• Weighing in on Meta Scores



      Review scores are completely subjective, one would have to agree, or I would hope so. Why take it to heart if an individual was to give a game, he/she truly enjoyed, a rating you don't agree with? For example, I really loved the original Assassin's Creed, while most preferred part 2, which didn't interest me. We all have different tastes. How can the readers of these reviews expect us all to have the same likes, dislikes, preferences, and whatnot. We would then all be machines. What is the point in doing what we do, if we don't have our own opinion to offer to the readers?

      What is fun to me is fun to me, get it? Let me paint a picture for you, there's a Holy-Grail-website that gives a number scale to assist you on whether a game is "better" than another game, based on its number rank. The problem with this is that certain lemmings take this scale to heart and it could create a negative snowball effect.

      Let's step back for a second. Who is benefiting from this scoring system. Is it truly for the average Joe? Most people know what game they are looking forward to and will purchase it, no matter the score. If there is a score that opposes their initial thoughts on the game, it only makes sense to do some more research into why. They will investigate and look into other opinions, before they make their final decision. However, does this number system site really benefit the average person, or does it just hype the marketing machine?

      Think about this, how hard would it be for a reviewer to give a game a negative score after a publisher has built rapport with a reviewer that has now become an asset? I wanted to ask you all a question, if a game you were really looking forward to was to get a negative score on this holy grail website, would it deter you from purchasing it?
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      1. Chris "WildCardCorsair" Garcia's Avatar
        Actually if I read a review I usually don't pay attention to the score. I always scan for what the reviewer said about different parts of the game. If I made a pie chart about what was important to me in a game at least 50 of that pie would be how good the story is. Gameplay would probably be 30, with sound and graphics at 10 each. That's why I'm not a gears fan though I hear the last game is great. The story for that game is so boring and predictable and regardless of how great multiplayer is I'm not the kind of gamer who can be happy with multiplayer alone. In fact a couple of my favorite games of all time were trashed by reviewers for being tedious and uninspired dungeon crawlers from hell. That's right one of my favorite games is the .hack series on PS2 because they had a great story.But to answer your question yes, a review does sway my opinion of a game even if I was previously looking forward to it, only I find out what's most important to me about the game and come up with my own score from there
      1. Skotters's Avatar
        Skotters -
        The fact that some reviews are bias or paid off pretty much makes metacritic pointless.