Originally Posted by Arkanor
I realize it isn't meant to be a statement of perfection but with the 10 ratings comes an ignorance of flaws, it seems.
GTAIV was/is amazing, however it left out some things its predecessors had. The gameplay kicks ass, but does that mean the graphics are a 10? All the reviewers thought so, even though it's well known that they aren't the best.
Likewise, MGS4 is an incredible technical achievement, and the gameplay is quite unique. But this doesn't mean the control is perfect (limited by the PS3) and that everyone will like it. The game is quite in-depth and some people will just simply not find it enjoyable.
Again, I don't read 10 as a statement of perfection, but I think some of the flaws with the games rated as 10's are overlooked so they can be given that designation. Then again I read the numbers more as a true-false test for suckiness (<7 is fail,) and not an in-depth analysis, that can only be put to words.
That's pretty thorough, lol. I have to agree with you though. I absolutely love the MGS series, but I can see things that some people might not like, including things that make this series so enjoyable. I'm not talking about the gameplay....unfortunately, I'm talking about the story.
The story is the main underpinning that makes MGS one of the BEST video game series the world has ever known, but it takes Kojima an hour to say what could be said in 5 minutes. Although he makes that hour one of the most well spent hours of our lives, there are people that don't care about the story enough to watch all of that, and end up missing key points, or the story itself. My first time through MGS4, I missed the scene in Act 3 where Snake meets that special lady who explains the ENTIRE series. Thank god I played through a second time, and now a third time.
Point is, no game is perfect, and every review site is biased in one way or another. Any game that gets a 10/10 has a major flaw from some point of view. I think that game should be rated for the audience they were meant for, and leave it at that.
As much as I hate saying it, GT did a great thing is giving MGS4 an 8.7 for the story.
EDIT: Also, the 8.7 was what they gave the story, the score was a 9.3 over-all.
Also, GT did say that Halo had a better story than MGS4...and no matter what point of view you look at that from...that's just unforgivable.Edited by Dillard13 - 6/14/08 at 4:42pm