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Why You Shouldn't Obsess Over Review Scores For Destiny

Destiny comes out next week and the review scores will immediately go under the microscope.

But this is one of those times when you shouldn't concern yourself too much with those scores.

First, let me clarify something: There have been some rumors about Activision shipping the game late (Monday, September 8) to several major sources, which some gamers view as a bad sign. At the very least, they believe we'll see fewer reputable reviews right out of the gate. However, I received word I'd have my review copy by Friday and we're hardly a big source. This means plenty of critics will have all weekend and Monday to play Destiny and formulate an informed, cohesive opinion.

Now, as for why you shouldn't care too much: This is an online, shared-world experience that - according to Activision's own words - will span ten years. In other words, this will be an ever-evolving game that will receive continuous improvements and additions over time. Obviously, the game you see next week won't be a patch on what we should all be enjoying a few years from now. I still say reviewers should only offer "early impression" reviews at best, with the full understanding that the Destiny of today will not be the Destiny of tomorrow.

Also, let's not forget that 4.6 million people have already played the game. Sure, the full game will be bigger and better but let's face it, we get it. It's a multiplayer-oriented shooter in a big open universe. Yeah, got it. I think everyone knows precisely what to expect, and they don't need a review to tell them. My guess is that most will only want to know if the servers are operating properly, so they can actually play stress-free right off the bat. Besides that, gamers shouldn't be losing their sh** over any Destiny review score they see next week.

Related Game(s): Destiny

Tags: destiny, destiny review scores, destiny reviews

9/2/2014 9:46:50 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (31 posts)

Akuma07
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 @ 10:27:50 PM
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Well yeah apparently media outlets have not received pre-release copies of the game. But for this game, it is totally understandable, and anyone who see's this as a 'bad sign' is reading into it WAY too much and needs to relax a little.

The biggest reason for this, is because the Destiny servers will NOT be active until release day. Bungie has said last week that they fully expect many retailers to break street date, and that it doesn't matter who gets the game early, because they won't be able to play it until 9/9.

But yeah, as always, reviews from game websites are bullshit anyway (no offence Ben), they have devolved to opinion pieces at best, anyone who takes reviews as factual critical reviews on the quality of the game is kidding themselves. It is simply a websites way of saying how much they liked the game.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 @ 10:40:14 PM

I disagree. If I write a mystery with action, romance, and horror then bring it to a publisher specializing in romance, one specializing in horror, and one specializing in mystery, I would expect to get the most accurate rating of the quality of the narrative from the mystery publisher.

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SaiyanSempai
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 @ 11:28:35 PM

Akuma, reviews on gaming sites certainly aren't BS. Perhaps you've been reading too many reviews from Polygon. I still read well written reviews from various sources (including this one, of course). There are many subjective attributes through which games are continually graded on and good reviewers will hit those aspects while also talking about their own personal experiences with it, which I feel should be included as well.

Last edited by SaiyanSempai on 9/2/2014 11:33:39 PM

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SaiyanSempai
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 @ 12:38:13 AM

*edit above, I mean non-subjective

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 @ 10:42:37 PM
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I agree, frankly I just want it to not collapse under its own weight. Even if it does I won't freak out, I have lots of games.

But I was a tiny bit excited to get a text from UPS that it was estimated to arrive Friday (strange day to release a game).

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wiiplay
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 @ 10:46:22 PM

World, what's with you and your avatars lately?
Seriously, bring back the hot anime girls. Captain America is cool and all, but he's not a she. :p

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 @ 10:48:40 PM

I'm having a Captain America obsession is all. Plus I'm going to be driving some top men to my articles and I look a tad less serious with huge anime tits bouncing around on my posts :)

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Harerazer
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 @ 7:26:14 AM

I don't know...I like huge anime tits.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 @ 9:39:19 AM

Jesus you guys, all right I'll put up the next jaw dropper I run across.

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Jed
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 @ 10:53:20 PM
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With all do respect, I don't care what the reviews say. I played the alpha and beta and loved it. On 9/9 I'm diving headfirst into destiny.

On second thought, I would like to see what you think about it.

Last edited by Jed on 9/2/2014 10:54:39 PM

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berserk
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 @ 12:20:23 AM

Same , played the beta , loved it and that s all i needed . Still gonna read some reviews but it won t change that i ll be picking it up as early as i can .

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Deathb4Dishonor
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 @ 10:48:53 AM

Mines is pre ordered already so doesnt matter what reviews say at this point... Besides if ppl arent sure there plenty of videos of it you can look up to see what you can expect

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SaiyanSempai
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 @ 11:31:18 PM
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You know if the majority of the reviews are positive, there will be that one moronic site that gives a 4/10. I still don't understand how sucking in site click traffic could override site integrity.

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CrusaderForever
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 @ 11:47:16 PM
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I played the beta and fell in love with Destiny. It really resonated with me as a gamer. I don't care about reviews because I have already played it.

Just beat DIIIRoSUEE tonight so I am ready for my Destiny Digital Guardian Edition! Starting my second playthrough right now and will play DIII until Destiny graces us with it's arrival.

Looking forward to all Destiny's great content that will be released over the coming years. Seems like a game I will play for a few months, take a few months off and then come back for another few months. That is all I ask and looks like I shall receive! I haven't had the pleasure of a Bungie game since Halo 1 so I am extremely excited to experience their craft again.

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berserk
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 @ 12:23:04 AM

Ya , seem like a game you play a good while , stop , then comeback once new content is out and repeat .

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ethird1
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 @ 12:54:09 AM
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This is the right thing to do on Activision's part. You got to realize there are some "reviewers" that work for the highest bidder and will always give lower scores than usual. The good review sites will always give the best scores they can honestly give.

So it is wise to wait until the last minute to do so imo and get more sales. Good, or especially, a bad game.

End of line.

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Temjin001
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 @ 1:12:35 AM
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I feel like the beta and word of mouth is all this game needed.
Similar to CoD games (games with 70-80'ish aggregates) no matter what the critics say it doesn't seem to stop them from outselling pretty much every console title year after year.

EDIT: I feel in an era of growing AAA behemoths that receive massive marketing and exposure, certain franchises can get by with great sales by just being pretty good.
Similar to film, I think there's just a big market for appealing to sensory excitement that doesn't need as much critical appraisal. It would seem to me as time goes on the majority of consumer dollars spent won't be going to the highest rated console games but instead the most exhilarating and most marketed, if that hasn't happened already.

Last edited by Temjin001 on 9/3/2014 1:19:13 AM

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Temjin001
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 @ 1:29:31 AM

and as a recent point of reference, Watch Dogs, a game that's amassed nearly 6 million physical sales, has only an 80 percent (PS4 version. all others are lower) aggregate on Metacritic.
I swear, 10 years ago, there's no chance in heck a gamer's game would sell 6 million with a 70-80% aggregate.

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The CEO
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 @ 1:57:21 AM
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Don't need a review. Alpha and Beta convinced me to say take my money.

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souljah92
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 @ 2:49:30 AM
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What retard of a reviewer would let a copy coming a bit late affect the review score?

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Beamboom
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 @ 3:06:34 AM

You missed the point. Bens point - and it's a valid one - is that they may have delayed the review copies to the sites that they suspect will have the most critical voices and biggest negative impact on initial sales, and favour the sites they expect to give rave reviews, and small sites who don't matter as much in the big scheme of things.

I've see this so many times. The first reviews of a game that hits the meta score sites are usually from some unknown, small sites with an overly excited reviewer. Then, as the bigger, more reputable sites arrives and lower the metascore to a more sober level.
Happens all the time.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 @ 3:07:35 AM
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If people should read these reviews as they read the first reviews of moorpgs, and they'll be fine.

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trumpetmon65
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 @ 4:40:16 AM
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Unless this game is just absolute crap some how, I don't think reviews are going to really effect it all that much

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Harerazer
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 @ 7:38:52 AM

Sadly, reviews will affect it because there are still people who know absolutely nothing about the game. It is on the cover of Newsweek and people don't know about it. I was in Walmart where they have 2 display posters up (one at the front door and one in the electronics dept) and when I asked someone in the dept about it, they didn't know what the game was. Maybe that's more telling on the quality of Walmart tho.

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Harerazer
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 @ 7:29:35 AM
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Like others here, I decided after playing the alpha and beta (actually pre-ordered after playing the alpha). I don't need anyone else's opinion to formulate my own, I'm a grown up. All I need from a review is the technical aspects: does it glitch, breakup, lag, etc. If the servers hold up (and I fully expect them to crash repeatedly in the first few days) then I'm happy.

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MRSUCCESS
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 @ 8:45:12 AM
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maybe if I was a full or part time student only then I would think of picking it up but with all the responsibilities that come with life, I wouldn't be able to enjoy half of the updates that will come with time.

Kudos to you guys that will find time to play it and still make time for kids (thankfully I dont have any).

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 @ 9:41:07 AM

I don't have any either, but I have no idea when I'm gonna play Destiny.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 @ 9:40:40 AM
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Don't you love when people read reviews with a lit match over their head just waiting to drop it and set their hair on fire? :)

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Deathb4Dishonor
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 @ 10:56:35 AM
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Well i'm sure the game will do good regardless... Seems like the 4 million plus ppl that played the BETA will end up getting it... I hear nothing but good things from the ppl i know that played the game which is why i quickly pre ordered my copy

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Knightzane
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 @ 7:22:00 PM
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Game reviewers are all idiots. Giving everything 7 and up and completely forgetting what scores really stand for. 5 is supposed to be average. Every game being over average is a lie. 9 means its almost perfect in every way, meaning, the most polished non glitchy perfect game ever made.

10 IS perfection. A must not miss, no glitches bugs and keeps you glued to your seat.

Count on one hand how many games truly qualify for a 9 or 10. If you counted more than 5 games, you lied.

People should just learn to either watch gameplay, rent the game, or buy it and risk it. Grant yourself your own opinion on something rather than follow what some idiot tells you. Sometimes its a good thing to have your own thoughts and opinions on things.

As I say this I remember how I used to be. Giving things I liked 9's and 10's. I just copied what I saw I suppose. Not anymore though. As much as I LOVE Metro 2033, that game is not deserving of a 9 or 10. Its got some glitches and some minor pacing issues. Lighting issues as well. The game is about a 7. Its definitely above average, but also not perfection.

Destiny will be getting 9's and 10's being tossed around like the drunk college girl. Everyone gets a piece, and no one thinks before they indulge.

No disrespect to you Ben, by the way. But you have to admit the reviewing system is in shambles. Because when a series like COD gets 8's+ every year when it is literally a copy and paste game, you know somethings wrong. Its above average, sure, but almost perfect? Really? no. Every COD is either a 5 or 6. 5 not being a horrible score as its believed to be. Whatever, Destiny will be great so go buy it and induldge in the game while staring at Worlds busty avatars.

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SaiyanSempai
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 @ 9:39:39 PM

That's why I feel a 5-star system is the way to go.

1 star = Don't play this game
2 stars = meh, probably not worth your time
3 stars = good game. Had fun with it.
4 stars = great game, well done!
5 stars = absolute must play. If you like the genre you don't want to miss this. (note: this doesn't mean perfection as perfection doesn't exist)

And lets face it, whether it's a 5, 10, or 100 point scale, this is what it all boils down to anyway. A 10 point scale devolves to a 5 to 10 point scale with anything under a 7 being considered not good at all, so might as well go with the 5 star system, right? It just makes sense.

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