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The Reviewer's Guide to Crap Games

Sept 11 2007

You might have heard about Lair being a bit rubs. You might have read our 5/10 review (opens in new tab). And you might also have seen that Sony and developer Factor 5 weren't pleased - reacting to the many paltry scores (opens in new tab) by issuing a 'reviewer's guide' (opens in new tab) to the tragically disappointing dragon-riding actioner. To which your response may have been "What the f-!?".

We weren't so surprised. After all, it was Sony who once conjured up a make-believe film critic (opens in new tab) to heap praise on its own films. And it's Sony who runs a so-called 'semi-official' games blog (opens in new tab) to stoke the hype around its own console. Producing a document that explains how to train yourself to "eat shit and like it" (as observed by PennyArcade's (opens in new tab) Tycho Brahe) is presumably just another day in Sony's marketing department.

The surprising thing is that no one else has ever been quite so brazen about why reviewers have 'got it wrong'. If the publishers of the following much-hypedgames had issued the instructions below on how to play each game 'correctly', we might have been more forgiving. Well, perhaps not...

Sonic The Hedgehog | PS3, Xbox 360
Metacritic (opens in new tab) score: 43 out of 100

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Ben Richardson is a former Staff Writer for Official PlayStation 2 magazine and a former Content Editor of GamesRadar+. In the years since Ben left GR, he has worked as a columnist, communications officer, charity coach, and podcast host – but we still look back to his news stories from time to time, they are a window into a different era of video games.