I would!NEW UPDATE: 05 MARCH
You probably have some questions. Let me address them.Where is your Tomb Raider review?
At the moment, there's a PC copy of Tomb Raider sitting a few feet away on my desk. It won't work until the Steam servers unlock for everybody else.
Eidos have variously promised us download codes (that are supposed to work ahead of Steam unlock) and codes that would unlock this physical copy ahead of Steam unlock. Neither of these things have been able to happen, so... at the end of the day, we're going to be popping it in the disc tray and playing it on PC the same day as you.
We could have played it on console aaaaages
ago and given you our thoughts, but that's not really how a PC gaming site should work. So. We wait.
It is bizarre for Eidos/Square Enix to end up in this situation as the last games that they've released for PC have, generally, been pretty great. So it makes me feel a bit wary, but we'll see.Where is your SimCity review?
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.
We've purchased our own copy and will be playing it on a regular home PC like normal, and connecting to the EA/Maxis servers like normal. This should allow us to give a review which more closely mirrors the experiences of the actual end-user. As such, like Tomb Raider, our SimCity review will be out post-launch.Where is the Crysis 3/AMD winners announcement?
Going through these is taking a LOT longer than expected. The winner should be up before I go to bed tonight (if it takes all night!)Did you know the Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag rumour was true and just pretended not to?
As you may have read on places like Kotaku
many bigger games sites had already seen or even gone hands-on with Black Flag, and then when the poster was leaked, had to pretend that they didn't know whether or not it was real. This is pretty silly and dumb as all hell but that's basically the way NDAs work and at least, in Kotaku's case, the reporter writing on the rumour didn't know personally.
We were not one of the sites invited to a Black Flag preview event, and we did not know that it was 100% true when we reported it as a rumour
(although it sure looked true, so I was pretty confident personally). I can't speak for other Australian sites, but it generally seems only larger US/UK sites were invited, as is fairly normal.