Taken from GameSpot’s video review of Infamous 2, a comment from meke12:
“WORST REVIEW EVER. i dont know if anyone else has noticed but compared to all the 9’s and 8.5’s this game got from other good websites, they gave this a 7.5, in my case that’s off my buying list. To me a game lower than an 8 is just an ok game that eventually sucks as you play through it. But this is infamous, the 1st got a 9 and theyre are giving this a 7.5. and they arent even saying it doesnt improve on the 1st. So hats worse about 2, because its not one of the reasons you put in “the bad” section. This Review absoltuey sucks. Its just impossible for one of the biggest gaming websites to give this game a 9 and gamespot gives it a 7.5″
There’s a few things wrapped up here:
- That 7.5 out of 10 is somehow a weak score. It shouldn’t be, but reflects how game reviewers love over-using the 8 or 9 out of 10 score on titles.
- That the review should be in line with other review sites who gave it higher scores. Isn’t dissenting opinion a good thing when it comes to something as subjective as pop culture entertainment?
- That because the score is ‘low’, the entire GameSpot site is wrong. It makes a certain kind of sense for game review sites to give everything a positive-ish score to avoid such reactions, especially if they want to keep eyeball count high and publishers happy.
I’ve got a longer post in mind on the topic of game reviews, but this particular post crystallises one particular point I was going to cover.