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What Game Made You Say, "The Critics Got This One Wrong"?

Gamers don't always agree with critics. But is there one game that received critical acclaim you just didn't understand? Or on the flip side, a game that didn't get anywhere near the praise you thought it would?

Personal preference and general opinion obviously play a role in all entertainment reviews, but there's also an objective side to any such analysis. Maybe you think the majority of critics were simply wrong in missing something (or in offering unjust compliments), and that's why the game's scores seemed off to you. Or maybe you believe a lot of critics had some sort of vendetta against a certain title for whatever reason, and you're sticking to that concept. It's always interesting to hear how gamers respond to reviews for major productions. Lots of contrasting reactions, sometimes.

I'm a gamer, too, and there have been plenty of times where I've been surprised by the overall critical response. Usually, I can make a pretty solid prediction but that isn't always the case. I sensed a definite bias against the admittedly floundering JRPG market when so many reviewers dumped on the White Knight Chronicles games, and I'll never understand the flak RAGE and Gran Turismo 5 received. Then there are games like Super Mario Galaxy that confuse me further; "Why'd this get so many perfect scores...? Maybe it's just a 10 in Nintendo's world, I don't know." But that's me.

What about you?

Tags: gamers, video games, game reviews, game critics, gaming culture

12/16/2012 9:58:25 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (68 posts)

Siris86
Sunday, December 16, 2012 @ 10:46:15 PM
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It may seem petty, but I think Gravity Rush received some sub-par review scores. Granted its Metacritic average is 83, yet I loved it so much that anything out of the 9 or 10 range seems absurd. With its uniquely amazing mechanics, anime-esque beauty, and intriguing narrative (plus the music!), I feel it was easily one of the year's best on any platform.

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PoopsMcGee
Sunday, December 16, 2012 @ 10:57:59 PM

100% agree.

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Beamboom
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 3:44:35 AM

If I ever get me a Vita this will be one of the first games I reach for.

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___________
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 5:59:53 AM

dude no way in hell gravity rush deserves a 9 let alone a 10!
the fighting mechanics are really basic and boring, so are the enemies and so are the simplistic and really easy boss battles.
its a great game and very artistic, the comic style cut scenes were so charming.
but it definitely had its flaws, and definitely does not deserve a 9!

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CrusaderForever
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 11:57:14 AM

@___________
Did you get a chance to fight the rare Inferno Nevi? Now that was tough!

Other than that the game was amazing and deserves at least 9.0 across the board. Kat is a fantastic character and the play/control mechanics were well done. A truly TOUGH Platinum to say the least.

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___________
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 @ 7:58:28 AM

i finished the game so yes.
the boss battles were not that tough, maybe im just speaking from my ninja gaiden shoes too much.
the enemies were far too similar and the combat was far too simplistic and restricted.
a perfect example of cut and paste game design if i ever saw one!
beautifully artistic and a great story, everything you would expect from a japanese developer.
but again also just like you would expect from a japanese developer it was very repetitive and basic.


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PHOENIXZERO
Thursday, December 20, 2012 @ 1:34:17 PM

GR was my reason for buying a Vita at launch... It's been months and I've yet to finish it. I give a pass on some technical issues as 1st gen software but other stuff I can't. The combat is terrible and boring, amounting to mainly doing one more over and over again to glowing spots while occasionally doing a "special" move and hope it hits while you fight with the camera, at least the mid-gravity kick locking on seems to get a little better as you power up but it's 2012, a game like that shouldn't be having game play issues that were largely dealt with almost a decade ago. It failed to hold my interest, I think I'm almost done and probably should finish it though.

7/10 is fair, 8/10 too but beyond that one has to be pretty forgiving.

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fatelementality
Sunday, December 16, 2012 @ 11:03:16 PM
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GTA IV. It took away everything that made San Andreas & Vice City fun, added annoying cell phone calls and the ability to be killed by a car doing 5mph. That game deserved an 8.5 at best, yet somehow it got almost perfect scores and is now ranked with the elite. I also know that MGS4 was kept from its' place in the hall of fame by one idiotic web review that gave it an 8. Guess that was somehow karma. Wait, I was screwed both times. That's just bad luck. Crap.

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Killa Tequilla
Sunday, December 16, 2012 @ 11:38:27 PM

Be killed by car running at 5mph?

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Lawless SXE
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 1:52:14 AM

Agreed. GTA IV was a pretty good game, no doubt, but far from deserving of the almost unanimous perfect scores.

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Underdog15
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 9:04:07 AM

Maybe driving a prius? Is silent at those speeds and you'd be underneath it by the time you heard it

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Ludicrous_Liam
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 11:35:01 AM

It was also really poorly optimised on PS3; the framerate, to put it bluntly, is crap; rendered in sub-HD; multiplayer is ridiculously buggy; it's not even worth playing the multiplayer anymore. All these things really hinder my enjoyment of the game now that I'm aware of them, after playing games like Uncharted that are optimised to perfection.

I think everyone, including myself, swept these things under the carpet at the time because, y'know, it's f*cking GTA :p But these problems really are major to me.

Retrospectively, I'd probably have given it somewhere in the region of 8.9 - 9.4.

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Beamboom
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 3:48:26 PM

I agree with all you said there, Liam. It really was horrible framerate, at times it felt like wading through syrup.

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I007spectre
Sunday, December 16, 2012 @ 11:07:13 PM
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Still loved Medal of Honor Warfighter.

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Axe99
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 8:35:42 PM

Yup, me too - I personally rate that game an 8.5/10, and it's easily my favourite FPS this year, and I enjoyed it far more than Black Ops 2 off or online (my fave shooter is probably unit 13 though).

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Wrote
Sunday, December 16, 2012 @ 11:23:11 PM
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Mario galaxy was a 10. Critics were harsh with gt5, but I think the reviews didn't matter, it was fun.

Personally for me its Infamous 2. Its still one of my favorite games this gen. Its a 9.75 for me and critics didn't understand its greatness. It was such an jmprocementnover an already awesome first game.

~Wrote

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sawao_yamanaka
Sunday, December 16, 2012 @ 11:29:12 PM

Mario galaxy wasn't a 10 for me. Galaxy 2 was near perfect for me. It improved on everything that made galaxy good and just put the first one to shame. Hoping that if they make a new galaxy on the WiiU that they make it with co-op. That was the only thing missing from it. At least for me.

Infamous 2 improved all around. So many nitpickers on that :\.

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Wrote
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 12:00:10 AM

I actually agree. Galaxy 2 felt like what they actually wanted 1 to do. It fixed my main problem with 1, the stupid camera. Also Yoshi is the sh*t and he made the game that much better. I'm actually waiting on a 3d Mario(and Zelda) to get a wii u.. and monolith sorts next game.

I also want a new infamous, with a new main character made by sucker punch.

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sawao_yamanaka
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 12:46:03 AM

Yup, exactly. Galaxy 2 just felt more completely and Yoshi is freaking awesome. I'm hoping that they make a new game with Cole as the lead character again. One for the vita as well. The more games the merrier for me.

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Wrote
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 2:20:57 AM

When the vita was first revealed as ngp, I thought an infamous would be perfect, and be the killer app for the vita for me.. even if they had someone like sanzaru games develop it, but one exclusive to the vita made by sucker punch would be the best. Like no ps3 version for cross play, just exclusive.

I think a create your own character in a more open world online game almost mmo like would be really cool and work.
Either way I don't think Sony's done with the infamous franchise and we'll hear about it soon.

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Killa Tequilla
Sunday, December 16, 2012 @ 11:36:51 PM
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IGN gives playstation exclusives a lower score than each title should get, so I think they get everthing wrong.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, December 16, 2012 @ 11:47:45 PM
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A few of em.

GTA IV, it was like they built this amazing city and wrote a fun story with cool cut scenes and then rushed the mechanics, missions, and features.

Splatterhouse. That game is fun, it has a unique art style, it harkens back to the old days, has a unique battle system, humor, and a fun story. What did these reviewers expect, Citizen Kane?

Dark Void was a better game than it got credit for. It wasn't like an Uncharted level production but it didn't have any significant tech problems either.

Of course Dante's Inferno caught flack for being a GOW clone. Though I can't say I agree with Destructoid's 10 score I thought it was a point higher than most said. Those smooth, pretty 60fps battles in creative levels of Hell still give me shivers.

inFamous 2 got crapped on, and while there was some reason to crap on it nobody seemed to notice the improvements. I did.

And of course, I just think everyone is blinded by CoD. I'm not saying they aren't great games with plenty of content that deserve high scores but I will say that that franchise is allowed many many many passes that other games aren't given.

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Vitron
Sunday, December 16, 2012 @ 11:48:19 PM
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Yeah, WKC oretty much sums it up for me.

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TheCanadianGuy
Sunday, December 16, 2012 @ 11:48:20 PM
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Mafia II. its not as if critics riped it apart but when it came out it seemed like there was alot of hate for it going around. i think it was a solid 8.5. it had a phenomenal story. terrific writing. excellent characters. a beautiful breathtaking city. a second to none art direction. and intense and satisfying combat.

it did get alot of praise from some critics. but some sites giving it like 5 or 6 /10 was just plain wrong. in my opinion.

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Undertaker575
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 10:23:44 PM

agreed man, loved the mafia 2 storyline with all my heart

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TheCanadianGuy
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 11:20:25 PM

yeah Undertaker it was a truly epic tale.

hey your name goes good with my avatar haha :)

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 @ 11:53:31 PM

I'll third that emotion, and even got the M2 plat trophy to prove it too, LOL

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homura
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 12:03:04 AM
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The review of Resident Evil 6 by Destructoid, it's just a plain bashing of the game. And Enslaved, I hated that game. In the end it's just underwhelming for me with all that praise. I know that the combat is not going to be good like Ninja Gaiden or God Of War. I'm just curious about the story and the settings. The first part is a breath of fresh air because of the scenery, but it was short lived because upon reaching Trip's Village well you have an idea of what's going to happen next, but cliche like that isn't bad if done pretty well, cause I still anticipating that awesome climax where trip will free monkey from the headband, I thought it was gonna be epic, I imagined that after Trip disabled the headband monkey will went away and then will come back in epic situation or he will just say, well I'm also going that way I might as well tag along. But all I get is "put it back on". Well it's just underwhelming for me. And you know how the last boss fight goes. I'm just underwhelmed by it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 12:10:33 AM

You sort of missed the whole point of that exchange. Or I think you might have. "Put it back on" isn't a bad plot bridge, it's all in his face and voice, he's saying the he knows she needs him and even after enslaving him and forcing him to do things he's willing to go through it again for her because he wants to help now, he's invested and he will stay by her side.

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homura
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 1:15:36 AM

That climax is what I'm waiting for and eager to see how it will play out. But it was just plain on how that scene go. That's the cliche but if done well it can be epic. Maybe I'm just expecting too much, but that scene is underwhelming for me. I could go for the scene where Monkey walked away after trip release him, and maybe Trip is expecting Monkey to comeback then realize he really abandoned her and she stands up walks away then a few minutes suddenly a voice, Monkey's voice saying "Hey! on second thought I'm going on the way where you're going might as well join you". and Monkey smiles a little, a sort of embarrass smile, then Trip says "ok" wipe a little tears in her eyes and then she faces Monkey with a beautiful smile. I was expecting a scene like that or much more beautiful than I can imagine.

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Underdog15
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 9:07:54 AM

I like what actually happened better. ;)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 11:09:20 AM

Your idea is a little more cliche, I think the one used was more edgy. Imply the emotion when it's too hard to face.

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homura
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 8:24:26 PM

World,

I liked cliche like that, accompanied by a great music in the right cue. As I said cliche is not bad if done pretty well.

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Gordo
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 1:23:25 AM
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Nier.

Sublime music.
Average graphics.
Wonderful story.

Has more personality in its little finger than in the whole of Final Fantasy XIII.

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Teddie9
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 1:34:09 AM

I Whole-heartedly agree, Nier was one of my favourite games of the generation. I still listen to the soundtrack from time to time.

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Mounce
Thursday, December 20, 2012 @ 1:46:10 PM

YES...

Nier.

I got so damn pissed seeing the reviews that just completely destroyed what score it should've gotten. Saying Nier had like, an 'identity crisis' and that it didn't know what it wanted to be, when the reality was it was making parodies, tributes and references to games of old as a Tip-of-the-hat like the Text-adventure scene or Resident Evil haunted mansion or Legend of Zelda in the temple boss. Not just that of courser but the whining about the visuals of it, the only thing it'd ever get praised for was its soundtrack from time to time in those reviews.

Both Lost Odyssey and Nier are 'The' RPGs of the decade.

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Twistedfloyd
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 1:25:34 AM
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Mass Effect 2. I really like this game, but it being hailed as the game of a generation is absurd. Good gameplay, amazing characters, but any lack of a real narrative arc other than gaining trust of the side characters and then being thrust into the final mission doesn't create as tightly or as well structured of a story.

And it limits the game from advancing in terms of its design because the missions are a bit repeptitive and limited because we must gain or do not gain the trust of so many of the characters to the point.where the game design and missions are limited because it's always one or two outcomes regardless of mission diversity.

Also Male Shepherd's VA is atrocious. He is flat and dull where as Jennifer Hale is incredible. Jennifer Hale for the win. That doesn't really factor into my opinion though.

It's a really good game, but isn't worthy of being put in the same category as masterpieces like MGS4, U2, Heavy Rain, Bioshock or RDR. Just me.

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Beamboom
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 4:23:59 AM

Please allow me to sincerely protest! :)

ME2 was *f*a*n*t*a*s*t*i*c*. And the gaining of trust from the different characters was what the entire game was all about! Each their stories were so diverse and had all their little magical moments, man I even get goose bumps now while thinking back on the days of playing ME2.
The final battle were just... You know, the final scene. That's where what you did while collecting your crew came into play for that final moment. But the GAME were the trust missions. And they were *f*a*n*t*a*s*t*i*c*.

I never played the male Sheperd though. There's only one Shep for me, and that's FemShep. :)

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Underdog15
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 9:09:33 AM

I liked mass effect. But I didn't get the big deal about it either.

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Temjin001
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 10:56:05 AM

ME2 really was something else. It's probably the single most significant experience I've had in gaming this gen.

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Beamboom
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 11:28:15 AM

Me too, Temjin!

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Underdog15
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 1:28:53 PM

It's funny. Me2 us the only me I played. I haven't finished it and I don't have the motivation to pick it up again either

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Veitsknight
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 2:11:57 AM
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Monster Hunter games. I'm not saying it should get perfect scores, I just think they should get something better than 6s. The rampant fanbase here in asia should be an indication as to how awesome those games are.

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Lawless SXE
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 2:39:54 AM

I only played Freedom Unite, but I reckon a 6 is too forgiving. That game was just... not good at all.

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Veitsknight
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 1:56:34 PM

Those were my initial thoughts. Once I got a hang of the controls, it became fun. It is a game of pure gameplay so anyone looking for some sort of story is gona be extremely disappointed.

It is also a great coop game. Over 500 hours clocked in on MHFU on the PSP.

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Lawless SXE
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 2:15:23 AM
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Killzone 2 and 3. 2 for being overrated, and 3 for being underrated.

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Snaaaake
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 2:32:17 AM

Well, for me 2 was rightfully rated but 3 was overrated.

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VampDeLeon
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 3:09:28 AM

It seems like the series is forever given the average rating. The first Killzone had too much counters on it not being a "Halo killer", and not enough praise on being able to go through the levels with a different objective depending on what character you chose and it's online multiplayer.

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Ludicrous_Liam
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 11:51:28 AM

Killzone 2 was about right at 91 on metacritic (I think it is anyway). It's lighting engine is unlike any other game, and the gun combat, with the intense A.I and well-worked cover mechanic, justifies it. The only thing it really falters on is the underwhelming story and the lack of a cohesive experiance, mostly due to the story but also the general pacing of the game.

In Killzone 3...I still don't really know what to think about it. The story had more effort in it's attempt to mimic a typical Hollywood action-villian film, but the story telling was seriously underwhelming. And the pacing wasn't done anywhere near as well as the second (which wasn't brilliant to begin with). I don't know the critic response for Killzone 3, but I'd give it nothing higher than a 9, probably 8.7 - 9.0.

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dmiitrie
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 2:31:47 AM
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I can't really think of any that I can truly say ate objectively off base. The closest would probably be FFXIII. But even though I absolutely detest the game and couldnt play it for more than a couple of hours without getting so frustrated with the mechanics that I basically ragequit, I can't honestly say that the mechanics are bad. Theyre just the complete opposite of what I want in a game. So, as much as I'd want to give it a 6, I really can't.

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Nestore
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 2:51:51 AM
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Ratchet & Clank Full Frontal Assault! I am tired of traditional single player shooters, but this is actually really fun! The reviews are super low though.

Manhunt 1+2 were both underrated.

Overrated? People say everything popular is overrated, but I can point to one that is excessively so: Valve. Particularly Half-Life and Steam. Half Life was just yet another FPS game; it didn't invent physics and aliens and NPCs and grenades. And Steam is another middle man service trying to take a large cut of cash for other people's work.

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Snaaaake
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 3:04:31 AM
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Dante's Inferno, the game was really that awesome and it should be averaging 8.5s instead, and even when compared to GOW, DI was still good.

Shadows of the Damned, that game was everything the RE series is lacking this gen and more.

And of course, WKC which totally doesn't deserve all those negatives.

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Beamboom
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 4:13:10 AM
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For me that's easy:
GTA4.
That game did not deserve the wall of perfect tens it received.
I suspect what happened was a combination of the franchises reputation and respect (the reviewers simply all took for *granted* it would be a 9.5-10 class game), combined with the major visual upgrade that admittedly did impress me too.

My #2 is almost just as easy:
Final Fantasy 13.
With a meta of 85% I purchased the game pretty confident that I would enjoy it like I enjoy pretty much every game of that score (I'm very mainstream that way, the metascore really is a pretty spot on barometer for me).

And I suspect the same to be the case here as with GTA4: The reviewers *expected* something great from a very respected franchise, so they saw it to be better than it actually was.
While I, who had never played a FF before, judged it more on its own merits. At least that's my theory.

FF13 is quite possibly the biggest disappointment of the generation.


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Underdog15
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 9:12:23 AM

I thought ffxiii had a lower meta than that at 82 or something? Anyway, I think they got it right. I liked it enough to platinum it. But is also ten points below your usual ff.

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Beamboom
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 11:45:18 AM

It's 85 at the metascore-site I use, gamerankings (or 84.87 to be precise :).
But I believe you when you say that you think they got it right, however you also knew the franchise well from before, and that's kinda my point.

What I'd love is to hear what others whom FF13 was their first FF thinks, if there are others like me around here? How would you rate the game?

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BikerSaint
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 5:43:32 AM
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I'd have to say "Haze" because I didn't think it was as bad as all the reviewer hate it got.
And I'd actually like to see a Haze 2, provided someone like Crytek did it.

BTW, "Homefront" for me was another game that I liked but also got a lot of reviewers flack too.
But I have faith that Crytek will make HF sequel a whole lot more impressive too.

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___________
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 6:28:10 AM
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ive harped on allot of games that were overrated so for a change ill choose something that is criminally underrated.

from a professional perspective MoH warfighter has to be the most unfairly reviewed game EVER!
every review is just wah wah the story is so overdone bad guys taking over the world, characters are very stereotypical, and its buggy.
yes, that is all accurate and fair.
but as usual 1 there bagging the game for something it was never suppose to be.
since when are shooters hailed for their award winning stories and characters?
its like everyone was under the impression the game was called half life 3 and not MoH warfighter.
and secondly they did not mention all the other things that made the game so awesome.
one thing i HATE about reviews is they NEVER mention how good the sound quality is, and MoH warfighter is one of THE best sounding games out there!
hell even better than battlefield 3!
each weapon sounds just right both in its sound, pitch and its punch.
explosions, the sounds of shells landing on the ground, everything was just pitch perfect!
it was allot of fun too, and i really loved their spin on the door entries.
so many games have a blow open the door and shoot the enemies in slow mow cliche.
this at least gave you different ways to do it, and by doing different things with it unlocked different things.
i really liked its team based emphasis as well, ok it removed allot of the tactics and wait and see stealth play the original had but it still certainly was not your typical mindless shooter!
no it was not as good as i thought it would be, and no it was not anywhere near as good as it SHOULD of been, i really wish they would of kept it allot more like the original.
but that said it was a DAM HELL side better than what reviewers portrayed it to be!

another 2 for reviewers harshly reviewing are both alpha protocol and haze.
again they slagged them for being buggy and same old same old when they most certainly are not!
alpha protocol had so many new things to it, especially the characters and how they reacted to your attitude and decisions and how that changes the story.
SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO many games have done that this gen, and still alpha protocol is STILL THE best game at doing it!
and by a long way!
but of course reviewers forgot to mention that.
as for haze pretty much same thing.
what really impressed me with that was once it had a good story.
typical reviewers are constantly slagging shooters for a poor story, than one comes along with a good story and all of a sudden story does not matter in shooters.
hypocrites!
it also had another very rare thing.
99.99999999999999999999999% of games these days have VERY poor enemy and gameplay variety!
HAZE was constantly changing the gameplay up, whether it was with new different enemies, or overdoses of nectar, or those trippy horror cut scenes.
its one of the very few games that is constantly throwing something in your face confusing you and constantly trying to mix up the game.
than half way through you suddenly change teams and now your fighting without nectar, without sophisticated weapons and tables turned drastically.
but then again of course reviews forgot to mention that.
haze was a fantastic game because it was one of the VERY few games that was not repetitive!

id have to go for crysis 2 and RAGE as well.
but this is more of a consumer under appreciation than critic.
both reviewed quite well, ok maybe not as well as they deserve but no where near as bad as the above.
for fans though its quite the opposite, im constantly getting into arguments with people saying crysis 2 or rage suck.
it baffles me how many people hate both of them!
they refuse to see how open and customizable crysis 2 is, and how it constantly changes up the gameplay with the nano suit powers and also with its differing AI enemies and also changing the gameplay up with the big epic set pieces and cut scene changes.

same goes for RAGE, yes it was such a disappointment coming from id the granddaddy of shooters!
but the animation, the AI, and the shooting mechanics something about shooting enemies just felt so satisfying!
this is one thing that hurt me with far cry 3, shooting enemies just feels so boring and basic for some reason.
RAGE its the total opposite, there is such a satisfying feeling playing that game and blowing bandits to pieces.
so much so i cant wait to download the new DLC releasing and dive back in!

one thing i HATE about the industry though, and this is exactly why i dont bother reading reviews anymore, is simply their inconsistency.
they will flog one game for something, than others get a free pass.
another thing that pisses me off is marking games down for not being something they shouldent of be.
oh waaaaaaa mafia 2 does not let you run around the open world do side missions and visit shops.
uh, it never was suppose too this is not GTA!
last thing i HATE about reviewers is they always review half the game.
they scrutinize the graphics, they scrutinize the story, they scrutinize the controls, but how FUN is the game?
how good does it sound?
99% of the time there will be major portions of games left forgotten and unmentioned.
games with move support for instance, if i had a nickel for every move review i have read which did not mention the move controls and their accuracy id be a milti billionaire by now!

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xenris
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 9:27:17 AM
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Oh gosh I'm late to the party. Well there are a couple games I think are over rated through and through and I'll start with those.

Call of Duty is a mediocre shooter that gets exceptional scores. When I say mediocre I'm talking more about a technical gameplay perspective. I think the poor single player stories get passes and in general it is praised for doing nothing new. Bottom line it is a good game sure, but none of them are higher than 7s not since MW1 that is.

Next games that got higher scores than I thought are ME2 and ME3. You guys all know my love for ME1 and the bitterness I feel for the direction they took after it so I won't elaborate other than stating they took a Sci Fi RPG epic space opera, and turned it into a Sci Fri cover shooter with an emphasis on action and explosions.

Diablo 3 got praised, when to me it felt no where near as good as D2. It was more polished but it was missing what made diablo fun to me. Think it got unfair high review scores.

There are a couple of other over rated games, but those two stand out for me this generation.

As for under rated games, Binary Domain is on the top of my list this year and maybe even gen. It is mechanically the best cover based shooter I have played ever, and had a really cool sci fi story although some of the characters were a little bland. It got beat up for being a Gears of War clone, only the funny thing was it controlled and played better than and gears game, and had a better story. The only thing worst than gears was the multiplayer and even that was pretty darn good if you had friends to play it with. I think the critics were too harsh on it for really no good reason.

Someone already mentioned NIER, which is my favourite Console RPG in recent memory. It was just amazing, from the soundtrack to the heart wrenching story that only gets worse the more playthroughs you do >.<

Last game is a little gem called Folklore. The game was so unique so fresh and so fun, but it seemed it was just criticized for the stupidest reasons. Like it having too much dialogue...even though it was an adventure rpg of sorts. The game had amazing art direction, cool combat and a memorable story that I still remember.

That is my list :D Those were the ones that popped into my head first so I wrote them down. Otherwise I would fill up ten pages :O

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LividFiction
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 10:34:35 AM
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The entire Ratchet & Clank Future series. I don't think I can accurately convey the amount of vein-bursting that went on in my head when I read GameSpot's review. Who could forget the argument that the game suffers from an "identity crisis"? That's when I gave up on pretty much all individual review sites, started casually checking Metacritic and Gamerankings, and generally just went with my gut. (Except PSXE, of course.)

I'm also not sure how most FPSs get the high scores they do.

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Temjin001
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 10:40:22 AM
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Maybe it's just me but I'm thinking critics are becoming more varied, rather than unified in their verdicts. There seems to be so many preferences and beliefs on what a elite game is that there appears to be less 90+ games today even though we are playing the BEST(generally speaking) of what gaming has had to offer.
When I look at higher rated games of this holiday season there just seems to be a broad array of values, and or, even biases dragging down great games. I see Halo 4 in the higher 80's, like AC3. Where I'm convinced these games under a different era, and dialed proportionately to the times, would rate higher as an aggregate than they do now.

This is more a curious thought than any factual claim but in the past there just seemed to be a lot more unity among critics regarding bests.

Like the VGA's for example, I haven't played The Walking Dead, but that show finished with me scratching my head. I'm sure also that game WONT be the pick of many other sites.

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bebestorm
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 11:27:35 AM

Its not just you! Reviewers know they have so many gamers waiting for there reviews and so some of them are a power trip it should be about the game not them so many gamers let reviews totally dictate their purchase.

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Ludicrous_Liam
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 12:00:14 PM
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Metal Gear Solid 4 sits at 94 on metacritic, so I have to say that. It's just THE perfect game, bar Uncharted 2, in my personal preference. But in a compeltely objective manner, it has to be MGS4 at the top of the metacritic list. If you've played it, you should know what I mean.

Gran Turismo 5 is also shockingly low...

(it DOES seem as though PS3 exclusives get it tougher than others lol...)

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Beamboom
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 2:16:36 PM

94 too low? Getottahere, man. 94 can't be too low on *any* game! :D

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Underdog15
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 1:31:13 PM
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There are a number of user reviews here for that game. Go check them out

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Underdog15
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 3:25:26 PM

How'd this go here? Beamboom, that was to you about ffxiii.

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Beamboom
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 3:52:42 PM

Ah hehe - gotcha.

Ugh... User reviews. I dunno man... I'd rather those who never played a FF before FF13 could speak up here instead. :)

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DjEezzy
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 1:46:05 PM
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I'd say that bayo didn't get enough credit. Sure the ps3 port wasn't as good but it was still a great game, yet people bashed it all to hell because it had long load times and wasn't quite up to snuff. I for one didn't really notice it all that much and i thought the game was pretty freaking epic. On the other end of the spectrum... Although Farcry 3 is absolutely epic on the single player part of things, the co op lacked direction to me and the levels seemed really poorly designed. On top of that... Playing split screen was horrendous. Its like once the second screen got thrown in the graphics took a huge downfall. Like... Ps2 graphics. It blew my mind that the graphics got that bad just because of split screen!!! That right there just gave me the impression that the mp was just an afterthought in general. They boasted about how the co op would be it's own thing and it was, but it wasn't really well done in my opinion. Still a great game though. The single player is real sick!!!

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chuygr35
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 2:24:55 PM
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StarHawk got lowballed for its SP.
MP is the bread and butter, like COD.
SP was a tutorial but 77 for a rock solid Multiplayer. I call shananigans!!!!

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