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IGN: Start The Party! Review

It’s an effective demonstration of the possibilities of Move, as there is virtually no lag between your movements and what is relayed back on screen, and left IGN virtually salivating at the possibilities for future Move release. But as a mid-priced game its appeal is severely limited due its overeager presentation and limited gameplay. This party is more lulls that LOLs.

Presentation - 7.0
Graphics - 7.5
Sound - 6.0
Gameplay - 6.5
Lasting Appeal - 5.0
Overall -

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callahan092726d ago (Edited 2726d ago )

What is it with IGN and the way they cater their reviews to certain audiences? Like the Ubisoft Babies game on Wii, they gave it a 7.5. Clearly they're making their review cater to people who might be interested in a game about babies. Whereas when they give a game like Start the Party a 6, they're reviewing it more from the perspective of whether a core gamer will like it. Why would they do that? I honestly can't believe that anybody in the world would prefer the baby game to Start the Party. Especially your typical IGN reader. Even people who WOULD like the baby game would still probably like Start the Party more, because it's just this kind of unique augmented reality game with lots of simple, pick up and play minigames that can be fun in a multiplayer setting. I just don't see how games like this don't get reviewed in accordance to the type of audience that they're intended for the way some other games do.

I mean, I'm not buying this game, I'm not even interested in it, I'm just pointing out what I perceive as a discrepancy in their reviewing system. I guess it's pointless to even bring up, honestly. Maybe I shouldn't be looking at why they're not rating these games as highly as the baby game and should instead be looking at why the **** they rated the baby game as highly as they did. IGN just has no standards, so I can't take their reviews seriously.

-Alpha2726d ago (Edited 2726d ago )

Well, it's not just IGN that is downrating the game, perhaps it really does suck. From what I hear there were some responsiveness issues (G4TV), and the mini games lack any depth or replayability as they get old fast. Additionally, there really isn't a simultaneous multiplayer at all.

"they're reviewing it more from the perspective of whether a core gamer will like it"

I'm not sure if that's true-- STP is a title meant for all ages and gamers, and the core gamer is part of that. I've seen numerous mini game titles that were able to appeal to core gamers, like WarioWare. And in turn, this doesn't really look like a title that even casuals could enjoy for long. Regardless, I don't see why this title would get any higher on most sites.

"because it's just this kind of unique augmented reality game with lots of simple, pick up and play minigames that can be fun in a multiplayer setting."

That doesn't make the game any better. Like I said, some issues with precision and the simplicity of the minigames has resulted in people finding it really boring really fast. I don't see much redeeming about this title, nor do I think people are too satisfied with downing so much for a Move only to play a bunch of minigames. But this is how the launch is and that's the one thing that the Move unexpectedly suffered with. Honestly, what were people expecting from these launch titles? None of them sound particularly interesting and it's not what Move is being bought for, (at least people on N4G.)

As for standards, it's a bit difficult to judge a game in relation to all other games. There are numerous reviewers on IGN and they don't all hold to the same standards. That goes for any site. That's why I suppose it's better to go for average reviews, but I don't see IGN's rating far off from the other ones. Perhaps that other game you mentioned actually had redeeming qualities?

darthv722726d ago

there is fun to be had with those but only when you have lots of people over to play with. If you are a single person who doesnt entertain much, then this game isnt for you.

I am sure there will be lots of people who will get it regardless because it is a move title like no other (looks down at Drago).

nycredude2726d ago (Edited 2726d ago )

Alpha

I guess the baby game on Wii doesn't get old fast then huh? How is the replay value on that game? Does it have online? The same can be said for all Wii sports games. These games just don't have any depth and aren't meant to.

These are mini games and I think should be reviewed as such not as full retail, core games.

JohnApocalypse2726d ago

Gametrailers gave it a 6 too

-Alpha2726d ago (Edited 2726d ago )

"These are mini games and I think should be reviewed as such not as full retail, core games."

That's your assumption that they are reviewed that way. How do you know the reviewer reviewed it like that? Perhaps it's not even worth the $40 you originally pay. I don't get the excuses. Anytime it's a PS3 game that has slightly bad reviews people seem to get upset and bring up all kinds of reasons. Not to say that they aren't valid, but I've seen everything from Lair to Haze get some sort of excuse when it comes to reviews on here.

"I guess the baby game on Wii doesn't get old fast then huh? How is the replay value on that game? Does it have online? The same can be said for all Wii sports games. "

Does STP have online? I never said the baby game wasn't anything like the Move game, but I don't understand why people are upset with the low scores. Were you people actually expecting these titles to be the highlight of Move in any way? Also, Wii Sports Games is equivalent to Sports Champions, which got pretty good reviews.

Nathaniel_Drake2726d ago (Edited 2726d ago )

@alpha

go to YouTube look up iwaggle and watch his move reviews you might change your mind and wonder what the heck the reviewers were thinking, believe me it changed my mind and his videos are very well done

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Dread2726d ago (Edited 2726d ago )

as we all know, here at N4G every time someone gives a negative and/or a mediocre review of Sony game it is obviously because they are biased, hate sony, and/or are paid by the evil MS. It is impossible that a Sony game is simply bad and/or mediocre.

show me a negative review of a sony game and i will show you a sony fan claiming bias.

@alpha-male

please do not give a logical, reasoned response....cant you see that IGN as well as any other reviewer that does not give high nines to anything Sony is biased..jeez .. trust me go buy the game it is awsome.. all you need to know in order to determine how good it is, is checking the label, if it says Sony it is good.

Nathaniel_Drake2726d ago (Edited 2726d ago )

I think you need to see more reviews instead of just IGN, like I said to alpha look up iWaggle on YouTube and see how off some of the reviewers are.

It's not being a fanboy but getting the right kind of information to make an informed decision.

Dread2726d ago

Ramzadel
I here you bro

I am just calling out the fanboys who claim bias everytime they c a review they dont like.. its just a bit ridiculous and i feel it should be pointed out.

himdeel2726d ago (Edited 2726d ago )

isn't that an oxymoron of sorts. Anyway I expected these demo type games to be rated about where they are currently. It's basically the PS3 shovelware to get the MOVE out of the stores into the hands of early adopters, folks really geeking for new motion control, and casuals.

Likewise the so called reviewers are going to rate these games in any number of ways that make no sense to me. There is no standard when you have multiple people reviewing these games. That being said these games just don't seem like I'd be interested.

ArchangelMike2726d ago

I agree with you Callahan09, games should always be reviewed for the target audience, and games like Start the Party, and Eye Pet are clearly targetted at families with young kids. The parents don't get these sort of games because they're looking for an immersive gaming experience, they get them soley for their kids and their friemds. The kids who still play wii games wil also love games like Start the Party!

harrisk9542726d ago

I totally agree with you. It is the same when PSN DL-only games are reviewed and given low marks for "not being deep enough" or "long enough"... Games should be reviewed with certain caveats in place by the reviewer. For a kids/casual game (as this appears to be), maybe a kid should play it and talk to the reviewer about his or her thoughts.

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Ivan Drago IV2726d ago

still getting this game day 1, looks like a blast.

chasegarcia2726d ago

If I would of listen to IGN I would have never played Socom 1 & 2. Those two games were awesome.

joypads2726d ago (Edited 2726d ago )

when it comes to IGN's Ps3 games reviews i always ad 3+ to the final score.

UP2726d ago

'virtually no lag between your movements and what is relayed back on screen' that is good

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