Criticism of Galaxy Review – Response

Ray I’ve been getting a lot of feedback about my Galaxy review from various places, including a large amount at GoNintendo. It sounds like people hate me over there… Things they have been saying really started to irk me when reading them – it wasn’t my intention to throw people into cursing rages. When they start assuming things about me that are incorrect is when I care a little less about what they have to say. Because then I know for a fact they’ve got it all wrong when they’re basing their argument off of a false pretence.

Some of them are clearly level-headed though, and I appreciate that. If anything, I’ve come under a lot of attack for saying “it’s hard to think of a Zelda game that could have been any more perfect than what I just saw (in twilight princess)” All the big Zelda fans apparently do not feel the same way, and it’s made me realize something:

I suppose the reason I feel Twilight Princess is the ultimate, is because it felt like the game “the true fans” wanted. Since I’m not a ‘hardcore’ Zelda fan, my views on Twilight Princess are probably a tad bit skewed. I’m not thinking about how it’s trying too hard to be Ocarina – or how it doesn’t touch hard enough on Gorons or Zoras. I’m not saying I shouldn’t, I’m just describing where I’m at.

So I think the farther away from a franchise I am, the more I’ll probably love every inch of it since I don’t have anything to compare it to. Playing Sonic on Xbox360 was a complete travesty because I’ve played nearly every Sonic game ever released, and I could find every little problem wrong with the game, and what they should have fixed. Unfortunately, the game was so bad that people couldn’t quite put their thumb on what needed to be fixed, but they just knew it sucked.

So since I’ve had quite the history with Mario games, I’m probably thinking too much about all the other things I can compare it with, just like Sonic games, but not so much with Zelda titles. The question then is, ‘does my experience with past games in a particular series have a fair impact on the score I give it?’ I believe the answer is’ yes.’ Because each review is an opinion – an opinion which is based on past experiences that formed opinions as well.So when I say “Galaxy is missing the following things,” then it’s based on my feelings on what makes a perfect Mario game. Therefore, my score for the game is going to drop a small amount. That’s my opinion – many people feel differently, and some agree.

Overall, I would say most people need to take a chill pill when they’re using the internet and reading a slightly negative Galaxy review. I say ‘slightly’ because I gave it a 9.3 – that means it’s incredibly good! But even with a preface of apologizing if the entire review is negative sounding even though I loved the game, people still didn’t get the point of my personal review: Any other review you read spends 98% of their time discussing why the game is so good. 2% of the game has some negative qualities, and it’s that 2% that I wanted to write an entire review about.

It doesn’t mean I hate the game, it just means I wanted to be a bit different from the rest by being the only one to focus on the negatives of an otherwise brilliant title that doesn’t deserve to be an absolute perfect 10 out of 10.

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11 Comments

  1. Noodle_93 says:

    If they can’t accept another person’s opinion, they’re obviously not mature enough to criticise your work.

    Ignore them, what you said hasn’t been said haven’t been said in other reviews, either you notice things more or others only focus on certain parts of the game. Look, your review was great, and I don’t think you’re going to lose a lot of members/subscribers/visitors.

  2. Tom says:

    well i thought the review was insightful and i agreed with you many times.

  3. kip says:

    Joystiq has started doing nega-reviews recently (I think BioShock was the first one), where they take a game that has been very well reviewed and take some reviews that gave very high scores and quote only the negative parts.

    Here’s the one for Super Mario Galaxy.

  4. Aaron says:

    well boss, you can’t please all the people all the time.

    plus, it’s the internet. you gotta take everything people say with a grain of salt. i mean, they could just be 12 year olds who just discovered how to swear and not get in trouble for it.

    Peut-être.

  5. Daniel says:

    I’ll preface this with saying that I thought your review was really well done and I agreed with it for the most part. That being said, I think some people might take issue with it because the final score, in my opinion doesn’t really match the tone of the rest of the interview. I was quite surprised to see a score above 9 (even though I do think the game deserves it) after reading the text of your review.

    Personally, as I never had any consoles growing up, I have very little to base my opinion against in terms of the Mario universe. I played Super Mario Bros. 3 extensively growing up because we used to rent a cottage during the summer that had a NES with SMB3 and little else, but until buying a Wii for myself last year, I had very minor console experiences (I think I played a tiny bit of Mario 64, but nothing significant). So coming in with a mostly fresh slate, I have quite enjoyed the two Mario games that have come out for Wii (Super Paper Mario, which I seem to have liked a lot better than the majority of reviews) and Super Mario Galaxy. Even so, there are some things that I can see that could have been improved in Galaxy, things that probably are accepted and/or desired by hardcore Mario players (such as the fact that no matter how many lives you build up, if you quit and reload you’re back to 4).

    Overall, I agree with your sentiment that no game should be given a 10 out of 10, because there is no such thing as a perfect game. There are many games that are excellent, and SMG is one of them.

  6. Xeno says:

    I agree with Aaron.

    The thing is, it’s their opinion of your opinion. That makes it even less credible than an opinion. If I were to start forming opinions about their opinions, then we’d all be drowning in a sea of opinions, and who really wants that?

    Anyway, here’s my opinion:

    A lot of the stuff you said, I really agree with. I think, for the most part, the difficulty of Galaxy is exactly on par with that of Mario 64. If you were to go back and play that game right now, you’d probably think it was much easier, because you’ve more experience with 3-D graphics, etc.

    I also agree that Twilight Princess was much better than Galaxy, but then again, the Zelda series is my personal favorite gaming series. I beat Galaxy in a week, and I only played around two hours a night. I beat Twilight Princess in a week too, but I only got about 6 hours of sleep that week total because I was playing it so much. Twilight Princess was a lot longer, but the Zelda series is more technically diverse than the Mario series. That said, Twilight Princess really could have used the ability to change from day to night. I spent so much time waiting around to catch bugs. Friggen’ bugs.

    The love for Mario 64 is the same as the love for Ocarina. They were both the first well done 3-D games of their type. It’s the same with Final Fantasy VII. They were all steps into a new world graphically.

    I suppose, as one person commented on GoNintendo, it’s a matter of attempting to maintain the feel of the original while giving it the allure of something new.

  7. LE says:

    You just have to realize, GoNintendo is a Nintendo fansite (ie. a site for fanboys). Anything you say against their system, and especially their hero, is going to dealt with swiftly and harshly. Ignore them. Most are either teens or adults with no life(scary, isn’t it?).

    I don’t agree with your opinion that no game should get a 10/10. Thats just a rating on an artificially created scale. Getting a 10 doesn’t mean a game is perfect. Just because I got a 100 on my last Calculus quiz doesn’t mean I am perfect at Calculus (or even that I am perfect at the material that was covered under that particular quiz).

    I’ve even received 103 out of 100 on tests before. Does that mean I’m better than perfect? No, it just means the teacher couldn’t find any serious flaws in my answers. How would you feel if a teacher took 10% off your test for putting the wrong date at the top of your paper. Other than that, all your answers are correct. Technically, the paper is not “perfect”, so you don’t deserve 100, do you?

  8. Lava says:

    Eh, it’s cool. At least you didn’t do what this jerk-off bad taste gamer did.

    http://blogs.cnet.com/8301-13506_1-9823074-17.html

    “UTTER LACK OF BEAUTY”!!!??? “DOWNRIGHT UGLY”!!!???

    This guy obviously just wants some attention, and will forevermore be untrusted.

    You, Ray, on the other hand, I will admit gave it more or less a fair score. (Though 9.5 would have been nearer the mark.) 🙂

  9. Lava says:

    Haha, that’s funny, I just read your comment on gonintendo about the link I just mentioned.

  10. Ryan says:

    I don’t see how people can dislike your review that much, you still gave it over a 9/10 and honestly you stated your reasons for it fairly well. Though I do disagree with the need to include too much old mario stuff, I think it should have tried more new things really, you are on different worlds after all. There is quite a lot less to do than Zelda TP though I agree with that. There is no doubt it is an awesome game, but it isn’t really perfect. Hard to make a game perfect.

  11. Josh says:

    Can I be honest with you? Just ignore people’s comments on the internet…or at least take them with a grain of salt. It’s your opinion on the game…you didn’t give it a bad score….who cares what people have to say about you personally or your review unless it’s constructive…most people on the internet hide behind this usertag and gives them balls to say whatever they want to about anything without the fear of consequences…I personally haven’t played the game because I don’t have a Wii, but it’s not like your review swayed me from ever playing the game…continue to wright your reviews and make comics…there will always be asses on the internet…

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