The same thing happened to me back in 2001 when I bought WWII Online. That game was supposed to be epic and no one was able to play it due to server issues. You were supposed to be able to play with 10,000 people plus at once.
It was a pretty unique game in that actual distances were mapped mile for mile and the damage models were incredibly accurate, even by today`s standards.
Its still going strong and has been updated actually and plays quite well.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II_Online
That's interesting -- I didn't know that game was still around. I imagine that the playerbase is a somewhat small but dedicated group? Is there any room for griefing?
Company of Heroes is the best WWII-era game I've ever played, though I'm sure that the mechanics it employs would be amazing in just about any setting.
Amazon review bombing is a cheap tactic employed by a crowd of petulant turds who get mad when a product isn't precisely what they expect it to be. This leads to spiteful and at times arbitrary bombings, such as when Mass Effect 3 was bombed due to its (admittedly shitty) ending. As best as I was able to tell, the game was very good despite the ending, especially the multiplayer.
While bombing can in principle be a means of expressing valid protestation (such as when one is ripped off), as of right now it is a trolling tool. That said, I doubt it impacts sales any.