What’s up with IGN’s scoring lately???
Ralph and I noticed some unbelievably low review scores IGN has given out recently, far below the industry average. The most notable of these is I Am alive, which IGN have a 45!!! While the average critic score for this game was 70/100, the vast majority (30) were positive with 22 neutral and only 5 negative reviews (IGN being one of the five). While I have not played this game, Ralph has and has reported back that it is pretty damn good. It seems to me that IGN is getting caught up in a few gameplay mechanics that I Am Alive implemented in order to make the game more realistic. These include very sparse ammo, a crazy stamina system, and a weird system where holding your gun up to an enemy makes them surrender, yet as soon an you lower your gun, they charge at you (I gotta say that last one seems dumb to me as well). IGN hated these mechanics, while other gaming publications thought they were interesting and added to the desperate tone of the game.
Perhaps IGN is losing touch with what is important in gaming: The Experience. They seem to be nitpicking a few key parts of the game so much that they are not letting themselves see the whole experience that the game provides. Or maybe they just expected perfection from a downloadable title that had been in production for six years, and they were unwilling to accept any less…
They also gave Silent Hill: Downpour a 45 when the press average was a 63/100
I noticed something else that has changed about IGN recently. They used to display press scores from other outlets under their own score. This would link to their own review amalgamation site: gamestats.com… Now they only list their own reviews… Weird… Shady… is this Murdoch’s doing!!!!???? IGN!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh and here are some other games IGN gave a 45:
Secret Service (ugh…)
Supremacy MMA actually scored a 50, 5 higher than I Am Alive…
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