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"Too many went too far with their reviews...we are reviewing who gets games next time and who doesn't based on today's venom," the company tweeted. "Bad scores are fine. Venom filled reviews...that's completely different," another tweet read. Currently, Duke Nukem Forever has a Metacritic score of 49 on the Xbox 360, the format most commonly sent to the press. For a game with such a large marketing budget and name recognition, that's shockingly low.

(...)

The tweet has since been deleted, but we took a screenshot when it was originally published

What's shocking about that tweet isn't that some outlets may get blacklisted—that's something you risk every time you give a game a low score, but that the Redner Group would release a public statement letting outlets know they are on notice if they went "too far" in their review. This sends a chilling message to those who review games professionally: hold your tongue if you feel strongly about a game, or you may not have timely coverage of a future release.

(...)

Another tweet was posted publicly apologizing, and a longer, more personal apology was sent, although that wasn't made available for publication.
Source.


In this case they let their feelings slip to the public, but I bet this happens all the time and reviewers have to tone down their criticism in order to get the next game.


EDIT: UPDATE: The Duke Nukem publisher fired the PR agency for threatening reviewers. From PCMAG.com

Thanks SpykeZ for the update! Rep+
Edited by tpi2007 - 6/15/11 at 3:25pm
 
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Did they even play the game they released?

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For a game with such a large marketing budget and name recognition, that's shockingly low.
That is not what makes a game good.

Butt hurt developers.
Edited by Alfwich - 6/15/11 at 6:59am
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Well I guess they have a lot of work ahead of them.
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So? They'll get over it.
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DNF isn't as bad as everyone says it is.
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If it's scored a 49 after 12 years of development, there's something wrong. You'd figure with the nude scenes it would at least score a 50, killing aliens in new ways would give it a 65, and the name "Duke Nukem" should push it to at least a 68. So, it must REALLY be horrible for a 49.
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DNF isn't as bad as everyone says it is.
Agreed.


People are way too polar these days.

A game is either SO GOOD or SO BAD, there's no middle ground.
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Agreed.


People are way too polar these days.

A game is either SO GOOD or SO BAD, there's no middle ground.
It's an average shoot up up game, and it was STILL more engaging (and longer) than the last 4 CoD games. Get with it.
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Agreed.


People are way too polar these days.

A game is either SO GOOD or SO BAD, there's no middle ground.
Strange, thats how I feel about most games, and movies for that matter. There arent many really bad games, but not a lot of really good ones either. Most are "meh", so is DNF, so far...
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DNF isn't as bad as everyone says it is.
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Agreed.


People are way too polar these days.

A game is either SO GOOD or SO BAD, there's no middle ground.


Let's be precise here: it didn't get 10, or 20, 30. That would be the definition of bad.

It got 49. This is not being polar. It's actually middle ground. Currently it's a little below mediocre.

By definition, mediocre is still a pass (50%), but it's not really worth many people's time.
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