Last Friday, word had spread that Konami was asking reviewers of Metal Gear Solid 4 to avoid mentioning details about the cut scenes in their reviews. It's a common practice for publishers to ask reviewers not to mention story details in their reviews in an attempt to keep the public spoiler free. However, Konami wasn't talking about story details, they didn't want the length of cut scenes mentioned.
As a result, Electronic Gaming Monthly magazine and 1up.com have chosen to not offer a formal review of the game, as they felt an agreement of this sort would compromise their review.
In this week's Sessler's Soapbox, Adam gets to the heart of this story and tries to understand what Konami is asking of reviewers and if agreements such as these make reviews unreliable to the general public.
What do you think? Is it right of Konami to ask game journalists to withhold technical information from their reviews? Check out the video and let us know what you think, or share your thoughts on our forums.
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