@humanity: I see your point with the bait comment. However I took it to mean that certain types of games tend to end up reviewing exceptionally well, typically indie darlings and AAA games with a mature cinematic story. Games that offer an "experience" are often reviewed higher despite the fact that the gameplay isn't really fun. Uncharted 4 when boiled down to pure gameplay is a series of boring rooms for shooting generic bad guys and easy puzzles punctuated by exciting set pieces and cutscenes. Yet it is one of the highest rated Ps4 games. Games like Journey or Gone Home tend to be called "walking simulators" because they don't offer any gameplay other than beautiful visuals and the emotional experience. Game critics are too impressed by games that are too expensive and too short and offer nothing more than a chance to argue that games are art.
So when I saw trailers for God of War and it focused on Kratos having emotional conversations while teaching his kid to hunt or whatever and showing almost no gameplay other than some slow looking over the shoulder combat it looked like the gameplay was taking a backseat to an emotional story. God of War looks like "reviewer bait" because from the first trailer it looked like The Last of Us. It removed the fun combo driven character action gameplay and everyone's favourite one dimensional QTE fuck machine and replaced it with boring looking gameplay and a sombre fatherly Kratos who would be loved by industry game critics. It follows a typical formula to critical success, similar to Oscar bait movies, so I think it's perfectly reasonable to call it reviewer bait.
For the record I don't think there's some conspiracy or ploy to trick people into playing boring games. I just think that most reviewers have lost sight of what makes a game fun and worth your money. I'm also aware that that's all subjective, I'm just stating my opinion.
The reviews are pretty much what I expected. The game was perfect reviewer bait.
I can’t tell the tone of this. Like screw them for making a game with good gameplay and a seemingly compelling story (that still really isn’t a given with every video game coming out) or that all the reviewers are wrong in liking it?
If this is some type of comparison to movies, that have an ”oscar bait” vibe to them, I can maybe somehow see (but not share) your point, but it’s still pretty cynical. A story about a father and his son isn’t maybe the most original tale, but if it’s well told (again a rarity, with TLOU being the only similiar example I can think of) and the action is great as well, I’m onboard.
That said, I would’ve bought this game anyway as a long-time fan.
Leave him alone! If he want's to be edgy its his choice!
I don't think it's about being edgy. Not to assume his reasoning but I'm sure he, like me, have been burned by overly enthusiastic reviewers before. For me, everything about Breath of the Wild screamed "not my Zelda." However Dan's quicklook won me over with his "I never cry but I cried playing this game because it is so good" shtick. $80 later I was very disappointed, not to say it was the worst game in the world but it was not as fun as I was led to believe and it was certainly not what I'd call a Zelda game. So when I hear such ridiculous statements like those in these reviews I have to be highly sceptical.
Rainbow Six Siege has the worst community I've ever had to deal with, on the PS4 at least. I'm not great at FPS's, not anymore, and people are insanely unforgiving of that. At least once in every session of siege I will be the last one to die and when you are the last one to die all eyes are on you and if you don't manage to pull a win out of your ass in a 1v3 you can bet that you'll be voted to kick. If you are with a friend and they can't get the unanimous vote needed to kick you they'll just team kill you the next round because a 4v5 is so much better apparently.
It really is a shame because it is really fun and so unique compared to the spawn/die/repeat gameplay of most multiplayer shooters. I don't think strict banning procedures are going to fix the problem. I think the issue is that these sorts of games attract angry children and adults that are unhappy with their lives and need an outlet for their aggression and will let that aggression out on their teammates when they aren't living up to their expectations. Obviously not the whole community but a good percentage are these people.
I think people should be banned for actions not words. I don't care if someone is talking shit to me, express yourself however you like, but purposeful team killing or kick votes for being bad in the casual playlist is just fun ruining for everyone.
I liked it well enough. It followed the marvel formula and never really strayed far from it. For me it was some where in the middle, quality-wise, like Age of Ultron nothing to make it stand out but nothing that holds it back. My biggest complaint would be the over long ritual combat scenes, they got really repetitive. Killmonger was the best part of the movie, he is one of the best MCU villains along with Loki and Michael Keaton.
I remember the good old days when moral panic about sex and nudity came from religious fundamentalists and right wing "family first" types. If you think what a fictional character is wearing in a fictional world is gross then don't play the game. Simple as that.
What I don't like is when people act like its part of some "problematic" thing that needs to be fixed. Objectification happens in all media to both genders. You see more objectified men in media that is geared more towards women and vice versa. Just because you find someone attractive doesn't mean you automatically devalue them as a person.
People need to stop being so sensitive about every little thing. Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to go make a salad.
I really like it. In recent seasons a couple of my favourites were the Suburbs episode and the one where they try desperately to win an award. Especially the latter with it's meta-commentary on how It's Always Sunny can never win an Emmy despite its quality. They also mock formulaic sitcoms like Big Bang Theory for their brightly lit, unrealistically clean sets and attractive band of multi-ethnic 20-something characters.
Oh man, now that I think more of it I need to rewatch the whole series again so many hilarious moments. The one that's shot like a forensic files episode, Old lady house, anything with the waitress, The musical one where they think they're black. All gold.
The thing about Danny Devito being gross? He actually gradually gets more disgusting as the series progresses. So if that one thing is enough to make you stop watching then maybe it's not the show for you.