Do you give games that get Metascored in the 70's or lower a chance?

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#1 Posted by livingdeadman (372 posts) -

Or do you only play anything that get's a 90 or higher? Some of my favorite games I didn't know had such a low score. I personally give them all at least an 80/100. Here's some of them (I have a soft spot for zombie games):

  • Deadlight (What a twist!)
  • Dying Light
  • Dead Rising 2
  • Dead Island
  • The Order: 1886
  • Battlefield V
  • Mafia 2

A lot of these games were given away for free at some point if you are subscribed to online services (probably because of the low rating). I also gave Mafia 3 a chance but stopped my play through of it because I was confused and didn't know where to go for the next mission. Mad Max, got pretty far but for some reason quit. I can't wait to try out Sniper Elite 4, Detroit: Become Human and Darksiders 3.

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#2 Posted by Archangel3371 (28553 posts) -

Well I consider the review score to be only part of a review so depending on how I feel on the actual review itself and how the game received the score that it got then I’ll still try a game if I find that it interests me enough.

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#3 Posted by thehig1 (7355 posts) -

I genuinely don't know the metascore of games I choose to buy, its not something I consider useful to me when deciding if a game is worth playing.

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#4 Posted by RSM-HQ (8610 posts) -

Only use sites like Metacritic for context in gaming conversation whether people are making false info, or demonstrating a clear bias to null the quality of another game of the same genre to another. Reviews can be, in-informative themselves that's why looking at them as a collective has more value. If thirty people are making the same statement chances are that's true.

Only time I tend to waver on overall reviews are those graphical impressive games (God of War/Red Dead 2/ Last of Us/ etc) tends to blind reviewers of the gameplay flaws, some of which gloss over it. As they're too busy admiring textures/ lighting/ horse *********/ poly-count. It's kind of shocking how shallow the gaming media is at times.

On topic, just to start off most my hyped games are pre-ordered well before reviews, for my personal enjoyment the game only needs cater to my taste and understand reviews in general are suppose to cater for everyone or the reviewers preference. The latter seems obtuse but whatever_

So with that, here is a few that couldn't even crack over 70 on the site-

War for the Overworld (65)

OneeChanbara Z2 (57)

Armored Core: For Answer (64)

Zero: Black-Haired Shrine Maiden (67)

Taiko no Tatsujin (70)

Putty Squad (38)

Siren: New Translation (70)

Metal Wolf Chaos (63)

Kirby's Great Suction Offensive (69)

Mother Russia Bleeds (70)

Demento (67)

Minna de Spelunker (56)

*Ironically I can fire up any of the above games and have a good time. Some I even question the reliability of scoring. Though that's just my opinion.

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#5 Posted by Worlds_Apart (195 posts) -

Yes I give games that get Meta scored in the 70's or lower a chance.

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#6 Edited by Black_Knight_00 (21594 posts) -

I give games that scored in the 1/10 a chance. Does that answer your question?

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#7 Edited by Speeny (1978 posts) -

Yep. A rating is just an opinion to me. If I personally don't like it, then I don't.

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#8 Posted by Maroxad (15287 posts) -

Considering that one of my favorite games of the Last gen had a 70s metascore, while one of my least favorite games of all time is also one of the highest rated games of all time (GTA4).

Metacritic has no impact on my purchasing habits.

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#9 Posted by Lembu90 (601 posts) -

When Left Alive scored lower than 40 in metacritic, hardcore Square-Enix fanboys bought it ANYWAY

When Hatred scored lower than 30 in metacritic, hardcore racist, far-right neo-nazi scumbags bought it ANYWAY

Someday if Yandere Simulator officially released, I wouldn't be surprised people bought it ANYWAY despite having no official reviews.

Internet, especially social media already destroyed the influence of video game critics. Some unscrupulous developers already take advantage of this.

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#10 Edited by lucidique (597 posts) -

@livingdeadman said:

Or do you only play anything that get's a 90 or higher? Some of my favorite games I didn't know had such a low score. I personally give them all at least an 80/100.

Critics ratings usually don't factor into my purchasing decisions. I'll watch footage, read what the community has to say and generally wait for a sale.

Some of my favorite games are 7-ish in score. Sometimes a developer will create a gameplay mechanic that will hook me enough, even tough the rest of the game is passable at best.

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#11 Edited by VagrantSnow (377 posts) -

Mostly just play what I think looks interesting. Couldn't honestly tell you what ratings the games I play have.

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#12 Posted by uninspiredcup (35068 posts) -

In the old days, as a youngster i'd take reviewers and stuff like metacritic as gospel, now I don't.

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#13 Posted by RSM-HQ (8610 posts) -
@lembu90 said:

When Left Alive scored lower than 40 in metacritic, hardcore Square-Enix fanboys bought it ANYWAY

When Hatred scored lower than 30 in metacritic, hardcore racist, far-right neo-nazi scumbags bought it ANYWAY

Someday if Yandere Simulator officially released, I wouldn't be surprised people bought it ANYWAY despite having no official reviews.

Don't overlook the power of curiosity.

I mean, didn't you buy Anthem "ANYWAY" because you like Bioware?

Exact same thing.

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#14 Posted by robert_sparkes (3315 posts) -

Yes I enjoyed mafia 3 which on PS4 has a 68.

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#15 Posted by mephisto10 (4 posts) -

No, I absolutely don't care about their critics. They also gave a games like FIFA 18, FIFA 19 and probably FIFA 20. Even now PES 20 has a rating of 84, even the gameplay online is full of bugs and glitches. On the subreddit people are extremely mad.

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#16 Edited by BassMan (10677 posts) -

I can usually tell the quality of a game and if it will be worth playing based on gameplay videos.

I use reviews for more insight on potential hidden issues within the game. I don't let the score deter me.