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Easy as 1, 2, 3: Review Scores Should Disappear

Andy of Handheld Heroes writes - "Review scores are the bane of most writers out there today. To spend time crafting your thoughts and emotions on the game to only have to tack on a score that reflects what you just wrote is heart-wrenching to me. As a writer myself, I would hate to have all that hard work I put into what I think is a well written review of a game to have people skip to the bottom where the score is and proceed to berate me about how it didn't deserve the score it received."

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KingSlayer3456d ago

No, buthurt devs and fans alike should disappear. Review scores aren't the gospel.

omi25p3456d ago (Edited 3456d ago )

Saying a game is better than the previous 2 then giving it a lower score than you gave to the previous too is what should go away. Thats exactly what happened with gears.

Ive read the majority of the reviews and almost all of them said its the best of the 3. The a few of them having said this, give it a worse score. Proveing reviewers have no idea what they are talking about

Unicron3456d ago

Same thing happened to R3.

omi25p3455d ago (Edited 3455d ago )

@unicron

I know that is my point. Reviewers have no idea what they are talking about and somehow got a job as a video game reviewer when most of them arent even big gamers.

Look at ign for example, They have post numerous videos about gears of war 3 and they havent had a clue what they are talking about. They get character names mixed up, Weapons and they dont know the story.

Game reviewers like ign should get people that are big fans of the franchise to review the latest game. That way its coming from a fan who understands the game and knows how it should play. Not someone who clearly isnt that barely played the previous ones.

Stuff like this happens all the time. Its happened to Gears 3, Resistance 3 and infamous 2 and im sure there is more.

Now i havent heard a single Resistance 1/2 fan say resistance 3 is bad. Ive heard how resistance 3 is the best in the series and how it makes up for resistance 2. Does it show this in the reviews? No it does not.

Its the same with infamous 2 the reviewers dont have a clue what they are talking about and say the storys lame or the characters arent interesting or the gameplay isnt any different.

But fans like myself love the game and think the gameplay is better, the graphics are better the story might not have as good of a twist but carrys on from the previous one perfectly. But do the reviews show this? No they dont.

Gears of War 1: 94
Gears of War 2: 93
Gears of War 3: 91

Resistance 1: 86
Resistance 2: 87
Resistance 3: 84

Infamous 1 : 83
Infamous 2 : 85

Now id like a reviewer to explain to me how Gears 3, Resistance 3 and Infamous 2 are worse than their previous games Even though the gameplay is refined, The graphics are improved, It continues with the story and there a fewer bugs.

news4geeks3455d ago

It's because the game is the same old tried and tested formula. Even if it is the best in the series, it didn't stand out and grab our attention like the original did; gears 1 for example was great for it's time yet gears 3 is the same thing with some tweaks.

The review scores reflect the lack of innovation and originality despite the latest games still being very solid titles.

...and for the record, resistance 2 was a bad game.

Unicron3455d ago

I would believe the innovation argument, if other run of the mill sequels weren't handed 9.5's and 10's like they were going out of style.

Rainstorm813455d ago (Edited 3455d ago )

Exactly, Yet COD only needs release a game a out comes a 9.5...

and the reasoning would be because of " the same old tried and tested formula....works"....smh

BTW IGNs reviews have been giving the better sequel lower scores for sometime now, which i agree is the dumbest thing in game review continuity

Off topic:

PS3 games been on the bad end of the review argument for some time, i guess it took Gears to get that treatment for people to start noticing..

I agree news4geeks R2 wasnt that good R3 is far better... yet here we are.

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Abriael3456d ago

Not to mention hurt wannabe writers that are afraid that people won't read their review and just look at the score.

Guess what? if you're confident in your quality, in your writing and in your arguments, you aren't afraid of that.

If you aren't, then this job isn't for you.

Trophywhore3455d ago

Cliffy B was offended by a review so all of a sudden they should disappear.

Pikajew3456d ago

Reviews should stay but they should take away the score. I see reviews they praise the game in it and than give it a bad score.

Handheld_Heroes3456d ago

Unfortunately, review scores are considered gospel by the many people who buy the games. If the score wasn't there, then they would be forced to read the review. Remember, reading IS FUNdamental

WolfLeBlack3456d ago

Good article. I've been debating whether to get rid of the score at the end of any review I write.

Unicron3456d ago (Edited 3456d ago )

Reviews good.

Review scores archaic. been sayin this for years, the system holds too much sway and is too much based on both whim and bias.

cereal_killa3455d ago

This is true seems like some so called "journalists" just play the game, write out there review and then throw a dart at the wall and give it the number it lands on. It's to bad this sort of thing will only get worse, sites are getting desperate and are sending out bad scores just to attract the fanbabys and its these type of scores that affect the games overall judgement of some consumers which is my eyes is pretty pathetic to judge a game on someone else s opinion

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