Do Low Review Scores Make You Avoid A Game You Want?
After witnessing new releases Thief and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 receive scores under 70 on Metacritic, and the usual disappointment ensuing from this sort of reception, it got me wondering to what extent review scores affect the desire to play a game.
I pose the question to you then. Do low review scores make you avoid a game you want?
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Some people would look at Thief’s scores in the 60 range and say “no way in hell am I buying that!” whereas other gamers may feel that they’re a fan and want their own opinion, and will get it anyway.
I guess another way to ask this question is whether you base your purchasing decision on review scores or not, especially when you were actually interested in the game on the receiving end of the less than stellar scores. Again, Thief is a good example to use here.
The natural follow-up question would then be: at what score or point would you just walk away from a game and not even bother? Do you avoid all games that get under 80, for example?
Personally, low scores for games I’m interested in makes me eager to play them, for some reason. Truthfully, I won’t buy a game that scores under 80. I just don’t have the money for that, but my desire to play as many games as possible will make me get to the game eventually, whether it’s on a Steam Sale, getting it from a buddy or just waiting for an opportunity.
In this case I was looking to get Thief with AG, but after seeing those review scores I won’t be dropping R700 on this creature and will instead look to play it first. I’m a very cautious buyer, and I only buy something I’m almost one hundred percent sure I will enjoy.
What about you?