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1up Pulls Neverwinter Nights 2 Review

Seems the overly negative review of Neverwinter Nights 2 over at 1up didn't sit to well with the members. But that begs the question, why pull a review because it was negative? 1up says it was because the review didn't live up to their "editorial standards" which can be taken many ways. Was it because everyone thought the review was way, way to negative? Or was it because 1up got hate mail due to the negative review? Who knows. All I know is that 1up actually pulled a review - which I don't think I've ever seen happen before with an online review from a major gaming site. The original review gave Neverwinter Nights 2 a 5/10 score, and it was pretty obvious the reviewer didn't care for the D&D rules or world. Plus, as has been said, it was poorly written. Or was it?

Did 1up do the right thing by pulling the review? Should the review have not been pulled? What does that say about a negative reaction to a review in general, if it is so negative it might get pulled by the company? What do you guys think?

You can read the original review here on the Bioware forums.

View: 1up.com - Retraction of Neverwinter Nights 2 Review

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I think they pulled it because the reviewer totally didn't care for the D&D mindset and saw NWN featuring a lot of D&D 3.5 stuff as a downside. It sounded to me like he was looking more for a traditional Action RPG than a slower paced statistics-heavy D&D based RPG. NWN 2 may still suck though, but I think it could've been written better.

While they're at it they should also pull their review for Dreamfall. I quit reading their site after that one. I agree with TheGriffin that GameSpot has the best reviews.

Same here, it's my standard site for thorough well balanced reviews. It's also nice to have that "user ratings" thing next to the review that some sites lack just to see if there are wildly different opinions. Another site I like is GameRankings for review averages.

When gaming sites start pulling reviews about games, it's time to find a new site. How can you be trusted as a fair gaming review site when you pull a negative review on a game. Your sending the message that you only post good reviews for games.

Don't know why they retracted the article... I for one totally agree with them.
I LOVED neverwinter nights, baldurs gate 1 and 2, icewind dale... all great titles.
IMHO neverwinter nights 2 doesn't live up to it's predecessor, and i agree with most of the review.
My fear and concern here is that i believe many do also but only the obsessive fan boys seam to voice their blind faith in a sequel that SHOULD be great but isn't.

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Don't know why they retracted the article... I for one totally agree with them.
I LOVED neverwinter nights, baldurs gate 1 and 2, icewind dale... all great titles.
IMHO neverwinter nights 2 doesn't live up to it's predecessor, and i agree with most of the review.

Remember that there are kids growing up who haven't played these games before, so to them they're as amazing as they once were to us older gamers.

I think what's really happening is that we have a generation gap, and few developers cater to the older gamer crowd that expects more sophisticated or original games. That's primarily because those kinds of games are much more difficult to make and publishers don't want to risk it.

It is far from being the first time a major online gaming publication retracted a story.
But I don't recall 1up ever doing that.

From what I saw of the review it seemed like the guy just plain hated D&D, so far I have been having a lot of fun in NWN2, but then I dont hate D&D.

Having read the original review, I can see exactly where the reviewer is coming from. I have a regular gaming group that I have been playing tabletop RPG's with for something like 8 years now, however what works on tabletop doesn't translate into computer RPG's. Where as a tabletop player we have "human" players to give the world depth, in a CRPG we have to rely on the developers to add that depth. If all they do is a rules conversion, it leaves a LOT out of the experience.

I say the original review was spot on, its a shame that it got pulled.