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  jesad

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Joined: 9/30/06
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Think of something witty and pretend that I typed it in this spot :)

2/13/14 4:39:18 AM#201

I don't want to play backseat reviewer or anything but I think that where a lot of them got twisted up was on what they chose to review about the game.  It's a common mistake.  Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE in the public eye is prone to fall prey to their own celebrity and so it's like when you are a little kid and you do something and people laugh at it, and so you do it again and again until someone eventually has to tell you to stop.

Almost every review is focused on how fun the reviewer thinks the game is or how it looks etc... Very generic, very subjective statements that are also very easy to disagree with. Meanwhile what a lot of people might also like to know is "Can I run it?", "What will it look like on my machine", "What does it look like on a better or worse machine?"  "What are the pros and cons of this or that", and questions like that.

I could have stood with watching at least one guy try to create a character that looked as close to himself as he could get it, something that would have been completely testable with the amount of time and the product given.  Maybe another guy could have switched between video modes to let me see what the different modes looked like or ran it on the lowest spec machine allowable to give us that experience.

There were a whole LOT of things that could have been talked about and yet the majority of what we got was "was it fun", which is an entirely subjective opinion based almost entirely on the way that the reviewer chose to play the game, and "should you buy it", which, again, was entirely subjective and based on the reviewers opinions about the cost and value of things that are, once again, based on the way the reviewer chose to play the game.

I understand that not every guy with a youtube channel can afford to have 4 or 5 different rigs set up in their place at the same time but some of these so-called pro's really don't have any excuse as usually they are buying so much crap to try to keep their pc's on the cutting edge that they could probably build a better rig than most of us have from the droppings.

So anyway, yeah.  I don't hold it completely against the reviewer, I just think they got thrown a curve ball and when tested, a lot of them failed the pop quiz.

I mean there is really nothing that says you HAVE to judge the fun of game at all is there?  That's just one kind of review.

 

  jpnz

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Joined: 6/29/06
Posts: 3565

2/13/14 5:28:37 AM#202

Beside the whole 'Imp / CE' issue, since I don't know if something is 'fun' until I pay the $60, I rather ask someone who has similar gaming taste on how it is. That can be my RL friend, a guy on Youtube or even a reviewer on Gamespot / IGN.

Issue with ESO is that every single channel that I go to see if a game would be fun for me is saying 'don't buy it at launch'.

Maybe this game would be the one where 10 of my RL friends hate but I like. Maybe.

Is the chance greater than 20%? No, so why waste $60?

Gdemami -
Informing people about your thoughts and impressions is not a review, it's a blog.

  simon155

Novice Member

Joined: 4/28/13
Posts: 22

2/13/14 6:34:56 AM#203

I bet half the negative "reviewers" are kids who can't afford subscription on their pocket money.

Besides, in all fairness if $15 is more than they could afford, what point would there be in having those players present in a free game with cash shops? They couldn't afford to buy anything anyway. Commercially the game has to be cost effective, and provide an income for improvement.

 

Back to the ESO forum for me ;o)

Even with the bugs during testing, the game, personally I think is brilliant. The designers and developers really look like they know their stuff, and as an MMO it's really looking like it's working. The real key bit is what they do next.

  ShankYOFoolz

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Joined: 9/15/13
Posts: 5

2/13/14 6:49:39 AM#204
Originally posted by Dulu

Been on the MMO scene for a very long time, and I've seen companies like MMORPG.com and other review sites suck the **** of games that have been terrible, just because they have big names.

 

Age of Conan, Warhammer and Guild Wars 2 being the most notable. Anyone who was an MMO veteran when these games were releasing probably remembers thinking these games would be the next WoW, or the next Jesus Christ, etc. That's what the review companies were spouting.

 

And then you actually got to play the games... and yeah, we know the history.

 

My point is, why is it all of a sudden a game like ESO, which I thoroughly enjoy and think is so much better than anything that has released in years, is getting such terrible reviews, while games which almost no one enjoyed - received such AWESOME reviews?

 

What's going on? Did Zenimax not pay someone? Is this an organized plot by a competitor? I hate to be the conspiracy theory guy, but I don't understand. Or, is this just some sort of meme which has spread across the internet like wildfire, or doge? "ESO sucks, not worth $15, armor painted on, blah blah blah" (Anyone else notice the reviews all use the exact same terminology? I had never heard anyone say "armor painted on" before ESO, yet I've heard it in EVERY-SINGLE-REVIEW!)

 

I'm a skeptic, and I think some BS is going on..

 

No it really is that bad....

 

  thuras

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Joined: 11/19/11
Posts: 3

2/13/14 7:01:48 AM#205

I think it's pretty simple. A lot of games have come and gone on the mmo market these past years. A couple of them have left their mark and have given us a few standards on which we rate new games.

Then out of the blue, big company A comes along and tries to sell us a game stating it wil bring a revolution on the market. And furthermore claiming it has a huge mountain worth of stuff, content and what more. People all around the world get exited and the promised mountain slowly turns into an even bigger mountain, maybe even an entire mountain range. Everyone is happy and can't wait to try the game. And yes somewhere in the back of our mind we all know that Company A can't possibly put all this content and features into one single game, but we simply want to believe they can.

But when the beta arrives and people can clearly see that this huge big old mountain has actually turned into a small but lovely hill snd there is no revolution in sight, only some good old copy paste from other mmo's covered in a new design with a new gimmick here and there we kinda feel like we've been pissed on. And for some odd reason people don't like that and will judge the game because of it.

Now Some people don't care about all of this and judge the game by how much fun they have playing it and that's ok. Others will start a witch hunt because they feel betrayed by the company and want to burn everything game related to the ground

 

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