Metabombed: Evolve Is ‘A Joke And A Total Scam’

The Jimquisition doesn’t regurgitate press releases for third-party controllers or run stories about every little thing that falls out of Jon Blow’s mouth, so please accept my apologies if the site’s looking like the Evolve show lately – I just don’t produce all the filler that would break such posts up, so if I’ve got a big game with plenty of material to write about, you may see a review stacked atop a livestream stacked atop an editorial. Anyway, what I basically mean to say is that I’m going to talk about Evolve some more… or rather, I’m going to let THE PEOPLE talk about it! It’s time to see how Turtle Rock Shooters’ multiplayer extravaganza got Metabombed in a new feature I like to call Metabombed.

Back when I wrote for Destructoid, I posted semi-regular features collecting Metacritic user reviews for popular releases. Sometimes, a big game proves controversial for some reason, and gamers resort to dogpiling Metacritic’s public review system to prove a point, leading to pointed criticism or hilarious meltdowns. With Evolve proving to be one of the more polarizing new games in a while (seriously, its Steam community is a warzone!), you can be sure that Metacritic’s user reviews aren’t a pretty place to be right now. 2k Games did little to earn goodwill with its decision to promote Evolve almost entirely on the basis of downloadable content, and the stage has thus been set for customers to air some dirty laundry – and boy is it dirty!

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Evolve has pretty dire user reviews across all three systems. The Xbox One version fares best, with an average score of 5.1 from 113 ratings – 56 of which are positive, 50 of which are negative. The PS4 version is in the red with a 4.8 average and 233 reviews – 100 positive to 112 negative. The most tumultuous battleground is the PC version, with its 396 user ratings averaging to 4.3 and containing 148 positive scores to 224 negative. Provided below are some of the standout reviews from the Evolve‘s PC section, provided with scores and presented unedited. All spelling is as it originally appears on Metacritic.

The Smog believes Evolve will go great with a Happy Meal in the months to come.

This game gets old fast. Extremely repetitive and a shallow game for 60$. Don’t waste your money, this game will cost less than a gourmet hamburger in a few months. (0/10)

Here is Enforcer122, laying down the law like the Big Boss Man from wrestling.

Do game developers live in the real world these days? I have at max, 3 or 4 decent friends who will play a game with me. All of us, go to university, have lives, hobbies, jobs, families etc. When I do eventually get the chance to sit down and play a game for an extended period of time, which isn’t often, the chances of all my friends being online at once for a long enough period to play a game like this is absolutely slim to none.

This game is so absolutely multiplayer, that you can almost forget the idea of playing alone. Playing with strangers in a game like this just never works out. Soon as I played it, I realised the game was a shell. If you wanted what was inside the shell you’d have to pay money for DLC and microtransactions. How they think they can get away with that is beyond me and unacceptable. Terrible stuff. (0/10)

Dawe187 feels scammed after dropping one hundred bones on this mother.

This game is a joke and a total scam. There is seriously so much dlc and micro transactions it feels like a mobile game. I was dumb enough to buy the 100 dollar version of the game and they are still trying to sell me content on day one this game comes out. The base game doesn’t have anywhere near enough content to warrant the price tag. This is completely shameful and I hope no one else gets suckered in to this scam. I seriously hope turtle Rock and 2k both go broke. (0/10)

JayLightBar plays umpire and tells Evolve, “YOU’RE OUTTA HEEEEERE!”

Strike one, charging sixty dollars for a downloadable version of a game that comes with no case or physical copy. Strike two, day one dlc that is not only **** on its own, but is also over charged and clearly just stripped from the game. Strike three, your game was mediocre from the start anyways. Other than the fact the game looks fine, runs okay, and plays well, there is no story, no care for the characters, so much repetition, like what did 2k expect from this? Terrible, a complete waist of money. (3/10)

You know, Watusi6969 has a point. I used to write previews, and now I don’t. Pre-release awards are NO worthy seal of approval.

Here’s a tip…NEVER buy a game that already have “awards” when it has not been release yet. They will turn out like Destiny and other crappy “award winning games”. (0/10)

BFM should change his name to Big Fucking Mumps! I don’t know what that means, actually.

What a disappoitnment.
From the makers of L4D : a much worse game.
This is the ugly child of Crysis 3 and UT.

Does this game have sofisticated gameplay? Memorable maps or characters? A soul?

No, No – No. But it has 1st day DLC!

Let’s wait for Valve’s L4D3 to see how coop is really done.

Not every review is negative. Here, Lock offers a 10/10 review and slams those who build their computers from wood. SLAM!

Awesome and very fun game. Better play with friends. Don t listen school-boyz with wooden pc’s, it worth every dollar. Finally something fresh in multiplayer shooters. (10/10)

Pypes brings the shame. The pain and the shame.

$7 for a texture, Even shutterstock isn’t that expensive.

Shameful cash grab by shameful publishers, aided and abetted by a shameful gaming press that are happy to give a multiplayer game 10/10 on launch day. (0/10)

Mostly well-written, barry2680’s review is worth it for the extended cow analogy.

Evolve is like a kiss on the cheek and a knee to the nuts. The gameplay while fun, is repetitive and the game is severely lacking in content. To make matters worse the ‘base’ game is a whopping £35, the price you’d expect a AAA game with a lot of content to be. The ‘base’ game is severely lacking in maps and characters, but wait! for a mere £25 you can unlock the ‘full’ game adding in a few more characters and monsters. (some that aren’t even in the game yet (yes this game isn’t finished and they expect you to pay full price for what is essentially still a beta))

So £60 for a game that’s not even finished, severely lacking in content, day 1 DLC and even still £35 for the ‘base'(stripped down) version. Don’t give these people your money, this is everything that’s wrong with greedy publishers trying to milk you like cattle. Show them you are not a mindless animal and don’t purchase this milking product! (0/10)

Veramis doesn’t need to play your stinkin’ game, chief!

I never played this game but after reading all the negative reviews I am so angry at the greed that I have to give this an automatic zero. There is no reason why game companies need to be so greedy that they chop up a game in half and try to sell it for $150. If a game is good and priced fairly, people will buy it, and tell their friends to buy it! That’s how Skyrim sold so well, and why this game and other games by greedy companies will never really sell. (0/10)

Mr. Tiddlesworth? More like Mr. Triggerwarningsworth!

Over hyped, over priced, CRAP! It’s a veritable DLC buggering, they have your pants down and now it’s entering you, the devious crowd at 2K and Turtle Rock cheer as you are ass raped!
I rent games, because I have a brain.

Don’t buy crap games and NEVER pre-order, you might as well hand them the friggin lube and bend over.

Crap game, boring and super crap. (0/10)

Anton_VK knows what side of the bread gets buttered.

Game of DLC! Game of DLC! Game of DLC! Game of DLC! Game of DLC! Game of DLC! Game of DLC! Game of DLC! Game of DLC! Game of DLC! Game of DLC! Game of DLC! Game of DLC! Game of DLC! Game of DLC! Game of DLC! Game of DLC! (0/10)

Kratos1005 makes us think with this poignant prose.

Very poor play . Wasted money……………………………………………………………………………………………………..
-!

. (0/10)

In another 10/10 review, GameFans sounds more like a cult member than a critic.

This is the best FPS I have ever played in my life. It has the best graphic quality and gun mechanic in FPS up to date!

Stop crying for the DLC issue, support our developers without doubt!

A smart customer should understand that the more profits the developers earn, the higher quality of the game will be. This game may become the best FPS in the shooter gaming history if this game has made a great sales record!

You can make this true by voting with your wallet! We have trust in our talented developers!!!! (10/10)

Endertargyen invokes a complex equation to arrive at a final score of 1/10… then gives it a 0/10. I’m confused.

Day 1 DLC to actually have a complete game = -5 points.

Other than that, it’s a fun game for a few hours, then it’s extremely repetitive. So review outside of DLC = 6/10, day 1 DLC = 1/10.

Don’t buy. (0/10)

So that’s Evolve for you. We’ll be back with another Metabombed classic the next time a major game pisses off a whole bunch of people. That probably won’t take long!

SugeBearX
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SugeBearX
You left out this sugar plum Jim: Rideout21 Feb 10, 2015 Great Game, my actual score would be a 8.5 but I feel like giving it a 10 will balance out these people who give it a zero. Big problem with this site lately. Shooting feels great and you get a real sense of power when you are the monsters. The DLC is not a problem because it is not a pay to win game. You pay for more variety in hunters and monsters that’s it. Please play the game before you give it a low score. 10/10 I generally… Read more »
Twoey318
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Twoey318
While there are many legitimate complaints about Evolve, lot of them are based on false facts. Yes, it is a fact right now you can purchase up to $136 of DLC content on day one. Fact: said content you can purchase is all skin and beauty marks and has no effect on the game whats so ever, except for one’s color pallet. Fact: Turtle Rock has said ALL ADDED GAME MODES, and MAPS will be FREE they only thing they will charge is for upcoming monsters and hunters. Opinion: is this a way to release a game, absolutely not, and… Read more »
BAH!
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BAH!

It’s true that the vast majority of those DLC items are skins and whatnot, but it’s still an insult that they were not included in the “full game”- especially considering how expensive they are. Now, if Evolve were a F2P game, no one could possibly make a reasonable complaint; but since it’s $60 just to get started, and then another $60-130 just for the stuff many other games include as unlockables, well…

Twoey318
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Twoey318
I agree, it is not honest. Unfortunately and Jim brought up a good point on his inquisition last week, Their are companies/publishers that handle this well and others that don’t. It really is awful that 2k decided to take advantage of their situation and obviously put the developer in tough spot to sell these. I will be buying the game and except for maybe monsters (hunters I will have to see on) I will not be buying any of these “skins/colors”. It’s a shame Turtle Rock is a great studio being used by a greedy publisher. An yes, back in… Read more »
BAH!
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BAH!

I won’t say “don’t buy the game”, because it’s your money and you may very well get your money’s worth. Some people seem to be doing just that, and it’s fine. The game itself seems pretty solid if it’s what you’re into.

But I disagree that “those old days seem to be gone”. There are still publishers and developers (Nintendo, for example) that have no problem not hiding “unnecessary” content behind the paywall. It’s not a difficult thing to do, you just have to not be a greedy son of a bitch.

Twoey318
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Twoey318

I tip my hat and agree with you sir. An I too hope I am wrong on my assumption, gaming goes through phases it seems, lets hope this is a short one.

Josh
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Josh

CD Project Red (the guys behind The Witcher 3) seem to have the same mindset, they said there will be tons of FREE DLC for the game.

A large quantity of buttocks
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A large quantity of buttocks

Well, at least we know we’ve reached the lowest point.
With all these scores of zero, it stands to reason that it simply isn’t possible to create a game worse than Evolve.

It’s all uphill from here. From now on, all games will be at least equatable or better than Evolve.
Reassuring, no?

Max
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Max
I was somewhat excited for Evolve until I learnt of the amount of DLC that was crammed into it. It’s nice to see that the over zealous attempt to gouge our wallets has been picked up and being presented to the publisher and developer. The question at this point would be is will they listen? Only if the game turns a loss most likely. The likely scenario however is they’re likely to go back to the flow chart of “make money in the games industry” and get lost at where it all went wrong in the event the game is… Read more »
Anton
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Anton

The people who are currently pissed off that they wasted $60/$100 by preordering this game deserve all the rage and disappointment they’re feeling…. for preordering anything, really. No other market has this much of a culture built up around buying something before anyone knows if it’s any good. Why gamers go along with it is beyond me, considering how useless preordering is in this day and age (unless you want that shiny limited-edition Amiibo, of course)

We can only hope they will learn something from this, though we know they won’t.

Edwin Jackson
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Edwin Jackson

The problem is alot of games are now judged by pre-order figures by the money men and even when a game is released and turns out to be awesome the publisher has already sacked most of development team moved funding elsewhere because no one pre-ordered.

Anton
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Anton

Well, then the whole system is already fucked and needs to be replaced. Which is why I’m happy giving my money to smaller/independent devs for now. AAA has gotten kinda boring anyhow,

Greg
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Greg

A problem for the devs and execs, I guess. It’s not really our job to worry about what effect my pre-order does or doesn’t have on them, though.

Greg
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Greg

(I’m not a huge fan of saying that people “deserve” to get fucked over because they got caught up in the hype and did something silly, though.)

Anton
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Anton

Well, a preorder is essentially a gamble, and if you lose while gambling, you certainly can’t blame the casino, so the responsibility falls on you.

ManaBonanza
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ManaBonanza

Another reason they get sacked is that the number of devs is not needed post-launch.

All the DLC is already made, and the number of developers needed to polish it, or fix bugs is relatively low.

Unless the franchise is established like AC or CoD, etc., those “extra” devs have nothing to do.

Josh
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Josh

Then these people need to stop pre-ordering games! They are as much of the problem. I never will pre-order a game these days knowing the bullshit I know that these game companies pull. Unless it’s Nintendo and on the rare occasion a indie developer I know I can trust I refuse to put money down on a game without knowing how broken these games are today.

Edwin Jackson
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Edwin Jackson
To be quite honest there seems to be alot of jumping on the bandwagon of it being a terrible game which it isn’t, what it is a new shinier take on the Left 4 Dead model and it does it well and consider L4D is still played by thousands everyday. What is so abborant about Evolve is some exec has clearly seen the success of the L4D franchise for such a pretty basic game and decided not only to tack on $60 price tag but offer a season pass and extra content dlc on release which is just pure greed.… Read more »
Edwin Jackson
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Edwin Jackson

Lol I meant incrementing not incriminating gotta love auto correct on this damn phone.

Chris
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Chris

Anybody notice GameFans says, “We have trust in our talented developers!!!!”? Whose developers? The people you work for?

ManaBonanza
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ManaBonanza

Great catch!

You’re right, it’s probably someone in 2K’s marketing department!

Craig
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Craig

I’ve not played Evolve, but everything I’ve heard about it (good and bad) makes me glad I’ve still got Unreal Tournament, the only good ‘multiplayer only’ FPS I’ve ever played.

Games like this kinda deserve the mauling they get, though it is a shame as the actual concept is fun from what I’ve played of Tank!Tank!Tank! and Mario Chase (which benefited hugely from being A) simple and B) local split screen games)

Anton
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Anton

Hear, hear. I’m eagerly anticipating the next release, which should be entirely free, and almost entirely user content-driven. It really says something when I’m more excited for user-made games than “AAA” products.

Sergio
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Loved this article, This game is really unworthy of any hype it got. It’s utter sit, I wouldn’t give it a 0/10 but I do take off points for business practice so like a 2 is fair.

Peony
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Peony
I like metacritic because it gives gamers a chance to reply about their positive or negative experiences. Without needing a copy on Steam, without dealing with Steam’s crappy clientele, or wading through the forums of screaming fanboys. I can also see which version seems to run better, console or PC. No, you can’t read everything, but these are still gamers’ opinions. If I see a game pop up like Evolve, that has the same ratings, it tells me something isn’t right. I’ll check *why* it’s been slated, then decide what to do from there. Thanks for doing this, Jim. I’m… Read more »
Burretploof
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Burretploof

You know why I love games like this?
Because I never pre-order nor do I buy on release date so when a game more or less “bombs” I can just sit here with a smug grin on my face while counting all the dollars I didn’t spend on that game.

I enjoy this way too much. Yeah, I’m a terrible person.

Kai
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Kai

You should give Dragon Age Inquisition a look on Metacritic, beautiful sight it is.

Jack
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Jack

At this point, Metacritic may as well just restrict user reviews to scores of either 0 or 10.

Bainick
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Bainick

May as well just go binary then with their scores.

kripto
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kripto

0, 10, or 5 for those people who are being ” fair “.

Billy
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Billy

Half the people would just use a “10” for Fair anyway, because everyone knows a 5 is always a failing grade.

BAH!
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BAH!
Huh. That sure is a thing. And this is what’s wrong with both the industry and its community as a whole. People are clearly upset with what they see as a content-thin, greedily-designed game, and it’s already been shown that Evolve is not as good as it should have been. But the funny thing is, these people who are complaining are (mostly) the same ones who bought it without checking any Let’s Plays or professional reviews. Now, according to Metacritic, the pro reviews have set this up as something worth buying (though, for some, it is) so their critiques may… Read more »
JB
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JB

Not to mention also a lengthy period of alpha and beta testing being available for quite some months before release. There is literally no excuse for not doing enough research before buying this, rampant consumer culture at its best!

BAH!
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BAH!

In all fairness, the Alpha and Beta phases wouldn’t tell the player just how much content would be included (or cut up and sold separately, as the case may be) in the final retail version. And since it seems most of the complaints are about lack of content rather than bad gameplay…

Josh
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Josh

NO! It’s the Developers to make a good game and not be shitheads making people pay for DLC to have a full game. That is not the consumers fault!

BAH!
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BAH!

The product isn’t, but it’s the consumer’s fault for buying it.

Dared00
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Dared00

One of your comments got “stuck” inside BFM’s review 😉

Sharkey
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Sharkey

I like it when people get mad on the Internet. It’s lovely.

Also, after the bit that says “BFM should change his name to Big Fucking Mumps! I don’t know what that means, actually.” there are 2 “reviews” that have been combined into one – probably missing a closing quote tag off the first one. Now let’s fight about it!

JB
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JB
This is why I only read reviews from established critics like yourself and the guys from Giant Bomb. It seems that 90% of the people who play video games are either children or children trapped inside the bodies of adults. Thanks to devices such as Metacritic and Steam reviews they now have a platform for broadcasting their tantrums. I find it amusing that the main bulk of these ‘reviews’ are simply complaints about the DLC, and don’t even mention how the game bloody plays like an actual review should. Also, the guy who dropped $100 on the game and then… Read more »
Clark Kent
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Clark Kent

I don’t really see how buy it for 100$ should prevent him from complaining. Sure, it was stupid to preorder a game for 100$ when it might be crap but that’s all the more reason for him to complain when he realizes he made a big mistake.

JDK002
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JDK002

I would say he has every right to complain, but that doesn’t make him right. He (I hope) knew what the $100 version would get him. Then complains when he doesn’t get things he was never once told he would get?

I stands to reason that when he placed the pre-order he felt the content he was getting was worth the price tag. Then when he finds out their is content available that falls outside of that $100 package, the edition he bought it suddenly a rip off?

Thomas Ingham
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Jim – I’m so glad you’re bringing these back. Lately I have a “never read the comments” policy so you can imagine I steer well clear of Metacritic. You’ve gathered together the most enjoyably digestible collection of the worst of them for our reading pleasure.

I want you to know, I see you, I hear you, and I appreciate what you’re doing.

🙂

Rikard
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Rikard

We should all give them money. More money means better games in the future guys! 10/10

DomLayne
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Nice editorial Jim. I like these kind of aggregation posts; saves me from searching around; illustrates a point and does so in a humorous framework.

As for Evolve, I’m not sure 2K and Turtle Rock Studios will mind the backlash too much. After all, people are clearly still buying/preordering the game blindly and falling victim to the ‘Hype train’, as long as the Pub/Dev is getting their pay day they can call it a success. It seems like some consumers never learn their lesson.

Joseph Mitchell
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Joseph Mitchell

This article is DLC trash riding off the review. 0/10

BAH!
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BAH!

I’m calling Poe’s Law on this one, but only because I have seen- with my own eyes- someone write something very similar.

And it was obvious he was serious because of comments he had made previously.

Joseph Mitchell
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Joseph Mitchell

Man that person must be really stupid then.

Salvageor
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Salvageor

Love your commentaries, Jim. You read a lot of SomethingAwful’s Photoshop Phriday? There’s seems to be a lot of that influence there.

Even Luck
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In this case, I won’t argue that Evolve doesn’t deserve low ratings, but this is a good reason why I don’t like Metacritic user ratings in the first place. It gives the chance for everyone to be a critic, which is good, it’s just that, well, they’re not very good critics. It’s especially bad when you bring in the trolls who throw out zeros for extremely arbitrary reasons. But I shouldn’t complain, I once gave Need for Speed: Pro Street a 1/10 for not having the amazing car damage I thought it would be (ah, junior high, so many memories).

Calfurious
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Calfurious

In a way that’s a good thing though. It means developers of games needs to win over games and not just the elite reviewers of certain websites. Does that mean morons can now be reviewers? Yep. But those morons are essentially “one of us”, and they’ll be far more willing to call out dumb bullshit from AAA game developers then other reviewers who are only willing to give a shitty game the low, low score of a 5/10.

TheDevilHimself
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TheDevilHimself

As always with entertainment reviews, your best bet is to find two or three critics who you most often agree with and just stick with them.

Whimsy
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Whimsy

Another issue is that it’s all or nothing, most people don’t do middling rankings. It’s either “FREAKING AWESOME, 10/10!” or “ABSOLUTE GARBAGE, 0/10!”

Infinite Azure
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Infinite Azure

that’s why I’m a fan of Steam’s recommend or do not recommend, because it doesn’t hurt reasonable people wanting to legitimately rank the game like a number system does.

BAH!
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BAH!

Actually, isn’t that exactly the same thing with a different coat of paint?

A “Recommend” would be a “10”, and a “Do not Recommend” would be a “0”. And seeing the percentage of people who recommend a game would be the same as Metacritic’s score average. Yes, the presentation is less aggressive, but the only real difference in Steam’s method is that a person is not allowed to give anything other than a “10” or a “0”.

AvianIsTheTerm
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AvianIsTheTerm
I give zero credence to Metacritic’s user reviews… hell, I give little credence to user reviews anywhere on the internet. It’s not just because they’re susceptible to both astroturfing and votebombing, but more generally there’s a huge ‘vocal minority’ problem. Primarily, the people who are going to care enough to go on Metacritic and post reviews are the people who are either fanatically devoted to the game, or fanatically devoted to *hating* the game. Those reviews do not, and cannot be a useful indicator of general opinion. Critical reviews aren’t Word of God, of course. Leaving aside issues of how… Read more »
Holythirteen
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Holythirteen

On metacritic, I can usually find a few honest reviews that give me a good idea of what to expect, if they complain about something I also hate, I usually don’t get the game.

But most only care about raising or lowering the average score over giving an honest number. -1 out of 10!

gamegodtre
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gamegodtre

you put the locks review in a qoute there jim

gamegodtre
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gamegodtre

you put the locks review in a different quote for a different review as well as the short quip you made

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