Resident Evil 6: The Reviews (and Backlash)
Though putting our reviews are just part of the day-to-day operations of gaming sites, things start to heat up when the review embargo lifts on a highly anticipated title. And when there are huge discrepancies between scores? Oof. Forget about it.
Here are some Resident Evil 6 scores as provided and normalized by Metacritic:
Game Informer: 88
Along with the other reviews, this comes out to a Metacritic score of 69 — not exactly what Capcom wants to see from one of its biggest franchises. One can go on about where the Resident Evil series has gone wrong and when, but what I’m concerned with is the backlash from readers and commenters at some of the lower-scoring websites.
Some of the comments on Resident Evil 6 reviews seem to display little to no sense of logic and absolutely no understanding of the review process. Look around (and you won’t have to look long), and you’ll find readers accusing sites of being biased or being paid off for giving reviews certain scores. I’m starting to think that expectations of fanboy-ism is starting to really hinder the senses of a rather significant portion of the Resident Evil fan base.
Gamers need to understand that the reviewer is reporting on their experience with the game. This is a function of their own tastes and personalities. Therefore, all reviews will be different. To accuse writers and outlets of being paid off or getting paid by comments is completely baseless and just demonstrates a lack of understanding for the nature of the job.
Upset about a certain score? Then don’t worry about it; go out and buy it then. It seems like your mind has already been made up already.
Pokemon Producer Prefers Face-to-Face Interactions over Full Online Pokemon Game
While speaking to Gamasutra, Pokemon Producer Junichi Masuda has recently made it clear that we may not be seeing an online Pokemon game in the near future. In his interview, he made it quite clear that he believes that the heart of the Pokemon experience lies in trading with people face-to-face.
“Trading is really the core concept behind the Pokemon games; it’s really the core idea that birthed the Pokemon games, and everything really exists to facilitate trading,” said Masuda.
Now, we don’t claim to know what started the Pokemon concept, but an open-world online Pokemon game sounds brilliant. Now all we can think of is a WoW/Pokemon game where you can choose to be a trainer or member of Team Rocket, free to capture Pokemon and battle them in an open world. Thanks a lot!
Got a Gnarly Gamerscore? Xbox Live Rewards promises you MS Points*
*a rather measly amount of MS points that is.
The new Xbox Live Rewards program says that those with certain gamerscores are now entitled to rebates on their MS Points. Though the reward packages seem kind of stingy. Here, you decide:
-For gamers with 3000-9999G: a special gift during your birthday month ($0.25)
-For gamers with 10000-24999G: The $0.25 from your birthday month and a 1% rebate on your monthly Xbox LIVE Marketplace purchases every month
-For gamers with more than 25000G: The quarter and a 2% rebate every month.
So basically, if you’ve got a fat 20000G in gamerscore, and purchase $100 worth of MS Points, you get a rebate for 80 MS Points. Neat-o! (Don’t quit your game jobs, achievement whores…)
Ry-Questing: Throw of the Week — One Drop Code 2
If you’re looking to take your throwing to the next level, definitely check one of these out. They retail for $99.99 at YoYoExpert.