Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montreal and Square Enix released Shadow of the Tomb Raider back in September to mostly positive reviews. However, the game has recently been the goal of the community-driven act of review bombing. It is for a fairly interesting reason as well. So what happened?
Well, The shadow of Tomb Raider received a 34% discount on Steam back on October 16th. It was only a month away from the 14th of September release date, for which the game was launched at 59.99 USD. According to GameInformer, this caused the negative backlash by review bombing.
Basically, after the 34% discount price cut was published, players became angry with the reality of having paid full prize for Shadow of the Tomb Raider . When in theory they could have waited just one month to get the game with a third of their prize released.
It may seem an incomparable thing, but putting $ 60 into the match on day one, just to find out that it’s marked shortly after the release would make many people smoke. Especially if they are short of money and could have saved some coins to buy any other game like Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 or Red Dead Redemption 2 .
The general feeling among players is that the so-called gameplay, mixed with the rather rapid price cut, has led the fans to feel burned. Both the sudden uptick in review lambasting.
I wonder if Square Enix could have saved some of the drive from users if the company had just launched the game at only $ 39.99 instead of $ 60. A lower prize may have been enough to persuade players to give Shadow of the Tomb Raider a fair trial without being guilty of the purchase, even if the discount occurred one month later for 10% or 15% off .
To be sure, there are also some legitimate complaints about the real gameplay. Many People Feel Like The Tomb Raider Shadow was a step back from the more expansive open world offers featured in Rise of the Tomb Raider . There were also some people who complained that they did not like how Lara was depicted in the last part, which was only reinforced by the idea that the game was dropped as soon as it was released.
Some think the negative reactions to the game are unfair to the developers. Others, however, feel like some people are motivated to be angry that they paid full prize for the game just because the game should be discounted weeks later. It’s a cracked situation, because Square obviously wanted to make the bank on the game as much as possible.
If the sale did not go well during the initial launch, however, the company felt compelled to lower the price to get as many customers as possible before the fall fall. Let’s not forget that Battlefield V and Let’s Go Pokemon Games will also be released in November. That time makes it even harder for a game like The Shadow of Tomb Raider to protrude.