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I was at Best Buy tonight…not really looking for anything in
particular but scanning the racks of PC games to see if something might have
snuck under the RADAR.
You can usually tell which games are good (or not) by
the price. A sub $20 game is usually not so good (remember – I said I was
shopping at Best Buy, where everything is overpriced anyway - I know you can
get some really good games for less than $20 on Steam or other digital
I just happened to come across Rogue Warrior. A bargain at
Rogue Warrior is
primarily a first person shooter with tactical elements. The player assumes
control of Navy SEAL Richard "Demo Dick" Marcinko, also known as
"Rogue Warrior". The primary goal for Marcinko begins as an infiltration
mission to disrupt hostile missiles and evolves to prevent other potentially
Now, I can’t say for certain where I read just how abysmal
RW was…it was probably various websites and/or magazines. Maybe even here at
GIO or the GI magazine. Where is kind of irrelevant. The point is that I read
it was bad. Beyond bad even. Downright horrible.
So when I picked up the game to read the back of the box, I
had no intentions whatsoever of actually buying the game (and don’t worry – I didn’t).
After I got done chuckling, (there was actually a data point that read, “Kill
the enemy before they kill you.” – Imagine playing a game that actually
encourages you to kill the enemy before they kill you. That’s revolutionary).
Anyway, like I was saying, after I got done chuckling, I was
actually a little aggravated. If you look at the cover art and read the product
description, the untrained gamer might actually think this is a great game,
especially for the everyday low price of $19.99. People might actually buy this
junk. And it’s pretty much confirmed it is indeed junk. Take a look at these
Game Informer: 1.5/10; GamePro: 3/10; GameSpot: 2/10;
GameZone: 2/10; IGN: 1.5/10; X-Play 2/5
The box also indicated:
Best Multiplatform Game.
"Full of Pure Action". -Blast Magazine
It's interesting to note that
Blast Magazine appears to be nothing more than an online website dedicated to
trendy and geeky subject matter. It doesn't seem to be a real publication, but
I suppose when you label it a "magazine" it makes it sound more
Well...the "Full of Pure
Action" quote on the back of the game appears to have been taken from this
online website's summarization of the non-playable E3 demo back in 2009, which
is provided below.
BEST MULTIPLATFORM GAME
PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Rogue Warrior looked great in a
demo, and nothing is cooler than getting to play out the experiences of a real
life badass navy seal voiced by Mickey Rourke. This game is full of pure
action, explosions, and a great mix of stealth and offensive firepower.
Ironic, the author of this
article is also quoted as saying, "The graphics and sounds are beautiful,
and this will be a winner when it comes out in the fall for Xbox 360, PC and
PlayStation 3." -John Guilfoil
Clearly he was wrong. But
whatever...I don't think it's necessarily his fault that his praise for a very
rough non-playable demo showed up on the final product. That's the part that
annoys me though.
This is clearly false advertisement.
And yes, I know...there are literally dozens of bad games that fill our shelves
trying to steal the dollars we have budgeted for video games that use this same
dirty tactic. But come on, this is a game that was produced by Bethesda
Perhaps you've heard of them. They also produced a game called
Fallout 3...they're working on Fallout: New Vegas. They have a long list of
games they've produced.
Now, I’ve heard discussions
before why bad games are ever released in the first place. The excuses normally
range from budgets were exceeded so publishers just decide to cut their losses
and publish the game no matter how bad it is just to recoup some of the money
invested in the game. While I might believe that could be true of an
independent or smaller publisher, when a company as large as Bethesda allows
this kind of shady business practice to occur, it’s disappointing.
Disappointing not because I think
you and I will fall for the gimmick, because realistically, we know better…but
disappointing that the casual gamer is the one getting screwed over.
It makes me want to design, print
or purchase some peel off some stickers…some top notch high quality stickers
that I can just peel and stick on all the games to show potential buyers what
the real reviews look like.
So instead of something like
Perhaps something like this,
based on the actual reviews (that can be stuck right on the outside of the
There are plenty of other sticker
GameSpot 2/10 "Dreadfully boring...an absolute
Gamervision 3.5/10 "Save
your money, spend it on anything else, and forget it ever existed."
IGN 1.5/10 "Abysmal"
GameZone 2/10 "It isn’t just
an awful shooter but it’s also a terrible game."