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In Defence of NeoGAF: The Uncharted Debacle

"Next week the gaming world braces itself for one of the most highly anticpated games of the year, Uncharted 3: Drake Deception, a game that has received widespread acclaim from critics alike. Despite this, there seems to be a situation boiling regarding one particular opinion of the gaming press – Eurogamer’s review which resulted in Naughty Dog’s third person action adventure receiving a score of 8/10. Whilst the majority seem satisfied with the outcome as a whole once the review embargo was lifted, there is a minority lurking on the outside that deemed fit to launch aggressive, dismissive tirades against not only the reviewer Simon Parkin but the website itself."

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digoutyoursoul82243d ago

the crying was ridiculous - 8/10...you would think the score was saying the game was awful or something. it's the minority causing the general public to think overall gamers act like this.

-Mika-2243d ago

The problem is that it an 8. To most people eyes. That mean it an "ok" game. Also the problem is not with the score. It with the reviewers trolling the game. They just nitpick things in the game to give it a low score.

Uncharted 3 is an high quality exclusive that is just epic. So giving it an 8 is kind of an insult. It deserves an 9.5 or above.

digoutyoursoul82243d ago

have you played it all yet?

8 is not "ok" - its a pretty good score - ok is "so so" a 6 or at best a 7

DasBunker2243d ago

IMO a game that deserves an 8 is not "ZOMG you must play this" game.. and uncharted is far from that... unless it really really isnt your thing.

-Mika-2243d ago

The problem is that it doesn't deserve an 8. I read the eurogamer review and it a total joke. He kept complaining that it scripted and linear. It not an open world game so of course it going to be like that.

The review was horrible and it didn't deserve an 8 for it cons.

kaveti66162242d ago (Edited 2242d ago )

"I read the eurogamer review and it a total joke. He kept complaining that it scripted and linear. It not an open world game so of course it going to be like that."

Perhaps you have no problems with overly scripted, extremely linear games that pigeonhole the player into carefully devised situations that demand the player to push a few buttons in the correct sequence and with the right amount of tenacity to overcome an obstacle, but other people who play games may have a serious problem with that.

Games are becoming increasingly like films. And the role of the player in these games is being reduced to simple button presses every so often and ridiculously narrow pathways, the sole purpose of which is nothing more than to trigger the next high-poly-asset cutscene.

If you like games like that, where all you do is walk through a narrow strip of environment to be rewarded with the next bit of story, or else solve extremely easy puzzles (the answers to which are found in a book that you open with a press of a button), then good for you.

The review is not a joke. I think it's one of the few reviews out there that point out a very serious problem in games.

Nac2242d ago (Edited 2242d ago )

@kaveti6616

"I think it's one of the only reviews out there that point out a very serious problem in games."

That's why ND didn't set out to make a "game," but an Interactive Cinematic Experience. You find fault with diversity, I don't. This industry is spliting itself to offer something that is more like an experience for some and something that is more "fun" for others, how is that a problem? Hell, if more examples like Uncharted means less bastardization by Hollywood due to an ablitiy to beat Hollywood at their own game, I say bring it. If more things like Uncharted are developing characters as opposed to player avatars, I am open to it. If more things like Uncharted are introducing a different type of camera presentation that lessons the need for cut scenes then I am excited. You can have what you like, why can't I have what I like? Afterall, isn't the fact that we can have "games" and interactive cinematic entertainment the reason that this medium is so great?

darthv722242d ago (Edited 2242d ago )

there will likely be lower scores that wont get nearly the attention as the "8/10" has the last couple of days.

Seriously people. Its a friggen number not a way of life.

MaxXAttaxX2242d ago (Edited 2242d ago )

It was only ONE review and ONE opinion.
Suddenly that ONE review and opinion becomes the haters' bible on how to b*tch about Uncharted.
http://n4g.com/news/874259/...
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@ kaveti6616

So does Call of Duty.

You can strip a game down and remove the whole experience from a game to make your point. But it won't change the fact that it's still a GREAT game and very well received by MOST.

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DigitalAnalog2242d ago

"Perhaps you have no problems with overly scripted, extremely linear games that pigeonhole the player into carefully devised situations that demand the player to push a few buttons in the correct sequence and with the right amount of tenacity to overcome an obstacle, but other people who play games may have a serious problem with that."

If one were to dock down points to a game which based it's design upon, then that reviewer is no different than the unrealistic comments who complain about said score.

What if a game design is turn-based a-la JRPG? Take a small whiff of your said logic, then there is absolutely NO way it would achieve a high-score if the reviewer absolutely HATES turn-based design despite it's high-quality production values.

I personally have no problem with the score, but if the review content itself is indeed questionable, then they deserve to be called out on it. Heck, didn't we have a certain "IGN" reviewer who was caught not actually finishing the game on normal which caused him to miss a certain "ending"? Reviewers have a nasty habit of giving certain scores but not the ability of explaining them consistently.

So, I would expect the next COD to get a 7 or a 6 because of the "overly scripted, linear games that pigeonholes the player into carefully devised situations". Right?

gameguru2243d ago

8 is a pretty decent score for any game IMO

Burackus2242d ago (Edited 2242d ago )

Yes I have, the mp and coop it self deserves more than an 8

Chrono2242d ago

Which brings us back to the fundamental flaw of the video game review scores. Why the hell should 8/10 be considered bad? Why must all the good games be higher than 9/10? How to tell which game is better than which if all good games score higher than 9/10?

zerocrossing2242d ago

Exactly! Congratulations for using what is becoming a dying trait "common sense".

If all the triple A games score 10/10 then does that mean they are all as good as each other? How will we know which triple A title is the best? Because they all can't be.

We need more 8's IMO.

maniacmayhem2242d ago (Edited 2242d ago )

8 is a damn good score. And i'm sure other mags and sites will be handing out 5/5 and 10/10.

So no need to worry.

And before people say Eurogamer is biased or owned by MS, i believe they gave Gears an 8 too.

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