The first Assassin's Creed sold millions and met with some generally favourable reviews. They had positive and negative things. But it seemed like the negatives were more noticeable. And the dev's noticed and promised to fix some of the problems with the first game. But a German Magazine company was told by Ubisoft to give the game a high score or they will not receive an early copy. They refused to do so as they believed in integrity (way to go!). But this begs the question, did Ubisoft do the same thing with other pro reviewers?

We hear about these situations far too much, where a publisher is accused of attempting to broker a guaranteed favorable review from a press outlet. The latest to face such allegations is Ubisoft, having been named and shamed by German magazine Computer Bild Spiele for demanding a high score for Assassin's Creed 2. SCANDAL!
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    Dine_Agoti Nov 8, 09
    Some shady shit goes on in the video game industry. I personally don't think enough is done about it, but I myself haven't really done anything about it, either. It was easy to boycott Kane & Lynch because it wasn't a particularly good game, but I bought Arkham Asylum on day 1, and would likely turn a blind eye for many other games. I don't think it is possible to get gamers to boycott a good game, as it is hardly possible to get gamers to boycott a bad game.

    Still, major props to that magazine for having the guts to take a stand.
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    conel3 Nov 8, 09
    I hope that Assassin's Creed 2 isn't as crap as number 1 was.

    Seriously not suprised about this. Ubisoft is the worst videogame company in the world. They are just so lazy. They don't care about their games they just care about making money.
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      Sayyed Nov 8, 09
      I believe Activision has taken that crown.
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        conel3 Nov 8, 09
        Yeah I have to admit LPF you are probably right.
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    Kave En Nov 8, 09
    This same 'rumor' was slung around wtih Arkham Asylum, so I'm gonna guess this game will still be great regardless of what this article says until I can play the game for myself.
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      chautemoc Nov 8, 09
      It being great doesn't mean it didn't happen.
      The review had lots of slurping in it -- apparently the only downside is "having to wait for a sequel."
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    Seproth Nov 8, 09
    I think there's being too much made of this really. They just don't want it to get ripped on before it releases.

    It's understandable, Assassin's Creed was fundamentally a very good game, but after playing it for awhile it gets repetitive. If someone even hints at the sequel having the same problem it could be pretty bad for them.

    I think they pretty much want to know if the reviewer is out to prove their game bad, or just out to put out an honest opinion.

    If they were paying for good reviews, it'd be a different story though.
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      chautemoc Nov 8, 09
      quote Seproth
      I think they pretty much want to know if the reviewer is out to prove their game bad, or just out to put out an honest opinion.
      If honest is what they wanted, they wouldn't have demanded a high score. The quote is, "The publisher asked us to guarantee the score 'sehr gut (A-grade),' otherwise we would not receive a review copy." I don't see how you can look at that in a positive light.
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    Daweii Nov 9, 09
    The proof is in the playing these days. Reviews are just a number they mean very little and the only people that care are fanboys. "Halo 3 got sixteen 10/10's".. "Oh yeah? Well Uncharted 2 got twenty-three 10/10's". Reviews have merely come down to amunition for the petty mud slinging that goes on, on the forums. While demanding high scores is shady business, I don't think it means much anymore as reviews don't hold the same integrity they did 5 years ago.
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      Saransh Comsole Nov 9, 09
      even though i do refer to review sometimes, nicely put up.

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