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At what point do you lose interest in a game based on review scores?

8.5 2 6.45%
 
8 1 3.23%
 
7.5 3 9.68%
 
7 4 12.90%
 
6.5 13 41.94%
 
5.5 5 16.13%
 
4 1 3.23%
 
4.5 0 0.00%
 
4 0 0.00%
 
3.5 or below. 2 6.45%
 
Total:31
Ka-pi96 said:
Azuren said:


A game is considered a waste of time and money with a score of 30-69 on Metacritic . Don't buy. Don't worry about it. It's really not worth checking out unless you're a die-hard fan of the IP. Even then, you shouldn't be paying full price for rubbish like this.

But Dynasty Warriors typically gets between 30 and 69 and those games are AWESOME!



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p0isonparadise said:
Anything under 85 on Metacritic is a cause for concern.

Nonsense. 

Splatoon 2 is one of my favorite games this year, especially after all the free DLC that has released since launch. 



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Ka-pi96 said:
People actually base their purchasing decisions on review scores? huh.

Apparently so. Especially those that only look at the Meta scores.

 

I base mine on personal research, friends, and general word of mouth. I'll still look at site reviews, but those hardly sway me as much, unless a game is bugged to hell, or it's a bad port.



                                       

Actually read the review first. A score from slant for example says nothing to me, so I have to actually read the article. No matter how garbage it is.




Review scores are impossible to trust if have great or no interest in a game. You're likely to buy or ignore them no matter what.

Sometimes games fall into the low 70s that I'm very interested in and still I get them. Normally it seems like if a game is in the less than 60 range, there's a good reason to avoid it.



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If it's below the 70s range, it moves to "is there a demo to try first?" category. Some of my favorite games have been low 80s/upper 70s in terms of crititcal response. I can still enjoy a game with some deep flaws. That being said. If you're looking at a sub-70 score - I'm not paying $60 as the admission price.

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EDIT: As an answer to your second question: anything 90+ takes me off of the fence and into Buy-Land. If I wasn't at least thinking about it before, I'm probably not going for it either way. Reviews have some sway, but I put personal interest in the type of games way ahead of that. 



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Ka-pi96 said:
People actually base their purchasing decisions on review scores? huh.

As far as how much money I spend, yes. A game has to be pretty awful for me to not want it at all, though.



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Ka-pi96 said:
People actually base their purchasing decisions on review scores? huh.

Why wouldn't they? If the average game review on a game you were looking forward to ends up at like 5 or less, then that usually means there's something significantly wrong with the game. 

It shouldn't, but it does. 

It's the same reason I lose interest if the average is less than a 7/10 on average. it's not that I think the game isn't worth playing, it's that I only have limited time to play games, and limited money in which to buy games. I tend to only buy and play games that I expect to like or love. "Mediocre" games tend to not get my attention, and almost all games that are considered good or great have average review scores of 7 or higher. 

So yeah, of course review scores will influence what I buy. While I have disposable income, I can't gamble on a game I'm not sure of, and review scores are a good way to help determine and control the flow of cash. 

Except Yooka-Laylee. That game was great despite the reviews being mediocre/poor. PEople were complaining about it being what it was, when what it was was intended to be exactly as it is. Ah well.