Fired Kane & Lynch Reviewer Gets The Last Laugh, 5 Years Later

Fired Kane & Lynch Reviewer Gets The Last Laugh, 5 Years Later

Game reviewer Jeff Gerstmann, who parted ways with GameSpot five years ago after publisher Eidos took issue with his review of Kane & Lynch, has returned to his old stomping grounds. GameSpot parent company CBS purchased Gerstmann’s website, GiantBomb, today. GiantBomb will still exist as an autonomous publication. [Justin.TV]


  • To be honest, I can see why he was fired. Kane and Lynch was a bad game, but he was clearly upset when he reviewed it and he wasn’t an impartial reviewer, he went from reviewing the game to attacking it personally, and I can see why they took offence to it. Clearly he couldn’t justify his actions so he ended up being fired. I don’t think it was corporate selloutedness, I think he was just doing a poor job.

    Plus, he gave Brutal Legend a 3/10. Personally, I give that game an 8/10, but I can understand giving it something as low as 5/10. But a 3/10? Really? Come on dude, you’re just a reviewer troll.

    • Troll reviewer aside, if he didn’t like the game and he attacked it, he is a reviewer and should have that option.

      The problem is then when the company that distributes the game (Edios) come along and say to your boss, we don’t like the review of our game and we are going to pull all our advertising in the future. Jeff gets fired, the advertising money is safe and the future we are left with is that the average score becomes a “7” and reviews begin to become paid advertisements. We’ve heard rumours in the past where certain reviews can only be published before an embargo if it gets 9 or above.

  • Ummm, it was never actually established that Gerstmann was sacked due to his Kane and Lynch review. It’s the popular belief, but neither Gerstmann nor Gamespot actually confirmed this to be the case. For all we know he could have been sacked for looking at porn while at work.

    To me, it would seem kind of strange for Gamespot to sack him for the review, but leave the review (and video review) up on the site and unedited. I get the feeling there was more happening behind the scenes that the public was been privy to.

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