Wednesday, June 08, 2005

GamePro review

OK... another review... sorry if this is getting tedious... but what else can I put up while i dont have the game ;)

GamePro... gave Advent Rising a 4.5/5 ! Editors Choice award ! Sounds great... the only negative they mention are the vehicles not being as good as Halo.

However... I'm not going to get too carried away with it. The simple fact is that gamers impressions AND professional on-line reviews have identified many more problems with the game. (Albeit while agreeing with a lot of the positives in the GamePro review)

So why is GamePro so different ? I've read suggestions that they were paid off. Unlikely. Much more likely is the way that print publications have to do their reviews. They usually have a lead time of 6-8 weeks where content has to be locked down to get ready to go off for printing/distribution etc. so that you get your mag with seemingly brand spanking new reviews in it. GamePro probably reviewed a version that is about 2 months old and may have been given assurances that minor bugs and framerate issues would be fixed up for the final release.

Also worth noting is the fact that the stylized Gideon seen in the review (also in the sidebar of the blog) is a specially created piece of art for GamePro. It was released in the fansite pack a few months ago - again indicating that Majesco and GamePro had been at work with this for a while.

I'm not suggesting any conspiracy, just letting you know some of the facts on how the gaming media works. Another example you may have heard of is the way that most of the Halo2 reviews were set up - a play session conducted months before release was used to write reviews to appear in print mags in time for the November 9 launch.


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