Dev responds to IGN's Haze review - "MEGAowch"
- Posted May 20th, 2008 at 07:18 EDT by
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With early reviews for Haze looking good (Famitsu 34/40 and Italian PSM 9/10), it came as a bit of a shock when IGN bestowed a dreaded 4.5/10 on the game in their review this morning. In curiosity, PSU.com contacted Rob Yescombe of Free Radical to hear what he had to say.
"My thoughts are 'Owch.' No, wait - MEGAowch." wrote Yescombe.
"Haze has had mixed reviews, but even GoldenEye got a 4/10 when it first came out. With a 9/10 in the Italian PSM, and an extremely positive review in Famitsu, we're looking forward to people playing Haze and making a judgment for themselves."
According to IGN, Haze suffered from "a bland story with weak characters... [and] tons of visual issues, from texture tears and non-descript environments to pop-in and odd animation problems."
This comes as a surprise to us because back in March, PSU was given hands on with a near final build of the game and we thought the title looked fairly good. The graphics in particular looked crisp and the framerate was smooth.
With Haze releasing today in the US, and Friday in Europe, we'll see how well gamers will jump on board with the new PS3 exclusive.
- 2:22am EDT - May 20th, 2008
Wait, it's releasing today!? God never really though this was actually going to be released, lol. Well, I though the demo was fairly good, gameplay and graphics wise I think it matched CoD4... I'm going to look at that review now...
- 2:27am EDT - May 20th, 2008
well to be honest the graphics arent that good, but i usually go for gameplay over graphics. as long as the multiplayer is cool it should be good. plus you get to do some nectar and get ALL F**KED UP! i like when you take too much and it looks like your on lsd.
- 2:30am EDT - May 20th, 2008
i thought maybe a 7.0 but 4.5!!!
- 2:35am EDT - May 20th, 2008
how much did microsoft pay for that review?
- 2:41am EDT - May 20th, 2008
It looks like they got paid by Microsoft. I wasn't especially impressed by the graphics nor the gameplay. They were okay, but not very special.
But where the he-ll did the "tons of visual issues, from texture tears and non-descript environments to pop-in and odd animation problems" come from?
At least I didn't notice any in the demo. Is the demo THAT different from the full game?
- 2:43am EDT - May 20th, 2008
does anyone finds this strange that ign says something different than what the people at psu played. hmmm. something fishy.
- 2:49am EDT - May 20th, 2008
I liked the demo, i really dont care much about the crappy reviews, ok so this is not a killer fps but its still fun for all i care.
- 3:03am EDT - May 20th, 2008
WTF??? I thought the demo of this game was amazing, I do know what they mean with the animation problems but the gameplay is so new and exciting. There has to be something wrong here...
- 3:15am EDT - May 20th, 2008
Hmm..... I was really banking on the story for this one. Well as long as it is playable ( unlike IMO kayne and lynch) I will give this title a rent.
- 3:27am EDT - May 20th, 2008
Wait wait....US get it 3 days before us even though it's made in Europe? Weird...Oh well.
I still might buy it.
- 3:38am EDT - May 20th, 2008
i believe ign is getting really sloppy these days. People are actually depending on their reviews to choose a good game and I feel bad for the people who actually believe them. Maybe they don't realize that and who knows maybe they even forgot about honest reporting. i'm skeptical that the rating for a game that was done in a private unreleased time should be trusted when the ratings are conflicting. raises questions like 'who got paid?' or 'who's getting the jitters?' or 'is this honest journalism?' or in this case 'who is this reporter and does he have a bias for the 360?' We'll see soon because Haze was released today. If Haze isn't a 4.5 by a big difference you all you should know. If it doesn't have :"a bland story with weak characters... [and] tons of visual issues, from texture tears and non-descript environments to pop-in and odd animation problems." (which sounds like a vague and quickly done review anyway), you should know. IGN reporter I'm on to you...
- 3:44am EDT - May 20th, 2008
Well i'm gonna reserve judgement until i play it for myself. Some gave it great reviews, others gave it scathing reviews... so we'll see i guess.
- 3:46am EDT - May 20th, 2008
I've played through the entire game. I've completed the single-player campaign. I've played co-op and multiplayer to death.
Our review will be out on Friday at PS3 Attitude as part of our Haze Week (thanks to embargoes), but I can tell you I didn't see any of the issues IGN are 'reporting'. To give this game 4.5 when they gave the terrible Blacksite over 6/10 shows just how poor their review is on this title.
- 3:54am EDT - May 20th, 2008
ign's score sucks for the Haze, id laugh if they were the only ones that gave it a low score.
and is Owch spelled wrong or is it me? isnt it spelled Ouch? it just bothers me idk why.
- 3:55am EDT - May 20th, 2008
Hope that doesn't happen when MGS out
- 3:55am EDT - May 20th, 2008
I too have played the game for some time now, got an import copy, and like a previous poster I can not for the life of me see or make any comparison to the IGN review! When I looked back at some of their previous reviews and compared to games of similar scoring and better I had to laugh. My guts says that due to it being a PS3 exclusive and made by a popular studio, that in IGN's eyes should only product diamond standard, was the cause of the poor score. 4.5 is blatantly ridiculous! There's nothing wrong with the visuals at all nor the game play! My honest score would be 8.5. IGN have joined the Gamespot bandwagon for bashing Ps3 games. Oh dear oh dear.
- 3:56am EDT - May 20th, 2008
only thing i can say is WTF
- 3:57am EDT - May 20th, 2008
- 4:02am EDT - May 20th, 2008
I smell some MS money behind this one. First of all any core gamer will tell you gameplay over graphics any day. I played the demo and really liked it. I think the reviewer was a 360 halo fanboy and nit picked about things that arn't even there. Then again this doesn't suprise me comeing from IGN.
- 4:13am EDT - May 20th, 2008
So screen tearing and pop-ins doesn't matter with a game like GTA4, but its a problem when its another game. Good to know IGN, just wanted to clarrify your reviewing policies.
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