In the midst of this whole Gamespot fiasco, some visitors to the official Kane & Lynch: Dead Men website have noticed the site displays two different reviews for the game. One is from Game Informer, giving it 5 stars and a quote from the review, “A mercenary, a psychopath & a bundle of cash…What could go wrong?” The other is from Gamespy, giving the game 5 stars as well, and saying “It’s the best emulation of being in the midst of a Michael Mann movie we’ve ever seen.”
That’s great and all, except for the fact that they are made up scores. Gamespy gave the game 3 out of 5 stars. Game Informer gave the game a 7/10, they don’t even use stars.
Also, the quotes are not taken from the reviews of the game. Gamespy made their comments in E3 2007 article. As for Game Informer, I’m not sure where it came from, but it didn’t come from the review.
They also made up a 5 star score for Kotaku and quoted something from an E3 hands-on.
“A mercenary, a psychopath & a bundle of cash…What could go wrong?” A lot. Here are 3 easy steps:
- Make a shitty game
- Get involved in a scandal with Gamespot where you pressure the company to give the game a better review then it deserves because of all the ad money you spent on the site
- Display purposefully misleading quotes and completely falsify scores given to the game
You can view the official Kane & Lynch site here.