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Modern Warfare 3 Review Score Change

Velocity Gamer: So I know it's not entirely the most legit thing to do, but after much thought I do believe my score needed some changing. If I were to give Skyrim a 5 and MW3 a 4.5 that would just seem weird no?

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Op242218d ago

Wow, a website that will actually take some though into their review score. I completely agree with the change as well. I'm a big fan of COD, but seriously with all the sequels coming out this year it's kinda hard for COD to stand out without any improvements or innovation.

Winter47th2218d ago

Why change the score? I'm sure Activision just had a little trouble wiring you the money but it's nothing to fret about. Now you lost both your credibility, AND your $$$.

gamingdroid2218d ago

Yeah, the website put so much thought in that they realized they screwed up the first time, went back and fixed it!

Makes us really trust their reviews... who knows, on their next review they might just see fit to change the review 2 months down the line cause they found another game "that did sooo much different" that it made the current game look [email protected]! /s

JeffGUNZ2217d ago

What are you talking about? This shows a complete lack of credibility. He is admitting his ranking system is flawed. If Skyrim is a 5, that's great, it's a complete different game/genre. Also, to lower it to a 3.5 from a 4.5 is laughable.

Congrats author, you're just another wannabe gaming blog that is nothing but a joke.

jonnson142217d ago

You sir are a complete jack***.if you acctually read his article you would see that he was only doing this because IGN has a a horrible ranking system. Skyrim as he said is a vast improvement and the differences can be seen easily a lot has been changed and tweaked in the gameplay. COD has been the same everytime.... do a little reasearch and there is actually a video showing a building that was from COD4 that they shoved into the brand new one. Sounds like they have changed so much. Im not trying to say COD isnt fun i enjoy it from time to time but the fact that it is given incredible scores everytime for the virtually the same game as its predecessor. If IGN is gonna lower a game because it is almost the same as its prequel then they should do the same with COD. Hope Im making a pretty decent point here, not trying to bash COD just make people realize this.

JeffGUNZ2217d ago (Edited 2217d ago )

How does that make me a jackass? I have never played the new COD yet and I don't care how good or bad one thinks it is. My point is he has a complete lack of credibility. How can anyone trust a review from this guy in the future, now that he opened the flood gates by changing his score because he played a different game in a different genre. The only jackass here is the author. At the time he reviewed it, he though it to be a certain score. Now, as a week or two pass, he reviews another game, falls in love with that, then goes back to lower MW3? Idiotic. What is he going to do when Mass Effect 3 comes out and he enjoys that more then Skyrim? Is he then going to lower Skyrim to a 4.8?

I don't care what justification he is trying to give, I am sure a good portion of his decision making was the backlash from internet nerds who live for nothing else but to trash COD online. A lot of people scored it lower then he did so he is covering his bases.

That has to be the reason, why else would Skyrim, a RPG game influence MW3, a FPS? Makes no sense, they should never be compared together.

iamnsuperman2218d ago (Edited 2218d ago )

you can't just go around changing scores because a better game comes a long and a .5 difference doesn't seem liable any more. Kind of puts any score given into doubt. Its about impression. At the time COD made an impression for you to give 4.5.

Hockeydud192218d ago (Edited 2218d ago )

Not exactly, the article mentions games like Batman and Battlefield as well. When you go back and think, it's like wait a sec. These games made huge improvements over the last installment. Should you really let COD get away with not innovating and making the game better? I don't think so.

EDIT: Yes, BUT as I've spent even more time with with the game I felt that wasn't a fair score. I didn't change the contents of the review at all. Our scores are based on the quality of a game, not our opinion.

iNMyFiN4LH0uR2218d ago

its a very amateur move to score a game based on another game. batman and battlefield should have no bearing on a reviewers decision on how good or bad MW3 is.

gamingdroid2218d ago (Edited 2218d ago )

I agree!

It speaks volume of the state of gaming journalism being flooded by amateurs. The internet unfortunately gives everyone a voice.

Just hit the plus sign next to their domain name and mark them down to try and keep out the trash on n4g.com.

This site lost all credibility if they can't grasp simple concepts on reviews are done.

Heartnet2217d ago

Agreed at above...

Thats like saying if u now reviewed Oblivion ud have to give it a 5/10 simply cause it doesnt live up to Skyrim...

Op242218d ago

I see both your points, In one way yea, changing a review score isn't the best thing to do, but if the score is a change based on quality I can agree with that. I'm glad at least some sites can back up their review scores. IGN for instance just makes those hate videos, why's everybody hating on us crap.

gamingdroid2218d ago (Edited 2218d ago )

I agree... so basically I can NOT trust your reviews, because your original score wasn't well though out.

Besides, when did "doing something new" become a criteria to score reviews? Isn't it overall package for the game i.e. how it ALL compares to the competition? If it holds up, does it matter?

How about we just make the game completely different, but suck? Would we give it an extra star for that?

In summary, we can't trust velocitygamer.com, because clearly they don't know how to review/score their game reviews! In fact, they don't even have a guideline, except being guided by "feel".

Hockeydud192218d ago (Edited 2218d ago )

Don't know how to score our games? At least we can admit when a game dosen't deserve the score we gave it and can back up why. Tell me, why should Call of Duty, a game that has millions of fans shouldn't improve and actually feel like a sequel? That's pretty a much a slap in the face to its fans on all fronts. They have more money than most devs to use on the game and make it a better package but they don't.

So if what I read correctly from your comment your one of the many people who focus primarily on the score.

Um, if you look under the score there's clearly an explanation of each score.

ddurand12218d ago (Edited 2218d ago )

if you cant make decisions for yourself then your just a sheep.

game reviews are opinions, after all.

gamingdroid2218d ago (Edited 2218d ago )

***At least we can admit when a game dosen't deserve the score we gave it and can back up why***

You mean how you couldn't back it up the first time, then changed your mind later. Maybe in 6 months, you changed your mind again since the latest and greatest made MW3 look even crappier! xD

***Tell me, why should Call of Duty, a game that has millions of fans shouldn't improve and actually feel like a sequel? That's pretty a much a slap in the face to its fans on all fronts.***

That is for the gamers to decide, all you have to do is note it in your review. However, clearly you were fine with until you found another game, reviewed it differently and realized you did a poor job on the MW3 review.

***They have more money than most devs to use on the game and make it a better package but they don't.***

You are supposed to review the game objectively, so it doesn't matter who made it or how much resources they have. You are to base your review on the product and the product only!

***So if what I read correctly from your comment your one of the many people who focus primarily on the score.***

Now where did I say that?

Reading comprehension usually helps.

***Um, if you look under the score there's clearly an explanation of each score.***

The point isn't the score, but the fact that you had to go back and change the score because you changed your mind.

Amateurs!

JeffGUNZ2217d ago

@ Hockeydud19

Gamingdroid is right, you just made yourself look like an amateur and a laughing stock. You're suppose to review the game for itself, not who made it or what other games are out there. I find it funny, you just gave it a 4.5 and justified it, yet kept your review in tact, but then lowered the score. Do you see how bad that is for your credibility? Your words indicated why you gave the game a 4.5, then you keep all your words the same but just lower the score.

It's people like you who ruin the review process. Why don't you go back now and change your COD4 MW review since other games have come out since then!

You're a joke bro.

MTNDEWLOVER2217d ago

good lord gamingdroid. Are you seriously that in love with Call of Duty that you can't see past its flaws? If you didn't notice their review has only been up for like 2 days. At least they came out and told their readers they changed it. Other sites just try to change it "secretly"

gamingdroid2217d ago

So, is this one of Hockeydud19 other accounts?

Just joined 1-hour ago, and posted one comment! Somebody took the time to register just to tell me I'm a CoD fanboy....

***Are you seriously that in love with Call of Duty that you can't see past its flaws?***

This has nothing to do with CoD and everything to do with proper review standards. Clearly this website lacks it and is unable to stand behind their reviews.

***If you didn't notice their review has only been up for like 2 days. At least they came out and told their readers they changed it. Other sites just try to change it "secretly"***

Congratulations, your website is one small step above other turd sites!

Fact of the matter is that the reason for the change is absurd. Games are never reviewed based on another game released in the future, nor should it rely criteria made after the fact.

Amateurs!

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Fylus2218d ago

Well they already did it, what are you going to do about it? Besides, their reasons for it were legitimate. I completely agree with them.

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Majin-vegeta2218d ago

Finally reviewers are starting to see the truth.

Flare1492218d ago

I don't care regardless because I'm loving CoD already, but I do think that's totally lame. I would see no problem with him posting a second impression, but changing the original review score is just weak. How are we supposed to trust a site that doesn't even stand behind it's beliefs?

I get that in retrospect of Skyrim he could post a second impression saying if he now believes the score should be lower, that's fine. However the Batman and Battlefield part really discredits the claim, because those games came out before MW3, and as such would have been taken into account previously. CoD is by no means perfect, it's fine if you want to give it a merely decent score, but don't change the original review. The admittance that this is all a result of recent events is good, but ruined by the unprofessionalism.

Hockeydud192218d ago

The review was not changed at all. Every word is still the same. I'm happy with MW3 as it is, but in my opinion it doesn't seem fair to give the game as high as a score as games like Batman etc spend so much time trying to be the best it can be. I know people will say oh we can't trust Velocity Gamer etc. I expected that, but if I have the guts to change a score I think that says something. Either way think what you will.

Hide_and_Geek2218d ago

Absolutely ridiculous comment in the summary.
You can't just directly compare review scores between Skyrim and Modern Warfare 3.

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