Once Again, Critics And Gamers At Odds Over Call Of Duty
Seems to happen every year, doesn't it?
Each year, the user review rating for the new Call of Duty is in the tank while the professional reviews are much higher.
This year's Black Ops III is no exception; as you can see on Metacritic, the official critical average is 85 while the user review average right now is 4.7. Obviously, that's quite the gap but it's nothing new.
I guess the question is: Why? Is it just because any idiot with a computer wants to prove he's not a sheep and loves to bash the the most popular series in existence so he can appear all smart and singular? Well, if you actually read some of those "reviews," many of which are barely legible, one could assume that MUS (Moron User Syndrome) is the culprit. It's always amazing to me how many gamers actually believe all critics are stupid, paid-off, or some such nonsense. I heard someone say in a store that "critics aren't gamers" and "only gamers should review games." ...that level of ego, ignorance and irrational ridiculousness makes my teeth hurt, but whatever.
The other explanation is that Call of Duty is really only resonating with the casual crowd that really doesn't read reviews or write user reviews. They just want to play with their friends and that's that. This would imply that CoD is a dominant franchise only because of the casual/mainstream draw and the "hardcore" gaming crowd only delights in slamming the series...because it makes them feel better? Not sure. But there has to be a mix of both casual and core, right?
Why do you think the user review score is always so low?
Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Black Ops III
11/6/2015 9:38:40 PM Ben Dutka