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Nilaul
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(03-13-2014, 02:09 AM)
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01:09 Am London time:


1st before, 2nd after.

01:47 Am London time:





After Microsoft's youtube fiasco, comes Microsoft's/EA's review fiasco. Amazon is removing both verified purchased reviews and well written truthful reviews. Even though they have been already caught doing so today multiple times, they continue doing so.

They seem to remove reviews that emphasize on negatives (this may include a 5 star one) or significantly lower the product of the rating.

Edit 1: It may not actually be Microsoft's doing but it could be EA's. Or Amazon just went crazy (considering their usual pro-consumer stance). Of course they could just blame it on a server error or an algorithm or even aliens.

Edit 2: http://www.*****************/2014/03/...-games-rating/

Edit 3: Off dualshockers . This review for example was legit and has been removed (amazon verified purchase). Images provided: Here and Here

Edit 4: The biggest amazon thread/discussion about the issue: Here

Link to Reviews


Unfortunately I do not have time machine, and I cannot go back to screenshot and catalogue all the past "good" reviews. If a mod wants to, he/she may lock this thread.
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CarbonRevenge
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(03-13-2014, 02:10 AM)
It's 5 stars or tell us what we could do better.
vxXJordanXxv
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(03-13-2014, 02:10 AM)
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I look forward to the rest of this thread.
Persona7
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(03-13-2014, 02:11 AM)
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Well, where are the screenshots of the reviews they removed?
Rebel Leader
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(03-13-2014, 02:11 AM)
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wait... what.... why?
OldAsUrSock
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(03-13-2014, 02:11 AM)
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Got get that EA money somehow.
Ludicrous Speed
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(03-13-2014, 02:11 AM)
What am I looking at?
LookAtMeGo
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They removed a 5 star one too
GregLombardi
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(03-13-2014, 02:11 AM)
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There will come a time when such things cannot be bought.
Soulflarz
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(03-13-2014, 02:11 AM)
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Is this a first by them?
RE_Player
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(03-13-2014, 02:11 AM)
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They also removed one 5 star.
R dott B
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(03-13-2014, 02:11 AM)
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I wonder if those "reviews" are like the metacritic user reviews lol.
Dragonborn
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(03-13-2014, 02:11 AM)
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Perhaps the one-star reviews that were culled weren't very constructive? If not, then honestly, I'm not surprised either way.
Otakumegane
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(03-13-2014, 02:11 AM)
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So I should retaliate by low voting this right?
Pikma
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(03-13-2014, 02:11 AM)
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MS & EA doing shameless things to protect their products' image? Groundbreaking!
Also, In before a dropatitan.gif...
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darthbob
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Originally Posted by Nilaul



After Microsoft's youtube fiasco, comes Microsoft's review fiasco. Amazon is removing both verified purchased reviews and well written truthful reviews. Even though they have been caught doing so already multiple times, they continue doing so.

This doesn't really prove anything.
theytookourjobz
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(03-13-2014, 02:11 AM)
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How do we know which image came first?
Blair
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(03-13-2014, 02:12 AM)
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Amazon buying xbox confirmed
KojiKnight
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(03-13-2014, 02:12 AM)
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Wow, made it to the first page before the train wreck hits...

Microsoft is getting super aggressive "shaping the narrative" around it's games... a little sickening.
GluedOnBeard
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(03-13-2014, 02:12 AM)
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Some people have way too much time on their hands. A 5 star review also got removed.
Ludicrous Speed
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(03-13-2014, 02:12 AM)

Originally Posted by Pikma

MS doing shameless things to protect their products' image? Groundbreaking!
Also, In before a dropatitan.gif...

Did MS buy amazon? I'm out of the loop here
Garrett 2U
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(03-13-2014, 02:12 AM)
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They do have guidelines for their reviews.
That might account for reviews that were removed...
It's not exactly new for fanboys to troll reviews, just go look at metacritic haha.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/community-h...ews-guidelines
Abdul Hafeez
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(03-13-2014, 02:12 AM)
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Originally Posted by Ludicrous Speed

What am I looking at?

Yeah, that's what I'm trying to figure out.
RadarScope1
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(03-13-2014, 02:12 AM)
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Dumb. Doesn't this kind if thing typically backfire once the word gets out about what they're doing?
FrostuTheNinja
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(03-13-2014, 02:13 AM)
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Originally Posted by Blair

Amazon buying xbox confirmed

I laughed, I thought, I cried.
Dragonborn
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(03-13-2014, 02:13 AM)
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Originally Posted by theytookourjobz

How do we know which image came first?

I didn't even think of that. Good point. Could be the on the right was taken first?

Edit: never mind, I checked and there's still only 8 1-star reviews.
Neiteio
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(03-13-2014, 02:13 AM)
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Hmm, assuming those screencaps are in chronological order as alleged, it's curious that one of the five-star reviews was also taken down (96 perfect scores in the first cap, dropped to 95 perfect scores in the second).
Abounder
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(03-13-2014, 02:13 AM)
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Meanwhile at MetaCritic.... http://www.metacritic.com/game/xbox-one/titanfall

Welcome to console wars and astro turfing. After reading some of the "user" reviews on games and consoles....more moderation is a good thing than bad here, in my opinion.
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ZeroX03
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Some screens of the removed reviews would be nice before jumping to conclusions.
Metalingus5150
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Dat competition in the industry.
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Originally Posted by KojiKnight

Wow, made it to the first page before the train wreck hits...

Microsoft is getting super aggressive "shaping the narrative" around it's games... a little sickening.

Lol
Hazaro
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(03-13-2014, 02:13 AM)
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Post the reviews being removed and look at their user account creation dates, past reviews, etc

Would not surprise me if they have SOME reqs. after things like SimCity.

Easy to hate on EA, but not fair without more evidence.
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Originally Posted by GluedOnBeard

A 5 star review also got removed.

He forgot to write "fun" enough times. /s
Steverulez
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(03-13-2014, 02:13 AM)
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Originally Posted by KojiKnight

Wow, made it to the first page before the train wreck hits...

Microsoft is getting super aggressive "shaping the narrative" around it's games... a little sickening.

Its not a Microsoft game, its an EA game...
Nutter
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(03-13-2014, 02:13 AM)
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So did they also remove a 5 star rating too?

But let's jump to conclusions.
Bloodrage
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(03-13-2014, 02:13 AM)
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So who's responsible for this, Microsoft or EA? I remember the PS4 getting 1 star ratings on Amazon before it even launched in NA, which they allowed.
StaticJam
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Read the 1-star reviews. Only one of them really reads like a troll, others are genuinely upset over the lack of campaign and singleplayer.
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(03-13-2014, 02:13 AM)
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Originally Posted by Soulflarz

Is this a first by them?

https://www.google.com/search?q=amaz...sm=91&ie=UTF-8

Doesn't look like it.
derExperte
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Originally Posted by KojiKnight

Wow, made it to the first page before the train wreck hits...

Microsoft is getting super aggressive "shaping the narrative" around it's games... a little sickening.

Microsoft? I read a few one star 'reviews' and calling them reviews would be pushing it.
djblackice
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(03-13-2014, 02:14 AM)
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Tell me more about this stadium design competition.


I entered one at my nuclear power plant and beat out a bunch of snot nosed kids. Suckers! I didn't even enter on my own, some pencil neck geek entered me on his own.

That'll show him! Now where's that dietetic lunch I was eating?
213372bu
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(03-13-2014, 02:14 AM)
I think you're missed informed, overall the votes on the right were also lower I think for 5-star as well.

Unless Microsoft is censoring "too good to be true." Lol.

OP, did you take these pictures or what's your source?
Benzychenz
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Originally Posted by RE_Player

They also removed one 5 star.

Yeah this, makes it look like they're just removing unconstructive stuff like "5 stars, game rules!!!" and "1 star, shit sucks".
Though I don't know how Amazon reviews work.
Doffen
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Originally Posted by KojiKnight

Wow, made it to the first page before the train wreck hits...

Microsoft is getting super aggressive "shaping the narrative" around it's games... a little sickening.

Microsoft? sure...
daveo42
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Timestamp? Right now it's just two pictures without much in the way of an actual timeframe here.
ReBurn
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Wouldn't be surprised if they removed reviews from people they can't verify have purchased the game. I wouldn't want my reviews section to turn into a fanboy battlefield like Metacritic.
KojiKnight
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(03-13-2014, 02:14 AM)
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Originally Posted by Abounder

Meanwhile at MetaCritic.... http://www.metacritic.com/game/xbox-one/titanfall

Welcome to console wars and astro turfing

Hi im a sony fan and i have not played this game....................BUT IT IS THE WORST GAME OF ALL TIME!!! Im here to tell facts not lies. Hahaha XBOX ONE SUCKS TOO!!!!!! Sony 4 life YAHHH YALL DON'TEVEN LIFT......YOU MAD BRO?

No no no... no console wars or astro turfing there. See, he even says he's telling facts and not lies!
Toxi
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(03-13-2014, 02:15 AM)
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Originally Posted by RE_Player

They also removed one 5 star.

Yeah, I noticed that too.

Seems like they're just deleting reviews that are reported or get low user ratings or something. And unfortunately, most of those are the low reviews because most of the people on the review page are the fanboys who like a game.
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(03-13-2014, 02:15 AM)
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Originally Posted by theytookourjobz

How do we know which image came first?

If you go check the page right now, it matches up with the picture on the right. The picture on the left shows higher numbers, therefore there are less reviews now than there was when the picture on the left was taken.
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Originally Posted by GregLombardi

There will come a time when such things cannot be bought.

*benderlaughingohyourserious.gif*

Why didn't Microsoft delete all the 1-4 star reviews? Go whole hog on this beast.
Ludicrous Speed
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(03-13-2014, 02:15 AM)
Found this review on metacritic:

Hi im a sony fan and i have not played this game....................BUT IT IS THE WORST GAME OF ALL TIME!!!

So these are the types of reviews amazon should allow, right?

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