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With the release of the highly anticipated Arkham game, Rocksteady's last adventure with the caped crusader, All major game journalists have posted reviews with almost all being extremely positive;

  • IGN: 9.2/10
  • Metacritic: 4.5/5
  • GamesRadar: 4/5
  • GameInformer: 9.5/10

Ofcourse I said almost, as you see, one such outlet curved the trend and only rated the seemingly amazing game a 7/10 and if you guessed who then good on ya! ( SPOILER! it was Gamespot)

Now before anyone starts saying that I'm another Batman fanboy who was butt-hurt by Gamespot I have to stop you right there. This is not an article on Batman getting a bad review, instead it is about using reviews as a publicity stunt, Soooo There!

Anyway, this is not the first time gamespot has pulled this trick and I'm sure it won't be the last but let's consider something for a moment, what are these reviews doing to the industry? If outlets like gamespot can use bad reviews just to generate buzz for their brand, even when the came is quite unanimously brilliant, then there is a really big problem with the games journalism industry. I am not saying that they have to give games good ratings just because everyone else is but I do think that there should be some system in place to stop companies, because make no mistake, gamespot is a company, from deliberately writing bad reviews just to get attention and create controversy. For example, it would be if I wrote a horrible review on say, Breaking Bad, now while it isn't everyone's cup of tea but I think we can all agree it is a very good show.

If I did that I mean, it would certainly get people's attention but that doesn't mean that I had the right to do it. If companies keep doing this and we keep just accepting it then why even bother with reviews , who knows what can be trusted but more importantly why give them the attention they're looking for, even this article is giving gamespot the attention they were looking for which is some cruel irony for ya.......

What do you think? Am I just being sensitive or do we have a real problem here?

Let me know down below!


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