Gameplayer and Official PlayStation Magazine Writer Mark Serrels has explored some of the oddities in review scores for Assassin's Creed. "Basically: Assassin's Creed. Review scores below 9. Treat with extreme prejudice."
And it's not just AC, but many other games released nowadays. Journalism blows in this day and age....
Too bad nobody did this concerning the R&C scores... I guess since the 360 is involved, more people take notice
I bought ac yesterday and wish i had not its a 7 out of 10 in my book.
Well said Mark... nothing more to add.
This guys made a lot of sense;) The reviews threw me off...some gave it 5/5 some gave it 7/10, 8/10, 6/10....they were all over the place! He's motivated me to say "what the hell" and pick it up:)
play it and make your own review. After playing i see why there is discrepancy. It had a lot of weight on its shoulders but simply didnt live up to the hype. I also think the controls are a little over simplified. I would give it an 8 but far too many were dissapointed with the game to give it a 9
well said. its sad cause these reviews will impact negatively on AC scores. word of mouth from the internetz to the playground will sour from the game especially 360 users, who'll probablu just get Mass effect now
Giving undeserved ratings (high or low) is todays hip thing to do.
That`s why Demos are the way to go nowadays
except demoes are just waht the publisher wants you to see of the game.
I prefer a small demo with only one level more than 10-15 written reviews from few @ssholes
yeah. i agree that the demos are the way to go. but they suffer from the same sickness of moovie trailers. how many times did you watch a trailer and tought that the movie was kick ass and went to see it ? then you came out and found that the trailer contained the only 2 minutes of good footage in the all damn movie ? the demos are the same sometimes. i was going to skip overlord because of the mixed reviews.. played the demo and got addicted. bought and it its a so so game... but not worth 60 euros.
Bah, even if that's enough to hook you then that's good enough to buy it in my opinion. Even if they just show off the best parts.
Superb find and article "when average run of the mill games Tony Hawk’s are getting higher reviews than a revolutionary game like Assassin’s Creed because ‘the missions were a bit repetitive’, something is seriously wrong." Some wrong indeed. "I sincerely hope you guys will enjoy Tom Clancy’s Advanced Brain Training Shooting Hero 6 – because there’s a good chance it’s all you’ll be getting from Ubi in the near future. " Sad and true. Reviewers just love Tony Hawks and EA games (Fifa 08 gettins 9s and 8s), not new IPs that at least try new things...
this is one game that should get all our support. There has been much worse out this year, yet they have scored better. And we wonder where all the creativity in gaming has gone. We have killed it by demanding nothing more then the same old crap, crap 2, crap 3, crap 4 and then a remake of crap 1 again in a spacial tin box. its sad. i hope this game does well, from the little i played i thought it was amazing.
I dont know what version of ac you played but the version I played was garbage. The lack of variety is annoying. Wish there was a bow and arrow or something.
Just because it is revolutionary it has to score high? A game at its core needs to entertain. I give kudos to Ubisoft for taking a chance on something new, more developers should do that, but you can be revolutionary AND entertain too. I haven't played AC so I can't say if it is a 7 or a 10 or somewhere in between, but from this argument the high ratings should have been mailed in by reviewers before they even opened the box? Maybe Ubisoft just created a great game engine and the game on top of it was bland. Are we scoring the engine, the game or both?
This game has a lot more going for it than the reviewers are letting on. Everyone is too busy blowing Mario(I have no idea why) right now to give this game serious consideration.
the internet is a great thing. say u only got 1 magazine and that person reviews a game like say...AC a 6. if u trusted that reviewer, u probably wouldnt pick it up. now we get a broad range of reviewers we can compare, and weed out the idiots nd make a better decision for ourselves. 2/5 for SMG? o.O i own AC and its more than what the low reviews have cut it down for. plus i agree that reviewers trying to hit a deadline rushed thru the game and couldnt enjoy the game for alll it has offered me so far. on that note...bring on uncharted today :)
I find the biggest problem to be elsewhere Reviewers rate the game according to their expectations, not according to how really good a game is. So if a game is overhyped like AC, when the so-called reviewer finds it to be an 8-8.5/10 then most of the times he gets furious and gives it a 6 or maybe a 7 if he's in a good mood. He can't appreciate the game for what it is but rather feels disappointed with it and rates it even lower than it should really be. Do you think that if anyone never heard of the game AC, and just showed up to the reviewer's office I bet that then he would find it nearly perfect. Even the most respected sites fall under this trap. Examples: IGN conan 6.7 IGN Heavenly Sword 7 How can this be even remotely possible? Both 6-7 hours game but otherwise miles apart in terms of gameplay, storyline, graphics and so on. The problem is that they expected too much out of HS and when it didn't deliver they gave it a 7 due to disappointment only. They didn't expect anything good from Conan so they could be objective about it. But the truth is that the actual difference between the 2 games is much much bigger than 0.3. And this is just only one example out of many for every console out there right now. So just don't trust everything you read go rent the game and find out for yourself. I played AC for 6-7 hours and it's around 8.5-9 for me. It's not perfect but it's fun. Remember, it's what seems fun and good for you may not be fun for the guy that's playing it under a deadline for a magazine. For example Mass Effect might be the way to go for you. I find all the talking a little bit boring and maybe I'm wrong. After all if we all liked the same things we would all be playing one or two types of games
You made an excellent point without any prejudice towards a particular console. Conan is a 7 while Heavenly sword is definately a 9. Nowadays, reviewers want to take minor flaws and drag the game through the mud simply because it didn't live up to their expectations. I read all the reviews to Heavenly Sword and couldn't find legitament complaints. 6-7 hours is standard length for an action game and they're all repetitive if you do the same moves over and over. What do reviewers want devs to do? Postpone the game for 2 years so they can add 3 extra hours of gameplay and a few extra combos? After playing Assassin's Creed, I can honestly say I haven't been this impressed with a game since Gears of War. Assassin's Creed is nothing less than a 9. Period.
Be aware that most reviewers, certainly on-staff reviewers (as opposed to freelancers) have been playing games in some capacity for months before it comes to review time. This includes many builds of preview code, shindigs like E3, dev interviews. Rushing for a deadline is part of the publishing world and I think that you professional journos have had months to see if a game is reaching its goals before being able to confirm or deny it successes in the final product
the game is designed to take your time to play. you cant rush through it or youll miss the experience. give this game a chance and remember its not about moving in the shadows stealth. its moving in plain sight stealth.
i totally agree reviews these days are severely flawed in so many ways, so is the insistence on AAA when what actually is AAA far to many maximum scores are issued these days. Not so long ago a 7 was classed as a good game this generation a 7 is frowned upon as a failure As for Assassins Creed in a nutshell i'm loving it, the story is amongst the best i have experienced in a very long time in gaming terms
i completely agree. i remember the days when a 5/10 was "perfectly average." now it seems average has shifted up to 7..
This game is incredible! One problem is that the reviewers have been not only rushing through the game to get their reviews done but they have been playing preview copies for months. The game is incredible and it is an incredible step ahead of most that is out right now. This game is amazing plain and simple!
i take it you like it then seriously i agree the graphics are incredibly detailed, the story is fantastic which drags you into the game and holds your interest or it does for me. atm tho i can't drag myself away from Cod4 multiplayer but i will be taking my time with Assassins Creed and basking in it's obvious beauty
I agree, well said. It is very true that reviews are getting to be a joke. They say that it is repetitive, ummm, aren't all games out repetitive. You run you gun, you run you gun, or you drive around a track lap after lap. Come on. Get serious. I used to listen to certain reviewers and base my purchase on those reviews, not anymore. I am now getting games that I want and am not basing them on reviews anymore. I have wanted Assassin's Creed for a long time and I got it and am loving it. I got Heavenly Sword and loved it! I got a lot of games that did not review well and enjoyed them. If I am uncertain of a game I will rent it and base my own opinions on it and decide if I will keep it or return it. It all comes down to what each person likes and shouldn't be based on an ever progressing useless group of reviewers that are either biased or payed-off or both. JD
Its called making up your own mind......try it some tym. Reviews are there to influence our purchase but ultimately its the consumers decision. I never put too much bank on reviews, i may check em out tym and agen but in the end i never really let myself be driven to buy or not buy a game based on them.
i totally agree with this article, theres shooters everywhere, no creativity at all, and when someone dares to be different, then most critics will do everything to make this game look bad. I still think that Assassins creed is very good game!!!
It's a sad state of affairs that you can't put total faith in review scores these days.
I don't know. I've never felt that it was ever a good idea to put complete faith in someone else's opinion. That's how people should see reviews. As opinion. Not as a buyers guide.
i say they just fire all the reviewers and start from scrath again since it seems alot of them have'nt been doing a very well job as of lately.
Agreed. A fresh start is needed. Now I see why that article about problem with review system was right...