- Jun 22, 2014
Because deserve has nothing to do with it. It's all subjective. He can disagree with all the praise, but to say God of War didn't deserve high praise is stupid. How is he going to tell a collection of people that they shouldn't have liked God of War as much as they did? Who is he? It's not like the game is My Little Pony and got a 94 on Metacritic!
Even though you confused the games the guy said, I agree with this and honestly this is the problem with scores. I know why scores exist, but people get too attached to them to the point of missing the point entirely. I wasn't a huge fan of Uncharted 4 and really didn't like Horizon, however I can't say those games were overhyped. They're incredibly polished and are insanely well done, it's not unreasonable to see why they get so praised. I actually had the same problem with GOW because I thought "well, Horizon got hyped and I didn't like it, so I won't like GOW either" until I realized what the fuck I was doing. Games are not similar at all, in retrospect it's not hard to see why I disliked Horizon. I fucking hate bow and arrow combat, I hate gathering shit to craft shit even more, I don't like stealth unless it's an actual stealth game, I thought the mocap in the game made everyone look stupid to the point of breaking my immersion. All of those features were handily available to me before I played the game and I don't think any of them should lower the score for the game. It's a me thing. I have a friend who absolutely loved Horizon and he doesn't even know what Metacritic is. So as always your mileage may vary and it's always better to trust your instincts and know what you like and dislike before buying the game than thinking about the number it got from some people you won't ever know in your life.
I do, however, have a problem with journalists deducting points for stupid shit like "Dragon Quest has turn-based combat", but that's another issue entirely.