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How to Fix the Video Game Review System

Over the years, a few things have been omitted from the process of game reviews in favor of a more streamlined approach that is primarily focused on appealing to the lowest common denominator of gamer. Too often have we, as critics, felt satisfied with evaluating games from a shallow perspective without spending the time to dig deeper into the mechanics and theory behind the development of each title. It’s time we make a change.

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iamnsuperman1423d ago

It is really up to us to not have a hissy fit/buy games when they get a score of 7.5 or 8.

wallis1423d ago

I think yahtzee has the best score system - as in non-existent. A reviewer should be able to infer all the qualities of a numerical score in the content of the review, there's no need to reduce such a difficult and complicated medium to 8 or 9 out of 10. It's bizarre and exceptionally pointless. Critics should highlight the subjective nature of reviews and the importance of taking one person'a interpretations with a pinch of salt before removing the number system entirely.

No one ever complains abmiguity in yahtzee'a reviews because he uses phrases like "better than jesus" and "more fun than a triple c*nted hooker" - those words tell you everything you need to know without stamping a 9 on the game's cover.

PopRocks3591423d ago

It should not boil down to a numerical score. Players should actually READ the review to get an idea of how the game plays, not to have someone else's overall opinion dictate their own.

CouldHaveYelledUiiW1423d ago

I agree.

There has been many a time where I looked at the final score of a game, that I was looking forward to, and was discouraged in buying the game UNTIL I read the review and found out the reason why the score was so low.

If you own a Wii you understand to read the reviews because they can take points off for graphics.

Or if a particular game of a genre- tried a new control scheme (see KI:Uprising).

Or because the Hero(ine), who never talked before, is forced into a "Sexist" storyline.

You got to read why they take-off the points.
(Personally, I think IGN's is pretty decent; they even show Online Average and the average score of Consumers.