Gamers Protest Microsoft Studio Closure With Hi-Fi Rush ‘Reverse Review Bombs’ | Gaming

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Microsoft’s controversial decision to shut down Tango Gameworks has triggered a flood of review-bombing from upset consumers. But rather than attacking, people are posting positive reviews for the studio’s final game, Hi-Fi Rush.

These so-called “reverse review bombs” resulted in over 500 new glowing reviews for the unique action title today on Steam.

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Some of the reviews take shots at Microsoft, which decided to close Tango Gameworks along with three other studios, including Arkane Austin, to focus on “high-impact titles.”

“This is probably one of the best rhythm games ever made. Microsoft didn’t deserve Tango Gameworks,” wrote one reviewer. Another called for Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer to “drown in lava” and encouraged gamers to “support indies.”

Microsoft gained control of Hi-Fi Rush’s developer after acquiring ZeniMax Media, the parent of Bethesda Game Studios, in 2020 for $7.5 billion. On Tuesday, the company announced the closure of Tango Gameworks, telling Microsoft employees it had to focus on “opportunities that are best positioned for success.”

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