Submitted by get2sammyb 908d ago | opinion piece

Do We Pay Too Much Attention to Review Scores?

Push Square: "The review embargo for God of War: Ascension lifted yesterday, prompting a cavalcade of forum posts regarding the status of Sony Santa Monica’s savage Spartan series. The title scored lower than previous entries, resulting in a Metacritic rating of 79 at the time of writing. According to the aggregate’s scale, that number suggests that the game received “generally favourable reviews” across the board. So, why are people acting like it’s the worst game of the year?" (3DS, PC, PS Vita, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360)

PopRocks359  +   909d ago
Some people do. I always make a point to play a game or its demo before I judge it. Once a games reception becomes word of mouth, people just seem to take it as fact.
ABizzel1  +   908d ago
I think review scores matter, but not nearly as much as they did say 5 or 10+ years ago. Thanks to youtube and other sites, people can actually see a large enough portion of the game to know whether or not it's a game they'd like, but 10 years ago review scores were all you really have to go by, because no one wanted to buy a bad game.

I think today review scores affect about 50% of the overall outcome of a game rather than nearly 100% 10 years ago. And I'd say that 50% is dropping, as you can see with some major gaming websites closing. Reviews are now more for bragging rights for fanboys so they can have a high score battle. But for sane gamers reviews are for that extra bit of confirmation on whether to buy a game Day 1, wait for a price cut, rent it, or in an extreme case pass all together.
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admiralvic  +   908d ago
Sites are closing because of the ease / popularity of other venues. It's hard to compete with 50 (though there are probably 100+ easy) little sites beating you to the punch and slapping it on N4G. Also a lot of people here are less trusting of bigger sites...


These are all sites we constantly see people saying are discreditable / ignore them or are surprised when they actually "do the right" thing. Needless to say, thats why larger sites are going under.
Derekvinyard13  +   908d ago
Very true bizzle
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showtimefolks  +   908d ago
i like watching the reviews and seeing pros and cons but a numbered score doesn't affect me in any way

if i am interested in a game than i want to play it myself to see how good or bad it is.
miyamoto  +   908d ago
Even reviews and review scores have price tags
Do We Pay Too Much Attention to Review Scores?

Its not the review or the scores....

...its the misinformation campaigns I am concerned about.

Even reviews and review scores have price tags because at the end of the day its all about money,clicks, hits and business.

We need critics not reviewers.

Just in YouTube alone anyone can be a reviewer.

There are tons of ways to go around this problem.

If seeing is believing and if you are personally skeptical, at least, go to You Tube and see for yourself.

Hence the PS4 Share button was made.
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Apollosupreme  +   908d ago
Reviews sometimes are accurate to me, sometimes not. It sometimes depends on how your taste lines up with the critic, other times it doesn't matter because the game is either outstanding or horrible.

Also there are a bunch of poor reviewers out there.

I find youtube helps a lot.
Hellsvacancy  +   908d ago
Only games ive bought based on reviews are Demon Souls and Ni No Kuni
BigStef71  +   909d ago
Good article. The way reviews are handled is pretty flawed because people focus on the number too much instead of what that score means from that particular site. Honestly the problem is sites like Metacritic which emphasizes the total averaged score
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WarThunder  +   908d ago
Reviews at least should be without useless scores....

I never bought a game based on reviews and never will.
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dboyc310  +   908d ago
I pay attention to them to an extent. If it's a franchise I like then it's a no Brainer I'm going to get it regardless of the score. But if a game is getting good reviews across the board I actually take my time to evaluate that said game more leading me to purchase it. It happened when I purchased Journey and Ni no Kuni both fantastic games that I would have ignored if it weren't for the good reviews.
smashcrashbash  +   908d ago
Because that is how people behave these days. Any slightly lower scores means it is the 'worst game ever'. People were just waiting to see if it was going to do badly and even if it doesn't do as badly as they thought it would they still have to harp on about it not doing as good as they thought it would.There are games that do much worse then certain games but people still treat them as if they have the plague.

An 8 for instance for GOW in certain people's eyes makes it an average game but for Tomb Raider an 8 means it is just fine. It all depends on if you want the game to succeed or not is what lets people let scores slide. The new DMC for instance scores were way above average but people preferred to harp on about every score that was 8 or slightly lower claiming that makes it a bad game.It all depends on the person's perspective.People right now attack you if even mention that Tomb Raider is only an 86 on metacritic as compared to Uncharted 2 and 3 but if Tomb Raider had a higher score then Uncharted on metacritic people would be quoting it constantly.People just use scores to belittle or one up a game for their convenience.An 7 or 8 for example can be bad or good depending on how much you want the game to succeed or fail. If you want it to fail anything below a 9 is bad. If you want it to succeed anything above a 6 is good
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Outside_ofthe_Box  +   908d ago
You hit the nail on the head yet again.

It's all about perception when it comes to review scores. People with the good/bad agenda do exactly what you described.

It also depends on how people tolerate "average." Some people only want to play top notch games meaning nothing below great. So scores in the 7s or lower would be seen as bad to them because they don't want to settle for mediocrity. Others that don't mind playing an "OK" game will see games scoring in the 7s and high 6s as not a bad score at all.

So it all depends on whether or not a particular person doesn't mind settling for mediocrity and also like you described if a particular person has a personal agenda he/she wants to push.
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Here's the thing chief. Playstation fans around here create alot of hype around certain games (mostly all their exclusives) which isn't necessarily a bad thing, in fact it's a great thing.
Problem comes when in when they start flaunting their upcoming games in the faces of other console owners, coming into articles unrelated to playstation and taunting other gamers with lists and kinect/wii jokes.
You see, you create alot of bad will amongst your fellow gamers and in turn make yourselves and the brands you love targets for retribution. And so when a much hyped game, created by a 1st party sony studio, like Ascension gets less than stellar reviews then of course people are going to make a big deal out of it. I mean come on, did you really think they'd let it go after all the smack talk you people do around here?
Why do you think Vita sales articles are so popular around here? People actually like to see Sony fail because they know it eats you guys up! That's the ill will you've created up in here and your tears about GoW are so tasty right now.
That is all
smashcrashbash  +   908d ago
That is complete BS. That is what you all do. Every game that comes up for Xbox 360 or Nintendo have fanboys dancing around and taunting us about how good it will be.You guys create ill will as well which is why people feel that they have to strike back. Look how people stirred up the hornets nest trying to claim that Tomb Raider is better then Uncharted. So people are ready to point out it's flaws to show you otherwise.And many of us were all set to allow Tomb Raider to pass unharmed without a single reference to how it look and plays like Uncharted.

Don't tell me about ill will. People had ill will towards Uncharted 2 the moment it was revealed calling it a Gears and Tomb Raider clone and even when it got awards and GOTY people still tried at every turn to bring it down.And let's not even talk about the Infamous and Prototype and Halo and Killzone comparisons that others created that we didn't even care about.And how soon we forget the Alan Wake will sell better then Heavy Rain and Uncharted 2 combined (which it didn't)So don't tell me any nonsense about what we cause.You guys give as much as you get and you don't even have to be goaded to do it.

You think it is funny when games we claim will do great don't do as great as we say. We think it is equally hilarious when it happens to you too when you make baseless claims and they are wrong like the claim that GT5 wouldn't sell much because people like FPS now and it sold millions? That was hilarious to hear every making excuses especially the shipped/sold garbage fanboys tried to use to spin units sold.We also thought was funny that people thought Conduit was equal in quality to Killzone and Gears
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Outside_ofthe_Box  +   908d ago
The console wars are serious business huh?
Riderz1337  +   908d ago
Here's the thing chief. Xbox fans do the same.

Godchild1020  +   908d ago
The general public doesn't. If they purchased a game in the same series or franchise, they will mostly likely purchase the next game if they liked and enjoyed the one before it. It also comes down to the developer and the games they made in the past.

People tend to worry more about reviews and the score when its a new IP. At least that is what I have gathered. Look at COD and AC on the Vita. And Sleeping Dogs and Dishonored. Both sold well, but the Vita games got low reviews and the ones on home consoles sold better with higher reviews.
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wishingW3L  +   908d ago
I gave you a disagree by accident but as of now your comment is the best one here. ;)
Tornadobounce  +   908d ago
No, we just can't be bothered reading the whole review.
CaptainYesterday  +   908d ago
I never decide to get a game based on a review, if I see some gameplay think it look's fun I will probably buy it :)
steve30x  +   908d ago
Yes some people take a review score seriously when in fact its only another persons opinion. I never pay attention to review scores because I might like a game that the reviewers didnt like.
Saryk  +   908d ago
I look at groups of reviews, get a average.
Unicron  +   908d ago
Review scores are meaningless. People need to form their own opinions instead of relying on someone else who probably has different tastes, and whose idea of an "8" is far different from yours or mine.

Doesn't help that Metacritic is an absolute joke either.
Roper316  +   908d ago
not me, if I am interested in a game I will buy it, play it & add it to my collection. Some games I love, some I think are ok & some I hate and don't even finish. But they are my own opinions based on playing the game for myself.
kma2k  +   908d ago
When a new game comes out i play it no matter what, i do look at the score of them just for fun.
arbitor365  +   908d ago
if you actually read the reviews that gave the game 7s, you can see that they are utterly full of crap.

casual morons who cant stand any skill-based, competitive, multilayer game with a learning curve

people who selectively bash a game like this for being a rehash, then turn around and give every yearly cod, assassin's creed, "new super mario bros" game 8.5s and 9s.

most reviewers these days dont have a clue what they are talking about or they are incredibly biased
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clintagious650  +   908d ago
The problem with reviews now days is most of the ppl who review games arent the right person to review it. Id rather have a fan of that certain game review the game because they will give the true cons & goods of the game. Having someone who doesnt even enjoy that certain game is like giving it to a person who doesnt even like video games and asking him or her for their opinion.
Ck1x  +   908d ago
I think the problem that publishers and developers have alike with review scores, is that they serve as a permanent report card in which their future projects are measured by. Which in turn either makes the game look bad by comparison or great. In the case of GoW:Ascension judging by the reviews coming in, many reviewers feel that this game isn't bringing a whole lot of new things to the table. Which doesn't make it a bad game, but it may keep the game from feeling fresh and exciting to existing players of the franchise. As an end user, I like review scores because it gives me a batting order to which I will purchase future games. A great glowing review means the game gets top priority, but an average review means I can wait awhile and maybe for a price drop before purchasing that particular title...
SlapHappyJesus  +   908d ago
I've despised some of the most highly regarded games released and loved games that were rated at middle of the road or lower.
That review score doesn't matter. It's just that random number used to try and grade the personal experience that one reviewer had with the game. Has nothing to do with what you will think of the title.
I've always said to ignore the score and pay attention to the review itself. Try and gauge whether or not the type of experience the reviewer is describing is something you will be interested in.
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Oh_Yeah  +   908d ago
I find I generally agree with metacritic scores...Some I'd add 5 points or take away 5 points at the most but usually those scores are pretty spot on with my opinion.
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Human Analog  +   908d ago
I think so.

For instance. I actually like Aliens: CM. I not only was not let down because I didn't watch or read all the crap about it during the last 2 years. I just waited for it to come out.

I still don't know what I am missing, and I think it is a good thing because I have one more game I can enjoy in my library.
pr0t0typeknuckles  +   908d ago
for some reason most people do, and its kind of a bad thing because theres a lot of bias in the journalist industry no matter if its games,movies,etc...,but i go off gut instinct and 9/10 times im right.
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Williamson  +   908d ago
I just hate it when reviews try to make up cons for a game to bring the score down. Some reviews marked down gow ascension because kratos wasnt angry as the past games and thats only one stupid complaint.
Bladesfist  +   908d ago
That is there opinion. You should be able to think for yourself and say "Hey, does kratos not being as angry effect me".
knifefight  +   908d ago
No way! They validate our opinions and let us know who is correct! <3 <3 <3 Metacritic


(Obvious sarcasm)
TwoMinTy  +   908d ago
It's about time somebody said it. As a HUGE God of War fan, even if i saw an awful score, i go defense mode. "I DON'T CARE I LOVE GOD OF WAR I'M STILL GONNA GET IT!" about sums it up. same with other games i think i'll like regardless of what it scores. Even still, 8 is a good score.
Max-Zorin  +   908d ago
Yeah. Seeing how reviewers are sometimes attacked for their opinion.

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