The shills are out but this is a common enough occurrence when a product has just been release and there is a ...deluge reviews on it. I doubt that the fact that they are mostly negative has anything to do with it.
What IS notable is that since the game is hardly out (hence no fans yet) and the reviews are hard to find, where do all those negative votes come from?
This is going to be a test for Amazon's new vetting system of campaign votes.
There are known glitches with EA and 2K game reviews in the past; it is uh... merely a coincident. Having said that, give Amazon a chance - and some time. For all its faults, Amazon is still one of the best online vendors that let Customers discuss the products freely - much to the chagrin of some publishers and their PR agents. By the way, I notice that not all of the reviews for Stalker: Call of Pripyat is up yesterday (they are now) - and those are mostly 5-stars.
True H.LE. Amazon.com may not be 100% impervious to corporate supplier pressure but it still has the best record in free speech. At least the US site.
ERICH, I find it very hard to believe that there is a ...pro-DRM crowd. Who would ask for more restrictions, more annoyances and even more security risks? Remember the characters that appeared out of nowhere to defend SPORE? Just wait and see what will come up out of the swamp this time...
If they do not work for the game developer/publisher they work for the DRM-provider. And SecuROM has hardly came under attack so far.
I stop video game shopping from Amazon UK when they stop shipping game oversea (they also prevent their market vendors from shipping games oversea). Censoring product reviews and discussion was the final straw that prevented me from shopping from them altogether.
Sometimes there are just bigger things at stake. You could have prepared an amazing meal by a world class chef, but you still wouldn't eat it if it were poisoned. It's a silly analogy, but this kind of stuff is poisoning a long legacy of pc gaming. No level of entertainment - and that's all this is - is worth sacrificing core values: privacy, individuality and autonomy.
My version is that you could have the greatest course served personally by the most famous chef in in the greatest restaurant but you still won't touch it if there is a tiny little piece of sh*! on side of the plate... and that's what we get every time when we face limited activation and so forth.