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Metacritics needs to die
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Posted 9/11/14
I liked the game but my internet doesn't do so well with online so I'll have to pass. I have played the beta and it was a blast, if there was an offline mode then I would totally buy it
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I find that many user reviews in Metacritic are unreliable as they are filled with trolls and people who have not played the game which is why some game reviews have such a low user score. Not all games have this problem of course but many popular ones do like Destiny.

I stopped taking critic scores so seriously and would usually ignore the number now and just look at what features the game has and whether or not it appeals to me.
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I trust no ones opinion other then mine, or my close gaming friends, when it comes to games. Even with movies.

Watch game play vids and figure it out on your own.
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Posted 9/11/14
Don't read reviews and just play the game if it's something you like. Hating the site won't give your game a good review.
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Posted 9/11/14

tlegoman wrote:

Don't read reviews and just play the game if it's something you like. Hating the site won't give your game a good review.


Took the words right out of my... uhhh... keyboard ?

anyway was gonna say exactly that
Posted 9/12/14 , edited 9/12/14

-Paul- wrote:

I trust no ones opinion other then mine, or my close gaming friends, when it comes to games. Even with movies.

Watch game play vids and figure it out on your own.


Likewise.

I think sites like Metacritic serve a purpose for many people out there, who would rather buy into popular opinion first, before spending their time and money on some product they don't anything about. And there's nothing wrong with that. Each to their own.
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Posted 9/13/14 , edited 9/17/14
Now, every sight of a Metacritic score agitates me, especially with its bias for mainstream, overly hyped games that always receive a high rating with vague reasons why they earn such positive reception. Speaking of mainstream, I never trust mainstream reviews at all! I have stopped reading mainstream reviews since GameSpot rated many and fighters JRPGs a "fair" (6/10) or below for not only unfair ratings, but also superficial writing with little, if any, knowledge regarding the game/movie/show's aspects. It's just disheartening to witness companies not making sequels just because of abysmal scores by ignorant mainstream critics giving certain games a bad name, with its readers agreeing upon them just because they are mainstream reviews. Furthermore, playing a game for a few hours, or even few days, and then slap a "final" score without further revisions is nothing short of inpragmatic, and Metacritic does well at aggregating critics who practice such caveman-ish gambit. Consequentially, some unwary people may even think a game/film/show is good/bad just because of a positive/negative overall score, only to be disappointed at the end when they give their shot at them (see MK Armageddon, for instance).

Fan reviews have it better at reviewing since they are not written by some idiots who are ignorant whatever the hell they are seeing; instead, they are written by well-informed people. Unlike mainstream critics who only spend hours on trying a product, fans spend days, weeks, or even MONTHS to review even a single product, proving how fastidious they are to shed a brighter truth about certain products. Therefore, fans are the only people who I rely for reviews, or I'll just play the game to observe its reputation on my own. Whenever I review things, I USE them first...thoroughly...and then cover even their smallest aspects.
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Posted 9/13/14 , edited 9/13/14
Now.. this might just be because I'm old.. but I would rather wait until I can rent the game and test it myself or if it's an online game, most of those have a free trial. Most games can be rented for 1 to 5 bucks. In some cases I don't even bother and just buy the game if I know I'm willing to risk disappointment. (oh yes, blizzard I'm talking about you.. )

There is also the option of gamer magazines which review titles as or before they are released for purchase.

Also, the opinion of someone else will only help you so much. A person raves about a game title. They go on and on about the flow of the game, how the characters move fluidly, the fight scenes are epic, the plot line is exciting, how it's the best dang video game they've played in decades and everyone should buy it and play it. You take it home, toss it in your favorite console and...

for you... it sucks.

all that anticipation from reading the reviews made your expectations greater, which only made it seem worse than it is, though even without the reviews you would have thought it sucked because it just wasn't geared to your personal tastes.

My favorite example.. Minecraft..
My son and millions of others LOVE this game. I heard "momma, you gotta play this it's so cool! It's the best game ever! I want more of it!" and my daughter "Momma, you'll love this game, the graphics are cool, and you get to build stuff, and you have to watch out for zombies and spiders, etc" (enter hours of raving about how awesome it is, trying to get me to play it.)

Ok, OK I'll give it a try. (enter anticipation music followed by foreshadowing)

OMG NOOOOOO my eyes! my EYES!

I am old enough to have played Intellivision and atari when they first came out. I was weaned on pitfall, pong, and AD&D. I was there when the NES came out and Mario was born. I remember when donkey kong became a good guy instead of the evil ape who held the girl waiting for Mario to rescue her. and while I think of those games with a sense of nostalgia and love... going back to a 10 pixel per inch (or less) looking game.. no matter how cool it is.. is like torture for my very soul. I gave it a heart filled try, so many people loved it right?

ehem.. so, as you can see by my rant, others opinions of a game can only help so much.

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Posted 9/13/14
Smart consumers would pay very, very, very little attention to Metacritic. Too bad it's the biggest reviewing site and game companies are stupid enough to even base the success of their game on it.
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Posted 9/13/14

BlueOni wrote:


Elektrolysis wrote:


bathroom64 wrote:

I don't want to buy the game before I review it.


Then you shouldn't be reviewing it in the first place..


This position doesn't make sense to me. Could you explain why it is that someone who is disinterested in purchasing a work ought not review it?


how can you review a product you don't own? it would make the review a lie.

plain and simple you need to buy a product first in order to review it.
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jer5500 wrote:

how can you review a product you don't own? it would make the review a lie.

plain and simple you need to buy a product first in order to review it.


It's true that a person cannot competently and honestly review a product they have not consumed, but it is false that a person cannot do so for a product they have never owned.

Edit: You asked how, so I'll give an example. Let's suppose you're given the opportunity to thoroughly examine and test drive a vehicle which is far out of your price range. You take this opportunity, looking through every part of the machine and subjecting it to every imaginable condition during your test drive. You then hand the keys back to the vehicle's owner and leave.

Are you able to competently review that vehicle after that? I would say yes.
Posted 9/13/14
This is the most expensive game created. Just dump your money automatically. It's a shame it's not on PC. I really dislike consoles.
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Posted 9/13/14
I'd rather just ignore their biased reviews.
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Posted 9/13/14

BlueOni wrote:


jer5500 wrote:

how can you review a product you don't own? it would make the review a lie.

plain and simple you need to buy a product first in order to review it.


It's true that a person cannot competently and honestly review a product they have not consumed, but it is false that a person cannot do so for a product they have never owned.

Edit: You asked how, so I'll give an example. Let's suppose you're given the opportunity to thoroughly examine and test drive a vehicle which is far out of your price range. You take this opportunity, looking through every part of the machine and subjecting it to every imaginable condition during your test drive. You then hand the keys back to the vehicle's owner and leave.

Are you able to competently review that vehicle after that? I would say yes.


for games that would equal a beta testing of the game and as we all know you can't fully review it based on that since they have lots of bugs at that point. and but if you have not bought the product or tested it while in beta then no you have no say in the matter of reviewing. those sites don't require you to input a serial number or bar code number to prove you own the game or you had the beta or demo version. so that site is basically a fan site for gamer to rave about them or hate on them. not an unbiased review site (though to be honest i doubt there are any sites that give unbiased reviews. most get paid to give a good review)
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Posted 9/13/14 , edited 9/13/14

jer5500 wrote:

for games that would equal a beta testing of the game and as we all know you can't fully review it based on that since they have lots of bugs at that point. and but if you have not bought the product or tested it while in beta then no you have no say in the matter of reviewing. those sites don't require you to input a serial number or bar code number to prove you own the game or you had the beta or demo version. so that site is basically a fan site for gamer to rave about them or hate on them. not an unbiased review site (though to be honest i doubt there are any sites that give unbiased reviews. most get paid to give a good review)


Actually, it would be equivalent to someone letting you play a game from their library which you yourself couldn't reasonably purchase. The example is effectively borrowing a completed copy, not beta testing an incomplete product.
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