All this recent talk of Metacritic and its inherent irrelevance got me thinking; has anyone else here ever been convinced to buy a game because of a NEGATIVE review/opinion of a game, be it professional or user created?
For example, that's why I bought Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes for the DS. All the game's positive reviews were alright, but what finally convinced me were the game's many negative scores from users, almost all of which were from gamers who hadn't actually played it but just dismissed it based on it being a spinoff of HoMM, being largely puzzle based, its cartoony art style, and it being *gasp* published by Ubisoft (back when it was trendy and hip to hate them). In other words, most of the negative reviews told me more about the reviewers themselves than the actual game, and any game that pissed people off like that can't be too bad.
And then there's Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts. Again, the game did get some positive press, but the worst thing that even professional reviewers said about the game is that it's unique, creative, different from the previous games in the series, and that the game should have just stuck to the done-to-death formula. And as someone who had no emotional attachment to the previous games and is always looking for something unique, all these negative points suddenly became even more posisitive to me. Sure the game isn't perfect, but I guess fanboys can useful for something after all.