Should Consoles Be Scored?

With the knowledge that consoles are going to change drastically over time, it seems barbaric that reviewers would even consider giving a console a score, unless they update that score on a regular basis based on how well the console is currently doing.

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admiralvic1556d ago


I never understood the concept of scoring a console, since what exactly are you comparing it to? Usually things that have scores are compared to other things that are similar to it. This doesn't work well with consoles, since the PlayStation 4 could be a 1/10, but this means nothing if you want to play The Order, inFAMOUS Second Son, Resogun and Killzone Shadow Fall. Likewise, the Nintendo Wii U could be a 10/10, but you're never going to buy a Wii U if you don't want Mario, Zelda, Metroid and whatever else they release.

Majin-vegeta1556d ago (Edited 1556d ago )

Yes,but not till the end of the generation.

TheKayle11556d ago (Edited 1556d ago )

totally agree...take as example the ps3 it ended to be a great console...but for years devs had problems and ithad no games...

ppl need just to wait

Mikelarry1556d ago

exactly how can you rate a console when you havent seen all what it can offer... silly

DasTier1556d ago

Meh, the same applies whenever someone reviews an MMORPG. Its a review of the current state of the game. If someone wants to score the console thats cool, just re score it when theres a dashboard update.

admiralvic1556d ago

Well, you can apply the same logic to games and ultimately say you can never "review" anything until companies say "they're done". This might sound silly, but Littlebigplanet 2 just got a level pack added, Spelunker got DLC after 3 years of nothing, some patches have made things worse and sometimes the final version isn't as good as the first version.

This is why some people consider reviews a "picture of the time" and was a big topic for debate during the 1/5 review for Battlefield 4 on the PS4. Some people thought it was wrong to instantly review it for all the negative things it had at the moment, where as others felt it was right and the site was righteous for leaving this permanent black spot on their record so people would know not to buy.

iamnsuperman1556d ago

I have always thought no but at the end of the day a review is a review of something as it was when it was released. Consoles are unusal, compared to a lot of products that can be reviewed, in that they usually get a lot better over time. The big question is should you give scores to your reviews anymore. If the content of the review is being overshadowed (I. E. Not read) because of the score it's best not giving scores anymore.

admiralvic1556d ago (Edited 1556d ago )

Well, scores have always (in my life span) overshadowed the content. Even beyond reviews, we see this a lot with school, since grades are not always an indicate of how much you know or how hard you tried.

To give you an idea, I took Small Groups Communication this term and this is a class where you need to work with a group of people to do a paper, tests, projects and a speech. Now, on every individual, I was averaging a B+ to A grade on. However, my group projects are in the C range, because my partners are useless. Now, this is going to affect me one of two ways. I could either take control of the group, do several times the expected work (to outweigh the negative contributions), get in countless arguments so I got my way and prevented us from getting a lower grade or I could do my part perfectly and hope everyone else does their job and or somewhere in between this and doing almost everything. Whatever path I choose, my work is going to be defined by whatever grade I get and nothing more. Whether I get a 4.0 by doing all the work or 2.0 by doing my work perfectly, the extra work I did or quality of my work will never be accounted for beyond the final score.

There isn't really a perfect system, but most people are going to want some simple data to keep track of. By saying the game is a 4/5 or 1/10 or whatever, you have simple data that you can keep in your head and use logically to decide if you should buy a product.

Kyosuke_Sanada1556d ago (Edited 1556d ago )

No scores, just a list of pros and cons. Let the reader decide because numbers give them a preconceived notion and if the writing doesn't match the score it leads to unnecessary confusion....

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