Hudson's John Masters says: "Quite frankly, I come to accept that the hardcore gaming media tends to score casual games lower,"
It makes sense. Chances are slim that anyone who reviews games for a living is a casual gamer, and these reviewers are therefore stuck reviewing games not intended for the audience that they belong to.
why Wii games get high scores then? I know there's plenty of garbage on the Wii but, a lot of first party games appeal to a casual audience and get rated very well. SSBB anyone? Even games like Ratchet and Clank scored well. Just because a game is supposed to appeal to casual gamers doesn't mean the developer can slack on making a quality/bug free title.
Here are the top 20 Wii games on metacritic:
1 Super Mario Galaxy 97
2 Super Smash Bros. Brawl 95
3 Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, The 95
4 Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition 91
5 Metroid Prime 3: Corruption 90
6 Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure 87
7 Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock 85
8 Super Paper Mario 85
9 Bully: Scholarship Edition 84
10 No More Heroes 84
11 MLB Power Pros 83
12 WarioWare: Smooth Moves 83
13 Madden NFL 07 81
14 LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga 80
15 Trauma Center: Second Opinion 80
16 Geometry Wars: Galaxies 79
17 Mario Strikers Charged 79
18 Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn 77
19 Godfather: Blackhand Edition, The 77
20 Mercury Meltdown Revolution
You're going to tell me a good portion of those games aren't for the casual gamer? Lego starwars, GH3, Paper mario, Wario, Super mario, SSBB, etc etc. LOL the two highest scoring games are games the casual gamer would love.
Not the point. People who review games see them in a different light than the parent who plays on the weekends to unwind. Game reviewers review games based on a certain scale. A bad game to them doesn't mean a bad game for the parent who plays once in awhile to unwind.
who unwinds on the weekend comes to these sites? Not many of them. I'm sure the average person reading an online review of a game is a little more then just "casual." I don't even get to play much like I used to and I still don't want to play garbage. So ... what was your point again?
That is true, casual gamers need a review system that won't be biased by the pretentious hardcore reviewer.
I believe gaming magazines and sites should adapt pretty quickly to try to grab the attention of the casual customers. Otherwise, they will be passing a fantastic business opportunity.
because I subtracted the words Hardcore with good, and Casual with not very good.
Reviewers shouldn't make exceptions when reviewing Hardcore or Casual games. Review quality.
Casual games still get good scores. The ones that do are well done.
Two thumbs up, one up one down, two thumbs down. A perfect system for casual gamers. But then again, if you ever read the local newspaper, once in a while they will have a game review. Those are definitely aimed at people who are not familiar with most gaming terms used in other reviews. While 99 percent of us here would scoff at them. They are pretty good for casual gamers.
Hudson's still around?
they were only hard cause the wii was killing them... now that microsoft and sony wants casual market , im sure now the haters are going to change their tones.
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