Prediction: Gamers Will Be Suspicious Of Watch Dogs Reviews
This whole thing is shaping up badly.
Consider the evidence, if you will:
Over the past few months, this game has been the center of plenty of controversy. There was that new gameplay footage, which appeared to have been drastically scaled down. We've seen media since that looks fantastic, though, and Ubisoft didn't seem to put much stock in those comparison videos.
Going back further, we've got the delay, which caused plenty of backlash. It's not common for such a huge title to get pushed back so late in the day, and wild theories quickly began to circulate. We remember the situation back in October; many, including analyst Michael Pachter, believed Watch Dogs wouldn't have been able to compete against the heavy hitters. Ubisoft claimed the game simply wasn't ready.
Now, the world's first review has been released: A glowing 19 out of 20 stars from Jeux Video. Yes, that's a French publication and of course, Ubisoft is a French company. As you might expect, there are other factors involved in a world premiere review, as indicated by this article. Furthermore, we're hearing things about the review embargo - and how Ubisoft is hand-picking critics to handle the first round of reviews - and that's not helping, either.
Those who have been reading and ingesting all these headlines might be a little skeptical of reviews, that's all I'm saying.
Related Game(s): Watch Dogs
5/25/2014 10:39:20 PM Ben Dutka