As you may have noticed, reviews on Ready Up do not get given a numerical score. This isn’t us just jumping on the New Games Journalism bandwagon, it just didn’t seem to fit in with the point of the site. We just try to offer our individual opinions on our time spent gaming. Okay, that does sound quite a lot like the New Games Journalism bandwagon but it’s not, we have our own bandwagon, it’s called the Awesome Wagon if you must know! We keep it parked at our head offices (The Bunker of Awesome).

Sorry, I went off on a tangent there. Lets get down to it, I read reviews like everyone else and I guess I pay attention to the scores they get, usually via gamerankings.com so I get a better idea of the reception a game is getting. Lately though I’m getting the uncomfortable feeling that the scores being given out for some of the big titles are being used to boost traffic rather than, well.. score a game. Assassins Creed, I was lucky enough to get a copy of Assassins Creed before any reviews were put up. I’d been looking forward to the game just like many people, then after I’d been playing for a few days the scores started to come in, and they were looking shite. 50’s and 60’s -the game I was playing wasn’t on a par with Fuzion Frenzy 2, Two Worlds and Eragon. But the reviews soon picked up and it averaged out at a healthy 82%. What was wrong with Assassins Creed? It got repetitive. That’s about all I can muster in criticism. It was hyped up like crazy, although I’m not really sure if this was all by Ubisoft. Was Assassins Creed scored lower for not living up to it’s hype? Was Fusion Frenzy 2 hyped? Did it get it’s score for being surprisingly not total shit?

Why am I bringing this up now? I hear you ask. Haze is why, the first scores are in and we’ve got a 4.5 from IGN. For context lets look at some other games from this generation that got around that score from IGN.

  • Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer – 5.4
  • Beowulf: The Game – 4.0
  • BlackSite Area 51 -5.4

I’ve had our review copy of Haze for a couple of days, I’ve probably played it for about 4 hours in total. Is it a revolutionary FPS from the masters of the art that gave us Timesplitters? Maybe not. Is it a worse game than that Fantastic 4 crock of shit, certainly not so far. But it was hyped, quite a bit, another victim of the Assassins Creed Effect? Could be. I wonder how many hits that IGN review has gotten. I’m guessing it’s more than my Time Crisis review.

Now I’ve not played very much of Haze at this point, certainly not enough to review it but unless the next few hours of gameplay involve it drinking all my beer and then killing my dog then I assure you, it’s not a 4.5, whatever the fuck that means.

I’d like to add that Haze does not use the awful L2 or R2 buttons as triggers, thank you Free Radical.