Hitman Players Are Complaining About GOG’s Supposed DRM-Free Claims, Pushing Them to Bomb Reviews
Hitman – Game of the Year just launched on GOG earlier tis week, but its fans are not too happy after they found out that a lot of the stealth game’s important parts have been locked behind online Digital Rights Management checks. This has rubbed a huge part of the gaming community the wrong way, considering that GOG has always made a big deal about being DRM-free.
GOG.com is an online store front that, at first, only allowed game devs to sell older PC gaming titles. Now, however, it has evolved and has been selling newer and more modern games, as well. GOG has also constantly boasted that they do not, and will not, support any forms of DRM.
Oddly, Hitman – Game of the Year Edition seemed to have blurred the lines between what is and what is not DRM, causing the community to criticize the game and bomb their reviews. Hitman – Game of the Year is currently sitting at a historical low score of 1.4 out of 5. This overall rating is not expected for a game that was met with critical acclaim when it was launched.
“You can play through the game with the basic options, but many features, such as unlocking weapons, items, outfits, starting locations, and more, are locked behind an online requirement,” complained one Hitman player. “The GOG page does not make this clear and is extremely misleading.”
“Playing the game offline means you never unlock new content and you will have to start with a default loadout of a regular suit and silenced pistol always,” wrote another.
GOG responded to the Hitman community’s complaints and promised that they “are looking into it” and will provide further information “in the coming weeks.” However, they will definitely not tolerate players who bomb reviews just because of their dissatisfaction about the game.
“In case you have purchased Hitman and are not satisfied with the released version, you can use your right to refund the game,” GOG’s rep said in a statement. “At the same time, while we are open for meritful discussion and feedback, we will not tolerate review bombing and will be removing posts that do not follow our review guidelines.”