By Jensonb 0 Comments
I just posted this in the comments of Jeff's MK Vs. DC review, but it's long enough that I feel like re-posting it here.
I'm only going to say this once:
Giant Bomb is not The Next GameSpot. I that's what you're looking for, try 1UP. Giant Bomb is about a far more casual style of games coverage. Jeff gave this game the highest score because he thinks it's awesome. You might disagree. The man himself has always said you should never let any review supersede your own tastes.
That's why all of you who are saying things like "Same league as Gears 2 REALLY?" or "Better than Mirror's Edge?!?!" or whatever need to get a clue. That's not how it works at all. Giant Bomb reviews are not impartial assessments of mass-market pros and cons. They are personal opinions.
And the star ratings are not values to be compared like the prices of commodities. They are simply a fast way to summarise the reviewer's point. In this case, it is "overwhelmingly recomended". Essentially, Jeff loves it. Yeah, he would, he likes MK and this is (At last) another good MK. But, and here's the kicker:
Where exactly is the problem? It's not like Jeff went in writing in the blandly authoritatitve 2nd person favoured by GameSpot. It's not like this site just appeared yesterday. You've had months to notice the site's casual tone and even if you're new, it's kind of obvious.
It's clear many of you have been pre-conditioned to view any kind of outlying opinion as redundant, as biased. Worse, you've attached negative connotations to that so firmly that you can't look beyond to simply see what the reviewer has to say. This review is not biased, because bias is being used to mean "unfai" or "wrong". It's a review written by a fan. That may well have coloured the opinion, but since all of you complaining about it seem aware of that (And if you read the text, it's not like Jeff claims this is his first MK) it's hard to see why you're so upset - just take that factor into account.
I notice all of you also seem to have been disinterested in the game going into this review...Hmm...By gum, I think you're all therefore biased too. It stands to reason.