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GOG says no to review bombing following Hitman debackle

GOG says no to review bombing following Hitman debackle

CD Projekt's GOG.com store has said it will not stand for review bombing of products on its platform.

This comes in the wake of Hitman: Game of the Year Edition launching on the storefront on September 22nd and requiring an internet connection to play, despite its store page saying this isn't the case. As is often the case, this resulted in users giving the title negative reviews, often mentioning "online DRM."

While some parts of the game can be played offline, there are a lot of modes that require users be online. This has now been properly labelled on Hitman's store page.

In a post on GOG's forums, a member of staff called said that it was looking into the matter, but said that it drew the line at review bombing.

"Thank you for bringing this topic to our attention," the post said.

"We're looking into it and will be updating you in the coming weeks. In case you have purchased Hitman and are not satisfied with the released version, you can use your right to refund the game. At the same time, while we're open for meritful discussion and feedback, we will not tolerate review bombing and will be removing posts that do not follow our review guidelines."


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Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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