I just read an article that I thought I might share with you guys.
The author basically covers some of the inconsistencies regarding contemporary video game reviews and even goes into depth with specific reviewers. Some of the most recent reviews of Infamous: Second Son falls victim of some these inconsistencies.
Here are some excerpts below that I thought stood out.
Yet I have also, in reading hundreds of reviews per year, discovered that the biggest problem with game criticism isn’t so much about individual critics and their pervading philosophies and styles but rather a more simple issue, which is that critics are often wildly inconsistent and illogical, even within the subjective context of their own personal metrics.
Opinions, however subjective, must still be predicated on something, even if that rationale exists only within the mind and philosophies of the critic. If a reviewer derides a game for being short and that same reviewer praises another game two months later that is of equal or lesser length with nary a harsh word, this demonstrates something incongruous and indicates the criticism of the reviewer is arbitrary and nebulous.
It’s not that critics must be consistent with one another or even necessarily agree entirely within the parameters of a collective but at the very least any critic, professional or otherwise, should be beholden to their own ideology as to what defines quality.
Ultimately, any criticism is the dismantling of somebody else’s considerable efforts and while my own philosophy of humility as it pertains to criticism clearly isn’t shared by many, I don’t think asking critics to be consistent is unreasonable.
If anything, consistency would imbue their opinions, however subjective, with a much-needed measure of credibility.
I feel that he has some valid points, however, I also think that it is very difficult to remain consistent with the amount of reviews these writers have to go through. Anyway, it's worth a read.
What say you? Do you feel the inconsistency has grown over time in video game coverage? Do you feel that reviewers need to be held accountable for their inconsistencies or simply ignored?