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Flodgy

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#1 11 years ago

Some of the years most prominent titles, just recently released have been a major let down apparently. Assassin's Creed - IGN's 7.7 Assassin's Creed - GameTrailers 9.1

Kane and Lynch: Dead Men - IGN's 7.0

I don't know about you guys, but those 2 titles were games I was looking forward to a lot this year. Both reviews claim the games are great, but then proceed to niggle about small things, and then expose a lot of what sound like game breaking exploits / bugs.

Normally, if I really like a game I will buy it anyways, but this un-nerves me. What went wrong?

Am I the only one suprised by these reviews? (Bar the GT one) Ah well. Guess it's waiting on Crysis and an upgrade now.




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#2 11 years ago

Don't let reviews discourage you from buying a game, you have to remember, no game is perfect, only listen to reviews on things like new game consoles, new windows operating systems.




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#3 11 years ago

9.1 is a mediocre review? What are you smoking, Milo?




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#4 11 years ago
Ihaterednecks;40340129.1 is a mediocre review? What are you smoking, Milo?

Hell. I wish I was. Nevertheless, read again my friend. =p

Am I the only one suprised by these reviews? (Bar the GT one) Ah well. Guess it's waiting on Crysis and an upgrade now.

GT = GameTrailers.




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#5 11 years ago

I know what you mean about the nitpicking some of these folks dwell on. Those who grew up playing Pac-Man (etc) aren't nearly as jaded as many reviewers seem to be. I think these new games are utterly amazing technically and graphically. It's hard to be completely original and innovative these days, so I can appreciate great presentation and polish. Perhaps my outlook on games is just getting too easy in my old age...

As long as it's not a rushed, buggy piece of trash, I can usually look past a few imperfections of an otherwise great game.

btw - for those who don't know, Metacritic is the bomb as far as how well a game is reviewed from many different sources. AC averaged 84/100 K&L - 68/100




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#6 11 years ago

Oblivious;4034030I know what you mean about the nitpicking some of these folks dwell on. Those who grew up playing Pac-Man (etc) aren't nearly as jaded as many reviewers seem to be. I think these new games are utterly amazing technically and graphically. It's hard to be completely original and innovative these days, so I can appreciate great presentation and polish. Perhaps my outlook on games is just getting too easy in my old age...

As long as it's not a rushed, buggy piece of trash, I can usually look past a few imperfections of an otherwise great game.

btw - for those who don't know, Metacritic is the bomb as far as how well a game is reviewed from many different sources. AC averaged 84/100 K&L - 68/100

Hehe, dam straight. You're right. In a world today where so much has been tried to death.. innovation and originality are difficult.

IGN made the following comments on Assassin's Creed, which is what worried me:

  • "the big twist is stupid and unnecessary; who knows why Ubisoft made such a hoo-ha about it. Actually, we do know why. It was for two reasons: to generate a groundswell of hype, and secondly, to avoid a backlash from players by revealing it at the end of the game and basically undermining the last 15 hours you just spent playing through it."
  • "However, those expecting a smooth-flowing, GTA-like experience are in for a shock."
  • "They stick to routines and limited AI rules set up by the programmers, and there isn't a lot of flexibility."

Those 3 things there were my three biggest concerns. That and it also appears to be a button mashing-fest in areas.




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#7 11 years ago

I'd say those are the three top gamers' concerns - bad AI, spoiling the plot, and bad value for money.




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#8 11 years ago

Maybe the better - and more important - question to ask is, what's with all these mediocre games?

Lesson number one is, IGNORE HYPE. For the love of god, don't listen to anything that anybody says about a game that hasn't been released yet. Look forward to something, by all means, just don't expect anything. It's not relevant at all! Hype is short for hyperbole, which means literally a deliberate and grandiose exaggeration, and that's all you will ever hear about an upcoming game. They're trying to sell it, remember.

Lesson number two is, listen to what reviewers have to say, for sure - they're gamers too at the end of the day - but try to stick with reviews from sources that you typically find yourself agreeing with. Games are highly subjective at the end of the day, so it's better to side with someone whose opinion and tastes you share more often than not, even if they are in the minority on a particular issue. After all, the majority isn't always right, and there's no sense listening to them if they have completely different tastes. This is why places like Metacritic are, by and large, useless sales tools, not valuable purchasing tools. But even then, don't take their word as gospel - try a demo, or if you're interested enough in the title, try the full game for yourself. Also try to remember that although they're gamers, reviewers have their own agendas, which usually involves getting as many people to read their articles as possible. If they can achieve this by giving a popular, highly anticipated game a controversial review, they will (or at least, they will be told to).

Lesson number three is, don't always save your money for the latest and greatest just because they have fancy graphics and enormous marketing campaigns. Sometimes, the best games that you haven't played were released years ago, and are just waiting for you to pluck them out of the abyss that is eBay. The gaming industry continues to go downhill as they pander to the lowest common denominator and stick with tired old methods instead of trying to innovate. It's become an industry like Hollywood, thanks in part to its popularity (which is kind of ironic, really), where games are designed by committee, not designers. Next time you have a tenner spare, why not see if you can pluck something like Startopia, Giants: Citizen Kabuto, Wheel of Time, etc. Pick one of the best games that were never played every month; the graphics might not be as flash, but they'll leave a more lasting impression.