What Game Received The Most Unfair Treatment From Critics?
Some games just don't resonate with critics. Most times, they don't resonate with the general gaming crowd, either.
But occasionally, a title comes along that most reviewers really don't like at all (oddly enough); and yet, you love it and can't understand why the scores aren't higher. Which game was like that for you this generation?
For me, it has to be RAGE. Now, I usually avoid reading reviews before I go to start my analysis; after I'm done playing, I'll look at a few. At that point, I can usually predict the scores with a +/- .5 error margin 95% of the time. So I went to check out some RAGE reviews after nailing down the score in my head and I was thinking, "Yeah, this has to be averaging around a 9." Boy, was I wrong. Oh so very wrong and disappointed. And confused.
I was still confused even after reading some of the more lukewarm reviews. I won't go into much detail now, but all I can say is that too many people really missed all the greatness infused in that game. Maybe they were so picky and anal because the title took so damn long to make, or maybe the adventure didn't gel with their expectations; i.e., some were expecting a more open-world RPG feel. Whatever the reasons, I say few of them were legitimate and RAGE deserved far more critical acclaim than it received.
So what about you? I know JRPG fans have been pissed about how critics have handled both White Knight Chronicles titles, and there are many who disagreed with the low Resident Evil 6 scores as well. By the way, my honorable mention is Gran Turismo 5, but I chalk a lot of that up to simple ignorance on the part of most critics. The bottom line is that most video game reviewers have no clue about the sport of racing and as such, aren't qualified to analyze a simulator of the sport. We've made that plain before.
11/19/2012 11:38:50 AM Ben Dutka