Sometimes, the Internet’s view of game reviews really just drives me crazy. And not just normal crazy, but bat-crap-freaking-loco. Take this news, for instance, that Spore is getting less than stellar reviews out of Europe. In fact, some media outlets like German mag PC Games are going as low as an appalling score of 73%. Out of 100, even!
The sky isn’t just falling. Bitch done collapsed.
I’ve never understood the kind of petri dish that some in our gaming culture subsist in these days. Where I come from, 7/10 is above average, if not pretty good, in the grand scheme of things. Heck, even 5 or 6 out of 10 isn’t terrible. Hopefully, when we start doing some GamerSushi reviews, we can help break the mold a little.
What I find more disconcerting than all of the shocking news of reviews in the dreaded sevens (say it isn’t so!) is that Spore doesn’t have an auto-save feature. That in my mind is not just a grievous error, but a virtual sin.
Personally, I’m not all that excited about Spore to begin with. I was pumped when they first debuted it at E3 1889 (or whenever it was), but since then, it’s kind of lost its luster for me.
So I guess there are two threads of discussion here: what do you guys think about Spore and are you excited about it? What do you think of the way that people review games and the way they view scoring? Sometimes, it seems like the darn scale starts at 7/10 in people’s eyes.