Wtf? There's gotta be some sort of law they're breaking. I wasn't gonna buy this anyway, but I will now discourage anyone I can from buying it. No company that feels like it has to cheat its way to higher reviews should be trusted.
In other words, these game-junkie reviewers get to trade advertising (a high rating and prominent featuring) for the game to get a pre-release copy?
Honestly, I don't blame only Eidos if this is true - I would also put a huge amount of blame on game review sites and magazines that accept these pre-release copies. After all, if they are willing to GUARANTEE a 90+ score, are they really giving you a fair and unbiased review of this (or any other) game?
You simply cannot trust the big name review sites today. If your looking for a review of a game its best to go to the smaller sites as they are ignored by publishers. They have no reason to lie and dishonesty will just kill them.
I'm sure many of us can recall the original Black & White the game was one of the most over hyped of all time and all the big reviewers gave it excellent scores. After sometime they even started admitted its over hyped and all around they all gave the same lie that they didn't get to play it long enough and only played the first level. It's obvious that the reviewers were told to give it high scores.
There should really be a law (if there isn't already) that any journalist has to best to their knowledge speak the truth. Anything other unintentional errors should be punishable.
I got Farcry 2 with my new video card, not impressed except for the graphics engine is not bad. The malaria thing really put me off and I never did finish the DRM infected rentware. Fallout 3 is much more fun.
And you are asking me why I don't trust video game critics anymore? For exemple, my favorite game of last year is Mirror's Edge... and my favorite for this year is Ghostbusters.
Both got fairly low reviews for their respective qualities. The script and the dialogs of Ghostbusters are easily some of the best in the last 2 years... this game is full of funny moments and made me laugh several times. A little repetitive at the end due to the rushed end... but the 4 first levels are pure blast.