Why I Don't Score Game Reviews

Gamespot gave GTA5 the 9 out of 10 heard around the world. Here comes the drama!

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ThatEnglishDude1798d ago (Edited 1798d ago )

Numerical based 'scores' have the psychological effect of instantly influencing our opinion on a product without actually trying it for ourselves. We've all been there. We play a game and enjoy it, go online and see it's not favored well and suddenly, you start to notice all the flaws and it just doesn't have the same appeal as it once did. At least that's happened to me, anyway. Not only that, but as this author said - a simple number can manipulate your decision whether or not to even play the game in the first place. I've known people not touch a game they even admitted being interested in, simply because the Metacritic score was below 75. As a result, they feel like they have some elitist statement to make about their taste in the medium because they only play games rated 80+ on Metacritic. It's ridiculous.

In addition to this, people always tend to equate the scores to other games. This may sound obvious, but what you end up with, are arguments whereby someone may say:

"GTA V got a 9/10 on Gamespot!"
"Yeah? Well GTA IV got a it must be a better game."

(hopefully) to many people out there, this will sound completely insane - but sadly, I've seen it happen all too often. Numerical based scoring systems only cause arguments and comparisons to other games, regardless of who reviewed it, when, as well as many other contributing factors.

Another thing people seem to frequently forget: the critiques and negative opinions someone may have for a game, and the reasoning behind a lower score, may be of absolutely no concern to you. For example, Escapist called out the protagonists as being scum bags and not heroes. Well, to me - that's hardly a knock against the game, so I'll disregard it. Of course, if I was to just scroll through the text and see the number at the end - I may have a completely different opinion on the game, based purely on that number. (Obviously this isn't the case with GTA because, well... it's GTA, but hopefully you see the principle of what I'm saying) What one person dislikes, may not bother someone else. If more people were to actually read the written review as opposed to simply looking at the final score, we may understand why the reviewers gave it whatever 'score' they did. Granted, there are some 'professional' reviewers out there that probably shouldn't be writing, but oh well. Deal with it.

I hope this makes sense to a lot of people. At the end of the day, this is Grand Theft Auto V. Nothing else needs to be said. You're all going to play it, regardless.