Waiting on reviews for an anticipated video game release is like nothing else. I find myself anxiously checking news sites, ready to hear if the hype has been worth it. This typically comes to fruition about a week before release, and then suddenly the floodgates (or media embargoes, if you will) lift and I can learn what the consensus is.
As you well know, one of the big releases of the Spring comes next month in the form of Dragon Age 2, and it seems that someone has already reviewed a copy of it. That’s right, PC Gamer’s got a Dragon Age 2 review in its next issue. While we don’t know what it scored yet, we do know that it has received the “Editor’s Choice” label, which I suppose is kind of like our S. For what it’s worth, PC Gamer’s Shogun 2 review receives the same thing, and that’s a game I’ve never heard mention of. The good news, however, is that PC Gamer calls Dragon Age 2 “darkier, sexier, better.”
It seems kind of odd to me that these two reviews have been released so far in advance. Dragon Age 2 is out on March 8, and Shogun 2 is out March 29. I remember a few years back, IGN’s GTA 4 review was an exclusive first look, and they scored the game a perfect 10 out of 10. I remember that this bothered quite a few people, and I’m not sure I can blame anybody that took exception. I’m not calling foul play here, I just see how it can rub the wrong way when places get reviews out so early. Seems like their copies of the game wouldn’t be the same quality as the release versions.
So what do you guys think of the idea of early reviews? Would you rather they were dished out closer to release? Do you not care? When’s the right time for a review? Go!
Thanks for sending these over, Wesley!