Kane & Lynch boss: Gamespot review “hit like a hammer”

Thursday, 11th September 2008 07:04 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Speaking to GamesRadar, Kane & Lynch director Jens Peter Kurup has spoken out about the effect of the now infamous Gamespot review of his game, saying that the team took it hard.

“GameSpot reviewed the game,” he said, “and [the team] didn’t like it one bit.

“I’m not quite sure why, but I remember that review hit the team like a hammer. You can just ‘absorb’ a bad score but there was something in the tone of that review that was tough on people, and on me.”

The 6/10 Gamespot review was written by Jeff Gerstmann, after which the writer was fired from the site, a move that created one of the unholiest internet shitstorms in gaming history.

“It’s a review that I would like to forget, but unfortunately the GameSpot review had its own wicked little life and Eidos, Gamespot and of course the game got entangled in what I guess is best described as a conspiracy theory. And if there’s anything the ‘net loves, it’s a good conspiracy,” Kurup added.

“It was surreal to sit in Copenhagen and watch the game get shredded in forums for reasons and feelings that didn’t all seem entirely based on the game itself.

“I know this might sound like a sissy song of “Boo-hoo! This isn’t fair” and other unproductive thoughts, but you asked me how I felt and I did feel like that for a couple of weeks after the GameSpot review. Pathetic I know, but in glimpses I still feel it, because when I meet somebody who hasn’t played the game, I can be fairly sure that his or her opinion is based on the GameSpot review. It just won’t go away.”

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  1. Blerk

    And yet curiously, after all this time… what is the Metacritic score for Kane and Lynch? Depending on your platform…. 64, 65 or 66. That 6/10 was so off the mark, it’s unbelievable. Quite.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Quiiick

    What a whiner!

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Egon Superb

    The game was frankly shite and people inside Eidos have admitted that to me too; oddly not the same people who threatened to pull all their advertising unless we pulled our 7/10 review.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. No_PUDding

    ‘cry moar’

    Am I using it right?

    #4 6 years ago

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