The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom‘s reviewsand about what you can expect: wall-to-wall praise for a game that takes most of the features that made its predecessor great and does just that. bigger. Still, if you take a look at the list of review scores on Metacriticthere is only one outlier: 6/10.
by gfinities Josh Brownand at the time of publication it stands as the only mediocre/yellow rated review for the game on the entire site, you can only confirm that fact after scrolling down what feels like an endless sea of 100s and 95s. Of course there are no negative comments. quote selected by metacritic To mirror Brown’s review:
If you haven’t stepped into the open world of Hyrule yet, Tears of the Kingdom is the best way to experience it, with enough new ground to keep things interesting. But if you haven’t gelled with the 2017 release, the story alone may not be worth a second try.
Was this 2006?Jeff Gerstmann of GameSpot border to give twilight princess only 8.8/10—this may constitute a scandal. Fortunately most of us have grown a lot since then as critics and also as people, but this is Zelda fans, who… I don’t know, just takes a critic’s criticism as a personal insult? They’re angry that a single 6/10 upsets the astronomical value of the game metacritic Is the total score one or two places lower?
The more psychotic ones among these fans will never be saved, but even on other websites I’ve seen the review questioned more softly, so I felt like being absolutely clear here: it’s okay. and one A 6/10 review is a good thing for a game where everyone gives 90-100!
wait, don’t all Do the review scores suck?
I think so too! And we, as a selling point – along with some of our peers Polygon—think about it too. Trying to bend the text by a score can often be both damaging, and reducing the “quality” of a game to a single number has an almost Quixote feel. Still, many people love and trust them, so this goes to them.
Brown’s review has everything a graded review should: It’s personal, making it clear what he’s saying and why.g score and help anyone who can share these perspectives understand what the game is about. But it’s also good as it stands alone as it is.
I can’t believe this has to be said, but it’s clear it is: no game is objectively perfect, everyone has different tastes and abilities, and each game caters to them differently. The idea that a game can be unanimously “good” or “bad” is a piece of shit from 1995, and we’re better than that. And if you’re not, you should try to be.
The unanimous praise of a major release is bad for video games because it hurts the wider audience that plays video games. not everyone likes Zeldanot everyone likes everything Zeldaand it’s important to talk about it and listen to others’ experiences while doing it.
We can and will do this in the weeks and months to come. Breath of the Wild probably year discussions and comments, etc. For many people, reviews – and especially rated reviews – often stand as the ultimate reference for a game. And if no game is perfect then no collection of reviews should be either.