EldritchImagination wrote:I don't think metacritic is a bad thing. It's just used poorly because humans are spiteful, biased, and petty. "oh, your game is thought to be as good or better than my favorite game. 0/10! how dare this game exist and be loved! EVERYONE SHOULD LOVE MY GAME WHICH IS CENTRAL TO MY IDENTITY AS A HUMAN BEING! (not an exaggeration of what some people actually think)
And as said, review scores are given and treated in a massively inaccurate way for a lot of people. I think they should be seen as a summarized estimation of the reviewers overall thoughts on the game given numerical value to give a standard for evaluation and comparison against other reviews. Instead, many people see them as a reviewers "objective" evaluation of the worth of a game. Add on to the fact that many people are adopting a mentality in which one's favored media, brands, and icons are are treated as personally as one's appearance, beliefs, and passions, and you have the perfect environment for fanboyism and toxic, anti-civil behavior, where any personal opinions on things that are different than someone else's are as bad calling that person's mother a !&#$*@!^#$ %$$.
As for what I think about the actual scoring:
1: Awful game. Has no redeeming value. Everything is either bland, bad, or broken.
2: Very bad game. Some potentially good ideas, but overall poorly executed in the game.
3: Bad game. What good qualities that exist are overshadowed by too many poor design decisions and poorly implemented features.
4: Below average game. Some good features and characteristics, but possesses more negative qualities than positives.
5: Mediocre/Average game. Mixed. Not too good, not too bad. Has an about equal amount of flaws and strengths.
6: Okay game. Nothing great, but many thing are done well enough to make it better than average. Some minor and/or major problems may exist.
7: Good game. Overall good, enjoyable game. Some flaws and lacking qualities do exist though.
8: Great game. solid game with only a few problems that significantly hold it back.
9: Excellent game. Aside from a few minor flaws, this game does almost everything right. High quality.
10: Fantastic game. Goes above and beyond standard quality for video games, Both innovative and extremely refined and well made. Though not perfect (cause no game is), and not for everyone, for what it is, this game is something truly special for its time.
Again this would just be a general estimation of the reviewers review.
Nail on the head. Good reason on why I dislike reviews really. Not always the review itself. Just how people tend to treat them. It's like trying to get someone to try some food that was just verbally abused by a friend of yours. It sounds awful. why try it?
I still don't enjoy reviews in general mainly because of how some things become blown out of perportion. Or how some don't give enough credit to good things. But good reviews exist. Just for my taste they are few and far between. ^^;
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