Part of the ad listed some things that different video game reviews had said of the game, such as "Gorgeous graphics..." from GamePro and "...an action game on full throttle..." But the one that caught my eye was the quote "...it simply rocks" from Game Informer magazine, the very magazine I was reading.
"That's funny," I thought. The Lost Planet review was in that same magazine, and "it simply rocks" was certainly not the impression that I was left with after reading it. So I flipped back to the review, and re-read it to see if I could find the quote.
Not only was the quote not in the review, but phrases like these showed up:
- "the game is quite dull"
- "disposing of pawns [referring to non-boss monsters in FPS's] is hardly ever this boring"
- "you'll confront legions of grunts that don't pose any threat"
- "Capcom missed a major opportunity with the story"
- "major revelations in the game fail to have any kind of impact", and
- "it's somewhat short and boring"
(And why would Game Informer allow themselves to be misquoted - or at the very least, misrepresented - in their own magazine? I'm beginning to see why the budget for a AAA title is $15 million nowadays; it's not all in development.)