If Super Mario Bros was released today, what would it's score be? Continue Play's Joe Yang briefly muses on the nature of social factors in review scores.
We really can review something to death and especially with the web doom games before they even hit the store shelves
Definitely. Considering there seems to be some correlation between score and sales, how we review may be just as important as what score we give it.
The score would be 8/10 because it's a mysoginistic game. Can't resist sometimes...
Review it the way you review games now, its not that hard to put nostalgia aside.
10/10 - the most satisfying sprint and jump - and overall, physics that aren't too floaty or too heavy - occupying that perfect middle ground. Bonus points for the infectious music - an example of chiptunery at its finest. And special mention to the charming graphics, you'll be amazed at the fact this ENTIRE GAME is less than 2 megabytes. If you want a stripped back example of a classic style platformer - this ticks every box - with a difficulty curve that draws you in - before demanding rock hard reflexes and near pixel perfect memory recall. And it's less than a fiver, on any online store enabled Nintendo product you own. A must buy.
Although the choice of SMB is a little disingenuous. I doubt there's a game that influenced the next 30 years of its genre more. I understand the implications the author is making - but to use this title in particular is a bit like saying " what if muskets were invented before catapults" disregarding the obvious progression. Or what if WW1 never happened, but WW2 did. I think his points would be better illustrated by using a game most of us couldn't even begin to envision never existing. A world where SMB didn't come out until 2014 would be a VERY different world insofar as gaming. And if it didn't come out, something else would HAVE to replace it!
So 8 1/2 and Citizens Kane are somehow a step below the best movies today?
Game Over- Time Paradox, Activision becomes a law firm, EA becomes a bank. The world ends shorty thereafter.
Very silly article. I thinkk he would've been better served using a, dare I say, better game. SMB was never a 10/10 in my mind. When I was 4, I preferred contra, bubble bobble or zelda over SMB. I think reviewers have to review the game in thier time and space. We don't live in a vacuum and shouldn't think like we should. If there's a better plarformer out there, say, Donkey Kong Country and at the same time, an 8-bit game that's not as long, not as pretty gets released, you'd have to factor that in. End of the day, reviews are always about preferences. Thats why I read a mix of good and bad reviews of every game, aside those I preorder ... Some people may think a game is a 10 see Ocarina of Time ... but others may find the combat, navi and general outline of the game to be boring and annoying. Hard to really say who is right but what can you do? I will say, as far as reviews and scores go, netflix has my number for tv and movies. After rating 1,500+ titles it can predict what I'll give anything else with 95% accuracy. Maybe we need something like that for video games? I know people who can't play FPS due to motion sickness. They don't care that the game could be amazing because they can't enjoy it. Not sure what my point is, but SMB is not a 10/10.
"I think reviewers have to review the game in thier time and space. We don't live in a vacuum" Surely these statements are incompatible?
What I mean by that is, reviewers shouldn't do "retrospective" or "what would it be today?" reviews. Instead they should only review games that have come out in say, the last year. It's silly to try to do otherwise.
@Genova84 I disagree, but then I'm obviously biased. I think there's plenty of merit in looking back at older titles and evaluating them in a more modern context; things like Steam Sales, Humble Bundles, and the rise of the second-hand market, as well as stuff like Virtual Console, Games with Gold and PS+ means that older games are just as relevant now as they were at the time of their release, and enjoying an influx of new players. Hence why CP does "retrospective reviews".
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