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What's In A Name: Titles vs. Critics

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots released yesterday, and the reviews have either already arrived or are on the way. However, after seeing the initial batch of review scores, we asked ourselves: if a game's title is recognizable enough, and the buzz for the game is good enough, how big of an impact does a review score have?

Most critics realize that many gamers use reviews as a gauge; if they're good enough, the consumer will consider forking over the $60 for the game in question. The impact review scores have on game sales in undeniable; it's no big secret that the highest selling games of all time also happen to be the best-scored games of all time (for the most part). However, so far in 2008, we've already had two mammoth titles that are, for all intents and purposes, guaranteed to haul down big sales numbers. Grand Theft Auto IV broke every entertainment launch record on earth, and has now sold over 8.5 million copies worldwide. ...of course, the game is absolutely fantastic, but then again, how low would the review average have to be to significantly impact that 8.5 million number? And in regards to MGS4, the very name itself guarantees the million sales mark, but we have to question if we critics might be little more than afterthoughts for the hardcore gamers this time around.

Big fans of the series, for example, were probably on hand for midnight launches at GameStops around the country. High-profile reviews were few and far between at that time, and would those fans really have stayed home if MGS4 got a 9 instead of a perfect 10? What's the breaking point? Where's the cut-off? If we and most any other major site gave MGS4 in the mid- to high-8s, would you rethink your purchase decision? This is a question we may never be able to answer, considering the reviews are higher than that, but it's worth thinking about. Right?

6/12/2008 Ben Dutka

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Tatsujin
Friday, June 13, 2008 @ 1:19:43 AM
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I doubt that MGS4 well sell under a mil in just a day... It probably past that mil 12 hours ago you know? :P

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Fabi
Friday, June 13, 2008 @ 2:28:57 AM
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The game would have to receive something like a 6 for me to not purchase it. The reason people love GTA and MGS is because of the quality of each game. Regardless of the changes in each game (MGS2 especially) the production values will always be there, and a game with such values can never get anything less than a 8.

We know they are awesome regardless of the scores.

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Advent Child
Friday, June 13, 2008 @ 3:44:47 AM
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I dont care what you give it. I bought it as soon as it was preorderable.

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jonny_bolton
Friday, June 13, 2008 @ 3:47:30 AM
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To be honest in the UK, the football franchise epitomises the Title vs. Critic question. For years Fifa held rule over Pro Evolution Soccer, despite the fact that PES was by far the more critically acclaimed game. The reason people kept buying Fifa was because it had been around for so long (the licensing also played a factor) compared to the PES franchise. I personally would never buy a Fifa again. I was hooked since PES 2 and would never consider going back, despite the backwards step of the last game...oh wait, I may be proving my own point here by not leaving PES...

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ThePoetRazel
Friday, June 13, 2008 @ 4:59:38 AM
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Maybe gamers would stay away from some other titles because of bad reviews (reviews saved me £40 on Haze). But the MGS series has a fantastic and involving story. Most gamers who are fans of a series like this on an level will want to get the game just to see the furtherance of the story.
I hated the final season of the TV show Andromeda, but i bought every DVD set of that season just to see how the show ended.

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MarvelZombies
Friday, June 13, 2008 @ 8:07:13 AM
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I understand how huge this day is for gamers all around the world, but I think I will have to pass on this one...it just doesn't seem for me...

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karneli lll
Friday, June 13, 2008 @ 8:37:30 AM
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I find reviews of games a waste of my time because many times, good reviews are given for games that are known regardless of the quality of the game.take gta 4 for example; the city was small,story short and there wqs nothing to do other than missions, to me it didnt deserve a perfect score

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Dustinwp
Friday, June 13, 2008 @ 9:02:53 AM
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I always form my own opinions about games.I don't let other people form my opinions for me.MGS4 is the best game ever!Anyone who says different is a hater.

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Minishmaru
Friday, June 13, 2008 @ 9:43:04 AM
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I've been waiting for this game for so long that it was more about the more I heard Kojima saying how high his bar was set...made me want it even more! Not to mention...the trailers...::drool::

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coolistic
Friday, June 13, 2008 @ 12:07:32 PM
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If the games are big enough I always want them, doesn't matter what the critics say. I wouldn't care at all if MGS4 would get shitty reviews, I would still love it.

But that still doesn't mean that I'm not outraged about that "8" Eurogamer gave it.

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Fabi
Friday, June 13, 2008 @ 12:55:24 PM
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@coolistic - It has actually received four 8 scores. I really don't understand it, but oh well.

It also received perfect scores yesterday from IGN and GameInformer which is good.

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solid_ocelot
Friday, June 13, 2008 @ 4:08:05 PM
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All in all critics are merely fellow gamers. They're just the ones who take the time to post the reviews. I've come to this sight nearly every day since I first found it because you seem to think along the same gaming lines as I do and I value and utilize your opinions. But as far as big name games go... I purchased mgs4 after playing mgs on the ps and gta4 after playing gta3 on the ps2 they were just awesome games and couldn't be followed by anything not worth playing.
and on a side note I have mgs4, of course, but can't play it cause my ps3 is at SSSOOOONNNYYYY!!!!!! BEING FIXED!!!

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bamf
Friday, June 13, 2008 @ 6:29:51 PM
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I think its crazy to go to a site, look at a game you may have wanted, seen that it didn't receive a good reveiw by the critic, and actually base you decision not to buy the game based of that review. When the chances are that the majority of other critics from other site gave it a positive review. You really need to take a look at numerous of reviews for a game as one critics fault about something, i.e. car handling too hard, can be another critics positive gain, i.e. realistic car handling. If you was to see so many negative reviews with the critics basically not liking the game, then the chances are we'll not like the game ourselfs.
Sometime its like listening to a food critic and expecting yourself not to like the food because they didn't like that particular dish, I think.

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AscientDire
Sunday, June 15, 2008 @ 3:33:13 PM
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Personally, I've used the previous Metal Gear games as my own propensity for buying MSG4, not reviews. Sorry critics!!!

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