Lord of the Bad Reviews?
Friday 28, a day that saw the release of Castlevania: Lord of Shadows 2, the last part in the Castlevania series by MercurySteam, which was met with mixed reviews. Even though the game looked great and had the ultimate protagonist, it did not live up to the first Lord of Shadows game for many. Which seemed a bit of a shock to me. Apparently the game had some horrible stealth sections and the modern environment looked rather mundane.
These reviews have led to Enric Alvarez, studio boss, to hit back at the critics and scores for showing a lack of professionalism. He says that the reviewers who did not like the game because they had problems with it are "blind and stupid." Alvarez was particularly critical of Edge's 4/10 review, which was mentioned in his interview with Eurogamer Spain. The poor review set a trend as "There are a few media outlets that set trends and then some other that follow them don't dare to deviate too much."
"It's true that Edge liked the first game but they didn't enjoy this one as much," he carries on. "I also think that what happened is terribly unfair. One must be blind or stupid to give a 4/10 mark to a game with this quality. With a 4/10 people think it's a crappy game, badly done, one that's broken with gameplay mechanics that don't work and awful graphics. If I were a reviewer I'd know this, and I don't think that LoS2 deserves the score of a crappy game."
Enric did offer some advice to the reviewers and he gives his explanation to what a review is. "I agree that, in the end, it's an opinion, and an opinion is totally respectable, but let's not confuse an opinion and a review. The review is about the object and the opinion is about the subject. You can say 'I do really rock but I hate opera', and this is an opinion, not a review. If I had to review 'Don Giovanni' I wouldn't even know how to start, and this honestly is something the gaming press lacks. A lot of people who review games do not live up to the game they're reviewing." For those wondering Don Giovani, is of course an operatic piece of perfection by Mozart.
Alvarez explained: "This is a problem because it influences people's buying decisions, and they also influence the opportunities of the developers, because we live in a world that simplifies information and classifies developers according to their Metacritic scores. Do not misunderstand me, though: there are very good people writing about games, whatever their opinion is." As long as that opinion doesn't lead to a low review score, right?
I kind of agree with him personally. If the reviewer has never played any previous titles in the series, or only plays a certain genre of game, then to him Castlevania will be hard and this will reflect in the final rating. I am probably in a minority, but I have only played one of the Battlefield games so to me to have reviewed Battlefield 4 would have been unfair due to lack of knowledge of the game and series. Let us know what you think.