As I said in my last post, I recently broke my leg. So today we’ll take a look at a few of the interesting developments of the last week.

L.A Noire was released this past week, and to nobody’s surprise it went over remarkably well with critics and consumers alike. It scored an average of 9/10, as low reviews were in short supply.

Some major gaming site scores for L.A Noire:

IGN ““ 8.5
Destructoid ““ 9
Eurogamer ““ 8
GameSpot ““ 9.0
GamePro ““ 5/5
Joystiq – 4.5/5
Nowgamer ““ 9.3
Digital Spy ““ 5/5
The Guardian ““ 5/5
Giant Bomb ““ 5/5
1UP ““ A
SPOnG ““ 90
Videogamer ““ 10

Conduit 2 Developer High Voltage Software stirred up a bit of controversy this past week when they Amazonbombed Joystiq reviewer and published author T. Michael Murdock for his negative review of their game.

In the review Mr. Murdock states:

“The graphics are a mess. Faces are badly pixelated, even in cutscenes. The only smooth, 2011 graphics are in the final cutscene. It’s the only one fully-rendered. I’m absolutely not joking.”

“The creativity of the level design is … well, it’s non-existent.”

“I didn’t spend much time in multiplayer, if only because the sheer thought of ingesting more of this game made me want to sob uncontrollably.”

It’s an amazing review, really one of the best I’ve had the pleasure to read in years.

Unfortunately the folks over at High Voltage Software didn’t find it nearly as entertaining as I did, and decided to get some revenge.

In retaliation of the review, High Voltage Creative Director Matt Corso sent out an interdepartmental email encouraging High Voltage employees to essentially leave a negative review on Amazon for Murdock’s book.

Frankly this is just a scumbag move on their part. While they have the right to leave a negative review if they’ve read the book (Which I doubt), doing it solely for the purpose of revenge is both petty, spiteful, and deserving of the utmost contempt.

Head over to the Escapist for the full story.

I feel the need to make up for my absence, so tune in tomorrow when I’ll be covering the upcoming week or two of releases and rumors.


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