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Submitted by VerbalKint27 1304d ago | opinion piece

Review Scores and why we don't need them.

We are a rating nation. These days we’re asked to score everything from make up, restaurant food, all the way to singers, and we do. In this age of internet polls and X Factor, everyone truly is a critic and most of us indulge in a bit of voting more often than we’d like to admit. In the same breath, we’ve come to rely on scores and votes to determine almost every aspect of our daily lives. What’s voted the best bread? Which foundation is most used by the stars? “Ooooh, the new Renault only got 4 stars on Auto Trader? Won’t be buying that then!”

Entertainment is no different. Films, theatre, TV shows and music are all critiqued, reviewed, scrutinised and slapped with a score; games are no different. Journalists and so-called ‘experts’ write sometimes insightful, sometimes awfully biased pieces about the ups and downs of our favourite titles, using heaps of interesting words to take us through the journey without us ever having to experience it for ourselves. All this is secondary... (Industry, Metacritic, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

gogospeedracer  +   1304d ago
I like review scores thank you very much. The score is to rate the content and never has it mattered (the score) more than the quality.
Squatch83  +   1304d ago
I dont care about scores, the actual ''review'' is enough. The review tells me about the game, its gameplay and lifespan and other things.

A score on its own simply isnt enough for me. I see the number and think:
''Why does it have that number? How does it play? How long will it last me?''

EDIT: Also with scores, there are plenty that look at scores and if they see a 7, they automatically assume itll be crap... well the fault there lies also with those that score the games.
A score of 5 should be classed as average, yet most only use a scale from 6-10, which is pointless.
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jeeves86  +   1304d ago
A 5/10 score to me means it's not a very good overall game. I've given a game a 5/10 review and in the review I explained the reasoning behind the number. Each reviewer has different criteria for what makes a good game.

I think a lot of people look at a 7 and say that the review itself is shit, not necessarily the game. A 7 is like the reviewer didn't like the game, but they couldn't really find anything wrong with it - kinda like they're biased.
itzcoo  +   1304d ago
When you're looking at a review "score" you shouldn't be looking for answers to those questions. The review score gives everyone a quick and simple overall rating of the game/product/etc which is the only thing most people need. If someone writes a review with no overall score or grade the review is 9 times out of 10 going to be looked over. For instance I'll only look at a review score for a game I'm not really interested in. For example I'm not gonna look at review scores for Skyrim or Saints Row the Third because I could care less. I'm personally interested in the titles and I'm going to check them out for myself. On the other hand I'm not a fan of the GOW franchise. I couldn't get into the 1st or 2nd one so I'm most likely not gonna like the 3rd. But the buzz surrounding the game is so high and the review scores look great so I'm going to check it out just to make sure I'm not missing out. Reading the whole review article is unnecessary to me unless I'm having a really hard time deciding between two games. If that's the case I'll just watch review videos for the titles. The presentation works way better for me personally. On the topic of your post edit, I disagree I believe an average game nowadays should be 7/10 simply because the quality of the average game has gone up so far over the last few years that it's hard to think of a game deserving of a 5/10 score. The only time a game deserves a score under 6 is when the game is horribly outdated or on the verge of being broken. Name a game you believe deserves a 9, a 5, and a 3.
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Squatch83  +   1303d ago
3: Roadsters (Dreamcast racing game) - Terrible game, broken handling, almost unplayable.

5: Super Mario Sunshine - Average at best, playable at times but nowhere near as fun as it should be. (And im saying that as a Mario fan)

9: Timesplitters 3 - Great FPS, very playable, lots of content.

I dont see why a 5 should be a ''broken'' game, when by its very nature 5 is the AVERAGE between 1 and 10 therefore the average score.
itzcoo  +   1303d ago
What I was saying is that the average game today is better than average (kind of confusing I know). I know there's a couple out there like that one vampire game but I can't think of any titles besides that off the top of my head that deserves anything less than a 6. Average to me isn't good but not terrible. A game like that most likely isn't any fun to play unless it's bringing something unique to the table therefore deserving a 5/10. Like most military shooters today that are like knockoff COD's and BF's deserve 5/10. I haven't played 2 of those games you mentioned but dreamcast was forever ago I was talking about reviews from games this gen. I will say I played super mario sunshine and while it was forever ago when I played that as well at the time it was a fun game. The mechanics were smooth it's a unique title to the mario franchise and the boss battles were great. I would give it at least a 7.5-8.
armycore  +   1304d ago
I REALLY wish people would stop harping over the 10/10 or 5/5 score. When I see a movie that has 4 out of 4 stars, I don't immediately think "OMG THIS IS THE GREAT MOVIES EVAR, IT'S A PIECE OF CINEMATIC HISTORY THAT WILL NEVER BE MATCHED AGAIN!!!11" or "HOW DARE THEY USE A 'PERFECT' SCORE! DO THEY NOT KNOW THAT THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS A PERFECT MOVIE!!! I'VE SEEN CITIZEN KANE, SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION AND THE GODFATHER AND THERE ARE FLAWS!!"

No when I look at a 4 star review, I view it as pretty damn great and read on further about the review to see if it's something that fits my taste.

On the same note, why focus on Metacritic so much? Yes some publishers and developers focus on it WAY too much and that's them being jackasses. But it's a helpful tool for a consumer just like Rotten Tomatoes.

It seems like only pretentious gamers are the ones that dwell on the scores being an issue thing.
gcolley  +   1303d ago
review scores are from different people and as such irrelevant

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