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Why the Hell Do We Still Give Review Scores?

The Last of Us was buried beneath a sea of 10-out-of-10s before it was even released, yet Gamers Association editor Luke Frazier isn't too excited about the stealthy gameplay. When all of the perfect scores couldn't sway him, he suddenly realized how worthless the numbers can be.

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Snookies121196d ago

The Last of Us deserved all those amazing scores. There will always be people who don't like something, doesn't mean the product in question is any less amazing just because it doesn't suit someone's tastes.

Ezz20131196d ago

NO....Gamers Association editor Luke Frazier wasn't too excited about it
even though that site still give it 10/10 by another editor

to hell with every one opinion
to hell with every 10s and 9+s this game got
because someone didn't like a game mean it sucks and every other review or opinion from gamers is invalid

god can gaming media become more lamer ?!

Philoctetes1195d ago

If you don't like stealthy gameplay, that's fine. It's just a matter of personal preference. That doesn't change the fact that this game is a 10, in the sense that it that is in the absolute upper tier of games made this generation. Nobody says you have to like the genre, but you ought to be able to appreciate the game for what it is.

As an alternate example, I really don't like racing sims. But I can definitely see that the Forza and GT franchises have accomplished something really remarkable. Even if I don't personally enjoy those games, I can certainly appreciate them. Same with TLoU.

Bimkoblerutso1195d ago

Well, I gotta say it's not a perfect game from a gameplay perspective (it's sluggish, standard, and borderline repetitive), but like the best games of all time, it does something so well and so much better than anything else out there that it transcends any problems it may have in other areas.

The characters, writing, and narrative are LITERALLY unmatched in the industry, as far as I'm concerned. So for that reason, it's in my top five of the generation and I see absolutely no problem with the perfect scores it has been getting.

Hufandpuf1196d ago

Because people don't like to read anymore and want information at a glance.

SatanSki1195d ago

Hehe, it could be the reason why some reviews mention serious game flaws still giving it very high rating. They know noone will read all the text ;)

MilkMan1195d ago

This is the saddest thing I've read in like 5 years.

Morgue1195d ago

Didn't bother reading your comment since you had 16 agrees.

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Corpser1195d ago (Edited 1195d ago )

So true, a game can't be for everyone. I don't like driving games for instance, they all feel the same to me, a game may well be the best driving game ever made, and it still won't interest me. I can see some people just will never like stealth gameplay

And Skyrim (360) has higher metacritic score (96) than TLOU (95) , people love that game universally on n4g right?

GDDR6_20141195d ago (Edited 1195d ago )

I'm not the only one doesn't like driving huh? Im always taking cabs in gta4

nutcrackr1195d ago

Don't forget the pressure form aggregate sites like metacritic, gamerankings etc. If you don't have a score, nobody cares about you.

despair1195d ago (Edited 1195d ago )

Not really true actually, its just that people like definitive and short verdicts on things and games are no exception. We like things rated on a scale and the numbers/letters help with that.

I for one like scores, I take away what I want from a review but the score solidifies my impression of the game from the reviewer's perspective and that's something I like.

Then even, there are games like The Last of Us and Bioshock Infinite where I did not want to read any reviews to avoid spoilers (even minor ones) but was curious about how the games were received (was getting them anyways but curiosity is powerful). An arbitrary number helps with that as no other information is revealed and I can take away what I want from this "score".

Fishy Fingers1195d ago

You don't expect people to actually read reviews do you?

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