Game reviews can often be subjective. As a gamer, you may typically gravitate towards an outlet that you find common interests in. However, the more pronounced outlets, such as IGN and Gamereactor, have regional offices that are not directly tied to the home base but still carry the publication’s name. For example, IGN Brasil writers and staff really have no connection or affiliation with IGN.
However, a publication for Gamereactor based out of Finland shared their comments about Tekken 8 that didn’t sit well with game director Katsuhiro Harada, where he took to Twitter to call out the issues within the review, one of which addressed the statement in the review that the game was Pay to Win.
The headline of the review was translated to “Tekken 8 is a disappointment in almost all aspects and smells like a cash grab,” and if you’ve played Tekken 8, that may catch you by surprise. The writer was upset about the season pass structure of the game and how characters will be added to the roster. However, the game launched with 32 characters. Regardless of the criticisms, they were wrong, and Harada-san took offense.
The director went to Twitter and said in a now-deleted Tweet, “Game Reactor Finland has just one word to say about the Metacritic rating [Tekken 8 is a pay-to-win money-making machine], huh? PAY TO WIN?? Conversely, Game Reactor writers/reviewers can go on a winning streak if they spend money, right? Go ahead, try it.”
This morning, the publication amended the review and is working with Metacritic to get it removed; they posted:
After this review was published, we were made aware that parts of the criticisms leveled at the game are made on a factually incorrect basis. This is indeed regrettable, and we take great pride in crafting original, well-researched reviews. However, we obviously dropped the ball in describing the game as “pay-to-win” based on the fact that extra characters are purchasable.
We will completely remove the review, as you can see below, and will take steps to have it removed from Metacritic as well. Instead, we’d like to point you in the direction of our actual network review from our fighting game expert Jonas, that awarded the game a 9/10 when the embargo was dropped on January 23rd.
We’ve been operating for 26 years, we’re live in 20 countries, and have been a strong part of the gaming scene for that entire duration, even lending our platform to Harada-san on a number occasions previously.
We hope to amend the situation as best we can on our end.
Following the post, Harada-san deleted his Tweet and thanked them:
They admitted their mistake and I will delete the my original tweet.
(The article is at the bottom of the link)
— Katsuhiro Harada (@Harada_TEKKEN) February 7, 2024
Tekken 8 is the latest installment in the legendary fighting game franchise developed by Bandai Namco. The game continues the saga of the Mishima family’s history and the ongoing battle for supremacy within the Iron Fist Tournament. Players must enter the arena once again and choose the fighter they believe will be the best in this tournament. With a growing roster of fighters, there’s plenty to look forward to.
The gameplay in Tekken 8 has been refined, offering a blend of accessibility for newcomers and depth for seasoned veterans. The developers are focused on bringing new features and improved graphics to enhance the experience for all who play. Whether fighting through the single-player campaign or challenging friends through multiplayer matches, Tekken 8 is looking like a great contender to be a quality fighter.
In case you missed it, check out our review.
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