UK magazine GamesMaster may have been influenced by Eidos in their decision to give Batman: Arkham Asylum such a high score in today’s news roundup. This Sunday also sees Tales of Monkey Island coming to WiiWare and Europe soon, as well as fan outrage towards the £54.99 price coming with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
GamesMaster Influenced By Eidos?
Earlier this month it was made public that Eidos attempted to influence review scores for their upcoming game Batman: Arkham Asylum. Eidos, a company notorious for their efforts to rig scores, put an embargo on reviews for Batman: Arkham Asylum until the end of the month. The Ram Raider accused Eidos of offering to remove the embargo for any magazine willing to put the game on the front cover, and give it a score of at least 90%.
Eidos of course denied this, but since UK magazine GamesMaster has popped up featuring Batman on the cover and awarding the game a mighty 96%, people have been a little more than skeptical. GamesMaster said “not only the best Batman game ever, but one of the finest adventures of its generation”, and one of the criticisms of the game is the fact “that it has to end”. Hmmmm. It’s important to remember they may genuinely feel this way about the game, and Batman: Arkham Asylum may even deserve this score, but until more reviews come along don’t believe what you read (except this, you can always believe us). [RamRaider]
Tales of Monkey Island Coming to WiiWare and Europe Soon
Tales of Monkey Island will feature five separate episodes altogether, coming to the PC primarily and now confirmed for WiiWare, although slightly later. PC owners in the USA have been enjoying the first episode since July 7th, with Wii owners wondering when they’ll get the chance to adventure again as hopeless but lovable pirate Guybrush Threepwood.
Telltale Games have confirmed Launch of the Screaming Narwhal; the first episode of Tales of Monkey Island will be hitting WiiWare on July 27th, in America, for 1000 Wii Points. Release info for Europeans will be coming “very soon”, so keep your eyes peeled. [1UP]
Fans Plan to Boycott Modern Warfare 2 Until Price Lowered
Activision earlier in the week announced Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will be coming to the UK with a recommended retail price of £54.99. A recent poll conducted on total gaming network indicated Gamers worldwide are preparing to boycott the game upon release, with currently 76% of gamers claiming not to buy the game until the price is lowered.
The other 24% will still purchase the game and pay the extra money. Activision blame the price hike on the weakness of the world currency, but taking into consideration no other games have set a RRP of £54.99 makes this pretty hard to swallow. [TotalGamingNetwork]