Daemian Lucifer wrote:Joking aside,I think the stupid preorder culture also plays heavily into this,because when you dump money into something before it even comes out,you have to convince everyone that you made the smart choice,that it is the best thing ever.Otherwise,youd have to admit that maybe you did a stupid thing on impulse.And no one wants to admit that.
Yes, I think this is a large part of it, though I think it also extends beyond that to anyone who has significant investment in a series (such as playing prior games). People want it to be good and a return to the experiences they loved in the past, so anything that contradicts that hope is a harsh truth they don't want to hear. So for a number of people it's easier and better to assume the negative review was the problem, rather than face the reality and disappointment that you may not be getting what you wanted.
After all, it's not hard for people to dismiss reviewers considering there's such a variety of them (and potential inconsistency in scores) - obviously this one case it just "one of those people" who doesn't recognize the true value of the game. Why did they even BOTHER reviewing it, I mean?!
And maybe there's a slight bit of reasoning there, since it could just be that a particular reviewer has a different perspective and experience than the audience might. But that is little excuse for the verbal abuse and dismissal that often comes along with this sort of thing - people don't have to like or agree with a review, but there's no reason to be a jerk about it.
There's perhaps also an element of the usual "can't take criticism" thing, only applied to people's tastes?