Grummy wrote:Having read the review and seen the score, I can see this actually being a solid 7 and 4 seems brutally unjust. I mean really, a score that bad I can't honestly believe this is an impartial review.
You criticize the game for being slightly better than the original and being more of the same and punish massively. HELLO some people enjoyed the original and are happy for more. Also, worth mentioning games that get a lot praise like Halo and Gears of War, they've been the same all the way through with small incremental changes and aren't penalized for it. Double standards ahoy. This publication scored the original a 7, a very fair score, and this game is better than that? Logically it should get a better score, but I can understand it not, if you're judging it by how much it didn't fix rather than how much it did, I could even understand you dropping a point if you were unhappy that the improvements were small and felt they should have done more, but a 4??!!!
It would be one thing if the game was noticeably worse, or just outright crap, but if its an improvement over an already decent, entertaining game then I have to question the logic and the impartiality.
And yes, scores don't generally mean anything, it's the bulk of the review that matters, but when the review quality is poor and the score doesn't match up with the review, questions have to be asked.
This is just about the worst review I have read in a long long time and is not at all worthy of being on this site or part of this publication.
As brutal a comment as this is, I'd be inclined to agree.
Dead Island: Riptide does a number of things quite well that Dead Island didn't. The analogue control system, for example, was more intuitive and reduced weapon flailing by a significant enough percentage that I wasn't constantly muttering, "f**k's sake...", whenever I tried to hit something. It wasn't by any means seamless, but it puts Skyrim
's melee combat system of 'mash right trigger' down for the count.
The improvements are small, but the game has some solid ideas. Anything from a five to a (in my opinion very unlikely) seven and a little more context wouldn't have been a bad idea. That being said, a negative score could be entirely justified as well. I just don't think you do that here.
Animator, writer, and NPC molester.