Clownish Pokemon & Star Wars Reviews Expose Gaming Industry’s Dirty Little Secret

  • Horribly flawed Pokemon Sword and Shield continue to get extravagant scores from game journalists.
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is getting unending praise despite obvious problems.
  • Game reviewers need to stop behaving like clowns and start being more critical with their reviews.

The recent Pokemon Sword and Shield and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order reviews are making it incredibly clear just how untruthful many game journalists are. Both of these games have come out to rave review scores, despite the journalists reviewing them having plenty of criticisms.

Maybe I’m just old fashioned, but I was always under the impression that it’s a reviewer’s job to objectively look at something and provide a clear review of it afterward. Sure, a little opinion can seep in at times, but it shouldn’t be the driving factor behind scores.

Clearly, this isn’t the case anymore.

The new Pokemon games have a laundry list of flaws, but reviewers don’t care. | Source: Game Freak/YouTube/Nintendo

Pokemon IGN Comments Highlight Flaws in Review

Just take a look at the IGN review of Pokemon Sword and Shield. The reviewer gives the game a 9.3 out of 10 despite a laundry list of flaws. Luckily, readers called them out in the comments.

Readers aren’t happy with inflated review scores. | Source: IGN

It’s not just IGN, either. There are plenty of other reviews that are heaping praise on Pokemon Sword and Shield. Sometimes the reviewer doesn’t even bring up many of the flaws in the game. If the reviewer can’t notice these issues, then how is their review trustworthy?

GameSpot’s review of Pokemon Sword and Shield is a prime example of this. The reviewer this time is the same one known for the “too much water” controversy in the IGN Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire reviews. However, here they ignore, or just don’t notice, flaws in the game and give it an incredibly high 9 out of 10. Luckily, readers weren’t having it.

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