Tim Colwill wrote:EA offered us access to a 'review event' where we could play the game in their offices over the course of two days ahead of launch in order to have a review ready. This was the only way we would have been able to play the game ahead of launch.
I believe that this isn't indicative of the end-user's actual experience in a general household internet situation and, seeing as the title is so heavily online-only, I really think that needs to be taken into account in the final review. So we politely thanked EA but turned them down.
Mekon wrote:While it is contentious that the gaming industry uses gaming site previews as an extension of the publisher's marketing arm, it is what gets page hits... customers getting caught up in the hype, desperate for information. You can choose not to participate, but I believe it makes you less attractive, as people will just go elsewhere for the information.
Tim Colwill wrote:Being first-to-print is important for a lot of sites, but I'm proud to say we're not one of them.
Artful-dodgeR wrote:Well I for one am preferring the article style and amount recently, it does seem quite different to the usual sites I frequent and knowing the writing style here is quite nice.
skitzor wrote:interestingly enough, penny arcade have written something similar about Sim City's review conditions. although in their case, they reviewed the game and just put a disclaimer out telling everyone they aren't totally happy with the review.
http://penny-arcade.com/report/editoria ... ity-review
I think the important point is that it may demonstrate gameplay, but not the social features that will probably make the game a lot better.
how has the competition review process been? is it enjoyable?
Tim Colwill wrote:
There are way too many entries in this competition. Curse our... popularity?
Tim Colwill wrote:Unlike these sites, we were not offered an alternative unfortunately, it was either 'play it in our offices' or 'play it once it's released'. Alas!
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