Too many gamers expect excellent scores


 

When a major blockbuster game is released, reviews start to pour in. Fans are very happy to find that the game has received good review scores 9’s, even 10’s. If a review comes out giving the game a 7, fans of the series immediately flock to the comments section of whatever website released it, and rage, calling the review a fanboy, a retard, a hater, and more. Gamers are far too expecting of 9/10, or 10/10 on their major franchises, and it’s the industry’s fault that gamers have this mentality.

It almost seems like review sites are giving out 9’s far too often and because of this, people almost expect 9’s from every single big budget game. This ultimately is going to cause damage to the industry as a whole, because when a game gets anything lower than an 8, people call it a mediocre game, or even go as far as calling it a failure. Last, I checked, the definition of a failure is anything less than a 6, not a 7 or an 8. A game getting a B or a C is still more than acceptable, if not great. But because of 90% scores being given out so frequently to most big budget games with enough hype behind them, gamers have started expecting that every game they want to own is a 9 or higher.

 

I don’t see people going around getting pissed off when movies get scores less than a 9. Most movie critics I read almost never give 9’s, and every time I have watched a movie where most critics gave it a close to perfect score, It was an amazing movie. I can’t describe the amount of times I have bought a game that scored mostly perfect and felt like the game was not deserving of the score at all. Some games that come to mind are GTA:4, Modern Warfare 2, and even Halo Reach. There are very few that’s that I would consider nearly perfect, yet almost every major big budget release gets an amazing score.

Games that are sequels to highly popular games also seem to get a free pass. If a game got good scores before, it’s almost certain that its sequel will score just as well, even if it did little to improve upon the last game, or is still plagued by similar issues. I can’t stand it when I buy a sequel to a game that received a good score, and I find I am essentially playing an expansion pack to the previous game that’s still plagued with the same issues as the last. Exclusives are almost the same way. If a game is exclusive to a console, they easily get higher scores than if they were multi-platform.

Honestly, scores 90% or higher should be a rarity in the gaming industry. Gamers are too expecting of good scores these days. Because of the commonality of 9’s, the true gaming gems never seem to stand out, as they should.


Jidery
Hi I’m J.D. but most people know me as Jidery on the inter-webs. I want a way to express my opinion and show the world what i think about gaming. Gamer tag: Jidery
5 comments
ittybit
ittybit

I partially have to agree with your article. Lots of gamers do expect 9's and 10's for the games they've been championing pre-release. If you've been looking forward to a game for months upon months, you're going to be pissed if it comes out and gets anything other than a 9 or 10. Reviews from professional review sites have a number of problems. First of all, they make their money from advertisements from the games they're supposed to "review". This leads to scores being bought, reviewers overlooking poor parts of the game, etc., etc. Second, some times the early review copies are given to websites/magazines on the express condition that they don't publish the review unless they get a score of, let's say, 8 or higher. Konami practically banned jounalists from writing about the hours upon hours of cut scenes in the early reviews of Metal Gear Solid 4. Third, reviewers are just as big of fanboys as the rest of us. That's how games like Dragon Age 2 got some of their review scores. Or, in the case of IGN and High Voltage Software, a website/reviewer wants so badly for a game to succeed that they'll ignore the mighty shortfalls of a game and give a higher-that-it-should-be score to a game just to get more people to possibly buy it. Fourth, IGN.com owns way too many gaming websites. But you have the opposite end of the spectrum where a reviewer will give an okay or even good review a scathing review just to drum up web traffic (for instance, Entertainment Weekly's review of Kirby's Epic Yarn). This idea of high scores for high profile games isn't going anywhere. It's the reviewers own damn fault. The only way to battle the trend is with independent websites like these, where we write and review because we want to, not necessarily because we're paid to.

Jared
Jared

This article definitely wasn't what I thought it would be about...rather the opposite..i definitely think this article should be called 'Too many JOURNALISTS expect TO GIVE excellent scores'... us readers add no weight to your review. You write them, then we read them. And honestly in this world of $60 games-gamer's have the right to be selective. Often time's when I read reviews (not necessarily just for games) I actually seek out the lower spectrum reviews of the game to find the weakest points about the game, or product. Generally if they are 9/10s...I'll skip to the last paragraph to get the gist of the review, but for the most part, the real dirt comes out in the strict... 6/10-8/10 reviews.

horizon011
horizon011

i think your wrong completely.. the gaming industry is riddled with paid off reviewers and reviewers who give a game a high review just on who publishes it alone.. take Dragon Age 2 for instance everyone hated that game and thought it was trash and Biowares first utter shit game.. and yet reviewers gave it high ratings?? WTF..yes its true...alot of the fans FLOCKD to metacritic giving it a real review(reason behind huge amount of low reviews for users)..and than a great game came out after it that wasnt a complete console port that was severely dumbd down and it recieved a 6/10(wont mention who) instantly the community called bullshit and it was chock a block full of real users giving the game higher praise and calling the faggot..a faggot.. So the problem is the reviewers giving shit reviews or being such a simpleton there giving the best games crappy reviews cause there a casual gamer...but if thats the case u just walk away from that reviewer and dont take his oppinion seriously. Its a touchy subject with so many rights and wrongs and oppinions... it was just disgusting how Dragon Age 2 recieved anything above a middle rating..but u cant escape it..

b
b

Well, it's not as if us peons are like video game reviewers who get free games from publishers. We have to buy our games, and majority costs $60 a pop. Frankly, I don't care about scores in the 90s or whatever. It's not like I'm relying on one review, I'm relying on an aggregate of reviews (But NOT Metacritic) and seeing similar pros and cons reviewed in each. Everyone who buys a 4-star, 90, B+/A game all because of 3 reviews from large websites like Metacritic and IGN deserves to feel whatever they feel when they actually play the game. I'll check a variety of opinions from anywhere, be it word of mouth, forums, blogs like these to truly understand how the game will be like.

josh
josh

The real reason people expect 9s is because games cost so dam much if games were cheaper I would have no problem buying a 5 or 6 rated game because if it sucked I wouldn't feel as bad