We didn't think Two Worlds II was a bad game. In fact, we found it to be a huge improvement over the original.
But evidently, we may have been in for a reprimand had we not enjoyed it, and we once again find ourselves contemplating the seedier side of video game reviewing. According to one of Beefjack's "trusted sources," the PR team of TopWare is "blacklisting publications who have awarded the game a middling or low score." It seems an e-mail to one British journalist said the company was "disappointed" and called the publication's bad score "insulting." In fact, they warned that if the score wasn't upped to at least a 7, the publication would be removed from TopWare's press list. What's worse is that TopWare hasn't yet publicly responded publicly, and CVG contacted Beefjack with similar evidence: TopWare has apparently threatened to pull out of a big advertising deal with a certain website due to a low score for Two Worlds II .
The PR person in question allegedly said the review was "mean-spirited" and asked for it to be rewritten. Now, you may have seen our full-page Two Worlds II ad but I will clarify for everyone right now that if we had given the game a lower score, and we had received similar "pull-out" threats…well, we'd probably rewrite the review with a lower score. We won't be bullied. Just sayin'.
Related Game(s): Two Worlds II