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!
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……………………………………………………………………………………………………..
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!