The Wii is the hot item these days--so why are review scores for Wii games significantly lower than those of Xbox 360 and PlayStation titles? Matt Matthews investigates the numbers behind the phenomenon.
There is bias to see pretty graphic on the screen. Average graphic - bad review. It's the reason why many PS3/XBOX360 titles(full of boredom) gets good review. There is bias to see so-called-mature contents. I.e. blood, violence and sex. No blood, violence and sex - bad review. It's the reason why many PS3/XBOX360 titles(full of boredom) gets good review. There is bias to create trash for Wii. Wide audience, so to sell 100k DVDs is not difficult. And development is cheap. It's the reason why Wii is Mecca of trash-makers. But, in fact normal gamesr like me DO NOT care about TRASH. So average rating among all games for platform is exclusively for idiots writing idiotic articles. I care only about best games, i.e. SMG/SSBB/Zelda/Metroid/RE4/Wii Sports/etc for Wii. DMC4/Uncharted/etc for PS3. Mass effect/Bioshock for XBOX360. And do not tell me that among best games we could find big difference in game rate
the reason for the low scores is many see the wii as a short term 'gimmick'
full props to nintendo they like to innovate and have done since time began but lots of developers arent as innovative (EA looking at you) so have no idea what to do with the wii so you see lots of games that were already out are now being rehashed for the wii with the only change being you now control the game with the wii remote.
devs like EA are used to certain genres which dont take much brain power like shooters or drving which is why they produce sequels yearly with little enhancement.
alot of people will say oh its because the wii isnt powerful but look at mario galaxy? nintendo have proved its more than how much polygons you can throw about!and im a ps3 owner
nintendo on the other hand are innovators which is why for the most part the only wii games that will get high scores eretik are nintendo ones and youve proven my point because every game you just mentioned are by nintendo you didnt mention one 3rd party game!
sony have aquired some good studios and are following the innovative route games like eye of judgement so props to them to.
RE4... ...not by Nintendo...
These graphs take an average of all games so the more games you have with a significant portion of those games scoring in the sub 60% region the lower the average. Simple math people. We all know that the ps3 has a smaller library of games but most of the games for the system are well above average. In my memory I can only recall a couple of games that received a sub 60% score. If anything this graph helps the 360 more because it still has a relatively high average while maintaing the largest library. Most of the stuff released on the wii is just "shovelware" games like red steel, boogey, and carnival games comes to mind. True the first party games are excellent as always but a limited list of excellent games doesnt make up for the truck load of garbage thats coming to the system. People system sales dont always equal qulity games, this helps bolster the gimmick image of the wii. People want the wii because it is the "it" thing to have now..
Isn't Wii's Mario Galaxy rated higher than BioShock and COD4 (Which is IMO unfair)?
Seriously, the reason behind low scores for most Wii game is because they are horrible cash ins from 3rd party publishers. Games like Jenga, Ninjabread Man and such DESERVE the 1/10s they got.
you have to make a good game to support a good score first. Super Mario galaxy and metroid and Zelda all got good scores i do believe.
Most wii games are s**t. soot
Another case solved.
I see my neighbor. I'm gonna go sit on his large wooden d**k. His deck and talk to him about this wii review score problem.
wii only has two good games. brawl metroid 3 But lucky for them thats enough to make me get one.
i am not sure but maybe low review scores says something about the games not being good.. revolutionary thought but this could be the reason.
because the people that review games dont want to be bothered with games like hannah montana, high school musical, Wii play, Wii Sports type of casual games. just like the one guy from EA, casual gamers dont care about review scores, so why should game makers bother worrying about em.
If you see countless publishers port their budget crap from PS2 to Wii it shouldn't make you wonder because of low review scores. The Wii 3rd party market gets swamped with low budget games that have the nerve to try to sell for full price. In the industry the Wii now stands for easy cash in for anything you pile on it. In the past Nintendo had a strict QC on the games released for their system, thats gone and voila: welcome crappy games The sad sideeffect is that customers where used to games for nintendo systems having some kind of Nintendo master quality check to be allowed to release. And therefor they would blindly buy a game for a Nintendo system if the title sounded nice. With the new "release what you like" policy that leads to angry buyers who got burned by bad games from bad developers they paid full price for. Thats the trend if you allow an unhealthy amount of shovelware on your system ;)
The most of low scores belong to crappy ports of PS2 titles and such from 3rd party publishers and the rest are because of cheap 3rd party exclusives that don't spend money on their games.
When 3rd party gems like No More Heroes and Zack & Wiki fail to sell while the low scoring crap like Carnival Games sells a lot, publishers will keep releasing low grade games like Carnival because they are ones that most Wii owners buy and they are the ones that bring so many low scores for Wii.
The obvious answer is that the majority of Wii owners are kiddies who don't buy games but their parents buy crap games like Drake and Josh or High School Musical. Of course there are some adults that own a Wii and there are some good games but they are more like the exception than the rule.
Microsoft is trying to convince people that Wii is for kids. It's wrong. Kids like realistic shooters, rivers of blood, expensive cars, violence and sexual babes, i.e. things commonly called as "mature contents". Reason is simple: Kids have no mature contents in their real life. But adults have more than enough mature contents in RL. So Wii is for adults, guns-and-cars consoles like XBOX360 & PS3 are for kids. Simple logic.
WRONG. Go look at amazon.com's sales and you'll see how the kiddie Wii games sell compared to big name PS3 and 360 titles.
If that's the obvious answer, surely you can provide hard evidence to prove that most Wii-owners are kids. http://www.n4g.com/News-444...
Would the Wii have the same amount of low review scores if there were just as many casual gamers reviewing the games as there are reviewers who live/breathe games for a living?
while I do think the Wii suffers from a lack of a solid library of really "awesome" games, I also think too many reviewers fail to put games in their proper context. You can't review a casual game and hold it to the criteria of a PC shooter. We need to enjoy games for what they are.
Exactly, Cat. For the same reason that many avid gamers frown upon the Wii, I think many game reviewers (who are avid gamers) fail to see what makes these games appealing to other audiences. But I think the DS helped a lot in this respect, having been forcing game reviewers to evaluate games that appeal to demographics very different than their own.
are directly coming from the Wii's sometimes frustrating controls. Playing games in that way/method will take some time for Devs to get used to, and again plenty of Devs stayed off the wii the first year..like EA and such..so we are seeing "First Gen" games from these devs trying to implement the Wii-Motes and such with their Ideas, which they might not be getting right, the first time around. I expect to see a lot more garbage games for Wii because the Dev kits are cheap and almost any dev can make a game for it, so it's library will be huge, but with a lot of lackluster titles. It will have it fareshare of sweet games aswell.
Many are just based on the motion control gimmick. Solid games for the Wii are just the old Nintendo franchises. Great games, no doubt. It has nothing to do with a graphical comparison to PS3 and 360. There are just a lot of crappy games coming out on the system. The amount of fun you have playing a game is what review scores (for the most part) are based on, not technical power.
THere are only couple of ways you can make good use of wii mote for games. Mostly sports. Rest cause arm fatigue and with ps2 looking graphics on HDTV look worse than atari so naturally if you're a gamer you will be put off as fast as looking at britney spears drunk face.
When will people realize that all a review is- is someone elses opinion on a game that happens to work for a company.
Because the games are bad? No really, simple logic...as MK said..Jenga, Playground etc etc.
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