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The Issues With Game Reviews Today…

Canadian Guy Eh
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So since my Spyro video showing my wife debunking the Eurogamer review, I have thought more about these arising issues in the gaming community… the review sites.

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  1. I instead don't care about reviews on websites, I just watch videos both reviews but also gameplays, so I make an idea myself and see if I like it and I care. Metacritic is a joke, and steam reviews even more. IGN is literally rigged and few reviews are a joke there too. I hate reviews that got more opinions than facts, or simply only opinions, giving good games bad reviews and bad games good reviews. So yeah, each one their own.

  2. I bet half of these people who claim a game to be as hard as Dark Souls have never played Dark Souls before and don't even know a thing about it but that it is "hard".

  3. I didn't think about the embargo thing. That makes a bit more sense.

    Another problem I have with game review sites is the ads they get. The ads specifically about new games. I feel like they get paid from some big companies and that also makes sites too lenient on their reviews. Someone could investigate that.

  4. Buzz was the only boss I had issues with. I'm not saying it was as hard as dark souls but I'm saying he's challenging until you figure out his controls

  5. That why i don't take gaming critics seriously. Their as fake news as Trump said to CNN

  6. One problem with Reviewers and Companies is that not all of them are credible to begin with, but have a lot if clout and people take their word as law.

  7. 9:23 "Or is there something else going on here?"

    Yes, there is. Games are a 100% subjective medium. Video games exist for 1 reason which is for people to have fun. Fun is 100% subjective. Which by default makes the concept of putting these reviews on a pedestal stupid. The 6 & 9 out of 10 are no less valid than each other, they're both just subjective opinions. The issue is that the gaming community puts these random opinions on a pedestal & them acts like they're fact. They're not.

    An IGN employee's opinion is no more or less valid then the opinions of the random people in the comments of those reviews. But the guy in the video's opinion is taken for the metacritc score which is then treated as the gospel.

    The problem isn't the reviewers, it's the weird perception that those reviews somehow matter more than anyone else's opinions. Which they don't.

  8. Nowadays everything that is a little bit punishing is called "hard as Dark Soul"…

  9. I have my fair share of games that I really really enjoyed, but got bad reviews:

    A Bug's Life (PS1)
    Tekken 4 (PS2)
    The 2nd and 3rd Legend of Spyro games (PS2)
    The 2 "mutants" Crash games (PS2)
    Sonic Forces (PS4)

    and on the flipside, there are games I either hated playing, or decided to not buy because of how much content was removed from them, but they still got positive reviews. Most notably Tekken 7, which sealed the deal of me no longer being a Tekken fan due to so much content removed with no replacement, and Namco's lazy dubbing getting even worse.

    Same thing for films.
    The "Buried" film was so lazy, bland and boring, yet it got very positive reviews.
    On the flipside, the Netflix adaptation of "Death Note" got a lot of negative reviews due to it not being entirely like the anime it adapted, but I think that kind of judgement is lame, and even though I'm not a big fan of horror films, I still enjoyed that "Death Note" film.

    I've already learned not to put too much weight on reviews of any type, which is one of the main reasons I'm very picky now about buying games or watching movies.

  10. Funny thing is, ppl who are Sonic Fans, were baffled and angry at IGN for giving Sonic Mania Plus a 7.5 while Sonic Mania gets a 8.5. Me i didn't really care cuz Mania Plus wasn't that great (Except Ray, that character is great) but Mania Plus was boring anyways

  11. Well this explain why certain games scores are questionable. Which is why I've always wondered why the PS2/ Wii (both got 66 on Metacritic) versions of Sonic Unleashed got a much higher score than the Xbox 360 (60 Metacritic) and PS3 (54 Metacritic) versions. So how is it the previous gen versions got a higher score than the next-gen versions? It still didn't make sense until you explained everything in your video.

    Meanwhile Sly Cooper Thieves in Time for PS3 and Vita both got a 75 score on Metacritic.

    Which might also apply to movies too. Like Ratchet & Clank Movie for instance, 25 out of 100 (that's critics score, but the user score is 6.4 out of 100) on Metacritic. While IGN gave it a 6/10, which is equivalent to 60/100 on Metacritic's scale. I could understand why it got low scores, but I think some of these reviewers just never played the Ratchet & Clank games before.

    Anyways, Canadian Guy Eh another great video as always and look forward to the next one. Keep up the good work.

    Note: Maybe you could do your thoughts on what's going on with the Sonic Movie as your next videos topic.

  12. The core problems are these 3: Not enough time, bias for something and not able to play or understand the game. Many reviewers usually have at least one of these. Pretty much the reason that only person I am listening is Angry Joe and his crew.

  13. The problem is that they attack anyone who doesn't share there opinion. Look at the young yea vs kotuku video. Later the guy from that video attacked young on twitter.

  14. I'm surprised reviews have any impact at all, what with so many reviews being being superficial, heavily biased or influenced by publishers. And not to mention piracy offers a far more trusty way of measuring the quality of games, it even reveals potential system requirements issues you could not suspect solely based on the store page of the game.

  15. The problem with gaming reviews as you have people that don't know what a review is supposed to be or inexperienced in the game that they are tasked to do

  16. Hundreds of great reviews for Spyro Reignited and one review that wasn't so great. Ohmygodtheworldisfallingapart!!!

    And the Buzz boss-fight, there is a bug – happened to me twice – where you can't knock him back. But knocking him back into the lava is kinda essential, because it's the ONLY way to beat him! I'm sure that's what happened to the Eurogamer-critic. I have played the original, so I know that was not supposed to happen. But how would you know that, if you haven't played the original?

    Unfortunately, there where many bugs in the parts 2 and 3. Some minor, some game-breaking. Crystal Glazier forced me to restart the game 3 times until I could finally finish it. The baby-leopard glitched out to me and these green bugs glitched out twice. As if this side-quest wasn't already hard enough. And the performance-slowdown during the skateboard-race? I should have recorded myself during that rage. That would have been fun to watch.

  17. I never took gaming critics seriously as they're not real gamers and only care about the story and difficulty. Because of this, nearly every reviewer are always cynical and just say "This game sucks" or "It's harder than Dark Souls" without even playing that game.

  18. To me what I think a lot of game dev are doing now or should do, which can hurt them even more is hire gamers to come and spend then time playing games.

    There are so many great gamers out there that can show gameplay of a game. I'm tired of these fake actor who are reading from a piece of paper of how they should sound, what to do, or whatever.

  19. I think maybe youtubers should be official reviewers cause they are everyday gamers with plenty of experience. I thin that would be more reliable

  20. A lot of the time with game reviews, I just watch them to see other people's opinions or to have a laugh at how bad they think the game is (when it usually isn't imo). They don't typically make me more hyped or want to buy a game more or less, However there are a few exceptions, Your Spyro review made me need the game now and Skill Up's review of Gris pushed me over the edge on purchase (and I am glad I did)

  21. I come for the content but…..I stay for the intro jingle

  22. if you ask me, especially with Obsidian missing that score by 1 point, it shouldn't be about that score. It should only be based on sales numbers. A games score should never dictate if it's good or bad. It's only an opinion of what people think of it, but if the company sells few hundred million copies, they still got a ton of money and that's what the companies are after at the end of the day, and if you ask me, THAT is a successful game if they sell enough to make a profit.
    However there is an argument to be made about that, where companies promise you the best game ever on the premise alone like Fallout 76 did. "Play Fallout with your friends? Hell yeah, I'm buying that!" and then they get it and turns out it's absolute garbage.

  23. I rarely believe reviewers as in the case of God of War 2018, I played all the past ones, yes, all of them before God of War 2018, so no nostalgia, I was playing not only for 2018's to be the end point but also background on what the past ones did as well as more games of the genres I'm into right now like I have with Bayonetta, Darksiders, Ninja Gaiden and similar enough combat in Spiderman. But God of War 2018 isn't a masterpiece to me at all, it loses a lot, it gains other things to 'modernise' it for action adventure gamers over hack n slash/action gamers, it might have been a transition but it lost a lot, gained a few ok things and even when talking to family who also played it before me since I played all the past ones to the end of the story for each at least, I noticed a lot. I get why they got 8's for review scores, but God of War's transition isn't a 10 for me, its a reboot/prototype for the future games, it a 8/9 but not a 10, maybe even a 7.9 or so. I found more out of the hardware pushing moments of 2 or 3 than 2018's, its a good game, but the slower moment, the genre change and the extras to add to this one like the skill tree over the ability wheel for spending XP orbs into isn't a bad idea but I rarely use much from it. I do find the air combos, or other things in Bayonetta or Darksiders more satisfying than God of War's focus on combat, and God of War 2018 is a transition that might work for people but for me it is a reboot/direction changer. Even Assassin's Creed Origins/Odyssey, its a direction changer that certain fans can't get behind. And they aren't nostalgic about it, its the execution of what some things changed, added or so. I do find the Donkey Kong review is a move to sell Switch games though, like with anything, the games might be good legitimately I don't deny that, but its more so for selling copies than actual praise and that's disgusting but not unheard of business practices these days or ever for reviews. This video was a good video, I play it for myself usually, and I can tell from the trailers what the game is, what elements it has and otherwise by looking at it from my genre knowledge at least unless a feature is a bit different to my past knowledge I just add it to my knowledge but blend things together sometimes XD Some reviews are very clear and others are to be watched out for. Its annoying, its why I only read the articles and never take it too seriously. But power of writing/persuasion or truth itsn't always the case I know.

  24. No better to way to know other than to play the game yourself. That’s why I rent hard copies at the video store and rate it myself than rely on the opposing of strangers.

  25. No one should diss the developers who made Spyro, they did so much work on it, they wanted to Reignite because it was a classic and they don't deserve any disrespect for such a brilliant game.

  26. Very interesting, though not as funny as videogamedunkey.

  27. A number declaring the quality of a game means very little. What you (the consumer) need to do is get an idea of what the game actually is beyond the limitations of descriptive words. For example, I love Dead Rising 2 and 3; I saw that DR4 got mixed reviews on Steam, but based on how much I love the previous games (and from gameplay videos I saw of DR4) I was confident that I would enjoy it.

    And I was right

  28. They don’t do their research. Or you have people who evidently exacerbate how hard a game was in comparison to another game that isn’t even on the same difficulty level 🤷🏻‍♀️. Idk we need real gamers actually reviewing video games. the very least they should at least know that Spyro is no where near as hard as Dark Souls. Just sayin’

  29. Buy what you think looks fun. To rely on game reviewers is like relying on Justin Bieber to make good music.

  30. 4.55 You mention that Bethesda should be the ones deciding on the bonus payout. I 100% disagree with you on this. It's even worse for one group than multiple groups to make the final decision on a bonus payout. Businesses don't play nice, they decide with money. If the decision is on Bethesda, they will more than likely not give the bonus pay. Why should Bethesda care about Obsidian? I mean, see for yourself. Look at how Bethesda is treating their customers at the moment. They are not showing the quality that they use to present. They are being completely selfish because…well, they can get away with it. You really want to give them even MORE power?

    What would be the best solution? Like you said afterwards, choose the author of reviews much more carefully. In fact, it should be more thoroughly examined than what it currently is. A certain amount of playtime needs to be added before reviewing and conditions need to be met (i.e. finishing the game, doing side missions, etc). Rush reviews is definitely the problem and I know you know this. You've examined the issue thoroughly but you've given the wrong solution. Don't ever give the full power of payouts to publishers. Can you imagine what that will result to? Think what EA and Activision will do with this system. Bethesda is becoming just as bad as they are right now.

  31. Reviews and the narrative that a Crash game not developed by ND was gonna suck is what sunk Crash Bandicoot on the PS2. Had people given those games a chance the reviews would have reflected it. Granted Wrath of Cortex and Nitro Kart weren’t good games but they weren’t as bad as you would think when reading the reviews or opinions on forums

  32. A really good example of the donkey kong review is Doom on the switch. Ign gave Doom a 7/10 on ps4, pc and xbox. But the switch version which is a great port but an all round inferior version of the game got an 8/10. How?

  33. I'm gonna say this, the more I hear of whinny little gamers saying a game is about as hard as "Dark Souls" the more it starts to sound like a freaking excuse that they can't play a game. Because of this I now despise the "Dark Souls" series, I already didn't like it but now I can't stand it. I tell you a game that maybe even harder then "Dark Souls". Try playing the original Ninja Guiden on N.E.S. it's now on the Switch.

  34. Is there at least one game reviewer who always gets it right? Please i wanna know

  35. Alright that’s it.

    I’m finally subscribing to this guy. He deserves it.

  36. Your audio levels are fucked man, get that fixed. I'm at the very top of my headphone audio. Your intro is super loud, your voice is too soft and the music competes with your voice.

  37. people need to think for themselves and stop depending on game review sites to dictate to them what is a good game or not. i mean, don't you have your own personal likes and dislikes…….so why make yourself dependent on somebody else's opinion on their likes and dislikes. be your own person. if you see a game that looks interesting to you, then simply go out and buy it and play it for yourself. sitting back and listening to someone else's opinion which might be loaded with multiple biases and hidden agendas should never replace your own ability to still think for yourself and play games that you want to try out.

  38. It's worth pointing out with the Fallout New Vegas bonus thing that the bonus is on top of what they normally get paid so it's not a nessessity to stay in business but an extra thing to thank Obsidian if they did a good enough job. Obsidian knew about and agreed to the terms Bethesda set out and while it's sad to miss out on the bonus by 1 point they still didn't meet the terms of the bonus. Bethesda could be generous and just give the bonus anyway but that sets a bad president for the business in that it makes Bethesda look like Bethesda will pay out if you get close to agreed terms rather than meeting or exceeding them.

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