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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Uncharted 3- Drake's Hysteria

While I'm not a huge fan of the Uncharted series, I do appreciate the games. With phenomenal graphics that really showcase the power of the PS3, great voice acting and characters, and exciting gameplay, the games are well-done action-adventure titles. Needless to say, they deserve a large fanbase.

That said, recent reception to Uncharted 3- Drake's Deception's reviews has been rather frightening In this article by the great-and-slightly-mad Jim Sterling, we see Uncharted fans simply OUTRAGED that a game in the series can get a score lower than a 10.

This isn't the first time this has happened with Mr. Sterling (Gears of War 3 and Arkham City are the other 'offenders', even though an 8/10 is a perfectly good score). Gamers these days seem to think that certain games are 'entitled' reviews, which puts pressure on a reviewer to gloss over a game's flaws in favor of giving it a large score. Even worse, if a game falls below this 'entitled' score, gamers throw a hissy fit. I remember when Final Fantasy XIII came out, and people were saying that because the game earned a score of 8.9, it was a horrible game because it was below a 9. Ridiculous. If a game is flawed, it should be reviewed as such, but to expect a title to 'earn' a score because it 'deserves' it is simply ludicrous.

I would understand the anger if the game was given an undeservingly low score, but an 8 seems pretty fair to me. And honestly, all these hysterics, over Uncharted? It's just a modern-day Indiana Jones ripoff. Sure, the game is pretty and very cinematic, but narrative-wise it's the video game equivalent of National Treasure.

Hoenstly, people. Grow up.

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