This thread is amazing.
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I think, if they've learned anything from this generation, it's that you need that sort of functionality to be in the box on release day if you want your big exclusive multiplayer games to be successful. I hope there is one and I hope the next generation of Playstation Plus continues to be awesome.
Play well regarded games from genres you hate and see if your opinion changes on that genre at all.
It's hard to ignore Desmond in AC3 when the build up, and the whole reason why we were in the animus, is because of him. He had all this training for what? Just to punk out at the end? I mean what the hell did they do with the Abstergo story thread? They crapped it down the toilet! "I got stuck in an elevator then shot the main bad dude in the head. Oh yea, that "utitmate assassin" he died too." It's stuff like that which tainted the whole of the AC series. I'm not saying the ending sucked but they developed it so fucking poorly. Ubisoft phoned it in. Fuck those guys. P.S. Thank you for letting me rant. I respect your opinion too :)
I haven't played either game and from what I hear AC3 sounds like just as much as of a mess as RE6 so I'm not disputing the fact that it's disappointing. I just find it weird that given the views the duders had given in other podcasts and in their reviews that AC3 ended up taking that category.
I get it, there's been a lot of Nintendo franchises that I personally didn't like, but there was so much in them that it was impossible to give them the same score as a truly horrible game. You are acknowledging the quality and effort I guess in that case.
Then what's the point in the review? I know that games like Assassin's Creed are going to look nice and have a certain amount of polish just because of the size of the teams working on those sorts of games. 3 stars for a well made but ultimately disappointing sequel seems like a fair score to me.
You know now how they really feel, that should be enough. And you can't quantify disappointing. On some level I'm sure the score is based on their love for the series and characters. Also, hindsight. Sometimes your opinion isn't truly formed without comparables and time. Maybe its a factor of a lot of games just not being disappointing, due to their expectations of those other games, that led to AC3 being the "most disappointing".
The review should tell me how the reviewer feels and the score should reflect that, not a podcast 2 months after the fact.
Yeah just ignore every point so that you can restate the same opinion.
O.K, I'll address your other points sentence by sentence.
1. You can't quantify disappointing. I fully agree, in fact I don't think you can quantify a lot of things about games in general yet almost every game reviewing website on the planet has a score system. What you can do is try to describe these things in the review. At no point in Ryan's review does he use the words disappointing or any of it's synonyms when describing his overall experience with the game, yet it is the most disappointing game of the year?
In fact here's a quote from the end of his review:
Assassin’s Creed III is a step up from last year’s Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, which saw Ezio’s story overstay its welcome and made some major miscalculations with its new mechanics, but it’s still not Assassin’s Creed at its finest. It's successful at establishing a whole new world and cast of characters, and tailoring the gameplay to match that setting, which is no small feat, even if the puzzle pieces don’t fit together as well as they could.
To me it sounds like Assassin's Creed 3 is a good game with some minor issues, not a major disappointment.
2. I hope not, a game should not get a higher score because the games prior to it set up an interesting fiction.
3. Jeff mentioned this in one of his Jar Time videos and said the review process would be looked at because it doesn't account for time on the other it's been less than 3 months since AC3 came out surely Ryan's opinion couldn't have changed that much? Also Assassin's Creed 3 was released after the other two candidates for most disappointing game so there was plenty to compare it to at the time.
4. When Brad reviewed Resident Evil 5 he gave it 5 stars so coming into Resident Evil 6 he must have had decent expectations. These are quotes from his review:
Resident Evil 6 is a big-budget disaster on the order of the Star Wars prequels, a sprawling production that clearly required so many individual talents to bring it into being, you can't help but wonder how the end result could have turned out so bad.
It's hard to fathom how Resident Evil, which almost singlehandedly redefined the action genre just two installments ago, has now become such a strange, mediocre pastiche of the better games this series once inspired. What a bitter irony that is.
After the great last couple of installments in the core Resident Evil franchise, it's astounding that the basic act of playing RE6 doesn't feel at least as good as it did in those games
That sounds like a disappointment to me.