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Maybe you enjoyed a low-scoring game, maybe you hated a high-scoring game, but one does not simply decide to shift review score scales or toss them all out as opinions when they don't fit the console war narrative. I discuss understanding review scores!

Of course, given my HFW thread, I'm betting this won't have a single reply in the thread cuz half y'alls is mad lol

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My issue is that their are too many that base a games quality off another persons opinion. This is quite a large group of people. I have enjoyed more games in 70s and 80s than a game rated in the 90s or won many pretend trophy awards.

Nothing wrong with listening to a reviewer, however a reviewer should never be treated as gospel but more like guidelines. If a reviewer hates a game yet the game interests that person, than they should not just boycott the game based on what the reviewer says. The individual should still try out the game for themselves, or at least either wait for a sale or try out a demo or trail the game in some way shape or form. Everyone has different tastes in what they like, instead what we see is sheep following other sheep. Their are even fanboys who praise games based on awards won or metacritic scores given yet haven't even played the game for themselves to see if they even like the game.

Its like the old saying, one mans trash is another mans treasure.

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Reviewers are professionals (typically) who are aiming to provide an objective measurement of a subjective experience. IMO, a professional reviewers opinion matters to me more than most other random people's opinions. However, they are still having a subjective experience so we may not see eye to eye on things. What my preference is, I find a reviewer I generally agree with (my views line up with Dunkey's in just about everything but RPG's) and I look to their reviews as a better barometer for whether or not I'll like the game.

With regards to things like Metacritic, I think when you have an average of 89, or 92, or that point, if you don't agree, I think it's wise to admit that you're probably in the minority or biased to some extent. I don't believe in games being overrated on a universal level, at least for the time. The reverse is true as well. A game that scores a 51 metacritic is more likely a bad game and your enjoyment is either an outlier difference or bias (such as an old game you grew up with).

Basically, I don't think that game ratings are completely subjective. However, experiences still vary and a review or multitude of reviews doesn't invalidate your personal and individual feelings about the game. Just don't take that personal feeling and try to make it universal (i.e. underrated, overrated, objectively awful, etc).

Review scores ultimately are worthless IMO.  Ultimately, all they do is fuel console war lists in the first place.  A solidly written or presented recording with an informative take on the pros, cons, and personal notes is all you need...with maybe an overall summary list of pros/cons at the end.

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Reviewers tend to be a certain demographic of the gaming community, so they all tend to have similar views. IE: They all get paid to play games. They all write a good bit. They all play a lot of games. They all can't play the game without thinking about their review.

I just take their scores as a certain demographics preferences.

They are very different from me who only buys a lot of games in a niche category.

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I usually don't even look at reviews anymore.
I just buy it, if the game is bad, shelve it and play something else.

The main issue is, my personal taste is not always going to align to the reviewers.. Some of my favorite games of all time were very average titles... Sure those games had flaws, but I still sunk a ton of hours into them.

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Its a guide nothing more or that's how it should be, I miss the days of print media where you read your favourite gaming mags and over time came to know the journalists whose taste in games and reviews you trusted mine was an Australian all formats magazine called HYPER now it's open slather and the days of bonafide professional writers with a history of writing about and reviewing games in magazines like that are gone, but I feel most here have been around long enough to have a great enough feel for games that they could state without being proven wrong that even without review scores 95% of game purchases would still turn out to be what they expected.

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As has been true for reviews since their inception: find a reviewer who matches your tastes and use their reviews to determine whether a piece of media is worth your time or not.

Yeah, when it comes to reviewers you have to find "the one" that matches your views and taste, cause otherwise you are wasting your time. 

Having that said, even tho I sometimes dont agree with reviewers because of what I - mostly - assume are my own preferences and bias, I'd still trust them way more than any other gamer/user review there is. Reviewers are meant to be as "professional" as they can, and as such they have to rate every aspect of a game - which is gonna be different from experience to experience but all the same its something I absolutely respect and mostly do myself. "Users" on the other hand just screech and complaint over one little thing and review bomb the game due to that one little thing. I'd trust Satan before any user score in Metacritic. 


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