Does a perfect score mean a perfect game?

Should a perfect review score be exclusively reserved for perfect games? Can a flawed masterpiece justifiably be given top marks? Is there even any such thing as a perfect game? With BioShock and Halo 3 both recently receiving the highest numerical accolades possible from many critics, Games Radar thought they'd head into the treacherous review score mine field to canvas the opinion of some of gaming's most respected magazine editors.

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Maddens Raiders4484d ago (Edited 4484d ago )


-- "With BioShock and Halo 3 both recently receiving the highest numerical accolades possible...." --

"Does a perfect score mean a perfect game?" Rhetorical question.

secret4484d ago

Saying your game is the best compared to anything on the PS3 is merely an opinion and not a fact. No matter how high the review scores are, to someone else's eyes, they will always think that Mostorstorm or Grand Turismo 5 are better games, as I do. You've been backing your opinion with reviewer opinions and calling it a fact. There's no fact.

A fact is something that can be proven inarguably false or true by scientific experiments or observation. For example, let's say that you stated, "In my opinion, pigs have been known to fly." That is a factual statement no matter how you word it. It's because it is scientifically provable to be either false or true. You can exam all pigs throughout textbooks and all pigs currently alive and you won't ever see a flying pig so far.

Similarly, you can say that a girl that you hated has HIV or AIDS when you know she doesn't. However, it's still a factual statement. You can yank her into the testing room and have her tested. It can be proven scientically whether she has it or not. You can take her to ten medical test centers just to be sure.

But to say that PGR4 is better as a matter of fact is not a fact, no matter how you word it or how many other opinions you use to support it. Because if you look carefully, you already have a majority of the people voting disagree on your "fact statement." It is in their opinion that your opinion and the reviewer's opinions are different and is proof that it isn't better than anyting on the PS3. And opinions can change over time. At any given moment, any of the reviewers could think differently based on the mood or other experiences or after a closer observation and then secretly change their "factual" statement one way or the other in their mind at least. I do think that Mostorstorm and Grand Turismo 5 are better than anything on the xbox360 and that's one of the reasons why I refused to buy an xbox360. Understand?

If I do believe that Halo 3 and Gears and Bio are perfect 10's and wonderful -- TOO. then why didn't I buy the xbox360 or even buy it for my Personal Computer, since those games are on the PC, aren't they? Those games pretty much received perfect 10's and mean that they are the best games ever made right?

No. Because it's their opinion. I have my OWN OPINIONS and because it's my money and not theirs, I choose according to my TASTES. My opinion is that I prefer Motostorm, Grand Turismo 5, Resistance, Sigma, GRAW2, MGS4, HAZE, and Ratchet & Clank, and that's why I bought my PS3 -- in addition to free online, high quality (not low quality) Bluray and DVD playback, and PS2, PS1, and PSN features (since I skipped the PS2, PS1 eras), SACD playback, seemingly indestructable hardware, quiteness, sleek black design that blends into the night when watching movies or playing games with the lights turned off, motion sensing controls, beautiful design, one piece design, linux computer, folding to help society, its potentials, its environmental friendly materials that's safer for humans and the environment, the Sony brand name, and the fact that the PS3 plus my computer can become a custom built XBOX360. Most of which the xbox360 lacks.

Why would I buy an xbox360 for Gears or Bioshock or Halo if I don't like those games? I should buy it because somebody else likes them and gave them good scores? I don't think so. It's my money, not theirs.

PS3 + PC computer = XBOX360
Most people who buy a PS3 first will rarely need to buy an xbox360, but most people who buy xbox360's first will most likely feel a desire for a PS3 at some point. Only one of the main reasons is that most of the games worth having on the xbox360 are going to be ported to the xbox360 (GRAW2, NGS, Oblivion, COD4, Fight Night3, DEVIL MAY CRY, and so on) or they will be available on the PC in almost everyone's homes -- such as Halo, Gears, and Bioshock the PC version.

XBOX360 owners can pout and flame until their face turns blue and faint, but in the end, we PS3 owners made the right purchase. And we know it.

Here, this video is of low quality too...and it's not even a finished product...

Enough said...


Texas GMR4484d ago

There will never be a perfect game. How can there be when all reviews are based on personal opinions. What's perfect in ones eyes is not perfect in anothers.

Double-Edged4484d ago (Edited 4484d ago )

everyone played it... everyone loved it...

next would be...Halo 1.....GTA.....MGS1.....God of War

and you know why? was new IPs.

Keep an eye on the new NextGen Ips....

Gears and BioShock are up there.

Shankle4484d ago

fingers crossed for uncharted....

Bonsai12144484d ago (Edited 4484d ago )

no. reviewers don't have the balls to rate games poorly anymore. what happened to the old days when a 5 out of 10 meant perfectly average....

edit: wtf? chris slate's the editor in chief of nintendo power? wow...

paul_war4484d ago

I agree, the business is getting bigger & there is a lot more money involved. 5/10 should be a score for an average game & not a poor game, at least Edge can still give reviews like this. Gears, Metroid & Bioshock all great games & all given 8's.

DethWish4484d ago

On a scale to 100, it should.
Therefore all reviewers should change their scales to 100/100 -
so that they can really show the readers that it is or is not a completely perfect game.

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