A reader provides his verdict on God Of War Ragnarök and why some individuals get so indignant over critiques that they by no means appear to learn.
So, I’ve simply completed God Of War Ragnarök and I wished to type of compose my ideas and write down what I considered it, which is that it’s…. fairly good. Pretty good even, but not one thing I’d maintain up as a basic and not as good because the final one. That appears to be largely the conclusion that GC got here to in their review and I’ve seen them get a variety of grief for it, regardless that they had been total optimistic and gave it an 8/10.
I’d say that was largely correct. Maybe I’d go for a 7/10, simply because I believed the ending was a bit disappointing but, yeah, I believed it was a good recreation that was not a waste of time or cash. Unfortunately although, that type of optimistic but not ecstatic appraisal virtually looks as if it’s not allowed right this moment. Everything being both the very best factor ever or the worst is not a brand new phenomenon, but it does appear as if it’s getting extra and extra excessive because the years go by.
It was in all probability to be anticipated with Ragnarök particularly, as a result of it’s been a protracted wait, with no different Sony video games for a very long time, at what is a troublesome time for them. But the obsession some followers have with assessment scores and those who deviate by even a couple of levels is creepy and so pointless. As GC identified of their post-review article, it could be way more fascinating to listen to from those that didn’t like the sport in any respect, so long as they might argue their case, than different identikit critiques simply following the herd.
Not solely is there now not allowed to be a center floor in critiques but the lengths to which some followers will go to dispute them is additionally getting deeply disturbing. Review bombing was one thing that solely occurred now and once more, for very controversial video games – often those who had been perceived to be damaged or ripping off clients.
I don’t condone that but no less than it was a motive you would perceive but these days it appears to occur with something anybody even mildly dislikes or simply occurs to be on a format you don’t personal. But why? Nobody ever listens to critiques and but apparently guaranteeing they keep on with the social gathering line is vitally vital.
If individuals really learn critiques and adopted their recommendation then the gross sales charts can be crammed with excitingly unique indie video games and obscure left subject creations, but as a substitute it’s apparent that it’s advertising and marketing and peer strain which are the actual motivators.
I feel this comes again to the idea of ‘number wars’, which quite a few readers have talked about lately. That these obsessive recreation followers aren’t actually focused on video video games in any respect, simply in being seen to be proper about one thing on the web.
That’s why 60fps has out of the blue develop into such a speaking level and it’s why critiques are so common as one thing to argue over, but not take any discover of. Your common review-bombing assessment obsessive is not going to take a seat down and write a prolonged assessment about what they do or don’t like in a recreation, but they’ll fairly fortunately sit and complain that 92% is lower than 93%.
It all simply appears such a waste of power and anger, particularly for video games the place no one’s actually arguing concerning the common high quality, simply precisely how good it is. Which brings me again to God Of War Ragnarök. It is a good recreation, but I don’t assume it’s a great one. I don’t care what rating anybody provides it, but it does trouble me when different individuals begin insisting that some critiques are flawed as a result of they’re not toeing the road.
By reader Terry Gold
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