Jim wrote on Feb 24, 2022, 00:13:
Desalus wrote on Feb 23, 2022, 23:33:what you are saying doesn't make sense. if someone does not like this genre, then how can they objectively review the game? For the people that do like the genre, FromSoft have continued to deliver fantastic games.
Are the only people that review FromSoftware games the ones that are fans of Souls games? Is there not one person who reviewed Elden Ring game and thought it it wasn't worth playing? I see a lot of people like me in the comments, who really don't enjoy games like this, and yet none of these reviewers reflect these same sentiments.
The problem I have is that most games seem to be reviewed by a mixture of people who are either fans of the genre, who are biased and more willing to look past the shortcomings of the game, and some who just enjoy the game for what it is, who are not as biased and not so forgiving of the shortcomings.
So in the end there are a mixture of reviews from different perspectives. The reviews of Elden Ring just seem like they are entirely from people who are from the former group, who are already dedicated fans of the genre. So many reviews have been perfect scores, and this is not a perfect game. Elden Ring is being reviewed better than the newest Horizons game and I find it really hard to believe that it is objectively a better game. Horizons will appeal to and be enjoyed by many more people than Elden Ring, but somehow Elden Ring is a better game?
It's also difficult for me to mentally separate this entirely from the RPG genre. I expect certain aspects and quality of life features from RPGs that Souls games entirely lack. Fans just find that part of the challenge of the game while I find them huge shortcomings. For instance, one of the reviews of Elden Ring said that the game lacks any sort of journal to keep track of quests, so they ended up forgetting about a lot of quests. They were also saying the story is difficult to understand because the NPCs speak cryptically and there's not much information to understand the story. The reviewer gave Elden Ring 10/10 despite those two complaints. To me a good RPG must have some way of keeping track of quests and it should have an intelligible and interesting story. Lacking those things would mean I would absolutely not be giving the game a perfect score like so many of the reviewers have.This comment was edited on Feb 24, 2022, 07:43.