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Great scores, too bad I'll probably never play it :/



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think-man said:
Great scores, too bad I'll probably never play it :/

No friends nor a PC?



duduspace11 "Well, since we are estimating costs, Pokemon Red/Blue did cost Nintendo about $50m to make back in 1996"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=8808363

Mr Puggsly: "Hehe, I said good profit. You said big profit. Frankly, not losing money is what I meant by good. Don't get hung up on semantics"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=9008994

DonFerrari said:
think-man said:
Great scores, too bad I'll probably never play it :/

No friends nor a PC?

Hardly any of my friends irl game, the ones who do are on PS. 



Before playing Gears 5, I replayed the campaign in Gear 4.

I am was genuinelly amazed by the visual disparity. Given its still built for X1 I didn't expect a huge leap. However cutscene visuals genuinely look like cinematics, environment detail and effects are greatly improved, animation is much more fluid, it almost looks like a generational leap. I thought we needed Scarlett for this kind of leap. There is big resolution compromise on base hardware, but its worth it.

I'm playing on X1X and Gears 5 is a much better 60 fps experience than Gears 4 even with vastly superior visuals and not stuck at 1080p.

I suspect X1 support could last longer than anticipated if they can continue this level of optimization. My expectations for Halo Infinite on base hardware have also increased.



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RJTM1991 said:
Mr Puggsly said:

I expect Xbox exclusives to get modest scores. I think its partly because MS just doesn't make the type of games critics wants. I'm not even sure why Forza Horizon scores as well as it does versus a Gears game.

Meanwhile the games that often score in the 90s are generally too story driven for my taste or get praise for being artsy.

With that said, games that score in the 80s can still be very notable. They just aren't something critics are raving about, while consumers might.

Same here, my man.

I'm not an Xbox guy, but I can admit that there's been a clear bias against their major titles since the XB1's launch. I hate to see it. You'd expect the media to call it down the middle and give credit where it's due, but nah.

Xbox have made some pretty bizarre moves over the past six years, but when they do it right, they do it right. Gears 5 deserves a higher score. Same with Halo 5. Not that 85/86 is anything to snort at mind you!

Like I said I don't think its just because critics dislike MS, they just don't like the type of games MS makes. Halo 5 and Gears 4 had middling campaigns, but overall (campaign, PvP, co-op) they're great products.

Gears 5 is also the first game we've seen really showing an emphasis on graphics and polish outside of Forza. It also raised the bar in gameplay mechanics, yet it didn't score much better. Go figure!

Either way, consumers will play MS games as long as they're enjoyable. Scores in the 90s isn't required for a game to thrive. Sea of Theives for example is popular even after being panned.



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I expected a bit higher score considering how it was meant to be a big Gears return to its top form. But yeah, media bias against Microsoft is a thing this gen.



 

think-man said:
DonFerrari said:

No friends nor a PC?

Hardly any of my friends irl game, the ones who do are on PS. 

Understood.

Well perhaps next gen you'll play it on their stream.



duduspace11 "Well, since we are estimating costs, Pokemon Red/Blue did cost Nintendo about $50m to make back in 1996"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=8808363

Mr Puggsly: "Hehe, I said good profit. You said big profit. Frankly, not losing money is what I meant by good. Don't get hung up on semantics"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=9008994

derpysquirtle64 said:
I expected a bit higher score considering how it was meant to be a big Gears return to its top form. But yeah, media bias against Microsoft is a thing this gen.

Its a sad truth unfortantly. Gears 5 now sits at 85 and can drop to an 84 which is the same score as Gears 4 and majority who have played 4 and 5 can tell you these games are leagues apart.

Metacritic is losing its reputation and is starting to become unnecessary to me.



Mr Puggsly said:

Gears 5 is also the first game we've seen really showing an emphasis on graphics and polish outside of Forza. It also raised the bar in gameplay mechanics, yet it didn't score much better. Go figure!

Which is absolutely baffling... Because Gears 5 is superior to Gears 4 in every single way on PC and Xbox, reviewers need to take note of what older games scored and score successive titles in relation to that.

Azzanation said:

Metacritic is losing its reputation and is starting to become unnecessary to me.

Was always unnecessary to me! There are games that ranked highly on metacritic that I absolutely dislike... And other games which ranked poorly which I  absolutely adore.
Personal taste is a very big and real thing.



Metacritic is okay to use if you don't base your judgment on the score itself, but the general reception if that makes sense. Some of these journalists shouldn't be reviewing games because they have no idea what they are talking about and you can tell they wanted to be movie reviewers.