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The Disgusting Influence of Metacritic (Final Fantasy XIII Edition)

Unfortunately, Metacritic has a large influence on the industry. It's sick really. Take Persona 3 for example. The original scored like an 85 average. People like me and you then went and played the game and found it to be in a class all of its own. Metacritic reacts when FES releases and the game goes up 2 whole points to an 87, despite receiving heat from the fans that the second episode lacked any story 'til the end. Then the PSP version comes out and scores a miraculous 92 when all they did was change the MC's gender and open up a couple new social links.

Basically, what I'm trying to say is critics are pandering to the vocal minority. Just look at Modern Warfare. The original was a huge success, then the sequel came out and received major flak from the online community, but casuals still ate it up. Metacritic didn't have time to adjust as the feedback came after release and all the broken mechanics became widely known. But you can bet they took notice when Black Ops released. And even then that wasn't enough and fans began to protest.

Critics have no idea what to score a game. They want to hop on the bandwagon, and try to score games accordingly. That's why FFXIII was "poorly" received here in the west. When XII came out, a vocal minority protested the changes. It was all over forums. They were ragging on it at every opportunity. Critics took note despite the fact that they were just that... a minority. An extreme one at that as most fans actually loved the game. Too late, though. Critics used it as an excuse to bring down XIII despite all the positives.

I remember playing it when it first came out, before all the backlash. I thought the game was exquisite. Definitely one of the finer points of the series. While I wish they added more choices and paths, I was happy they took out the towns. They were simply just not that exciting. I'm playing through VII and am bored out of my mind wandering through Slums 5-7. They all feel the same and the citizens don't offer much to the story.

With X and XIII, the team was smart enough to cut out the extraneous and get right to the story. VII's story was fairly good and even intense at some points, but the towns really brought it down. That said, XII made the best use of towns as it actually added value to the story and setting, but I still didn't see why XIII caught so much flak for cutting them out. I imagine most of the citizens would have ran away anyways as they were all l'Cie. I would've hated listening to 1000 different variations of the same dialogue.

Before reviews started coming in, I was a part of a group of five who played the game so we could share our notes with the rest of our game design group. I found the experience riveting throughout and hardly took a note, save the mental ones I made in my head. Once we all finished the game, we met back up and shared the notes. We had all agreed it was one of the best games we've played in recent memory. We encouraged the rest of the group to pick up a copy and play the game. And then the reviews started rolling in. It was as if we played an entirely different game. As a result, I believe the hate for XIII is actually just another vocal minority.

Whatever, I wish my words had an impact on our online community, but I doubt it. People should play games for themselves and never look to other people's opinions unless they agree with a particular critic (and cut down with the hyperbole). I can't wait for XIII-2 personally. I don't think the story will be nearly as good, but it looks like they improved the gameplay without sacrificing any of its creativity that I fell in love with.

Thankfully, Metacritic doesn't seem to have a huge influence on FFXIII-2. I believe the moment artists take note of critics (read: too much) they sacrifice everything personal about the art form, and they turn the industry into a well oiled machine. Hence the West becoming the Holy Land of FPS's.

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Nate-Dog1921d ago

Agreed that people shouldn't focus as much as they do on reviews and should just make their own opinion of a game and not take on someone elses just because the majority say it's this or that, after all aren't we all individuals and supposed to express that?

Jinxstar1921d ago (Edited 1921d ago )

It's not people that are the problem it's the industry. I know most people on here hate jim sterling but he makes good points sometimes like here.

http://www.escapistmagazine...

Metacritic is just a place to find reviews all on one site... That in itself is not a problem. It does it for movies, books, music... Metacritic is doing nothing wrong except making it easy for consumers to find their favorite review sites or get an average overall on what the industry thinks. Are there problems with it? Sure and Jim covers that but Metacritic does nothing wrong...

As to the author

"People should play games for themselves and never look to other people's opinions unless they agree with a particular critic (and cut down with the hyperbole)."

I don't have that kind of money. So I take many reviews into account from sites I like. Did you buy Duke Nukem? If not then why?

From your whole blog it seems as though your a big fan of Japanese games. Notably JRPG's. A genre which of late has been feeling stale to most westerners. They look to games like Dragon age, Fallout and Elder scrolls or some kind of an MMO where the game mechanics are not really turn based. the action is not an FMV or prerendered animation. the situations are all varied and the story is comprehensible. Ever tried understanding the kingdom hearts storyline? I got soooo lost... FFXIII was a cake walk to understand next to KH2 but still borderline incoherent.

Don't hate on metacritic. Also reviewers, for the most part, that are on metacritic are not no name bloggers. They are people with actual credentials. Example. Giant bomb. Very professional, thorough and all around great industry guys. Gave FFXIII 3/5 = 6/10. I did not buy that FF game as I have not liked a FF game since 9. I have not liked a square game since then either. A metric TON of my friends did and I'll tell you 3/4 of them were upset they did not listen to me telling them to rent... I played my roommates copy and could not find many redeeming qualities to the game... I agree with industry professionals and am glad I listened to the majority and didn't waste money... Japan has not progressed very well with the rest of the industry with the exception imo being fighting games which are amazing... Just look at Resident Evil 5... Can't even move and shoot... Mario/ mario kart is still the same as when he was on the 64 with a few gimmicks here and there. JRPG's... I would simply rather see them do HD remakes of Secret of Mana, FF9 and Legend of Dragoon...

I understand the stale taste you get from seeing COD games getting amazing scores but... If I were an objective reviewer and could keep my hate for Bobby Kotick, Activision and everything else out of the way I would look at MW3 and say, Probably, "When compared to the last few games. Over the top B movie story is even crazier, graphics are the same and looking a bit dated, MP is tweaked to perfection, Here's hoping for no more glitches, Glad they brought back spec ops. Fans of the series "Buy" people who are looking for a change go buy BF3" And thats about the gist your probably gonna see for it in a few months.

It's not metacritic. It's also gamers who need better reviews. Here is another example.

http://www.escapistmagazine...

Anyway game on and enjoy. =D

TheDivine1921d ago

I used to use reviews on n64, ps2/xbox/gamecube days to see the best games on each system and genre. Ign and other reviews helped me find jade empire, kotor 2, and a few more gems. It useful to see if a game you want has generally poitive or negative feedback. I look more at user feedback and watch walkthroughs and the like. I enjoy many games though that dont get good reviews. I loved divinity 2, too human, last remnant, and many other harshly reviewed games. I agree its BS when haterz try to bring an average down. Reviewers need to play a game without seing others views on it, go in objectively. Write if its fun, if it has decent graphics, art design exc. FF13 got decent reviews imho but people did smear it across the net. Personaly i liked it. U gotta make up your own minds.

Odion1921d ago

So your mad because other people had a different opinion?

Metacritic doesn't do anything but give out an average score from every review from a site.

Kos-Mos1921d ago

But reviews are fan-based this generation. Maybe you still play PS2 and don`t know theres a PS3. If that is so, you`re forgiven.

MidnytRain1920d ago (Edited 1920d ago )

Aren't you the mod that everyone hates? YOU GOT NOTHIN' ON CGOODNO!

Anyway, Metacritic is broken every which way; they make up numbers that "sound right" just to get an average. Lame.

Odion1920d ago

I wish I was the mod that everyone hated, but no one ever mentions my name when they bring up the corrupt or bias mods, breaks my heart.

CGoodno is a noob mod too, just a rookie

MidnytRain1920d ago

I wouldn't say that, people talk about you in the forums from time to time. They say you can be killjoy and go overboard sometimes. And lol at "rookie" mod, you make it seem like your profession.

bwazy1921d ago

PERSONALLY, I thought FFXIII deserves a 0/100. I feel this because It was not enjoyable in ANY SENSE and therefore I felt and still feel ripped off.

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Godmars2901921d ago

The lack of towns in XIII is such a bone of contention because their main feature was replaced with convenient internet shopping and instant shipping.

That was just lazy.

If they had been thinking they would have given characters crafting skills which they then would have to build on.

kingdavid1920d ago

TBH I dont think it was a minority which didnt like FF13. A large amount of people Ive spoken to didnt enjoy it for what it was worth.

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