Drake’s Reception: "Uncharted 3" and Video Game Criticism

There's been some outrage at some of the reviews that Uncharted 3's been getting. IFC film critic Matt Singer noticed the backlash and penned this essay about why fans need their beloved games to notch perfect 10 all across the board.

"Uncharted 3" doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it is a super fun ride. Why isn't that enough? Why do gamers get so worked up about any break in the consensus or low Metacritic score? I think it has to do with the nature of games. Gaming is about achievement and competition. You play "Uncharted 3"'s campaign to win; you play its — sorry Scott Jones — insanely addictive multiplayer mode to level up your player, to buy more weapons and boosters for your character, to be the best and look the coolest while you're doing it. That's the same impulse that drives these overly sensitive reactions. It's not enough to get good reviews, you have to get the best reviews. And then it's not enough to get the best reviews; you have to get perfect reviews. So when Scott Jones gave "Uncharted 3" a C, he didn't just give it a harsh critique; he screwed up gamers' quest for ever-elusive 100% complete.

Until gamers recognize that mindset has its place in the games themselves but not in the discussion around them, comment section freakouts will continue to be the norm. "Uncharted 3" shows how far video games — and the people who play them — have come, and how far they still have to go.

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DigitalAnalog2452d ago (Edited 2452d ago )

They may have the benefit of doubt before the game is released but now that consumers have 2 days to test out the game, they now could easily justify their critiques on the review scores.

I find it ironic that the media tries to downplay the fans reactions yet they could not help themselves to get a little spotlight on pathetic sites like this.

If there's one thing Uncharted 3 did right (whether or not the review scores are justified), it has made the media far more transparent than any generation before it. If critics like these thought a little ahead, getting flak from hate/negative reviews is the last thing they should be concerned about - it's the hypocrisy that would come later when said critics uses the same judgement to give "XX" game a great score.

And I've got a feeling it would arrive soon.... *cough cough Modern **cough Warf *cough are 3.

miyamoto2451d ago (Edited 2451d ago )

This is the dark side of democracy we all have to deal with reviews and critiques are business...its all about the hits and clicks...and that translates to money. Reviews are bought and sold to the highest bidder by bloggers who have no honor, dignity and honesty to us gamers. Their loyalty lies on their business. These so called journalists do it for money not service gamers.

but the majority has voiced their opinions and sentiments of Uncharted 3 - its a unanimous decision Uncharted 3 is a PERFECT GAMING MASTER PIECE WORK OF ART that commands a perfect status. Somehow the video game industry needs a perfect and excellent game to represent it against all the other competing forms entertainment

....and the games are Uncharted 2 and Uncharted 3 as the front line product and its on the PS3 not on a PC or 360.

No other game has the magic, mojo and premium quality to compete against Hollywood films, movies, tv shows, music videos, music, plays, etc.

No other developer can touch Naughty Dogs status now as the best in the business.

And if there is any video game platform that pushes the industry forward into the future of excellence, no offense, it is the PS3.