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how can games get a 9.5 out of 10 rating like 2 hours after release?

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Don't get me wrong I really love playing portal 2 I think it really deserves game of the year but I noticed it got a 9.5 out of 10 freaken 2 hours after it became available for steam. I'm like how the ****? Did people just play 30 minutes of it and gave it 10 out of 10?
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they may be paid to
some sites may have been given the game before it's out
like IGN
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They get the game long before it comes out, write their reviews, and release them as soon as the NDA they signed to get the game early is released.

Applies to pretty much any kind of review too from graphics cards to movies.
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Reviewers have access before release date.
 
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Companies often invite a whole bunch of reviewers to a hotel and/or resort, or their offices to play the games for review on sweet rigs.

Of course the goal is to try to make the reviewers extra comfy and happy to give good reviews. Companies that can afford it like EA will do this.
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post #6 of 6
I used to do some reviews. I remember one was Shattered Horizon. I was given a review copy that I could unlock through Steam a week or two early so that I could write a full review ready for release.
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