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Initial Review Roundup - Calling All Cars!

After delay after delay, Calling all Cars! has finally gone gold and the initial rounds of reviews have started to trickle in. Gamespot, 1up, and IGN have all weighed in on David Jaffe's 'casual' follow-up to God of War, and the response has been... interesting.
  • IGN gave it an 8.5, stating that "Calling All Cars is Sony's first truly original, must-have title on the PlayStation Network, and it bests just about everything there is to be found on Microsoft's online arcade center."
  • 1up gave it an 8.0, calling it "a chaotic successor to the likes of R.C. Pro-Am and Super Off Road that's easy on the wallet, and it's also among the best examples of how the concept of downloadable content should be used."
And then there's Gamespot.
  • Gamespot gave it a 6.7. They said it was a "frantic good time that's cut short by a serious lack of content." They dinged the gameplay for being too random and luck based, and practically rioted over the inclusion of only four maps, saying "that it feels more like a demo than a full game."
As you can see, there is some interesting contrast in reviews between the 'big three' gaming sites. Unfortunately, we cannot really give a rebuttal at this point, since us mere mortals will not be able to get our grubby little hands onto it until next Thursday.

Conveniently though, David Jaffe has posted a rebuttal for us! It is a surprisingly thoughtful critique of the Gamespot review and game reviewers in general. Check it out, I highly recommend it:

(P.S.: First post!)

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1. This game will provide me with cheap thirlls for a few weeks, then I dount I'll touch it again. Price will determine my purchase.

4 maps IS a bad thing, they don't look very large, or difficult to make :S

Still, excited for its release!

Posted at 9:35PM on Apr 28th 2007 by Atomu

2. First post on Colin's First post!

;)

Posted at 9:36PM on Apr 28th 2007 by Colin

3. Doh!

Posted at 9:36PM on Apr 28th 2007 by Colin

4. Omg Colin! Are you in anyway related to Colin from the Colin McRae series?

Posted at 9:49PM on Apr 28th 2007 by Moe

5. I know I'm not...but tell me Moe, are you in any way related to the Moe from the Simpsons?

Posted at 10:00PM on Apr 28th 2007 by Colin

6. I wouldn't read too much into Gamespot's rating. they are historically anti-Sony. Just read their News section.

as long as this game keeps on getting good reviews elsewhere, I will buy it.

Posted at 10:09PM on Apr 28th 2007 by kingofwale

7. I like the cut of your jib Colin. Well played sir.

Posted at 10:19PM on Apr 28th 2007 by Moe

8. David Jaffe is a joke. Take the critique like a man.

Posted at 10:23PM on Apr 28th 2007 by Arno

9. I don't think I'll be picking this up. It looks like a really fun game to play with friends. I have a bunch of friends on Xbox Live, but no friends with a PS3. I don't see having the same fun with random people over the net. It would be a lot better to be voice chatting with friends and mocking them when I steal a convict from them.

Posted at 10:29PM on Apr 28th 2007 by Hoffer

10. Hoffer, I'll be your friend! I swear I'm good at being a friend.

Posted at 10:53PM on Apr 28th 2007 by Moe

11. since I bought a ps3 I have avoided GAMESPOT.

Posted at 11:50PM on Apr 28th 2007 by sicklesdawg

12. gamespot is is owned by cnet, which is owned by microsoft.

Posted at 12:46AM on Apr 29th 2007 by #1FanBoy

13. but cnet has the PS3 as the #1 most wanted this week, and #5 last week, X-box never even made the list.

explain that!

ok. cnet also has sony adds all over. But if cnet is unaffected in there honesty, why not gamespot. I think they are just 360 fanboys, and even if they wernt paid off by microsoft they would be the same dicks they already are.

Posted at 2:08AM on Apr 29th 2007 by Atomu

14. 2 colins? (head esplodes) this could get messy.

I also have 0 PS3 friends :( A few people have added me after playing on resistance, but we never talk, then just delete eachother after a while. They really should include just a small cheap usb headset with the ps3. Very few people use headsets I find.

I wish someone I already knew had a PS3. soon... soon...

Posted at 2:13AM on Apr 29th 2007 by The Jerk.

15. GameSpot are a bunch of FPS and Sports whores.. unless the game has you go around shooting people or has a football in it, it wont get rated well.

Posted at 8:54AM on Apr 29th 2007 by humpty

16. >but cnet has the PS3 as the #1 most wanted this week, and #5 last week, X-box never even made the list.


Sure, I will explain that. "Most Wanted" is ranked by how many people pick that product and put it in their "I want" section.

now, don't you wish you actually know how Cnet work before commenting now? ;)

Posted at 9:34AM on Apr 29th 2007 by kingofwale

17. Gamespot seems to hate most games people like, so I never put any faith in their reviews.

Posted at 11:47AM on Apr 29th 2007 by Ray

18. Congrats on your first post! haha.

Eh this game should be absolutely amazing with a bunch o friends. Ufortunately that means i gotta pick up 2 more controllers >

Posted at 1:31PM on Apr 29th 2007 by Dahk

19. I also need to pick up 2 more controllers for this game and Resistance. But should I wait for rumble or not or wait or not...aahhh!

Posted at 12:25AM on Apr 30th 2007 by donnie

20. "gamespot is is owned by cnet, which is owned by microsoft."
C|Net is not owned by Microsoft.

Posted at 2:11AM on Apr 30th 2007 by Strike Man

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