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GOG speaks out against review bombing as Hitman gains criticism for online requirements

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2021/09/28 05:11:31 (permalink)
https://www.kitguru.net/gaming/matthew-wilson/gog-speaks-out-against-review-bombing-as-hitman-gains-criticism-for-online-requirements/
 
GOG is best known for delivering DRM-free PC games, and while Hitman (2016) can be played offline and without any form of activation, many in-game features are locked off without an internet connection. Aside from certain missions, features like unlocking new equipment, unlocking new in-level starting locations and even mission scores do require an online connection. As Eurogamer reports, this led to a very low 1.4/5 user review score for the game on GOG.
 
GOG stepped in to address the complaints in a forum post, stating that the team is looking into the issues and will have an update “in the coming weeks”. However, the team also pointed out that it has a ‘no tolerance’ policy when it comes to review bombing and as a result, posts that do not meet GOG’s review guidelines will be removed. This of course kicked up some additional backlash, as many reviews were describing issues with playing the game in offline mode, as many GOG users tend to do. The argument could be made that if so many features are locked behind an online connection, should it be sold as a ‘DRM-free’ game on GOG at all?
 
GOG has yet to address the issue again publicly, but we’ll be keeping an eye out for further updates.
 
I personally think the complainers should wait for the update. 

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    Re: GOG speaks out against review bombing as Hitman gains criticism for online requirement 2021/09/28 05:29:22 (permalink)
    I agree people should wait, but honestly, GoG is mostly pinned upon "No Internet, No DRM"...and this game violates that
    tenet.
     
    I don't think it belongs on GoG unless it follows "No Internet, No DRM", so I can understand the consternation.
     
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    Re: GOG speaks out against review bombing as Hitman gains criticism for online requirement 2021/09/28 06:07:50 (permalink)
    transdogmifier
    I agree people should wait, but honestly, GoG is mostly pinned upon "No Internet, No DRM"...and this game violates that
    tenet.
     
    I don't think it belongs on GoG unless it follows "No Internet, No DRM", so I can understand the consternation.
     


    I second this. I like gog because I don't have to deal with DRM or the crappy internet were I live. If I had to have internet to play a game Id not be able to play it half the time so Id be mad too and leave a review accordingly.
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    Re: GOG speaks out against review bombing as Hitman gains criticism for online requirement 2021/09/28 08:23:54 (permalink)
    If IO Interactive was not ready to release '16 Hitman DRM free, then they and GOG should have not agreed to placing it on a known DRM free store.

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    Re: GOG speaks out against review bombing as Hitman gains criticism for online requirement 2021/09/28 13:53:31 (permalink)
    GOG is clearly in the wrong here. Hopefully they will learn from the situation and not have a repeater performance in the future.
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