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@dragonagelore: How so?
@danielg1982: Well, in the review, the reviewer did actually mention one point that was a bit of a letdown for them, for one of the boss battles. Maybe that was the proverbial grain of rice that kept the scales from tipping into what for them would be "a 10 score game", yet it still wasn't enough of a negative to warrant listing in the negatives list (i.e. a case of "good" but not "great" but not "bad" either).
Still, it would be a bit silly for the reviewer to outright state "this was the thing that made me score it a 9 instead of a 10". I don't think readers should need to be spoon fed like that, especially when you can discern a lot just from reading the review properly.
@rmokeefe76: The way I see it, a negative listed on a review would be something objectively bad, like performance issues, or poor design, etc. But, not all things that some would consider negative would be a negative for everyone. For example, if you're someone who preferred the old camera angles to the new ones, you might consider that a negative, but it's a highly subjective opinion and thus it wouldn't make sense to list that as a negative point, because it's not really contestable and more open to individual interpretation.
So, not having negatives listed doesn't mean the game is perfect, it just means that whatever quirks there might have been are either too insignificant, or too highly subjective to list (unless you want to see things like "I don't like the colour of Kratos' loincloth" in the negative list).
@danielg1982: I don't see the point though. If it's still a great score, and if in the context of reading the review itself you can discern that the game is brilliant, then I doubt the 1 point extra would make any difference whatsoever for most when it comes to their purchasing decision.
It seems to me like people are just getting worked up because the score was not what they wanted it to be, and they're asking for a reason for the difference that the reviewer himself might not be able to put into words (not all feelings can be described easily and not all subtle differences are quantifiable under strict parameters or measuring tools that can simply be related to others).
@danielg1982: As others have mentioned on the site before, scores don't start at 10 and then get lowered for each negative mentioned. It's also been mentioned on GS's side that a score of 10 also doesn't mean a game is "perfect", as they believe there is no such thing as a perfect game. Hence the score of 10 is labeled "Essential".
Instead, scores are based on the overall quality and enjoyment of the game. If the reviewer didn't give it a 10, it's probably because despite not having any negatives, there was something that just kept it from being labeled as "Essential" for the reviewer in question. For example, you could have someone play two different games with them being unable to find fault in either, but they may still end up enjoying one more than the other.
In any case, I wouldn't put too much into it. 9 is still an excellent score, and I'm sure the game will get perfect scores from some reviewers and slightly lower scores from others, that's life. There's no point in getting upset for every 1 point difference, one way or another.
@proxima1025: I always did find it amusing that people would rant about Ivy but ignore Voldo, who was not only just as scantly dressed (if not more scantly), but also had a move set which included a lot of maneuvers that appeared outright sexual in nature. XD
@monkey_shines: That awkward moment when footage from a game looks so good, people mistake it for movie footage.. XD
@deviltaz35: "Now there's an interesting concept for a game."
That game would probably be about as abysmal as your outlook on life. I think I'll pass.
@deadpen: Or... you could use option three and write a comment... like you did just now. Lol. O_o
They speak of the two formats as if they are mutually exclusive, when the truth is that they are not. You can make a great single player game that also has multiplayer added, and do incredibly well. Just look at GTAV as a great example; it was one of the top selling games of all times with sales numbers that embarrass both BF games put together.
People really just want great games to play, that is all.
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