Are we spoiled?

I have heard nearly nothing but bad things about the game Silent Hill Downpour ever since its release, and for that reason I avoided picking it up initially despite being a fan of the series. Eventually I caved, however, and I'm glad I did. It's not a perfect game, but it represents the series well in what I'd so far consider a solid entry. This isn't a review though, as I haven't finished the game and perhaps it does in fact turn to shit, but I can't help but feel Silent Hill Downpour and many other games released recently (and not so recently) have been overlooked not because they're "bad", but rather they're not "omgawesome".

We live in a time where not just one or two mega-hit games come out per year anymore, and it seems that because of the frequency of super polished AAA blockbuster games most people have lost interest in titles released to anything less than 9-10 review scores. This is unfortunate because many fantastic games have been getting released only to be ignored because they weren't commercial juggernauts. That's not to say every game should succeed, as there some genuine stinkers out there, but it's just disheartening to see unique ideas get shut down in the face of bigger explosions and better marketing campaigns.

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Posted by AnotherSomebody

I have heard nearly nothing but bad things about the game Silent Hill Downpour ever since its release, and for that reason I avoided picking it up initially despite being a fan of the series. Eventually I caved, however, and I'm glad I did. It's not a perfect game, but it represents the series well in what I'd so far consider a solid entry. This isn't a review though, as I haven't finished the game and perhaps it does in fact turn to shit, but I can't help but feel Silent Hill Downpour and many other games released recently (and not so recently) have been overlooked not because they're "bad", but rather they're not "omgawesome".

We live in a time where not just one or two mega-hit games come out per year anymore, and it seems that because of the frequency of super polished AAA blockbuster games most people have lost interest in titles released to anything less than 9-10 review scores. This is unfortunate because many fantastic games have been getting released only to be ignored because they weren't commercial juggernauts. That's not to say every game should succeed, as there some genuine stinkers out there, but it's just disheartening to see unique ideas get shut down in the face of bigger explosions and better marketing campaigns.

Posted by DonutFever

I thought the reception to Downpour was pretty positive. Of course, it's the internet, where people hate everything.

Posted by Dagbiker

I ask you this, when was the last time you saw a game get any thing but a 7-10 review score? more people are making games, and in order to stand out you have to make a good game. so instead of making crap games, with crap marketing, they make ok - good games with great marketing.

I can only speak for me, but i dont think i am spoiled, i just played minecraft for about 5 total hours today.

Posted by TheHumanDove

Actually, I've heard lots of GOOD things about Downpour.

Posted by BrockNRolla

People who demand good games are totally spoiled!

Posted by Shun_Akiyama

Yes people are insanely spoiled.

Posted by believer258

I thought the bad reception to the Silent Hill collection was the lessening of the fog, which lessened the atmosphere, which kind of made the not-so-great controls more noticeable and the amazing atmosphere less so.

Of course, I have played neither. So I couldn't tell you.

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Posted by phantomzxro

I don't think we are spoiled but not every game should be a 8 or better and that in turn does not mean every game that falls below that is a terrible game. From what i hear the reviews for downpour are mixed most say it;'s ok with some flaws, others say it's poorly executed having poor combat, poor textures hidden by fog and choices that don't matter. But to each his own and if your a fan you won't be moved by simple complaints.

Posted by Guided_By_Tigers

I can find some enjoyment in most games, even ones that get horrible reviews.

Posted by Krisgebis

Yes, people are spoiled and some communities on the internet are despicable, with entitled demands and trolling behaviour.

But on the other hand Downpour isn't very good. Tried it for 2-3hours the other night, and quickly returned it to work. Seems to focus on combat, yet at the same time has a horrible combat system. Some of its other elements seem promissing.

Posted by VanderSEXXX

Downpour is actually a solid and welcome addition to the franchise. Though yes we old fans will still miss the especially the unique sound design, and soundtracks of Akira Yamaoka, Daniel Licht manages to follow through despite the change in sound direction. Vatra Games managed to capture the creepy atmosphere of Silent Hill as well which now makes it the scariest game I've played since the 1st 3 entries of the franchise.

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@AnotherSomebody said:

most people have lost interest in titles released to anything less than 9-10 review scores. This is unfortunate because many fantastic games have been getting released only to be ignored because they weren't commercial juggernauts.

surely if a game scores lower than an 8 or lower it couldn't be considered "Fantastic"? They hold some personal interest to you, but a game scores poorly (e.g 4 or lower) usually for it being poor- not because it's not obtained huge commercial backing

Posted by Bell_End

@BrockNRolla said:

People who demand good games are totally spoiled!

its people that complain when games do not live up to their impossible expectations that are the spoit ones.

Posted by BrockNRolla

@Bell_End said:

@BrockNRolla said:

People who demand good games are totally spoiled!

its people that complain when games do not live up to their impossible expectations that are the spoit ones.

Right on! Accept what you're given. No complaints!

Expecting things of other people is just unfair, spoiled behavior.

Edited by Raios

There is certainly something I miss about the pre-internet/review/mass marketing days of games when I would just go to the rental store, pick something that "looked fun", and hope for the best. Sure you'd get a stinker sometimes, but often you would find something really fun that you might not have played had you heard a bunch of stuff about it beforehand.

/nostalgia

Posted by Morrow

@AnotherSomebody:

I never bought a game because of reviews, I never even read any game reviews. I've never been influenced by other ppl's opinions and always followed my intuition when buying a game. From my 75+ PS3 games, 3 are mispurchases.

However, since I'm on Giant Bomb, I noticed I let myself influence by other peoples opinions about games. For example, I would have totally bought the Silent Hill HD remakes, but there were threads about them being bad ports, so I'm reluctant to buy them now...

What I'm trying to say is, if you're excited about a game and feel like you would enjoy playing it, don't give too much about other peoples opinions.

Posted by Still_I_Cry

I can say I am not, I buy games as long as they are playable and look interesting. Meaning that they could have awful controls and such, as long as there are no game-breaking flaws. This is not to say that I buy every game brand new though, I only buy games brand new if I am guaranteed that they are worth the money.

Posted by TaliciaDragonsong

I'm still enjoying NGC games, I'm not spoiled at all.
 
Sure I whine and nag at times about things I would like to see in games, but I buy a lot of non blockbuster titles and love most of them.
Usually stuff like The Darkness, Mass Effect 1 and other stuff that starts out being called 'meh' and later on turns out to be everyone's favorite 'cult like' game.
 
I just enjoy games, fuck the review scores and fuck someone else's opinion on War for Cybertron.
I digged it, my money's well spend, fuck you. ^^

Posted by CornBREDX

Not sure where you've seen all the negative, I've seen luke warm response to Downpour.

That being said I bought it when it came out, and I think it's pretty good. It's not as good as the originals for me, but that's probably just nostalgia talking. The game is fine, no where near as awful as Homecoming, and has a lot of what makes up Silent Hill for me.

When it comes to being nit picky about what you buy, these days it seems to be focused on what you can afford and you really cant afford to waste time on a game you just don't want to play, cant play (because its buggy or broken), or find no value in. So, yes, gamers now are picky on what they choose to play but I think that's justified given the medium. I'd say the same for all entertainment (even movies)- games are just the youngest of the bunch and sometimes the most expensive.

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Posted by Winternet

I know I am.