Guess you won't be getting any more review copies from them, huh?
So Giant Bomb, How About That Halo 4 Review?
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How did you get this picture and how do we know it's from Giantbomb?
EDIT: So looking through your recent comments reveals that you post a whole lot of inflammatory, snarky comments, the kind that you see under Youtube videos. You don't have much productive to say, do you?
To my knowlage GB did not receive a free Halo limited edition xbox, just the game. Not sure if they (the PR team brhind the letter) would try to force this on everyone but if this letter is legit this is super shady reguardless for that PR team.
Holy hell, that doesn't look like it was created in Microsoft Word 95 in a minute, at all. Next time - don't think it's convincing because you took a "real-life" photo of it. We all know you're trying to obscure the quality like the rest of the internet and it won't work.
Halo is the kind of franchise that people get behind because it's a great set of games. 343 studios knows what they are doing, and from the impressions, Giantbomb gave them a completely fair score. I don't understand why everyone thinks that games have to hit 5/5, 10/10, or the maximum of some imaginary score for it to be considered successful. I would have given all of the Halo games (besides CE) a 4/5, because inherently they were flawed. However, I enjoyed the living hell out of all of them (besides ODST).
Try again some other time. I also did my research on your past topics like @believer258 and found you lacking in subtlety as well.
PS/EDIT: Having read several PR letters before, Microsoft doesn't hire individuals that offer redundancies such as "Failure to follow your contract or these terms can result in your termination of early access to our client's products." Not only is the grammar improper, but ...you know what? There is just too much shit wrong with that letter and it's not worth it to point it all out.
So looking through your recent comments reveals that you post a whole lot of inflammatory, snarky comments, the kind that you see under Youtube videos. You don't have much productive to say, do you?
Just did the same thing, and looking through the first couple pages, you seem to hate all video games ever, and do nothing but post juvenile, flaming, trolling shit. Also yea, this is mad fake. If you look around at other sites with a good relationship with 343, they have reviews up too, and the embargo was well known to end this week. If you're gonna post this shit, do it somewhere else, we don't want it.
EDIT: Something else occurred to me, if any company ever tried to demand a score from reviewers, especially the guys at GB and other big trustworthy names in the business it would get out. I am sure that (if real) they would be happy to give up early access to a game to out anything like this.
So seriously, go take your shitty troll somewhere else. Thanks for wasting my time.
If any company really sent out letters saying that giving less than a 9.5 was grounds for termination of early access to their products, it would a) be a massive story all across the internet, and b) they would be a laughingstock all across the internet. No game publisher would send a letter with such an insane, brazen request physically spelled out like that.
1) TriplePoint is not the PR firm Microsoft uses for their games.
2) I have been reviewing video games for a variety of outlets for years now, which has included getting many copies of pre-release games. Not once have I ever even been asked to sign a "contract" like is being mentioned. I have also never, ever seen a cover letter that says, "Congratulations! Your website has been chosen ..." Everything is very professional. Cover letters say, "Hey, here's the game. Here's what time the embargo lifts. Here's when multiplayer sessions are. Let us know if you have questions."
3) I reviewed Halo 4. To do so, I had an early copy. It was a standard edition of the game (though I do know at least one other critic got a Limited Edition copy, but they were for a much larger outlet), and there wasn't anything even remotely like the letter shown in this picture.
So... In the event that this letter is a real thing that somebody, somewhere got, I would imagine it was some form of non-professional blogger/YouTube personality. Because those of us who review games on a regular basis got nothing like this.
But like I said, TriplePoint is not who I have ever gone through for Xbox-related stuff, so I'm immediately doubtful based on that alone.
tl;dr, that letter is fake, yo. Or at the very least, it is in no way whatsoever affiliated with copies of Halo 4 that went out to critics you generally read (I.E., those at GameSpot, Polygon, Destructoid, etc.).
What would inspire someone to make this?
Someone who thinks that the widespread extremely high scores for Halo 4 are clear evidence of the industry being paid off on a massive scale. Or someone just trying to make a snarky joke about it.
Yeah. Not buying the fact that MS would use huge, red, Times New Roman font on anything that they send out ever. Also, why would this not be posted on letterhead instead of putting a giant Halo 4 across the top? If MS were to bribe someone, they wouldn't put it in writing. They have dealt with enough bad PR to know better.
EDIT: Also, putting "As you're aware, as per your signing" on anything is completely horrid grammatically by any standard.
If they were giving away 360s with the review copy, you would have heard about it by now. Especially with all of the games journalism talk lately.
Kotaku got a free Halo 4 360 and Collectors Edition of the game. They had an unboxing video.
I think this is the kind of stuff that they were talking about on this week's Bombcast. It's crazy that a company will try to give out free shit like systems with these kind of stipulations (a breach of contract for giving it less than a 9.5?), but it's crazier that someone would agree to it.
So, @sear, how about that hoax letter? http://www.gameranx.com/features/id/10460/article/halo-4-hoax-letter-attempts-to-shame-game-journalists-343-industries-triplepoint-pr/
Giantbomb should really start reviewing like IGN on a % scale, I mean there's a big difference between a 9.5, and a 9.6, that could be a whole bunch more graffix!
Fuck that, bring back the old Gamespot scoring system or bust.
How can I properly enjoy Halo 4 if I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE REVIEWER'S TILT IS??????
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