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There are two things that Destructoid is well known for. The first is ass to mouth, Ron Workman invented it, no one disputes that. But only slightly less well-known is this: in-depth investigative reporting. Recently Play magazine gave Lair a 90% while most other gaming publications gave it 50%-60%, and with a little digging and number crunching I found out that this wasn't the only title that Play has given an inflated score to. I picked about 20 games, some good, some bad, and made a table showing Play's scores and the general consensus of what score the game deserved (provided by Metacritic and Gamerankings). I think you will find the results interesting. Sorry for all the dashes, making a table on a blog is not as easy as one would think.

Game--------------------Play Magazine-----Metacritic--Gamerankings---Difference

Heavenly Sword----------------100--------------80---------81------------20
Moto GP 2007-----------------95--------------79---------80--------------15
The Darkness------------------90--------------81---------82------------ 9
Just Cause---------------------90--------------73---------72------------17
Saint's Row--------------------90--------------81---------82------------ 8
Ninety-Nine Nights-----------90--------------61---------63------------27
Dragoneer's Aria--------------85--------------62---------66------------21
Bullet Witch-------------------85--------------55---------58------------32
Project Sylpheed--------------85--------------64---------65------------20
Sonic the Hedgehog-----------85--------------45---------46------------40
Tenchu Z------------------------85--------------55---------56------------30
Enchanted Arms----------------80--------------66---------66------------14
Call of Juarez-------------------80--------------71---------72------------ 8
Dynasty Warriors: Gundam-----80--------------59---------59------------21
Ghost Rider----------------------75--------------54---------56------------20

Interesting huh? According to the table, on average, Play magazine gives about 20% more points to games then the rest of the internet. Is my table 100% accurate? Probably not, I'm terrible with math so there is bound to be some mistakes, but on the whole the numbers are correct. And sure I sorted through scores to highlight my point, but from this small sample you can see that there is a pattern. In the end I felt that there needed to be a whistleblower(why the hell isn't the clip with whistleblowing from Arrested Development on youtube!), when there are sick perverts out there giving 85's to Sonic the Hedgehog and Tenchu Z something had to be said.

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