When a publisher admits a game was a "disappointment," you know it has to be underwhelming.
In speaking to Joystiq at an event promoting the new SyFy film, "Red Faction: Origins," THQ business development director Lenny Brown called the recently released downloadable title, Red Faction: Battlegrounds , a definite "disappointment." The critics certainly didn't like it but Brown did say that the text of some reviews didn't match the low scores:
"I think what's most disappointing for me, is how sometimes the prose of the reviews don't match the final score. Someone will say something not necessarily glowing, but you think you're tracking along a 7, and then you get a 4." Our own review gave the game two out of five stars.
That's not talking about the fairness of the score of this game in particular. It's not the best game in the world, but it's not a 5. It's a satisfactory experience that leads into the bigger game. And I think just because of what we're trying to do, that's innovative, and I think that alone deserves a 7."
…well, Mr. Brown, for the record, the text in our review most certainly denotes our final score of 4.6 and to be perfectly frank, I'm not sure what was "innovative" about the game. Because it used vehicular combat? Okay. Pretty sure we've seen that before. Brown did add a definite fact, that bad reviews don't really affect movies, but they affect the game industry "in a weird way."
What's "weird" about gamers simply not wanting to play a mediocre game and doing their research before buying? We know the sheeple will go watch any movie where something blows up but when you're interacting with the entertainment, things are different.
Related Game(s): Red Faction: Battlegrounds