Originally Posted by Spatula
This is a brilliant thread, though unfortunatley for all the wrong possible reasons [/Everett].
Few house keeping points; very few people on this thread have played the game. Even the OP sounds like he's only played the XBOX version (though as i was skimming the thread while trying not to spew tea, i may have missed a statement to the contrary).
Therefore the only person in this discussion qualified to speak on this issue is TF himself, and he did, in the review.
I read the review last night, and a number of issues stand out to me. I've not played the game either, but there are things, which if are indeed true (and i have absolutely no reason to expect otherwise, lying in a review would kill a mags reputation in days) seem like genuine issues that would bother a PC gamer.
The distinction here is 'PCGAMER'. Again, i may be wrong, but i get the impression that a lot of those rallying against the review are not, primarily, PCGAMERS. 'We're' a funny breed and expect a lot more from our games than our console brethren. Many of these are things that console players take for granted (checkpoints, small levels etc).
The review is therefore coming from the perspective of a PCGAMER.
Secondly, it is absolutely right to review this game in the context of a HITMAN game. Having read the review, I can see that the op clearly hasn't read the WHOLE review as TF states, clearly, that were it not a HITMAN game then it would be an above-average stealth murder sim.
It is however a HITMAN game and therefore should be reviewed in that context. From what it sounds like it is a poor Hitman game, therefore the score reflects that.
Finally, may i welcome the curiously high number of new posters to this very specific thread, and wish you all a very happy marketing campaign.
You make some good points, it would indeed be a no no for any game magazine to undermine a game with false facts. Sadly however it may be the case with this review, for the PC version as was tested on. The facts the reviewer put fourth were not credible as the game was not played on harder settings (where the AI and overall game are different) yet regardless he complained the AI were too easy..
All of the missions are now on youtube due to some early releases, thankfully for me as I pre ordered it, the videos conclude this reviewer was talking out of something other than their mouth.
The small levels for instance that they mentioned, the levels or individual chapters are quite large compared to the last game, one mission actually has 2 missions connected without a custscene from a strip club to china town.
And the storyline being crap, though a matter of personal opinion the dialog and voice acting with the cutscenes suggests otherwise, if the characters were wooden, then fair enough.
With reviewing it in context with the last Hitman game, it's definitely a good idea, but forgetting the fact it's 6 years later with a new engine, and drawing back to only that game makes it seem biased, why not mention other games in the franchise, or other stealth games. I just hate badly written reviews. I read in another review the storyline sags in the middle, I believe this however because the review was much more extensive and unbiased.
Max Payne 3, it has wonderful animations and great dialog/characters mixed with a somewhat absorbing story. And the multiplayer was brutal and given more depth due to narration which is not really found in other games, it played fine on the PC. Yet this same person was a rogue and scored it 55.. Wonders never cease.
By the way I'm not a marketer lol (I'm studying game design) and don't think anyone else here is a marketer. It's a smart rhetoric, but I think people just don't want to be told a title they enjoy, that they've now pre ordered is a big waste of money, when really it turns out what the person has said makes them seem like..for lack of a better word, a liar.
But when it comes out we'll see, though I'm doubtful of this reviewer after seeing videos, if the person is correct I'll take my hat off to them and review it badly myself on Amazon.