About a month ago I wrote my first impressions of Darkfall after about 2 hour of playing. Well it seems that Eurogamer.net wrote their review of the game with about the same amount of time as me, then gave the game a 2/10. Obviously Aventurine, the developers behind Darkfall, didn’t apperciate the review and after contacting Eurogamer privately and getting no where, they decided to take matters into their own hands. One of the developers posted a response to Eurogamer’s review stating that the reviewer didn’t even play the game.
We checked the logs for the 2 accounts we gave Eurogamer and we found that one of them had around 3 minutes playtime, and the other had less than 2 hours spread out in 13 sessions. Most of these 2 hours were spent in the character creator since during almost every one of the logins the reviewer spent the time creating a new character. The rest of the time was apparently spent taking the low-res screenshots that accompanied the article. At no point did this reviewer spend more than a few minutes online at a time.
Ouch. If this is true this is not good news for Eurogamer and even worse for the reviewer. Eurogamer at the time of this post has offered to re-review the game, but not to remove the first review. They also stated that the reviewer is a “contributing writer” not a “staff writer” as if though that makes them less liable.
As for me, I played Darkfall for about another 5-6 hrs after the original two then quit since I really didn’t like it and didn’t want to force myself to play it. And no, I won’t be writing a review.