Saturday Night’s Alright For Gaming #3
Obey The ‘Stick!
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There was a really fishy early morning, day one Brink Review on Joystiq the day Brink came out: http://www.joystiq.com/2011/05/10/brink-review/
Now, my personal thoughts on Brink are basically pretty average. But, some big complaints in the review brought up are “bad single-player AI” (Left 4 Dead, cough cough) and “Not enough single player missions” to which I mention L4D again, and Team Fortress 2 (which this game is in the genre of really). I don’t think L4D or TF2 are bad games, however: Much the opposite. Certain games just need that component where you play with friends, and much in the style of titles like Borderlands, Left 4 Dead, and Team Fortress 2: Brink is probably much better when played with friends. Period.
Ohmwrecker of IGN was suspicious of Joystiq’s score: http://ve3d.ign.com/articles/news/60202/Brink-Reviews-Are-A-Mixed-Bag-Some-Thoughts
Since then, IGN forced Ohmwrecker to change the opinion, filling in a possible lie of 12 hours spent with the game, instead of barely 2.
But here’s what IGN censored off “Voodoo Extreme”:
"Uh oh, time for some drama boys and girls. I felt that Joystiq’s Brink review was fishy, it almost came off as if it was written by someone that had spent very little time with the game. I was also pretty sure that Griffin McElroy was one of the editors that I played in the media game with. So, I decided to do a little digging, and confirmed that I had played with him while he was under his Xbox Live gamertag called "The Pencil Rain".
The kicker is Mr. McElroy has only earned a total Brink gamerscore value of 225, primarily from achievements that pretty much unlock themselves in the opening hour or two of play. I had over a couple hundred points just after the media playtest, and I’d imagine that’s where he left off too. Xbox Live says he was playing Brink just a couple hours ago, yet again the value is 225. In my picture of his gamerscore details below you’ll see that he hasn’t completed either campaign, let alone the “what if” missions.”
Reviewer integrity, how hard is it? Especially when the subject matter is VIDEO GAMES? :P
Well, I’ll continue to enjoy Joystiq, and usually their reviews are thorough and on-point: I’ll just be ignoring Mr. McElroy’s reviews for the future.