Metabombed: Payday 2 Is “Utter Toilet”

By now you should all be well aware of the Payday 2 microtransaction controversy. After “shaming” us for ever believing Overkill would put premium currency in the co-op shooter, such currency was introduced as part of this year’s “Crimefest” event. It’s a move that has angered many.

After refusing to talk to press about the situation, brand manager Almir Listo blamed the press for not knowing enough about the situation, branding criticism as “clickbait” and painting his company as the victim. The studio has since included a chance to earn premium “drills” as free loot drops, though the chances of getting them seem quite slim.

Regardless of Almir’s protestations, the press is positively generous compared to what the community itself has been saying. To that end, it’s time to once again look at a game being METABOMBED as Payday 2 players vent frustration the only way they know how – via Metacritic user reviews.

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The Jimquisition: Why I Kick The Starts

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I used to love Kickstarter. Then I used to resent it. Then I started loving it again. I make liberal use of Kickstarter to back certain projects, and have been doing it for games a lot more lately.

Some consider this tasteless, a potential conflict of interest. Some believe games media folk have no place contributing to crowdfunded games.

So, here’s why I do it.

Featured projects still running: Indivisible and Friday the 13th.

The Bullshit Roundup: Total Warhammer’s Chaos Ransom, Syndicate Gets Glitched, Naughty Rock Band 4 Reviews

It’s time for another dose of the Bullshit Roundup, your semi-regular look at grotty games industry garbage that deserves a spotlight even if it doesn’t make the main stage.

This week, we’re looking at yet another example of pre-order culture exploitation, another Ubisoft game does the unsurprising, and some Harmonix employees were caught doing something very cheeky indeed!

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Metabombed: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 Is “Nothing But Digital Waste”

I think it’s fairly safe to say that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 has been an overwhelming letdown. Its litany of glitches and general shoddiness have been cataloged mercilessly by the Internet, and while Activision has issued a half-hearted non-apology, the damage is most certainly irreparable.

As always, disappointed players have taken to Metacritic’s user reviews to air their grievances, making the latest Tony Hawk game a prime example of what happens when you get METABOMBED!

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The Jimquisition: Review Events And Boot Camps

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With the recent kerfuffle over Metal Gear Solid V being reviewed at “boot camps,” it’s a good opportunity to talk about review events overall, and why they’re total bollocks.

General rule of thumb should be – if a publisher is making you go out of your way to review their game, they should eff off. They dictate enough of the terms as it is.

Metabombed: Battlefield Hardline is a ‘Piece of Sh1t’

After a tepid marketing campaign and a lot of cynicism from the audience, Battlefield Hardline finally slogged it to the finishing line and released this week. The critics’ response has been lukewarm to say the least, to the point where I’ve been one of the more positive reviewers on the block. Most of the big guns think it’s “okay” at the very best – a decent enough, but dated and tone-deaf shooter.

What do The People think of it, though? Well, we have a controversial installment in a huge big budget franchise, a new developer on an established IP, Electronic Arts as the publisher… oh my, this is mama’s classic recipe for Shitstorm Soup!

You guessed it – Battlefield Hardline has been Metabombed by user reviews, as gamers take to everybody’s favorite pissing contest stadium and give EA a piece of their angry, angry minds.

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Metabombed: Evolve Is ‘A Joke And A Total Scam’

The Jimquisition doesn’t regurgitate press releases for third-party controllers or run stories about every little thing that falls out of Jon Blow’s mouth, so please accept my apologies if the site’s looking like the Evolve show lately – I just don’t produce all the filler that would break such posts up, so if I’ve got a big game with plenty of material to write about, you may see a review stacked atop a livestream stacked atop an editorial. Anyway, what I basically mean to say is that I’m going to talk about Evolve some more… or rather, I’m going to let THE PEOPLE talk about it! It’s time to see how Turtle Rock Shooters’ multiplayer extravaganza got Metabombed in a new feature I like to call Metabombed.

Back when I wrote for Destructoid, I posted semi-regular features collecting Metacritic user reviews for popular releases. Sometimes, a big game proves controversial for some reason, and gamers resort to dogpiling Metacritic’s public review system to prove a point, leading to pointed criticism or hilarious meltdowns. With Evolve proving to be one of the more polarizing new games in a while (seriously, its Steam community is a warzone!), you can be sure that Metacritic’s user reviews aren’t a pretty place to be right now. 2k Games did little to earn goodwill with its decision to promote Evolve almost entirely on the basis of downloadable content, and the stage has thus been set for customers to air some dirty laundry – and boy is it dirty!

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Podquisition Episode 8: The Numbers

This week, the gang talks about review scores and why they’re okay sometimes. Maybe. A bit. Most people hate The Numbers, and they hate Metacritic too, but The Jimquisition uses them because of Some Reasons.

There’s also some videogame talk, including discussion of a game that has zombies and big breasts in it. So… that’s good.

You can listen/download directly here and get the RSS feed here.

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