Jaffe: Reviews "Don't Matter As Much To Me, Anymore"
It's always interesting to hear how the creators respond to the critics in any entertainment medium.
As for one of the most popular and respected game makers, David Jaffe says he's not on the same wavelength with some reviewers these days. According to CVG citing an OPM UK interview with Jaffe, the original God of War creator said he just doesn't "connect" with review scores, and would rather rely on fan feedback. Basically, he believes critics are "going out of their way to praise the artistic for its own sake at the expense of video games," which is understandable; we say this is akin to reviewers who will automatically say a game is great for being original. In the end, Jaffe says that right now, reviews just don't "matter as much" to him anymore, although we should probably add that 9+ games tend to sell very, very well. Any honest critic will tell you they're not always 100% checked out on every game they review; perhaps it isn't their favorite genre, or maybe they're just not gelling with the game's premise or concept. All we can do is explain the game's positive and negative qualities, the impact it made on us (or lack thereof) and whether or not a consumer should consider a purchase. Lest we forget, that's our job.
Sadly, many "critics" simply apply arbitrary review scores for the sake of attention, which is starting to happen more and more often. In this way, we completely understand Jaffe's stance. However, the idea of listening to fan feedback online...well, haven't we all read the user reviews at certain websites? Most of the time, I feel as if I've lost precious brain cells after reading some of them. But anyway, we're just waiting to see if Jaffe and Eat Sleep Play will ever announce that new Twisted Metal game they're supposedly working on.
2/26/2010 8:54:48 PM Ben Dutka