By MysteriousBob 22 Comments
Despite the fact that nobody has played it yet. I was just searching XBLA for arcade games. As you may know, XBox Live has a rather pointless rating system where every bit of content can be given a rating out of five stars. Of course all fighting games that require the slightest bit of practise to get good at get low ratings while anything Halo gets universal 5s. But thats for another day.
Live has the option to see all the highest rated games. I would say most of them deserve to be there. I'm particularly glad to see that my favourite game of all time is very popular. But one thing is odd- just after SOTN is the unreleased Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode One. Apparently Sonic 4 is the 20th best game on Live Arcade according to user ratings.
I'm like most (ex)Sonic fans- I loved the Mega Drive games but hated the 3D shit. I'm kind of looking forward to this promise of a return to form but at the same time like any sensible person I am very, very skeptical given Sonic's downfall as a whole. I'm not sure what the point of this post is. I just find it stupid that 976 people are willing to rate a game that isn't even out yet. Maybe I'm getting the rating thing wrong. Maybe its just to reflect personal opinion of something. Its like its just proof of good marketing which in turn is just more good marketing.
Screw rating systems. People need to voice their options- not just give a vague "good" or "bad" and run off. Give reason and meaning.
What do you think of the rating system on XBL? I think of them the same way I do with all user ratings- with distaste.