Why Does Nintendo Get A Free Pass? Part 2

I’m sorry but I just have to revisit this topic now that Super Mario Odyssey for the Nintendo Switch is released. Before I go to the rant mode I have to say it’s probably a very good game, like pretty much all the Nintendo made games are. This is not about bashing the game, this is about the bashing the game journalists and men child called Nintendo fanboys who wear nostalgia goggles so thick they can’t see through them properly.

So, basically, the same thing is happening now with the Super Mario Odyssey that happened with the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild back in March when it released along with the Nintendo Switch itself. If you want to check that article out yourself it can be found here.

Super Mario Odyssey stands at 97 out of 100 on Metacritic at the moment but user score is lower at 8.8 out the 10 one would guess. And I think the user score is more accurate and realistic to describe what the game actually is.

Why Nintendo gets a free pass? Why Nintendo games are automatically getting a perfect score almost every mainstream and not so mainstream game review outlets? At this point, I originally wrote how Jim Sterling in his Jimquisition website was the only reviewer who gave Super Mario Odyssey less than perfect score etc. But it turned out when I was doing the research for this article that it was a fake screenshot of the Metacritic post by Jimquisition. I’m not sure why such a fake screenshot was put out by somebody, my guess would be that it was by some angry Nintendo fanboy man-child who is blinded by those thick-ass nostalgia goggles and can’t accept the fact that even Nintendo games should be reviewed objectively. Jim has now uploaded his Jimpression of the game and he actually likes it.

Seriously give me the name of another game that has recycled its story over three decades now, that has nothing groundbreakingly new gameplay wise, is short for the full retail game in 2017 and way too easy at its difficult to be any challenge for an actual gamer (game difficulty and gaming journalists is another topic for another day) that would get those perfect scores too? Yeah, I thought so, because there aren’t any. Nobody else gets a free pass in this industry. If the Uncharted series told the exact same story 13th or whatever times over with little to none gameplay differences, it would be shred to pieces by the media. The only two games in near-future I see getting perfect scores automatically are Red Dead Redemption 2 and The Last of Us Part 2. For some reason Rockstar Games are treated very Nintendo-like when they release a new game and for some reason people went crazy about The Last of Us, which was great story no doubt, but the actual gameplay wasn’t that great, game had difficulty spikes combined with bad frame-rates that I call technical shortcomings still scored exceptionally high for game that isn’t made by Nintendo, so the sequel will pretty much be getting “Nintendo treatment” by the video games media.

As you can see, I’m not a Nintendo hater. I love video games, I want to play them all and Nintendo games are usually good quality products. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild being little weak side technically, having frame-rate issues and all that. Still a good game, though, but not 10/10 or even 9/10, more like 7,5/10 as I said my previous article about Nintendo getting a free pass by the games media. Super Mario Odyssey proved once again that Nintendo really has…

All I’m asking for is reviewing Nintendo games with same objectivity than any other game and that applies to Rockstar Games and The Last of Us from Naughty Dog and Sony as well. I’m sure both of those upcoming big games will have problems, whatever it is technical issues like frame-rates dipping below their target of 30 fps, which alone should deduction of one point in 10 point scale because a video game is ideally played at 60 fps on 60 Hz TV screen or monitor. Whatever the problems may be I’d like to see that those are accounted for in the reviews and not automatic perfect scores because of fanboyism and nostalgia. It needs to stop!

I have been ranting way too long here already. See you in the next one, next bullshit video games industry decides to throw at us. Please share this post if you find it even remotely interesting. Thank you!

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