Couchfox, 6, “I had a lot of fun with this game. The reason I am giving it a 6 out of 10 is because I am getting really tired of game developers charging money for DLC content that should have been a part of the original game.This is tough, because I do agree with him. While I love Arkham City a whole lot, do think that the Robin DLC should have been available to everyone instead of needing to be bought or included with retailer-specific pre-orders. However, it’s not something that makes the game itself bad. Couchfox 6 even admits that (s)he loved the game and only marked it down for DLC practices. Is this fair? Do you truly believe that the game on-disc is a 6/10 game? Maybe. And perhaps your message was lost being conveyed in the wrong arena. IN fact, it seems that user reviews have become the default arena for users sending a message to developers and publishers that they want to be heard. Looking at the reviewer versus user scores, for games like Modern Warfare 3 (88/100 reviewer, 3.2/5 user), Mass Effect 3 (93 /100 reviewer, 4.3 user), and more, show that clearly there are different goals or issues being addressed. Again, these are perfectly valid issues, but one that game reviewers and user reviews tend to attack from a different angle.
Well we’ve certainly looked at a lot today pertaining to game reviewers, the gaming community, and how they’re interlinked. I know it sometimes seems easy to criticize reviewers as being sell-outs or faux-gamers that only play a game enough to slap together a review, but I hope that you’ll see and believe that all of us love and cherish games just as much as everyone else that plays them. We might look at them a bit differently from time to time, but we’re all part of the same big gaming world, which none of us could enjoy nearly as much without each other.