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.