<DIV class=post id=msg_17224>I'm sick of game reviewers who give high marks to games that have a compelling single player campaign, but lack any sort of multiplayer, but on the other hand if a game is mostly focused on multiplayer and lacks a deep single player campaign, then the game is a bit of a let down. I call BS on these hypocritical game reviewers. The problem with these guys is that because they play so many games, they can only see the surface of what the game offers (shiney graphics, booming audio) and off they go to thier next game. It's a very shallow way of evaluating a game IMO.
I'm going to use Bioshock and Shadowrun as prime examples of what i'm talking about. Bioshock is single player only, while Shadowrun is multiplayer only. According to 1up.com game reviewers, they felt the need to give it sort of a warning:
"First and foremost, Shadowrun is a game of ifs. If you can justify paying full price for a multiplayer-only game ($60 on 360, $50 on PC), if you have a Live gold subscription (360 requires it, PC only requires it to play cross-platform), if you can set aside preconceived notions about the pacing and complexity of first-person shooters, and if you can find a cooperative and communicative group of regulars to play with...you'll have a hell of a lot of fun." -1up reviewer
Now don't get me wrong, it's good that they mentioned that it does not have a single player campaign as it shoudl be noted, but was it really neccessary to say "If you can justify paying full price for a multiplayer game". The multiplayer part of the game is usually the funnest part of any game and where you get the most longevity out of it.
Do the reviewers at 1up extend the same courtesy to Bioshock as they did with Shadowrun? HELL NO! Let's just give them an A+ rating and give them FPS game of the year honors even though it lacks multiplayer.
As gamers we are fools for falling for the shiney graphics and putting so much stock in game reviews that treat multiplayer gaming as cousin Oliver from the Brady Bunch, so we end up buying games that is visually stunning like Bioshock, Mass Effect, Army of 2, only to trade them in a month or so for the next overly hyped game.
If your the type that likes single player gaming more so than multiplayer gaming then that's fine, my rant is because both game types are not percieved as being on equal ground in the eyes of the "expert" game reviewers.</DIV>