Let's face it. There are titles out there that you can't say boo about. Reviewers don't have the nerve and the fanbase will hit you with more fire than a daisycutter.
You know what I'm talking about; Final Fantasy. Grand Theft Auto. The Legend of Zelda. Halo. Doom. Half-Life. Starcraft. Diablo.
The list goes on and on. I say screw the fanboys. Blunt, aren't I?Why should an entity so devoid of knowledge and so consumed by ignorance be pitied? This is not a case of being corrupted by the one ring.
We throw around terms like "over rated" or "under rated" or whatever - as do they. But do they really know what they're talking about? I got into an argumentabout the story in Knights of the Old Republic 2, where I said that the storytelling was so bad that it actually ruined the game. The storytelling IS very bad, although the story itself, once you figure it out, is not only good, but the premise is unique.
Another situation is howfanboys talk about how great Grand Theft Auto 3 is because no game was ever made on that scale up to that point in time. Obviously they never played The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall, which has a virtual landmass that is over 200 square miles in size and takes two weeks in real time to walk across.
Or that Halo has an amazing story. No, it doesn't. It does have good storytelling, though. Same with Mass Effect, although there are components of their story that border on plagiarism (like the Reapers; it's right out of the Revelation Space series by Alistair Reynolds).
There's a flipside to all of this; for every fanboy, you have a hater that's out to bait everyone. And there are many series that have those, including the ones that I've mentioned.Their goal is to go in and cause havoc, but they're different than proverbial trolls. Most haters focus on very specific series or games. Halo, Final Fantasy and Grand Theft Auto are great examples. You can find a flame war about any of those on just about any forum. Just about every half-decent Nintendo property has its fair share of these. And of course, all of the game systems.
We get it, you want to justify your purchase to yourself. Good. Then shut up, rent some games and enjoy it instead of making other people try to hate theirs.
Finally, there are reviewers who tap into these groups. Some may even belong to them.
While I haven't played Final Fantasy XIII, I have a friend who is, and he's enjoying it quite a bit. Well, everything but the grinding. So, is an 8.5 a fair score when a problem that has been around since the dawn of the series still hasn't been addressed 23 years later? Halo and Call of Duty games contain campaigns that get shorter and shorter. Their multilayer is still unbalanced (even moreso for CoD). Are 9's and 10's fair scores?
The tinted glasses have to come off sometime.
There are entire genres that take flak, like the Beat-'em-Upaction subgenre. It's like it's been sent to deathrow by a crooked judge and the appeals ignored by a barely literate governor. No matter how much this gameplay genre tries to evolve, it keeps getting struck down by the critics. That isn't to say there aren't turd nuggets - there are in every genre.
And then there's the fact that PC games get scored more critically because of the platform. What about the platform? Okay, so there's a bajillion games on it. So what? If a game's awesome, treat it as such - regardless of the fact that there are more titles on this platform. Especially since this leads to questions, not answers. Is this an indication that consoles are viewed as handicapped, and thus console titles get more slack? If so,priorities need to be straightened out because good gamin' is good gamin' - and bad games suck.
Mama's right; only you can decide what you like or dislike. Everyone has their own biases and you need to have the experience and common sense to discern this. So play some games and ignore the fans and haters. They're too busy complaining on a message board to play anything anyway.