This isn’t really a full-fledged article as much as it is a quick update… I just finished playing Contrast, and although it was a decent game, I can’t rate it very greatly. I’ll have a review up tomorrow, most likely, but that’s not quite the point of this article. See, I rated Rayman Origins 6.5 a few months ago, which still stands as the lowest rating I’ve ever given a game. The problem is, I was being kind… I didn’t think I needed to senselessly drop the game to a terrible score because RO still had redeeming values: the music was good, the level design was good, etc. But the more I think about it, the more I realize that giving Rayman Origins a lower score is more suitable because it is by far the worst game I’ve ever played, and the aggravation and irritation I went through while playing this game far overrides the few decent qualities of the game. I have to drop the score on RO because, frankly put, Contrast will probably be scored between the 6.5-7.5 range from me, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as Rayman Origins, which currently has a rating of 6.5 from me. I can’t honestly review Contrast on a scale where it’s almost as bad as the worst game I’ve played, if this makes sense. Therefore, the only logical solution is to lower the score of RO, which I think can and will be done fairly.
As I mentioned before, I tried to rate Rayman “fairly” and without gouging it. The problem is, it needs to be gouged. I thought that the good parts of the game would be enough to keep its score up, but no matter how good the good parts are, the bad parts severely destroy the experience; I just can’t dare to say the game is as good or fun as a rating of 6.5 might depict. In my eyes, a 10 is perfect, 9 is near perfect, 8 is good enough to buy on launch day, 7 is average and you should wait for a small price drop, 6 makes a game decent if you buy it cheap, but anything less ranges from slightly bad to flat out terrible. Rayman, with its new rating, falls at around a 5.25. Why? Well, it’s definitely not in the 6 range, where it’s worth buying for cheap, but it’s not truly a 50% decent game as a rating of a flat 5 might lead one to believe. It’s slightly better than just “bad,” if you get what I’m saying and where I’m going.
I’ve learned that a rating is partly what the game is like, and equally how it makes you feel. If a game has amazing level design and gameplay, yet the narrative is unemotional, how much could you really feel like you enjoyed the game? That is, assuming you take storylines seriously and that the game should have one. I’m a sucker for a good story, but I’m also aware that Rayman Origins isn’t the genre to have one; I am not reviewing the game from the lens where it should have a convincing story. The new score of 5.25 hopefully more accurately shows just how much I dislike Rayman Origins, but it’s not quite in the latter half of games where they begin to get legitimately bad below a rating of 5.
Sound fair? I hope so; comment below with your thoughts. Hit the like or follow buttons if you’ve enjoyed, and maybe watch a video or two from the LP channels in my “Links” tab.
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