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Posted: Feb 18th 2010 11:15AM (Unverified) said

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This is why we can not trust game reviews these days. They are half assed and complete a piece of opinion yet written as if it were the law. We can really NEVER trust an MMO gamescore from a reviewing company because they will never give it the proper time to develop.

The core of an MMO is not discovered in a mere 6 hours gameplay. It is an adventure usually consisting of delayed reward schemes to keep the user occupied for longer. Thus creating value for the gamers precious dollars.

I can not say that I am surprised. I have not yet played GA but I do know it is an atypical game design, or at least the shell is. Foward thinking games are getting shot down left and right. I am left unrefreshed and unstimulated by the gaming market honestly, but to review something dishonestly or without the proper time invested is a crime.

Posted: Feb 18th 2010 1:33PM Anatidae said

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Yeah, if you are going to review a game - review it. Glad he got busted on this one.

Of course, I suppose something could be said about the fact that the guy couldn't manage to get more than a handful of hours into the game. Either he just sucks really bad or the game sucks so bad he couldn't stomach it much more.

Lets hope for a complete change. May future MMOs be great and their reviewers just as!
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Posted: Feb 18th 2010 1:36PM (Unverified) said

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In this case, I'm afraid you're pretty wrong...I've spent easily over 20 hours on GA, and the first 6 hours are exactly the same as the next 20.
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Posted: Feb 20th 2010 8:36AM (Unverified) said

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Sorry But that is not always the case... I knew WOW was good within the First HOUR. I knew Everquest was good (not as good as WOW) aswell. I knew that Global Agenda was just OK... The game did not appeal to me. Still I would Say 5.5 is too low a score. Its more like 7.5.

Star Trek Online gets an 8...because IMO it has more to offer, to a larger Player base.
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Posted: Feb 18th 2010 11:16AM (Unverified) said

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You can polish a turd all you want, but in the end it is still a turd. Same goes for Global Agenda, i wasted $50 on a planetside/wow wannabe POS.

Posted: Feb 18th 2010 11:16AM (Unverified) said

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Do you think his review included a look at the in-depth Player Statistics System? :)


I imagine this happens a WHOLE LOT with other reviewers - this one just got so very busted in the process.

Posted: Feb 18th 2010 11:17AM (Unverified) said

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Love this. Game critics and their bosses need to stop being such minimalist dick heads. Yes spend the resources and yes, insist that your writers ACTUALLY play the games they are paid to review.

This happened 6 months ago in Darkfall because some retard writer put in 2 hours of newb PvE and wrote a scathing review.

Good god, if you are a game critic, save yourself the time and die because powergamers hate you and see through your bullshit.

Posted: Feb 18th 2010 2:44PM (Unverified) said

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You can tell in 10 mins that Darkfall is a piece of crap.
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Posted: Feb 18th 2010 11:18AM (Unverified) said

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Serves them right, that reviewer should be canned I think. It ruins his credibility and just further hurts the game review industry, not to mention all the nonsense GameSpot has already gone through.

Posted: Feb 19th 2010 11:16AM (Unverified) said

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he really should be fired. this sort of thing is a very big deal, and a very very big lie. not only to us, but also to his employer. he essentially stole money from them by attesting to having played 30+ hours when he submitted that review.

what a piece of trash, this guy
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Posted: Feb 18th 2010 11:20AM AlamoeJones said

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Gamespot reviews have been garbage for quite some time. That being said, I was pretty surprised when I saw they had given it a 5.5 the other day. Good for the GA community in exposing faulty reviewing practices!

Posted: Feb 18th 2010 11:24AM (Unverified) said

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This is the reason why I always check more then one review and watch some gameplay videos so I can at least weigh the bad versus the good points.

GA is limited in content as the conquest is just like normal pvp matches but with gameplay and extra rewards. But - the pvp is really fun imo.

Right now I would probably give it 7/10 and hope that their promises on more content will come soon because due to past experience we all know game developers are usually full of cr*p.

Posted: Feb 18th 2010 11:31AM vatrak said

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Still, it will most likely get that 5.5 again, maybe less once he played 30 hours doing the same thing over and over again.

Posted: Feb 18th 2010 12:35PM Daverator said

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It may very well deserve a 5.5 or worse, but it should get what it deserves by actually playing it and letting it run its course. If as a reviewer you don't want to dedicate 30 hours to review one game (thats close to a full work week) then don't accept the job.

Funny thing is a lot of MMOs would probably gotten a worse review if the reviewer had spent an entire 30 hours before spinning off a review.
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Posted: Feb 18th 2010 11:34AM Dblade said

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What's hilarious about this is they will commision a rereview, give the thing 6.0, and then the fanboys will have nothing to complain about, same as darkfall. The game is a cash-in: trying to tack a sub fee to a FPS with less features than other games in the genre. 30 hours will show it same as 6.

Posted: Feb 18th 2010 11:42AM (Unverified) said

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The difference here is that he did only spend 6 hours looking at the game, and didn't even try the subscription parts.

If he did all that and still gave the game a bad score then the folks that are complaining are just that, fanboys.

Until that happens, the community and the developer have a legit gripe. Gamespot is a huge traffic site for reviews and when someone does something like this it hurts the developer/publisher greatly.

So if they assign a different reviewer, and that person tries everything out, joins an alliance, etc but still gives the game a bad review, then so be it.
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Posted: Feb 18th 2010 12:04PM (Unverified) said

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The whole point is that gamespit gave a review of a game while not even adhering to their own policy for review, which puts their ethics, and my opinion, ALL OF THEIR PREVIOUS REVIEWS, into question.

Gamers need to actually have a few stones to them and some sort of principle rather than feinding like crackheaded fanboys over their favorite reviews sites and game companies.

If we all stopped using site who's practices are questionable, and we all stopped buying games from the empty promise flinging unethical greedy assed flimsy game making software companies, then these douche bags wouldn't be able to make a living peddling the gaming community bullshit under the guise of it being gold. If you don't like it when sites and companies do this, then quit looking at their sites, and buying their products. Put the lying bastards out of business and leave room for the decent ones.

Posted: Feb 18th 2010 12:11PM (Unverified) said

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In the defence of the reviewer, he probably did spend the time in game that he said: The GA stats page logs instance combat, not the other stuff. In my case, right now, I've spent 5 hours according to the stats page, and 10 according to Steam. That's quite a discrepancy.

Whether that's enough time to form an opinion of what the game offers is another matter. I think it is.

Posted: Feb 18th 2010 12:15PM (Unverified) said

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Yeah I thought the score was pretty right on. It shouldn't require thirty hours of someones life to review a craptastic suckfest. That should be labled cruel and unusual punishment.

Posted: Feb 18th 2010 12:24PM Lethality said

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here's the reality of the situation, mediocre nerd rage aside: the reviewer's first impressions of the game were terrible. And to me, that tells me more than I need to know.

Should gamers really have to 'commit' to something, play it for 40 hours and then decide if it's good or not?

I'd like to see more reviewers like this... maybe label it as a "First Shot" or something. But first impressions are everything for an MMO.

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