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Assassin's Creed Unity gets review bombed -- positively

By Bubbajim · 13 replies
Apr 20, 2019
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  1. While the fire that ravaged Notre Dame on April 15 was undoubtedly a tragedy, the outpouring of donations to help restore the historic cathedral has been heart-warming. Ubisoft, the French game studio behind the Assassin’s Creed franchise, donated €500,000 and also made their Paris-based installment of the franchise, Assassin’s Creed Unity, free via Uplay.

    When announcing on Twitter their decision to make the game free, the reaction was overwhelmingly positive, as you may expect. But surprisingly gamers have employed the tactic of review bombing to show just how much they appreciate Ubisoft’s gesture.

    Before April 16 Unity’s Steam page was averaging two to three reviews per day, but since their announcement, the game has had over 600 extremely positive reviews. One user wrote, “Thanks Ubisoft & Assassin’s Creed Unity for giving us an opportunity to appreciate what Notre Dame used to be. God bless France.”

    The funny thing is that Unity isn’t even available for free via Steam, as the offer is exclusive to Uplay. But it’s clear that gamers wanted to use whatever channel they can to show their gratitude and support for Ubisoft’s decision.

    The overall review score remains ‘mixed’, as Unity was never the most popular game of the franchise, but the recent reviews will go some way to improving that rating despite not being particularly relevant to how the game actually plays.

    So far, Valve haven’t decided to use their recently developed ‘off-topic review’ functionality, designed to minimize the impact of review bombs, and it seems unlikely that they would, given the positive nature of this particular ‘bomb’.

    Assassin’s Creed Unity is available for free via Uplay until April 25.

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  2. gigantor21

    gigantor21 TS Maniac Posts: 164   +222

    In this case, they shouldn't call it "review-bombing". We need a different term when the reviews are good, LOL.
     
    poohbear likes this.
  3. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,817   +3,209

    These reviews should be moderated by the new system. They don't reflect the quality of the actual game.
     
    Jamibi, petert, psycros and 3 others like this.
  4. Fearghast

    Fearghast TS Booster Posts: 87   +60

    Gamers - dumb and easy to manipulate with PR.
     
    havok585, petert and Dimitrios like this.
  5. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,401   +968

    I'd say a decent game given away for free will get positive reviews.............
     
    poohbear likes this.
  6. amghwk

    amghwk TS Guru Posts: 491   +304

    The more reviews nowadays are worthless. The heck with current ratings.
     
  7. PcePce

    PcePce TS Enthusiast Posts: 75   +24

    Give me money and I'll consider playing it.
     
  8. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,450   +1,448

    But the reviews are on Steam - where it isn’t free!
     
    Fearghast and psycros like this.
  9. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,401   +968

    Yeah, I know.
    It's just gamers giving a thumbs up in the most noticeable way they can. And look, it made news lol
     
  10. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,624   +2,363

    Do people not realize that Steam has actual forums? Then again, Steam's community page is a disorganized mess.
     
  11. Fearghast

    Fearghast TS Booster Posts: 87   +60

    Like ... Metro ... right?
     
  12. McMurdeR

    McMurdeR TS Addict Posts: 137   +98

    Really cool gesture. Well done ubi!
     
  13. pcnthuziast

    pcnthuziast TS Evangelist Posts: 548   +153

    Most overrated franchise in gaming.
     
  14. LenovoX

    LenovoX TS Booster Posts: 73   +32

    Crappiest game in history, too bad about the story
     

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