You saw several Batman: Arkham City reviews the week before the game arrived. Typically, you see a ton of reviews on the day a title hits store shelves (the day the embargo usually lifts).
This is because typically, critics get the game a little in advance of the official release date, so reviews can drop on launch day. It's a common routine. However, you might be seeing a bit of a delay when it comes to Battlefield 3 , although we imagine reviewers will be sprinting to get their analysis on the Internet.
We've received confirmation that our copy will be here "early next week," which is par for the course, as revealed at Wolf's Gaming Blog . By all rights, major critics should've had the game this week but EA says that DICE are perfectionists, and this slight delay is due to the developer's last-second tinkering. Apparently, they want to implement more updates and fixes based on fan feedback from the multiplayer beta.
"DICE are perfectionists — they will not stop polishing the game until it is in your hands."
So, they want to hold back the game until reviewers can have that same day-one update the normal consumer will have. See, if that update is significant and we checked out the game before those alterations, we might be examining a different game than you guys would ultimately play. …and EA really doesn't want that to happen. The good news? All reviews should be based on the final final product.
The bad news? The results will be a little late. Maybe.
Related Game(s): Battlefield 3