I HATE Biased Game Reviews
Posted by Nilkad_Naqadah, 10 September 2012 · 268 views
One of the things that annoys me the most is when a game reviewer lets personal bias get in the way of fairly assessing a game. A prime example of this is the episode youtuber JonTron dedicated to the game Starfox Adventure. Now, I thoroughly enjoy JonTron's videos generally, and feel that he is a very entertaining and talented youtuber. But, in this video, it was obvious that he set out with the purpose of making this game look bad. He completely focused on the worst aspects of the game, such as the repetitiveness that occasionally shows up in the gameplay, the voice acting during cutscenes, the annoyingly simple minigame that appears in the first level, and the fact that models in the game tend to be rather ugly. Beyond that, he constantly criticizes it for being different from Starfox 64. He also spends time complaining that the in-game sound effects are the stock sort of sound effects that can be found in nearly any game. Now, I'm not saying that one shouldn't talk about the negative aspects of a game, it's something a reviewer needs to do in order to fairly review a game. But, JonTron didn't mention any of the positive aspects. In fact, he never mentioned such important gameplay aspects as the bosses, the environments, or even the combat. Worse still, when he does mention one of the positive aspects of the game, the controls, he implies that it's a negative aspect, simply because the controls are similar to Ocarina of Time's; I fail to see how that could possibly be perceived as negative aspect, as Ocarina of Time is known for having a wonderful control scheme. He then goes on to criticize the game for having a tutorial, saying instead that it should just come out and say that the controls are the same as in Ocarina of Time; This is completely ridiculous, considering that most Starfox games have a very different feel from The Legend of Zelda, and will therefore attract a different audience, many of whom have probably never played Ocarina of Time. This entire video was obviously meant to make the game look bad, and I know people who have been turned off the game simply because JonTron based the episode off his bias against the game for not feeling similar to Starfox 64. It's a truly despicable moment in JonTron's otherwise wonderful video list.