like Grand Theft Auto V before it, sometimes it’s not enough to simply be big and well-made. Watch Dogs feels like collection of promising concepts with nothing solid holding them together. Aiden Pearce should have been that something, but instead, he’s just a character meant to sell cool looking hats in collector’s editions. Perhaps that can be rectified in a sequel, but for now, Pearce is pretty big issue, and so is his propensity to kill people in boring, cover-based shooter-y ways.


Game Informer 8.5/10

Watch Dog's story works as a basic revenge tale, and the final few missions provide some gravity to the characters. Ultimately, however, the main draw of any open-world game is the gameplay, and while not perfect, Watch Dog's hacking abilities add an engaging and unique twist to the third-person action. Ubisoft has another deserved hit on its hands, and I look forward to seeing where the new series goes next.


Gamereactor 8/10

This is a cast we actually want to see more of. Despite the amalgamation of different franchises here, the IP is strong, the ideas and execution good. Oh, and its use of licensed music, particularly at key moments, betters even GTAV. You should play - or just watch - the game for the Wu-Tang Clan sequence alone.


GameSpot 8/10

Aiden's soul is still locked away, too, even though I spent dozens of hours with him. But while I can't say who Aiden truly is, I can confidently say that Watch Dogs is a lushly produced and riotous game with an uncanny ability to push you from one task to the next, each of which is just as fun as the last.


GameTrailers 8.9/10

Visuals aside, Watch Dogs has a remarkably well crafted world that feels lively and believable. Aside from overtly hacking someone, you can constantly listen in on conversations just as you walk down the street. You'll see random car accidents, guys looking like idiots playing games on their phone, dudes rapping, or even urinating on the sidewalk. And if you pull out a gun, people will run for their lives.


GiantBomb 3/5

Even though I feel its story is often weak and its action isn't that different from other games in the genre, I still enjoyed my time with Watch Dogs. It turns out that the old stuff still works, and the strong-but-standard mission design kept me entertained, most of the time. It's rough around the edges, though, so if you don't settle for anything less than the best, you'll probably be disappointed.


IGN 8.4/10

One-button hacking might be overly simplistic, but it does give you abilities that make playing through Aiden’s story feel powerful and fun. Doing side missions and multiplayer as you make your way through the dark and lengthy story makes it feel like a huge adventure, and stealth options let you play smart if you prefer. Car chases aside, Watch Dogs is fundamentally very well made, and has more than enough unique ideas to make it a great and memorable open-world action game.


Metro 7/10

A highly enjoyable GTA clone but one that doesn’t quite have the panache of Rockstar’s best or the inspiration to make the most of its otherwise enjoyable gameplay concepts.


Polygon 8/10

Other games have nailed a better balance in optional activities and large-scale ambiance, including other games from Ubisoft Montreal itself. But when Watch Dogs focuses on the things it does better than anyone else, it finds an identity worth developing. As a hybrid open-world stealth-action game, it’s in a class by itself.


USGamer 5/5

Watch_Dogs combines an astonishingly detailed world, a gripping storyline, creative game mechanics, a myriad of missions and activities, and improvisational tactical sandbox gameplay to create a truly next-generation open world game. Phenomenal. No other word for it.\


VideoGamer 7/10

It's a game that reaches a baseline of enjoyment – and that baseline is fairly high – and doesn't raise it further. The mission loop is too samey – drive here, hack a few things, sneak/shoot out – and multiplayer is too throwaway to really affect much. You'll undoubtedly enjoy your time with it, but it won't linger long in the memory.

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IGN Reviews – The Last of Us Review

So Bioshock Infinite's review embargo broke, here are the reviews.

Mon, 25 Mar 2013 05:25:43 -0700

Bioshock Infinite Reviews:

PC

PC Gamer 91/100

IGN 9.5/10

Destructoid 10/10

Polygon 10/10

RockPaperShotgun No Score

Eurogamer 10/10

JoyStiq 5/5

GamesRadar 5/5

Edge 9/10

Penny Arcade No score

Rev3Games (Video Review) 5/5

GameTrailers (Video Review) 9.4/10

AusGamers 10/10


Xbox 360

IGN (Xbox 360) 9.4/10

CVG (Xbox 360) 9.1/10

OXM (Xbox 360) 9/10


PS3

Playstation Official Magazine (PS3) 10/10

GameInformer(PS3) No Score.

Digital Spy (PS3) 5/5


Metacritic

PC Overall 96/100

PS3 Overall 95/100

Xbox 360 Overall 96/100

At this time it's Critic reviews only.


Overall it's getting outstanding reviews. I'll add more sites as I find them.

10/10, 5/5, 100/100, none of these mean the game is Perfect

Good article on "perfect" scores which talks to journalists from all over the industry; Article.


Cheapest place to get the game on PC (in the UK): GMG Comes with Bioshock 1, Xcom Enemy Unknown and one of the following: Spec Ops: The Line, Civilisation V, Mafia II , Bioshock 2, or The Darkness II.

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The Onion Reviews ‘Noah’

Dragon Age 2 Conspiracy - Highest rated Metacritic review by Bioware employee (with zero disclosure)

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 11:06:00 -0700

First post ever, but I think you'll find this interesting...

Checked out Metacritic for Dragon Age 2 reviews (after hearing about all the changes from Origins, was a bit skeptical). After seeing it got a generally favorable score, I checked out the user reviews, since they usually offer a more accurate portrayal of how a game actually plays.

Right off the bat, I notice there's something...off with the top user review (by 'Avanost'). It reads almost like a press release. I do not trust it:

"The immersion and combat of this game are unmatched! A truly moving and fun epic. Anything negative you'll see about this game is an overreaction of personal preference. For what it is, it is flawlessly executed and endlessly entertaining" (emphasis added).

Sketchy to say the least.

So I check Avanost's Metacritic profile (http://www.metacritic.com/user/Avanost - cache), and, whaddya know, he’s only ever written one review. On Dragon Age 2.

So I Google ‘Avanost’, because I’m starting to not trust this motherfucker. And a Plurk (WTF is Plurk) profile shows up (http://www.plurk.com/avanost), revealing a name.

So I Google the name, all the while cautioning myself that this could be a completely different Avanost, and not to jump to conclusions, and WHAT THE FUCK HE’S AN ENGINEER AT BIOWARE. (Linkedin profile)

I have to laugh, because this really borders on farce.

Despite reeking of impropriety (and the fact there has to be a rule against doing this in the Bioware employee handbook), ole Avanost has no problem writing a review with zero disclosure of his industry ties, as long as you pick up a copy of the “flawless” Dragon Age 2 at your nearest retailer.

(Disclosure: Sensationalist title to garner interest.)

EDIT 1: This is a matter of ethics and integrity. A consumer requires objective information in order to make an informed decision about purchasing a product. If the line between editorial article and product review is skewed, then the consumer is being deceived at the cost of their eventual trust and loyalty to the company responsible. This is why disclosure of industry ties is necessary to avoid even the appearance of impropriety.

EDIT 2: For those of you frothing at the mouth in the comments about how anyone who doesn't like Dragon Age 2 is retarded (including me), take a deep breath and relax: I like the game. I was checking out the reviews because I wanted to read what other people thought of it (I've since borrowed it from a friend; piracy at its finest). That does not mean I wanted to read reviews written by Bioware employees cloaked as genuine. That is not okay, under any circumstances, for any employee, of any company. (And for those saying it might not be the same guy...yes, I'm sure this is all one big coincidence. He just happens to respond to, and simultaneously dismiss, the most prevalent criticisms of Dragon Age 2 in one fell swoop.)

EDIT 3: So they're going into damage control mode, and the review has been deleted. (Cache). Thanks to SnakeLinkSonic: a breakdown of my 'investigation'.

EDIT 4: Okay, so now 4chan is just bombarding Metacritic with fake reviews again, so let's pretend I didn't compromise my integrity by referencing them earlier. (Also, TIL about 'astroturfing'.) If anyone finds another verifiable fake review from Bioware, feel free to post it.

EDIT 5: Russian Bioware forum. (Original.) - This is not an official site; apologies.

EDIT 6: Story picked up by CapsuleComputers, GamerTell, Pubvo, VividGamer, Nexus404, PixelApocolypse, TechSpotlight, VGChartz and Thumb-Culture (where my attempt at investigative journalism is referred to as "slightly stalkerish". Thanks to everyone sending me links, tough to keep up.

EDIT 7: Gamepro, Escapist, Kotaku (EA's Senior Public Relations Mananger responds).

EDIT 8: EA's response: "Of course" we did it, "that's how it works." Apparently their public relations manager is unable to grasp the distinction between voting for industry accolades (analogous to the Oscars or Grammy's), and manipulating review scores to influence consumer purchasing decisions (analogous to the example below from the FTC guide). So your fears have been realized. This is company policy at EA/Bioware, and further, they're not ashamed in the least. (Note the amount of downvotes this post has received since the story broke on Kotaku; another harmless coincidence from your friends at EA/Bioware.)

EDIT 9: Related thread.

EDIT 10: According to Escapist, Dragon Age Project Manager Benoit Houle is LupoTheButcher. Metacritic review, Twitter.

FTC Guide Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising: "§ 255.5. Example 8: An online message board designated for discussions of new music download technology is frequented by MP3 player enthusiasts. They exchange information about new products, utilities, and the functionality of numerous playback devices.

Unbeknownst to the message board community, an employee of a leading playback device manufacturer has been posting messages on the discussion board promoting the manufacturer’s product.

Knowledge of this poster’s employment likely would affect the weight or credibility of her endorsement. Therefore, the poster should clearly and conspicuously disclose her relationship to the manufacturer to members and readers of the message board" (emphasis added).

Twitter search.

EDITED BECAUSE I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO USE REDDIT.

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Mark Kermode reviews As Above, So Below

I started a blog where I review the best selling book of every year, starting a century ago.

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:26:01 -0800

Using the Publishers Weekly annual bestsellers list, I'm going to read/review the bestselling novel of every year, starting with 1913. I plan to add a new review every monday, with occasional links and short essays in between. I'd love some feedback from my fellow reddit bookworms.

Link to the blog

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Empties & Mini Reviews August 2014

Steam user reviews are getting more and more useless, thanks to reddit-like voting habits

Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:55:19 -0700

Thorough, useful user reviews for games on Steam are getting totally drowned out by one-liner quips and puns that tell you less than nothing about the game. I don't know if this has been a problem since day 1, or it just caught on recently, but I've been noticing it more and more lately.

If someone dares to post some valid criticism of a game, they will get downvoted to oblivion. If someone posts a well-thought-out positive review, they can get a few upvotes. If someone posts an irrelevant one-line joke, they immediately rise to the top of the pile. I am amazed that, going by the vote percentages, 85% or more of Steam users are mouth-breathers who would rather read a useless joke than something that will actually help them decide whether or not to buy a game...

Of course I'm ranting and generalizing, but it bothers me. I was excited for steam reviews, and they seemed great for a while. I could go to the front store page for a game and get a few worthwhile opinions, positive and negative. Now I have to go a couple pages down to get a decent cross section of opinions. Pretty soon, it won't even be worth looking.

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Mark Kermode reviews Night Moves

Mario Kart 8 Reviews are Live - Let the 9s and 10s Commence!

Thu, 15 May 2014 07:28:36 +0000

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Mark kermode reviews Let’s Be Cops

So Bioshock Infinite's review embargo broke, here are the reviews.

Mon, 25 Mar 2013 05:25:43 -0700

Bioshock Infinite Reviews:

PC

PC Gamer 91/100

IGN 9.5/10

Destructoid 10/10

Polygon 10/10

RockPaperShotgun No Score

Eurogamer 10/10

JoyStiq 5/5

GamesRadar 5/5

Edge 9/10

Penny Arcade No score

Rev3Games (Video Review) 5/5

GameTrailers (Video Review) 9.4/10

AusGamers 10/10


Xbox 360

IGN (Xbox 360) 9.4/10

CVG (Xbox 360) 9.1/10

OXM (Xbox 360) 9/10


PS3

Playstation Official Magazine (PS3) 10/10

GameInformer(PS3) No Score.

Digital Spy (PS3) 5/5


Metacritic

PC Overall 96/100

PS3 Overall 95/100

Xbox 360 Overall 96/100

At this time it's Critic reviews only.


Overall it's getting outstanding reviews. I'll add more sites as I find them.

10/10, 5/5, 100/100, none of these mean the game is Perfect

Good article on "perfect" scores which talks to journalists from all over the industry; Article.


Cheapest place to get the game on PC (in the UK): GMG Comes with Bioshock 1, Xcom Enemy Unknown and one of the following: Spec Ops: The Line, Civilisation V, Mafia II , Bioshock 2, or The Darkness II.

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9 Intentionally Ridiculous Amazon Reviews

Total War- Rome II: Review Thread

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 06:42:37 -0700

Total War: Rome II

Platforms: Microsoft Windows

Release Date:

  • 3 September 2013

Eurogamer - 7/10

Review

Author: Paul Dean

By themselves, none of the things that are wrong with Total War: Rome 2 are that big a deal. If the game itself were an empire, a map upon a wall, we'd note some gains and some losses, glossing over most of the tinier problems because they don't spoil the larger picture. We also might note the stagnation of that empire. For all that the game may have promised, it isn't such a big step forward for the series. It's Total War done a bit bigger, a bit better and a bit different. Its borders hold firm.


NowGamer- 9.5/10

Review

Author: Jordan Garland

Total War: Rome 2 isn't as genre-defining as its kin, but that was never its aim. A comprehensive reworking that does its grand legacy proud, bringing it up to the date in blistering fashion and polishing it for a new generation is all Creative Assembly could ask for, and it's precisely what they've done.


DigitalSpy - 4/5

Review

Author: Mark Langshaw

With Total War: Rome 2's level of complexity comes a degree of inaccessibility and an occasional sense of being overwhelmed, but tutorials help minimise this where possible. Regardless, the end result is that Total War: Rome 2 is a thoroughly in-depth and absorbing experience, even by the series' own lofty standards.


Joystiq - 3.5/5

Review

Author: Dan Crabtree

For these dedicated strategy connoisseurs and Roman history buffs, Creative Assembly has just about crafted the pinnacle work in the art of meaningful detail. Each Ptolemaic temple and Gallic brine distillery reaps some number value for the tactical player, which is in itself a notable benchmark. The trouble with meaningful detail, however, is its imposition to be noticed, a barrier that will likely fend off hordes of uninitiated would-be conquerors. As Caesar's lilting British tongue desperately recalls his rule over the crumbling columns of a militant empire, I don't mind the ketchup oozing from his invisible wounds.


PCGamesN - 7/10

Review

Author: Fraser Brown

Despite the faults, I’m not going to stop playing. I know I’ll be going back to to my campaigns. In fact, I’ll likely be playing it later today, as I have some stampeding war elephants to send to war. And when they crush the dastardly rebels underfoot, as I know they will, I’ll still get that shiver down my spine, just as I did when I watched Time Commanders almost a decade ago.


CVG - 9/10

Review

Author: Andy Kelly

There's something here for everyone, whether you dream of commanding armies, or using espionage and politics, to crush your enemies. It could be more welcoming to new players - and you'll need to invest a significant amount of time to understand all of its intricacies - but get past that and you'll find a deep, rewarding game that brings history to life in an incredible way.


PCGamer- 85/100

Review

Author: Tom Senior

Right now, Rome 2 has its flaws, but is still a sumptuous, slow-burn strategy game with some of the best land battles in the series. Aesthetically, it’s a triumph. Empire management, alliances, the UI and battlefields have all improved, which makes it doubly frustrating to encounter the floppy AI that will be extremely familiar to Total War fans by now. Still, nothing out there does what Total War does with this degree of scope and detail. I’d still recommend it to armchair generals anywhere.


IGN: Review In Progress

Review from Redditor /u/TheDreadfulSagittary: BagoGames- 4.4/5, he also did a AMA over here

Czech: Zing-9/10

German: GameStar- 89/100

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Why is it that The Verge complains about the lack of tablet apps on the Play Store on almost every Android tablet they review yet their own app only works in portrait orientation and displays a phone interface on all tablets?

Fri, 01 Feb 2013 15:47:24 -0800

If you see the Verge's review of the Nexus 10, they complain about Rdio which doesn't have a tablet interface yet the Verge's own app has this same problem. If any Verge writers are reading this, then how about being part of the solution instead of being part of the problem and doing nothing about it? I think more and more developers are starting to build tablet specific apps or making their apps scale to tablets well, on the back of the Nexus tablets being so successful.

I can confidently say that (compared to maybe 6 months ago) on my Nexus 10, I have almost every app that I could possibly want which has a great tablet interface. Granted, I'd love to see more devs taking Android tablets seriously (especially in the games department), but I also feel that the Android tablet market has only just become serious with the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10.

EDIT: Some great comments here. I just want everyone to keep in mind that I'm not defending the shortage of tablet apps on Android. There are a great many already available but we're far from being spoilt for choice. My point is that it's funny that on every review, the Verge writers complain about the problem while being part of the very same problem.

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Conan O’Brien Reviews “Grand Theft Auto V” | Clueless Gamer | CONAN on TBS

Titanfall Review Megathread

Mon, 10 Mar 2014 09:00:45 -0700

Titanfall

Release date: March 11th, 2014

Embargo lifts: March 10th, 2014 at Noon EST

Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Developer: Respawn Entertainment

Publisher: Electronic Arts


This thread will be updated with reviews from major sources. Check the comments for other stuff, user reviews, and videos. All reviews and videos are to be posted in this thread, all others will be deleted. Remember: Keep it clean.


Metacritic: 87 Metascore


PCGamer

  • Author: Chris Thursten

  • Review


IGN

  • Author: Ryan McCaffrey

  • Review


Polygon - 9.0/10


GiantBomb

  • Author: Jeff Gerstmann

  • Review


Gamespot - 9/10

  • Author: Chris Watters

  • Review


TotalXbox - 9/10

  • Author: Edwin Evans-Thirlwell

  • Review


Eurogamer

  • Author: Dan Whitehead

  • Review


Joystiq - 4.5/5

  • Author: Ludwig Kietzmann

  • Review


Venturebeat - 82/100


GamesRadar - 4/5

  • Author: Hollander Cooper

  • Review


Rev3 - 5/5


EGM - 10/10

  • Author: Chris Holzworth

  • Review


Gamereactor - 9/10

  • Author: Gillen McAllister

  • Review


Edge


Videogamer - 8/10


GameTrailers - 9.3/10


OXM - 8.5/10

  • Author: Mikel Reparaz

  • Review


USGamer - 4/5

  • Author: Mike Williams

  • Review


Format borrowed from /u/delacct's review threads because mine was bad. Make sure to send me a message if you have any major sources I've missed.

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