Ah, review control. What a seedy-ass business we're in. I'm incredibly thankful to work for an outlet that does not give a f*ck what game makers and PR companies want us to do. We just do it, and we're glad to see that other outlets aren't following Eidos' request to hold Tomb Raider Underworld reviews that are under a score of 8 out of 10 until next week.
Apparently British game outlets were asked to sit on those low scores to get Tomb Raider Underworld's Metacritic score up. Word started to spread after Gamespot UK journo Guy Cocker dropped a tweet about this request.
What's even crazier is that Eidos UK PR firm Barrington Harvey has totally confirmed this effort to control the score. Here's the word from videogaming 247:
Wow, what honesty! Unfortunately for this PR firm, OXM UK and Eurogamer have already run 7/10 scores, and the Metacritic score is now at 78. Since when is a 7 a bad score anyway?
And what's the deal with Gamespot and review scandals lately?
[Update: Barrington Harvey has responded to this issue with a statement, which you will find after the jump.]
The following statement is from Simon Byron, one of Barrington Harvey’s directors. From VG247: