Yeah I lost my faith in commercial game review websites. There are some independent website of avid videogamers collaborating and review videogames, like BlisteredThumbs, but their manpower is limited so you won't see review of every game there. Still worth checking out though.
Yes, because every major reviewer is so heavily greased by the game designers that they don't actually walk, they simply slide along the ground on a wave of money...
There are noted exceptions to the rule where a gaming company has obviously shoved such a large amount of cash up the nether regions of a reviewer that when they speak, hundred dollar bills fly out, but for everyone like that, there's a Jeff Gerstmann
out there as well.
Stop trying to pretend the pile of sh*t you wade in isn't a pile of sh*t. Granted, they've made improvements, and still are, but that does not mean that other games that, shock and surprised, released and worked from the start are somehow crap.
I played COD: Black Ops, and it's a blast! Now, if it had launched with, say, an inability to pick up guns from the ground, and required you to press start and enter a menu to change between weapons, and lagged like a ***** (which it did and still does on PS3), I'd likely burn it over the same fire I roast FFXIV with.
The game launched with critical missing pieces, and only NOW is putting them in place. I was super excited for this game after the Beta, thinking that the retail had all the missing answers to the questions. I mean, why not, LOTR:O did. When it launched, it was awesome, much better than the Beta was. SE failed to get there, and still has, in my view, a very long, rough, and heavily ruined road to go before it becomes even passably respectable. And unfortunately, in gaming, that's a sure way to kill a game.
You get one shot to impress a gamer. You have from the time they put the disk in till about the 5 hour mark to make them love or hate your creation. Longer than that, and your game will get panned (See FFXIII reviews). And for an MMO, that curve is even more brutal. You have the 800 lbs Gorilla
with its new bunch of bananas
ready to lure anyone tired of JRPG complexity to go to, not to mention having a world of competitors (EVE, Aion, FFXI), including some free ones (Flyff, LOTR:O) that are well established with fully working systems and very strong reviews and followings.
I doubt the review will change much now. Reviewers bit the apple, and found it rotten. It will take a lot for them to come in for another taste. I would highly doubt that FFXIV will get re-reviewed by most major outlets, and will only get a small blurb if it does, unless SE can somehow pull of a miraculous rebuilding of their PC subscriber base. Edited, Dec 20th 2010 8:04pm by Pawkeshup