So while i was on neogaf, i noticed lots of people thought Tom Chick, the controversial games critic on quarter to three "knew his stuff" and doesn't succumb to hype. Well i just wanted to say how much i disagree with Tom Chick and quarter to three's style.
I just feel like Tom Chick is too much to go against mainstream sites like IGN and be controversial, especially with major releases like TLOU.
His opening for his review for the TLOU is
The Last of Us is the most emotionally resonant game you will ever play about plank, ladder, and pallet management. To be fair you’ll sometimes scooch dumpsters around. At one point, you scooch a piano.
This just makes him dismissive and arrogant especially considering that ND really did a good job with mixing these sections up such as the trashcan rolling down and crashing the gate open and it plays on your expectation such as in spring when you boost ellie up at the zoo
and then he goes on to criticize the gameplay as "pedestrian" even though ND did a great job of the balance between stealth and gun-play, compared to many games where you get discovered and you are plunged into a dissatisfying shoot-out where you just either die immediately or are forced to gun down every enemy as fast as possible, and the transition between stealth and being discovered as suddenly Joel becomes overwhelmed before turning the tables again to become the hunter is a unique aspect of the game as well. The game also allows you to approach an engagement in many ways, using bomb traps, smoke or the bow or all of them.
Tom also uses a rating system based on how much he likes a game, but if everyone rated and reviewed a game on how much they liked it, it would be mad cause you will have people who don't like RTS and give Starcraft or something a 5/10 even though as an RTS and a game as a whole its a monumental achievement.
Tom seems like he is just trying to get gamer 'cred' by generally rating mainstream hyped up games poorly and giving games people don't expect a 5/5. i mean yes mainstream games are usually overrated and exaggerated with 10s thrown everywhere but most of the time they are VERY good games.
have a look at this comment he wrote in one of his reviews
Why is it unprofessional? A review is an attempt to articulate your experience with a game, movie, book, or what have you. The rating is simply shorthand for how much you liked it. I don't know how you get this silly idea that a rating "isn't your own choice". What an absurd comment, but hardly unexpected coming from someone who wants me to kill myself.
If you expect a rating to somehow magically reflect the quality of a work of entertainment, you're expecting something they don't provide. A review is never going to be an objective measure of the quality of an inherently subjective experience. What you want is quite literally impossible.
wat the hell is this. "A review is never going to be an objective measure of the quality of an inherently subjective experience.", what a pretentious knob cause journalist have a responsibility in their reviews to reflect the quality of the work being reviewed. Heres a quote from a random on the EGM ACM review which sums up things better than anything.
What are you people talking about? "It' just his opinion, and everybody can state their opinions as they please..." now, this really is bulls**t! This is a matter of journalistic responsibility, it's not "just an opinion" to review a game only to his own liking, fandom or paycheck. Would it be "just an opinion" to you if a consumer journal would rate an unhealthy peace of fast food junk as a gourmet fitness meal perfectly suitable for your kids? No? Why not, it's just an opinion after all..
One think i believe in is scaling and relativity in reviews cause in the grand scheme of things Citizen Kane's of gaming (as people call them) like The Last of Us, or Half Life 2 or whichever Greatest game of all time should always be held in higher regard then even the BEST games in genre like fighting, and therefore reviews should reflect that. Im not saying that fighting games aren't more fun, but its about artistic merit or technical achievement (such as flight simz). Games in certain genres just lack these things like fighting games or party games. Its just this general idea i have with games thats similar to movies like how the greatest films of all time list isn't dominated by romantic comedies and michael bay films etc. as popular and liked my many as they are.