I agree with you completely. A review is just someone's opinion that could be tainted from the start depending on if they like or dislike the series/genre of game. I have played a lot of games that scored poorly but I love and comes that get 9+ I found to be completely boring and generic. It all comes down to personal taste. For me I read the review to glean it for features that I may like about the game, and laugh at all the comments crying that their favourite franchise didn't get a 10.
People have different tastes and opinions. Spending time comparing review "scores" is benign and serves no real purpose. It only leads to a sort of mob mentality; a vocal minority that rates and gives credibility to reviews based on whether or not they agree with the author.
The thing I believe some people need to learn is that when you're reading a review you are reading the opinions of the author, and whether the reader agrees or not has literally nothing to do with the quality of the review. Comparing scores is entirely pointless, in every aspect. This is not a sport. If you see people complaining about an 8.5 or any other number, either laugh at them for being shallow or take pity on them for being ignorant.
Its a real shame that so many people get all crazy over what 'some dude at some website' thought of a video game. Read reviews when you want somebody else's opinion before you buy or play - if you disagree with the reviewer, try the game for yourself or find another review to get another perspective. If you're looking for a reviewer to tell you what you already know or want to hear, then don't bother reading reviews.
I watch a video footage, i like the game i buy it! i don;t read reviews for games i haven't played yet , we didn't have the internet to read reviews back then , we used to play/experience each game on our own.
tho believe it or not, not all reviewers are that reliable or credible, and that's why i don;t read reviews for games i haven't played/experienced myself yet. for each has his own background, skills and experience.
Very true and for me at least there are many times when I played a game that got medicore reviews and liked while other stuff got glowing reviews and it bored me to tears.
I've been in an ongoing argument/discussion on raptr over elitism in video gaming. there are too many people who don't want to call some gamers 'gamers' unless they play the "right" kind of video games.
it's true, only one guy's opinion, not the end of the world if they don't give the score that people want. 8.5 is a perfectly good score, use that as a foundation to try it out, then build your own score of off that if you want, no need to flame. all it comes down to is playing it for yourself to truly know what it's like