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Uncharted 4 gets a bad review & Troy Baker(Sam Drake) supports petition to remove it from Metacritic

Uncharted 4 gets a bad review and Troy Baker shares petition to remove the score from Metacritic. Petition numbers 5000 signatures. The subject of review safety is called into question.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, was released on May 10 for the PlayStation 4 and has been met with praise from both fans and critics alike.

One review, however, didn't agree with the consensus. The review was via Michael Thomsen, via The Washington Post, and he ultimately felt the game was flawed. This review did not please series fans and a change.org petition was created to have the score removed from Metacritic.

This then caught the attention of popular voice actor Troy Baker, better known as Nathan Drake's brother Sam in Uncharted 4. Baker, in support, shared the petition to his followers via twitter. As of now, the petition numbers 5000 signatures. --The review has also made Thomsen a target of insults and threats alike via social media.

 This does bring forth a number of issues for the field of video game criticism. If a reviewer's opinion doesn't match the public, is his or her view not legitimate? Are triple AAA titles holy grails that can't have any form of negative press? Are reviews safe? Then there's the issue of is this a form of censorship if the petition succeeds in getting his score removed?

If removal of the review is achieved then a much larger problem would develop. Gaming companies could use this method to paint their product in a brighter light despite any flaws; be they small, apparent and otherwise.

In that scenario, the consumer would be at the disadvantage. Story is still developing.

Published May. 16th 2016
  • topher339
    This review should not be counted as part of the Metacritic score and should be removed from the site.

    My problem is not with the fact that the author didn't like the game but rather due to the fact that the review was clearly biased and was very unprofessionally written. The writer basically uses the review to insult the game at nearly every point without ever providing any true critiquing.

    When you review a game, you bring points against or for the game. You provide logical reasoning as to why the game is good or bad and maybe include things that could be improved to fix these issues. Instead, the writer says that "games have always struck me as garish more than gorgeous". This shows that he never liked the series to begin with and would be biased against it. He also says that the game is "overflowing with useless detail". Never before has a game been said to have too much detail. If anything, that's what people always ask for. Then there's this: "'A Thief’s End' is less a conclusion to Nathan Drake’s story than an affirmation of the inconclusive wreck it has always been". This is not a review, it's a rant based on extreme personal bias.

    I've heard that this review is also, apparently, a parody. I somewhat doubt this but it's hard to believe that such a poorly written review could be the real deal. Parodies are usually meant to be humorous. This review, most definitely, was not. If it is a parody, it should be removed on the basis that is an extremely poor excuse for one.
  • Engela Snyman
    Featured Contributor
    Not the point - he has a right to his opinion, if he doesn't like the game then that is his opinion and that will reflect in his review. They have no right to remove or even touch his review, if they don't like it, then it's fine and they should rather make a more constructive counter argument against the 'rambling' points the reviewer made.

    They are trying to make an echo chamber - one in which Uncharted 4 is apparently without flaws - and it's really pathetic and sad.
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    I just read:

    From Twitter: Jodie Spring (@the_eveee). She stated, "It's a parody review that was accidentally submitted as a geniune one to Metacritic. That's why it needs to come down."

    The "review" post is on their "Comic Riffs" section.

    The official Washington Post review showered it with praise.
  • Jeffrey Rousseau
    Contributor
    my argument is that parody or not, a review shouldn't be considered devalued or a threat.

    Of course, this is an issue when zealous fans want only good scores. Also companies want their metacritic scores to be perfect & or close to it.
  • Capt. Eliza Creststeel
    Contributor
    This kind of thing could open up a whole new and maybe more real 'ethics in gaming journalism' issue.

    If a reviewer is writing a bad review just to be a naysayer obviously there is an ethical question because they're abusing the trust of the reader.

    BUT

    If a media site or magazine pull a negative review simply due to readers complaints, what does that say about their ethical standards? This opens the door for those claiming such 'SJW' reviews of violent games or games with issues regarding race, gender etc., should be nullified because a mob has decided the review wasn't to their liking.

    In the age of Twitter and Youtube videos of talking heads railing into their phone cams about how much their opinion matters, being critical isn't hard. But, creating REAL criticism with attempt to show WHY something fell short and provide real suggestion for improvement is far between.
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    I agree with you 100%. This can set a precedent for a whole lot of trouble for journalists.
  • GabrielKross
    Featured Columnist
    Have any of you read the review in question? The review itself isn't a review. It's really just a "I've hated these games forever so I'll use my biased opinions to make you hate them too." If it had been a legitimate review I don't think it would have been as bad. Should the score be removed from metacritic, probably. Did they approach getting this rectified in the proper way, no not really. While the petition does have legitimate thought processes, this should have been handled better. There is no professionalism between the so called review or the petition.

    For the record, I couldn't be arsed about Uncharted, but I'm not going to write an unprofessional review because I can't get into the games.
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Associate Editor
    While yes, that's pretty true. Does metacritic really matter?
  • Darcy_7196
    I will never understand the view of "oh you don't agree with my view of X, well you should probably suffer". It's unintelligent and only proves that you support a censorship. Reviews aren't there to shit all over something you like (for the most part anyway, 9/10 professional reviewers do their jobs A+), but they are a guide for people to see whether they might be interested in the product/service or to see how someone else see's something.

    Here's to hoping this sort of behavior doesn't snowball into a corporate shitstorm where the publishers and developers can take reviewers to the legal system for disagreeing.
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    Valid points raised, Jeffrey, and I agree. As a vocal critic of the Uncharted series, I've experienced some backlash from the Uncharted community, but this madness over a single review takes the cake.

    The game has more 10 out of 10 scores than any other game this year, but because one man dares to not enjoy the game, the community cannot rest. It's bloody insane, and I for one am disappointed at Troy Baker for supporting this mess.
  • Jeffrey Rousseau
    Contributor
    Right, I'm more afraid of what the powers that be can do if this happens.

    Also, human is a bit strange. People feel assaulted when someone disagrees with them.

    I welcome all criticisms, it breeds conversation. Please all opinions good or bad tend to have a flavor of truth.

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