Adam uses the response to his Uncharted 3 review to talk about his distaste for applying numerical values to the quality of creative works.
I so agree. Numbers need to go. I think reviewers should just talk about the games and give their opinion on if the game is a rent or buy.
They don't even have to say rent or buy. . You should be able to figure that out by reading/watching the review.
Actually, maybe the new system should based on: Buy - Buy on Sale - Rent - Don't buy I really like Sessler, but I don't necessarily agree that ratings have no value. It definitely provides people with a sense of how well liked a game is, but its true that peoples opinions shouldn't be guided only by the number. Should Hotels not have a Star Rating?
Did he say "intellectually deficient mechanism"?
The score is very questionable, but it's the actual REVIEW that pisses me off. Every single flaw that was mentioned in the review could have been applied to Black Ops or more recently, Gears of War 3. Feels like familiar territory? Both of the mentioned games have that as well, yet they both get a 5/5. Sessler just sounded so hypocritical and severely inconsistent with this review. I understand a lot of people seen the score and screamed hate at it, because I did as well, but I just checked out the video review and now the score is the least of my worries here.
The problem is that he's the only one that has the courage to give a game that score. I tend to think I will disagree with his score when I play the game myself, but when any other reviewer plays a Call of Duty game or a Gears game, their whole career could be ruined if they don't give the correct score. Sess already has a great career and has plenty of things to show and prove it, but others don't and all of their reviews could be thrown out the window if they don't give a hyped game a high score. It's sad, but true.
The other thing you need to keep in mind is that Sesslar isn't doing all the reviews. he did not do the Black Ops and Gears of War 3 reviews and if he had they would have likely gotten a much lower score. He will say what he wants to say because he has been around long enough to not care what people think about what he thinks. However the newer and younger reviewers like those who did the Gears and Black Ops reviews either easily fall for the hype or want to please fans by giving a game a perfect score despite the games clearly not deserving it.
Actually, I think Morgan did the Gears 3 review. One good thing about her review was that she did not constantly talk about Gears 2. Half of the UC3 review was Adam constantly comparing it to Uncharted 2, his review was pretty bad. He also nitpicked the game to death. He mentioned that the multiplayer feels tacked on. The multiplayer is WAY BETTER than UC2's and Adam himself said that he really liked the multiplayer in that game. NOW it feels tacked on? Yeah, sure.
Morgan didn't do the Gears 3 review. If you are going by who reads it on X-play or whatever that isn't who actually wrote the review. The Gears 3 review was done by Micheal Leffler. While the Black Ops review was by Abbie Heppie.(I checked the site to be sure) The written review on the site is by the one who writes the review and then they condense that to be on X-play(one of the main reason I no longer watch the show as they take a large written review and turn it into a short little minute of talk and it is never enough time to say everything that needs to be said) I'm not trying to defend Sesslar and his opinion at all it's his and I will have mine once I play the game.(I loved Uncharted 2 and chances are I will love 3 just as much if not more) What I am trying to say is comparing his review to that of 2 other reviewers is unfair when the results of those other 2 reviews would have been drastically different had he been the reviewer.
i typically agree with these sessler's soapbox's this one too
So far today its been nothing but countless articles of Uncharted 3 with the subject of eurogamer and Adam sesslar's 8 scores. Its so damned annoying. Is that all what people are focused on?! Out of all the glowing reviews Uncharted 3 has been awarded, For the past couple of hours its been nothing but the lowest averages getting the most attention, and not only that, but they're 8 scores.
unfortunately some people don't have lifes.
am i the only one that thinks sessler would make a good joker on batman movie??
I used to watch G4tv when it showed actual game stuff. Now I only visit the site to watch the Sessler's Soapbox blogs IMO, he should do like that guy from Gamespot and start his own site. I think the other guy was the founder of Giantbomb.
Dind't he jusr ripp Uncharted 3 to pieces in his review... Called it a cash grab, that Sony/ND rushed it out and said the multiplayer was crap and now he's trying to defending him self with the argument that review scores don't matter since he knows people will agree with him Adam and Morgon aren't even gamers....they're posers
If you knew anything about Adam you would know that he is definitely not a poser, probably more of a gamer then you. And he states that he is not defending his review because he shouldn't even have to. It was his simple opinion. He would rather have everybody actually read his review of the game and start yelling at him, then look at a score and then go ape sh*t.
Yes, for f*ck's sake the standards need to be changed for reviews. If I were to ever create a game review website or blog it would be combined with a scoreless system. Scores nowadays can trigger way too much controversy among gamers and we have some idiot lunatics rage on the Internet over a number like they currently are with UC3. It's really pathetic. And these idiots haven't even once played the game before. On the other hand a large portion of your review's audience wouldn't read the review and jump right over to the score anyway. Only if Eurogamer's score for UC3 was a 9/10 this controversy would've been reduced to half. Look at IGN's poorly-written review with a perfect 10, now IGN is no longer considered IGNorant here on N4G. Classic simpleton logic, really.
I think instead of numbers , We should use a written review with one wording saying like this game is awesome or cool or something. I don't know The one word should be at the end. In big letters such as words like rawesome cool alright good pretty amazing fasicnating bad (if the game is bad obviously) ect you get the picture
Damn, Sessler looks sexy as hell with hair.
*Stands up out of computer chair and claps" People, we need to listen to him. These are great words of wisdom. Adam seriously knows his shit, simply because he's a real gamer with a passion for gaming and what it stands for. The infatuation of scores and sales is mind numbing. What happened to enjoying a game and coming together to discuss it, rather than bash each other and so forth?
If I "listened" to Adam Sessler or X-Play I would have missed a number of great games they gave poor reviews to. I don't care what he or any of the G4 staff say anymore.
If you would have watched the video you would have seen the topic of discussion to which I was referring to. I didn't say I agree with the reviews, just that he has an extremely good point in today's gaming industry.
They should use more numbers, it seems like good games are either 80 or 100 percent using that out of 5 scale.
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