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Tomb Raider: Underworld Doesn’t Want To Suck Until Monday

Submitted by on Friday, 21 November 200812 Comments

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Eidos wants to pull a fast one on all of us. They want us to believe that Tomb Raider: Underworld is a good game worthy of our purchase.

But not by clever advertising, or by releasing a PSN demo or by making absolutely sure the developer lives up to its word.

They are thinking out of the box on this one, by trying to stop any review below 8/10 going live until Monday.

From Monday onwards that little thing called truth can take over, after they tricked you out of your hard earned money.  But none of us are going to fall for that right?

After all, I did try to warn you.

Videogaming247 reports Eidos’ latest review manipulation shenanigans (still fresh from their Kane and Lynch fiasco), complete with quotes from Eidos’ own UK Public Relations firm Barrington Harvey.

It all started with a Twitter post by UK Gamespot journalist Guy Cocker (inspired by the ghost of Jeff Gerstmann I believe):

Call from Eidos – if you’re planning on reviewing Tomb Raider Underworld at less than an 8.0, we need you to hold your review till Monday.

But wait, it gets better.  When Videogaming247 reached UK PR firm Barrington Harvey for comment, they confirmed that they are indeed trying to manage the review scores at the request of Eidos.  When bluntly asked why, this was their response:

Just that we’re trying to get the Metacritic rating to be high, and the brand manager in the US that’s handling all of Tomb Raider has asked that we just manage the scores before the game is out, really, just to ensure that we don’t put people off buying the game, basically.

British sites Eurogamer and OXM UK have broken the ‘gag order’ and posted reviews of 7/10 and 7.0 respectively.  Eurogamer said that it has caused ‘problems’ for them.

The evidence is really piling up against Tomb Raider: Underworld.

I picked up on this title’s potential for failure when the overly hyped Beneath The Surface developer videos came out, again after an exciting but suspiciously missing in-game footage release trailer was posted (a tell-tale sign of a bad game in my opinion).

What do you think about all this?  Does it change your opinion from way back then?  Or are you picking up sword and shield to try and defend Lady Croft’s yet again soiled honor?

Now all that is left for me is to get my hands on the actual game – good thing we don’t have a scoring review system, right?  Stay tuned.