Eurogamer Called Out

There’s a reason it sometimes takes us a while to get reviews done: we play the games until we can’t get anything else out of them. Yes, it would be easily to lie our way through 500 words just to get something done for release date, but more often than not we’ve only got a couple of hours each day to actually play games with the intention of reviewing them, so it’s not always that straightforward. And besides, these games not only cost £50 to you, our readers, but the developers have poured their lives and souls into creating the game before you and the publishers have spent countless dollars funding and promoting the game. So proper attention, time, consideration and effort is deserved.

Unless, allegedly, you’re Eurogamer. Their cutting review of new MMO Darkfall (with a 2/10 score) is the talk of the internet this morning, with the official Darkfall forums and even the comments on Eurogamer itself slating the review citing several inaccuracies. “When we read the hostile review by Ed Zitron, one thing became apparent: he had not played the game at all,” says a developer on the game. “We checked the logs for the 2 accounts we gave Eurogamer and we found that one of them had around 3 minutes playtime, and the other had less than 2 hours spread out in 13 sessions.”  We wouldn’t review a PSN title with less than 2 hours gameplay.

“Eurogamer got back to us via their editor,” says the same developer, “and said that their reviewer is a contributing writer rather than a staff writer, that he claims to have spent at least 9 hours playing the game and they will stand by their publication. We wrote back that this is a lie and that our server logs show the playtime down to the second and they are at their disposal. They offered to re-review the game and see if the second reviewer has a different opinion than the first one. We wrote back that it might be hard to find someone to confirm the first review, especially if they actually play the game.”  If this indeed is the case it sets a very sad precedent for a normally trustworthy site.

Via DarkZero