IronAvatar- Thanks for the input, its always nice to hear from someone on the inside track to put things into perspective
Lots of news coming out today, mostly from the Ubisoft show
1st Tecmo Bowl DS screens!!
Two more games announce Wii balance board support, Raving Rabbits 3 & Shaun White Snowboarding (both by Ubisoft so proceed with caution)
BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL 2!!!!SAN FRANCISCO – May 28, 2008 – Today Ubisoft announces the development of Shaun White Snowboarding, a title destined to break all former action sports video game notions and redefine the action sports genre. The game will appear on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, Windows-based PC, and the Wii(TM) home video game system from Nintendo, and is scheduled for release in Holiday 2008.
Powered by the award-winning Assassin’s Creed(TM) engine for Xbox 360 and the PLAYSTATION 3 system, Shaun White Snowboarding truly captures the action sports lifestyle. Shaun White Snowboarding is being developed from the ground up for the Wii system, taking full advantage of the Wii Balance Board(TM) accessory and featuring its own unique storyline and adventure with Shaun White.
“Shaun White Snowboarding will turn all of the traditional ideas and experiences of past action sports titles upside down,” said Tony Key, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Ubisoft. “The combination of Ubisoft’s innovation approach and the influence of Shaun’s lifestyle and perspective make this gaming experience like no other.”
This is interesting, its one of the reasons I almost refuse to believe review scores
Add that news from MTV along with the numerous reports of Grand Theft Auto IV pressured/paid for high review scores, and the fiasco at gamespot where Jeff Gerstmann was fired because it was suspected Eidos paid a ton for advertising and he was going to pan the game as crap so he got the boot.The subject of how game companies communicate with game reviewers came up a few times while I interviewed former GameSpot reviewer Alex Navarro. And wouldn’t you know that, without missing a beat, he was able to produce a memorable note he received a couple of years ago.
This, he said, demonstrated the way the communication sometimes works. “I have a note in my hand that came from a PR person surrounding a certain Wii launch game,” Navarro told me.
This is the note he was sent by a publicist whom he declined to name:
If the review is 9.0 or higher you can post immediately. Lower than 9.0, could you please hold until launch day, November 19th? Thanks.
“And that’s not the first time I got something like that,” he told me. Navarro said GameSpot ran their review for this game based on a copy bought in a store. And they panned it.