Reviews have always been a divisive and singular method for exhibiting a discernible personal view. A very formal approach to declaring what is essentially an opinion, determined purely on the basis of how you felt at that time. Trouble being is that opinions are so mailable and instinctive that they don’t always accurately reflect the quality of the game/movie/novel you’re supposed to be reviewing. They are also susceptible to intense communal censure and disparate interpretations. With other people’s vehement opinions contradicting your opinions, which are now subjected to trivial analysis to determine which subjective opinion is right?! Really the only review that should matter is your own. It’s why I abstain from doing many reviews as I find it difficult to be analytical about fun, which is really what you’re interpreting.
Most reviews published in the more professional and refined periodicals are written by those that can articulate their own loquacious evaluation with erudite precision. Which is then undermined by attributing a superficial numerical value that abbreviate’s the entire review into a palatable scoring system. Then this review is collated into a aggregated system like metacritic that forgoes any nuance or specific information that accurately describes what you liked and disliked for a conflated, highly deceptive interpretation. “Well it only received a 6 out of 10, so it can’t be very good”.
How disenchanted would you be if a review you’d dedicate hours to composing, meticulously editing to include every facet both positive and negative that you deemed relevant to really get your point across to the reader, only to have people completely disregard the entirety of your toil just to look at what score you gave it? That kind of primitive evaluation really does compromise the sincerity of the review, only really prompting those with a contrasting opinions to chastise you for having an alternative opinion.
Personally I enjoy reading other people’s opinions. Gaining some insight on an issue that may differ from my own. I also enjoy ignoring people whose opinions differ from my own. Reviews are just an extension of that, just more verbose and problematic. The question really is do we need them, particularly if people are inclined to disagree with it because they want it to be good or just ignore the entire specifics just to see what value out of ten you’ve given it?Neither situation appears to be especially appealing.