So About That Time I Gave Hellblade A 1/10…

Sometimes you don’t quite consider every facet of something until the thing is done. Unfortunately this was the case with a previously published review for Hellblade.

The review will be back, but given the personally unprecedented situation, I need to think about it more than I initially did.

Jarsh
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Jarsh

Good on you Jim. Handled a crap situation with tact.

Dooid
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Dooid

I’m genuinely disappointed. I’m a big fan of your work and I’ve been a Patreon subscriber for quite a while. I can understand how you angry you might have felt at the time and we all do things in the heat of the moment that we regret afterwards. You’ve taken the review down and you’re rethinking your position, I commend that. However, I actually find your explanation video more offensive than the initial review. It struck me as an arrogant attempt to climb-down clumsily from your own mistake. Pride comes before the fall. I’ll be giving my continued Patreon subscribership… Read more »

Terriosaurus Hex
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Terriosaurus Hex

I feel all warm and fuzzy when these things happen, like a calm resolution grown from humble self-awareness and understanding that i wish many more people utilised. The world would be a far more peaceful place for it. 🙂
This game is a really nice starting price for a very intriguing idea, with some personal experience in the explored psychology there too. I hope it does well even though i personally can’t afford it right now. Ninja Theory are a respectable, passionate bunch.

AsgarZigel
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AsgarZigel

I understand the anger about the gamebreaking bug, but you definitely made the right call removing the video and doing the review.
Honestly, if something like this even happens, putting up a review out of anger and spite, you should probably think about hiring an editor who vets the review before it goes live.

Lizard King
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Thanks for the honest update Jim, hopefully you sort out a plan of action once you’ve had a think on it. Never a good idea to post a review whilst in a rage; but sod it, you live and learn.

I’ll probably be picking this up based on the experience you enjoyed prior to the bug. Games like this deserve to be encouraged in the current climate in my opinion and the model of production that NT are following looks promising.

I’ll just make sure to re-light that torch… 🙂

Kim Schmitt
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I hope you do this game justice this time Jim, it deserves more.

mmunier
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mmunier

looks like there’s another pathetic attempt to censorship going on here, but by who?
anyways, can’t wait for jim to tear the responsible(s?) apart verbally.
because whatever he might have said, he probably had the right ot say it, and the page doesn’t seem to refer to a copyright problem…

CogInTheWheel
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CogInTheWheel

Oooh, sucks for you jimbo. Was this an early build you had? Didnt seem to happen during any of the other reviews.

Also not sure what happened to the video…oh well.

Lizard King
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What happened to the review Jim? Just watched it on YouTube, went to comment and it disappeared?

Peter
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Peter

What happened to your review did you take it down from YouTube as it gone ?

Carl-Johan
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Carl-Johan

Aw, you took it down? But it was actually a good review. For a game with that little variability in its simulation to break down that bad is absolutely a legitimate reason for concern.

Arcane Azmadi
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Arcane Azmadi

Damnation. The game DID look utterly fantastic and unique, like a shining example of what a game developer can do when they’re not in thrall to the vile evils of the “publishers”, that cabal of cock-ends who exist to do nothing except screw games up on the way to mass release. But yeah, if the game is LITERALLY UNBEATABLE because they completely failed to playtest a significant section of it… then it’s not a game. It’s a fucking demo. Maybe an 8-hour long demo, but you don’t pay for 80% of a game (or at least not 80% of a… Read more »

LamontRaymond
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LamontRaymond

Love that you calls ’em as you sees ’em. No fear.

Corey
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Corey

Man, that’s really disappointing. The game looks great and the meat of your review makes it sound absolutely up my alley but I have zero love for games that waste one’s time, let alone a game that does so by being broken. I’m sure this will get patched and become worthy of critical praise and I’ll probably buy and love it then. Just disappointing that I’ll seemingly have to wait for them to fix something that never should have made it through playtesting.

Maddy
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Maddy

Well, you convinced me to get it.
Even if I encounter this gamebreaker you did, I’m probably not gonna regret it.

Jesse
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Jesse

I really want to try this if it gets fixed. I’d also love to see high-production games made with an independent style and price become more common.

Anyway, do you have a different mascot for each numbered score, or is it just whichever one you feel like?

BAH!
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BAH!

@Jim In regards to the broken ending, is there not another torch on the wall about 100 feet after crossing under the waterfall? Can you not use it to relight your own? Or is it just some kind of lighting effect? Though even if it were, and the player was intended to run to it, relight their torch, and continue on; I somehow suspect a checkpoint respawn would leave them with an unlit torch. Also: I was somewhat unsure about the video reviews since I really liked your writing style, but the new format makes up for it since it… Read more »

gasmaskangel
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Damn shame about that bug. I’ll have to hold off on it for now, which means it will rot in my steam wishlist until it goes on sale.

Gnome de Plume
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Gnome de Plume

You are truly the Dark Souls of game reviewers.

Understandable, if I had to deal with that bullshit it would colour any previous enjoyment I might have had beforehand.

James Haynes
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@Totalbiscuit
If you die too much Hellblade deletes your save file. It’s not an optional mode. It’s an outdated, stupid waste of everyone’s time.

was this a related issue?

DecibelleMusic
Member

Can you please, please post transcripts of your video reviews here? It’s really difficult to latch onto what you say at times (especially because English is my second language). This was really the only thing that bothered me about the first video review.

Orkimedes
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Orkimedes

ooo, a video review. Colour me intruiged

Dorian
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Dorian

I love that you are doing video reviews. Any chance of doing a Pyre review? I am currently madly in love with that game.

Geoffrey de Brouwer
Member

Sure, dock the game points for being broken, but ONE???? Not fair in the slightest

Steve B
Member

Seems… Slightly harsh. Will you revisit after the inevitable patch?

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