For Sony, There’s A Reason Why MAG Reviews Aren’t Out Yet

by Ernice Gilbert on January 25th, 2010, under Gaming News, Playstation 3

It’s one of the biggest shooters hitting any platform this year: MAG, Sony’s effort to garner more FPS fans to its black behemoth. The game’s release date, January 26th is speedily approaching however we none in the media have received a review copy.

Well according to Sony’s Jeff Rubenstein, social media manager of SCEA, there’s a reason for that.

“Reviews can’t be written until the game’s actually out,” he said in the US PS Blog comments section.

“I mean, you can’t pass pre-release judgement on a game whose major, industry-leading feature (256 players in one battle) can’t be tested until release day.”

The man has a point, how are you going to judge a meal before it’s cooked? Can’t do that, let all be ready and then throw down the gauntlet. By the way I’m also looking forward to experiencing this game.

Looks promising, a tough accomplishment from Zipper.

Thanks, Examiner.

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  1. Mon, 25th Jan 2010 at 2:15 am

    “The man has a point, how are you going to judge a meal before it’s cooked?”

    Ask IGN, GamePro, GameInformer, and most of the other sites, they do it all the time.

    • Mon, 25th Jan 2010 at 2:18 am

      I lol’ed hard Coffee, (sigh). Well you are aware that MAG is an online only shooter right?

      Well, it’s not like there’s a single player campaign for websites to review….

  2. Mon, 25th Jan 2010 at 3:04 am

    Yea, I played the beta demo for it. It doesn’t matter though if it has a single player campaign or not, the “reviewers” would crap their way through their review.

    Here’s one great example:
    Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip was released on the Wii in 2008, one “reviewer” said:

    “I wish I could put this nicely, but as with the majority of Wii games, the online multiplayer sucks. It’s horrible. I sat there for a straight 30 minutes trying to connect to a game, but I just couldn’t do it, and once I finally got into a game, the connection issues became a huge problem, dropping me from the game and somehow blacklisting that player from connecting with me again. Once I fixed that, I tried to play a single game online, only to have it not keep any record of the match.”

    The problem with that statement, Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip on the Wii had no online play whatsoever! No online multi-player, no online leader boards, no online anything.

    The “reviewer” issued an apology after he got called out on it, and claimed “…I don’t know how this error occurred, since I distinctly remember playing an online version of the game, and haven’t played any other versions of Shaun White Snowboarding…”

    I’m guessing he was using other reviews of the PS3/360 version, which had online play, to basically make his own Wii review. He didn’t know the Wii version didn’t have online, and he just decided to dog on the Wii’s online and let the people assume it was bad, even though he couldn’t have experienced it.

    Or how about GamePro’s “review” of The Conduit?
    The “reviewer” said in the first paragraph, “I can’t speak for the multiplayer because I didn’t experience it first-hand…”

    So he reviewed a game, that he didn’t even play completely.
    It would be like playing Halo’s single-player campaign, and writing a review without playing it’s multi-player.

    So yea, if I were Sony, I wouldn’t send the press anything at all. Let them get the game and have to play it like normal people that buy it.

    • Mon, 25th Jan 2010 at 3:11 am

      Lol I agree with you and wow at those examples that’s some shoddy journalism

    • Mon, 25th Jan 2010 at 6:34 am

      Wow, those are many examples Coffee…lol

  3. Mon, 25th Jan 2010 at 3:06 am

    @Coffee lol I agree many places jump the shark a little too quick. I played the mag beta on my buddy’s ps3 and he was at a level where you could put all 256 players in a map and omg you’ve never seen so much crap happening all at once it truely felt like war. It’s pretty crazy having that many people on one map bullets,grenades,and rocket launchers are whizzing by and exploding left and right. Now the controls were a little crappy to start but as you gained experience they got better like MW2 or UC2 with upgrades galore. I can’t wait to see what polished game looks like, if your into massive shooters check this one out.

    • Mon, 25th Jan 2010 at 6:35 am

      MAG will eventually take hold but will have a slow start imo…

      It’ll be a unique and groundbreaking experience that’s for sure!

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