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SKMBlake said:

The most shocking is GTA IV on PS3, 98 on metacritic but it's a blurry mess with awful frame dips, unplayable by today's standards

Something not being up to your standards doesn't make it "unplayable".

Last edited by Ka-pi96 - on 08 December 2021

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I already mentioned some of the more drastic differences between a game's metascore and my opinion of the game, but I guess I could mention a few that I think are just slightly off, so less than 10 points difference in score from how I would rate them.

  • Too high:
    • Breath of the Wild - Still a great game (it's in my top 50 games list), but 97 is too high in my opinion. I would probably rate the game at a 9/10, so obviously an excellent game, just not one of the absolute greatest games ever.
    • Super Mario Odyssey - Somewhat similar thing here. Still an excellent game, but I wouldn't rate it quite as high as the average review score is.
    • Metal Gear Solid 2 and Metal Gear Solid V - Both titles deserve lower scores. MGS2 for its overly convoluted plot that tries way too hard to be clever, and MGSV for being essentially half-a-game. Take around 5 points off from both scores and they are fairly close to accurate. MGS4 maybe as well. MGS1 and 3 can keep their high scores though.
  • Too low:
    • Suikoden 2 - Has a score in the low 80s, should be in the high 80s. 
    • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West - Also in the low 80s, deserves more for its story and characters alone.
    • Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom - Not a great game by any means, but the 72 metascore is a little bit low in my opinion. Lacks polish and is a little bit clunky, but the charm of the story and the core characters deserve a few more points, perhaps somewhere around 75-78. 


Ka-pi96 said:
SKMBlake said:

The most shocking is GTA IV on PS3, 98 on metacritic but it's a blurry mess with awful frame dips, unplayable by today's standards

Something not being up to your standards doesn't make it "unplayable".

I don't know, when the framerate is so low that driving is impossible, and the draw distance so low that you don't see anything in front of you, don't make it impossible to play ?

I mean it's in a similar state than the Definitive collection



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Disaster: Day of Crisis. That game is so much better than its reputation.

Also since I don't like Breath of the Wild at all I obviously don't think it's very deserving of such a high score.



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The Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games, particularly the explorers ones. The amazing story, music, well done characters and simple but addicting gameplay make Explorers of Sky deserve way higher than a 54. It should be at least 20 points higher than that.



Spec Ops: The Line also deserves better than a mid 70s score, for its darkly poetic subversion of the AAA formula.



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Doctor_MG said:

Metroid Other M: Look, the story is awful, but some of the gameplay features like grabbing, dodging, countering...all of that made Samus feel very bad ass and bled its way into Metroid Dread. Sure it isn't deserving of the 90's, but give it five points up for the graphics (amazing for the Wii) and gameplay. Though I will say the first person thing was a bad idea and they should have let you use an analog stick.

Other M's score is one of the most undeserved I've ever seen, gotta agree with you on that. Not so much on the rest of your argument, though.

The story is terrible and the gameplay is even worse. Having the sideways Wiimote as the only control option was an awful idea and then turning it to do motion-aimed first-person shooting has to go down as one of the worst gimmicks ever conceived, I have no clue how that made its way into the finalized game. The graphics are impressive for a Wii game but the art direction kills the game's visuals, everything looks bland and lifeless, plastic even. Samus' design is particularly bad.

There is nothing decent about the game, really nothing at all. Its metascore isn't as low as it is because it was judged harshly compared to other Metroid games. Instead it's the Metroid name that carried Other M to much better scores it'd have if it was its own thing. It deserves a 50 at best.

I loved Other M. I even have "Other M: The Movie" saved to my phone. I watch it when I'm bored.

I know most people don't like it but I was happy with it. Especially the gameplay. All I ever wanted was a third person 3D Metroid and, for the Wii, it was more than I ever expected.



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SKMBlake said:
Ka-pi96 said:

Something not being up to your standards doesn't make it "unplayable".

I don't know, when the framerate is so low that driving is impossible, and the draw distance so low that you don't see anything in front of you, don't make it impossible to play ?

I mean it's in a similar state than the Definitive collection

Except that's simply not true. The game ran perfectly fine last time I played it.

If you dropped your PS3 out of a window or something, that's hardly the games fault.



Ka-pi96 said:
SKMBlake said:

I don't know, when the framerate is so low that driving is impossible, and the draw distance so low that you don't see anything in front of you, don't make it impossible to play ?

I mean it's in a similar state than the Definitive collection

Except that's simply not true. The game ran perfectly fine last time I played it.

If you dropped your PS3 out of a window or something, that's hardly the games fault.

I guess the guy that did this analysis dropped his PS3 from the window as well:

Framerate that doesn't go above 26fps, driving is between 17fps and 20fps, allisaing everywhere, all textures are blurry.

So I don't know what you call "perfectly fine"



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