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Are The Witcher 3's Perfect Scores the Result of Hype?

It’s a given that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a fantastic title. But is any game capable of pulling down perfect scores without pre-launch hype?

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jackanderson1985984d ago

If the games good the hype shouldn't affect it.

Also since one of the staff of vgrhq basically admitted downgrading because of hype it puts into question any scores handed by this site

RocketScienceLvlStuf984d ago (Edited 984d ago )

I've never seen a games review scores affected by hype. Watchdogs and Destiny are perfect examples

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admiralvic984d ago

"I've never seen a games review scores affected by hype. Watchdogs and Destiny are perfect examples"

Like I mentioned in my other post, I would say hype negatively impacted both. A lot of people were expecting much better games than we got, which in turn probably lead to a harsher review/score than another title that wasn't as hype would have got. Though mind you, this is all fairly theoretical.

The point being, hype is neutral and CAN have a negative or positive affect on the score.

Erik7357984d ago (Edited 984d ago )

Ughh last time I checked Watchdogs was a generic Ubisoft downgraded game and it got 8.5's from a lot of "professional" review sites. Tons of hype fake bullshit scores for that unfinished rushed down graded game.

Seriously, that game sets a record for the most downgraded and consumer manipulated game.

dantesparda983d ago

"Are The Witcher 3's Perfect Scores the Result of Hype?"

Of course it is.

rivencleft983d ago

I was about to say the same thing, Watchdogs is the perfect example. I believe that hype hurts game reviews, getting excited about what's supposed to be an awesome game only to be let down in the end, which is definitely what Watchdogs was for me. I'm super hyped and excited for Witcher 3 and am quite glad the reviews are so high for it, makes me even more excited to play it.

SilentNegotiator983d ago (Edited 983d ago )

Hype can only hurt - not help - reviews, by setting expectations too high.

nix983d ago

Don't forget GTAIV, guys.

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admiralvic984d ago

"If the games good the hype shouldn't affect it. "

It doesn't work that way I'm afraid. Hype ultimately affects your expectations, which affects how good or bad a game is perceived. You can see a bit of this with Destiny and a lot of other games that had a lot of praise/hype, then were widely panned/disliked.

"Also since one of the staff of vgrhq basically admitted downgrading because of hype it puts into question any scores handed by this site"

Not that I want to get into it, but VGRHQ loves sensationalism. I remember a while back they had an article called something like "I hold Nintendo to a lower standard," which was an article basically explaining that they hold Nintendo to a different standard (you should never have 1 universal standard, so it was expected). Also, since VGRHQ doesn't specifically name anyone, there is no proof any of the things actually exist.

Not like it takes much to go "When talking to a fellow journalist he admitted to scoring The Witcher 3 lower because it didn't have enough sex scenes" and then write an article around the supposed quote.

kingeliran984d ago (Edited 984d ago )

The game is already played by alot of PS4 gamers, they gave the game 10/10 saying its best RPG they ever played. and those are people that actually playing not reviewers.

starchild983d ago (Edited 983d ago )

Did they really imply that? I'm not going to give such an article a click, but if they really basically admitted to lowering their score to go against the hype then I will never visit this site or give them a single click. That is horribly irrational and unfair.

The Witcher 3 has had a decent amount of hype, but definitely not outlandish hype. If anything, hype tends to cause unrealistic expectations and people being let down, thus resulting in lowered scores. Either way, hype should not affect your scores. If you aren't able to avoid letting hype affect you, either negatively or positively, you shouldn't be reviewing games, period.

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uth11984d ago

probably. I get a sense that too many reviewers are afraid to go against the grain and give out scores based more on how they think other reviewers will score it rather than what the game deserves.

I'm talking in general, not Witch specifically

Allsystemgamer984d ago

I'm playing it right now. It's a 10/10 for me.

Great strategic combat, better conversations and more consequence than mass effect and dragon age, beautifully crafted world, all characters have their own personality; even the minor peasants. It's just a very very good game.

Stapleface984d ago

If sites give low scores people claim they are going for hits, etc. If they give high scores they are due to some reason be it hype, exclusivity.. Im sure some don't want to go against the grain as well. Either way reviewers just need to review and not think of anyone else's opinion. They are screwed either way they score it.

darksky984d ago

The Witcher series has always had great lore and gameplay. Making it open world just makes it even better. I thought the older games were around 8/10 worth so this is bound to score higher.

OB1Biker984d ago (Edited 984d ago )

Totally agree. I got to that idea long ago a lot of reviewers rate a game on what they think most people will rate it and actually making reviews somehow irrelevant to me. Except of course the few lower or higher rated than expected to get clicks.
I'm sure this game deserves great reviews though.

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NoctisPendragon984d ago

10/10 is a lil too much , i don't see how the gameplay gets away with a 10/10 unless an other freature has somehting like 12/10 or whatever .

Thunder_G0d_Bane984d ago

Ahh here we go with the nonsense articles.

The Order had huge hype the reviews still didn't go well so your point is invalid.

Erik7357984d ago

Watch dog and Call of duty come to my mind with over hyped bull shit scores.

Genova84984d ago

Agree. Are Bloodborne's scores due to hype? No, the game owns! Same thing here. GOTY showdown!

Septic984d ago

The WItcher didn't have masses of hype though. Good hype but not stratospheric like Titanfall and others. It depends on each person's experience.

Hoffmann984d ago

No other games in 2014 reached the hype for Destiny and Titanfall by far. Those games got multiple hundred articles on all the big sites. They were overhyped.

gangsta_red984d ago

I would throw in The Order also, there were a few points even on N4G where we were flooded by The Order articles.

SourtreeDing983d ago

i would throw in Watchdogs for sure.. what a let down... my only regret this gen so far

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