If you’re wondering why the latest issue of EGM is lacking the Metal Gear Solid review, you don’t have to look any further than 1up.com. The site published a statement saying why they’re holding off on publishing the review for another month. They said:
“Metal Gear Solid 4 will hit store shelves shortly after this issue of EGM lands in your hot little hands. And four EGM editors — Matt Leone, Jeremy Parish, Andrew Pfister, and Shane Bettenhausen — have already invested plenty of time in the game. So why don’t we have a full review in this issue? Simply put: We weren’t happy with the limitations Konami wanted to impose on our comments, and rather than publish compromised reviews in the interest of being the first to rate the game, we’d rather wait until next issue, where we can be completely open and thorough with our thoughts. In the meantime, our MGS4 vets sat down for an informal chat about the game (and remember — [once the limitations are lifted] you can find the full review on 1UP.com!).”
Good on EGM and the 1up Network. In my honest opinion, any review coming out before the release date is in part tainted. Maybe the score wouldn’t have changed, but the limitations placed on the reviewers definitely will have shaped the written content.