Metabombed: Mighty No. 9 Is A ‘Big Stinky No. 2’

Well, this might be the most predictable Metabombed feature I’ve ever had to publish.

With three years of growing resentment, Mighty No. 9‘s initially excited throng of backers have been steadily infuriated by delays, mixed messages, insulting marketing, and disappointing visual changes. Mighty No. 9 has gone from being Keiji Inafune’s declaration of independence to a mediocre flop with a reputation that almost makes Colonial Marines look beloved.

Official reviews have been mixed, but the majority opinion is that MN9 is a mediocre disappointment. The user reviews, of course, swing for the fences with wild extremes – and the negative end of that extreme is winning.

Mighty No. 9, unsurprisingly, it is the latest game to see a huge Metabomb dropped in its front lawn.

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The Jimquisition: Modern Warfare 3

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In recent years, communities like Reddit and NeoGAF have largely come to enjoy – or at least tolerate – the work of yours truly. This has been wonderful to see, that change in perception. I’m proud of it. Wasn’t always that way, however.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 remains the most controversial review I’ve ever written, igniting a hellfire of outrage among those two communities, as well as other places – including Destructoid, where it was published.

The way in which this outrage perpetuated was not through an understanding of the review, however, but through memes and a disingenuous carving away of nuance in order to present a simplified – and ultimately untrue – perspective of things.

Today’s episode has been a long time coming. I’ve planned it for years. I’m finally pulling the thorn out. Let’s talk about Modern Warfare 3.