Well, my last personally written article was about how IGN was biased against the PS3. A big deal, but still, at least they could be trusted with unbiased reviews, right?
Well, the crap has hit the fan for IGN, seeing as they have recently released a review on the new Sonic game: Sonic and the Black Knight.
I know what you're thinking "Most Sonic games suck now anyway? I mean look at unleashed! there was barely any fun!" Well, that may be true, seeing as the game wasn't very fun (But that's a personal opinion, nothing against the company.)
The rating for this game is a 3.9. That's quite a low number for any game. And certainly a score that could tarnish the credibility of SEGA. Now, they might not want to bring back the speed of the old Sonic (And to be honest, I just have to scream WHY NOT!?) but one thing that people can commemorate them for is that they are trying to do new things with the SEGA mascot, and that's something at least.
Now, on basis of playing the game for a good hour, the story is very kiddish. Sonic falls into the Camelot ages and has to stop King Arthur from corruption. They try to make it sound good, but it's pretty much a children's story. IGN gave presentation (which is menu and story) an 8.5. I believe this is good enough, and what they say about the dialog being too campy is pretty true.
One thing I have to say about the game thought is that the graphics are some of the best I've ever seen on the Wii. They're fluent, sharp, and vivid. IGN gave this an 8.5. I personally believe a 9 is required.
The sound in the game is decent. 7.5 is fine.
But let's get down to business. The gameplay. SEGA dropped the super speed for a sword and wiimote swing capabilities. at first it sounds like a whole lot of cheese. But after playing a bit, it honestly isn't that bad of gameplay mechanics. I
GN said, and I quote "Possibly designed by monkeys." Very cruel and unusual for them to say about a game isn't it? They gave gameplay a 3. I would have given a 6.5-7, depending on how the gameplay progresses.
And the second main part is lasting appeal. It was given a 3 by IGN. Obviously, I can't refute them on this since I haven't played passed an hour (Killzone 2. What can you do?) but comments from the review state that "The primary gameplay is with sonic, and is a few hours.
But they give a fake ending, in the sense that the real twist happens after the credits and then you have to play as the other characters that are unlocked. They progress the story. The game is longer than a few hours" Strange for a game review to come out when the person reviewing the game hasn't even played it properly. So far, I believe the game deserves a 7-7.5 in total.
Now you may be saying "Okay, so fire the damn guy who reviewed it because he's biased against Sonic!" That's not entirely true. He's not biased against Sonic. He's biased against SEGA. And it's not just this guy. There's Mr. Hilary Goldstein to deal with as well. (Yeah, it's true. Mr. HILARY Goldstein. Don't worry, I laughed too.)
IGN had to give a formal apology after it was shown that they had given an unfair review to SEGA's football manager 2007 because, you guessed it, they didn't even finish playing the game.
"Okay, so what if the game actually sucks?" Well, some reviewers believe that, and some don't. The lowest mark (Other than IGN,) has been a 6. That's quite a substantial increase that IGN. The highest mark (By Nintendo Power) is an 8. Obviously this is the kind of game that gets mixed reviews.
You don't believe me, then check out other reviews.
I know that most of you have been telling me to just check out gamespot, and I do. But I've had the habit of checking out IGN for the past 4 years, so it's a hard habit to get out of. But this is the last straw. I can no longer ignore such blasphemous turmoils that IGN throws towards certain companies because they hit a poor streak for a while, but at the same time, came out with good games such as, oh I don't know, Virtua-freaking-Fighter 5.
I can't take the ridiculous subliminal guiding towards a console that has good games, but at the same time, not as good games as the console you're against. You people are like Fox News. I feel filthy just because I use to visit you're site. But no more. You're ridiculous indirect messages and D-class writing have pushed me over the edge, and led to a better place: Anywhere but here.
You're on a very, very brittle wire, IGN. And if, no, WHEN that wire snaps, you'll be in a storm of angry users, longing for blood. You have been warned IGN. Do something right for once and take notice.
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