The first reviews for Rockstar Games' latest iteration of its megahit Grand Theft Auto franchise hit the Internet this morning, and as expected, the parade of 100s and "A"s followed.
Two reviews, however, have drawn the ire of the gaming community: The Escapist's 3.5 out of 5 review (which correlates to an unfathomable 70 on Metacritic) who compared the three main characters to Lee Harvey Oswald in the Kennedy Assassination simulator "JFK Reloaded".
Another one has drawn even more ire, despite its higher score (90 out of 100!) is Carolyn Petit's review on GameSpot.
Rockstar Games, and specifically there Grand Theft Auto series, is lauded and criticized for their violence and sexual content in their games. But one of the lesser-talked-about facets of their games (and, again, specifically GTA) is that it's a biting satire of current and past social, political and cultural trends.
In Petit's review, she seems to knock off 10 points for calling out GTAV's "misogynist" portrayal of women, which has resulted in an onslaught of criticism from the gaming community for her, apparently, not "getting" GTA.
But does Petit have a point? Or is she simply seeing misogyny instead of parody? Or, even still, is there a point when parody swings all the way around that it becomes the thing it was parodying in the first place? And, if so, where does GTA fit on that plane?
Furthermore, is she receiving more criticism because she's a woman (a trans woman at that)?
Others have called into question whether or not this is "click-bait", an intentionally controversial piece designed to draw attention to the website, not unlike Polygon's much maligned review of The Last of Us earlier this year.