This is more directed towards open exploration games specifically but applies to all games. This is the generation where developers are trying to do everything to make their game a very amazing experience (well some of them). No longer are the days of 12 hour straight stories with extra optional content. Many of these worlds take days worth of time to fully explore let along just finish the story. So, the question for today is, can we trust the people who are bringing out the reviews?
There has been a great fleshing out of the worlds for the last couple of years. One of the biggest of the earlier generations was Skyrim. A game with a seemingly infinite amount of side quest and a story that was buried in its own world. This game, even if a player was to focus only on the campaign, is not finishing this game within a day (unless they just have that kind of time). Even then, there are different factions you can join, different stories that you can get involved in, and just exploring the world, in general, would take a few days to get through. The gameplay is Skyrim all the way through, but the other elements can possibly change if there is not some time taken to look at them.
This brings up a problem that people should look into when they look at reviews. They are not playing the game, to just play it sometimes. It might be enjoyable to them, but it is still a job with a deadline. Also, some reviews focus on things that might not be the most important thing or leave you with more questions.
An example of this is Destiny. Destiny is one of the shortest games of this generation. It masks its content making it seem like it is so much to do when there is nothing really going on. After you explore the planets for 30 minutes to an hour, the sense of adventure wears off because the planets are uninteresting. The crucible is fun but that is competitive multiplayer which does not take that long to get an understanding of. It is not a terrible game, but it is not good either. Also, the nickel and diming with things such as emotes is a heavy turn off since you can not unlock them through normal means
Many reviewers gave it good to great scores which did not match up with their amount of problems that the game had compared to the number of praises it has. This is a moment where this person’s opinion loses some of its credibility. As a buyer, there is an amount of trust you have for someone’s opinion. Maybe because they are an expert or they have been doing this career for awhile. It is understandable how people can trust them but leave a little room to form your own opinion. and be wary of theirs.