If it's like FFXI, the reviews will just be how much the author loves WoW followed by something around 5/10
Which is funny because Final Fantasy XI, during its heyday and a while after, racked up a modest 85 average on Metacritic. Why, even Playboy Magazine (yes, that
Playboy) gave it a 100%!
Anyway. If you'd asked me this question a couple months ago, or just a month ago even during the Phase 3 period, I would have said 'respectably'. Somewhere between a 75 and an 85 depending on the site, the reviewer, and whatnot. But with many of these very gaming sites now turning their attention to TES:O, Wildstar, and especially EverQuest Next and its blitzkrieg of a hypetrain for all the 'new' and 'fresh' things it will bring to reinvigorate the MMO genre, I'm not so confident how the general gaming media will rate ARR.
Case in point, I know Mike Fahey over at Kotaku is the one who is going to review ARR after shooting one of their other writers an e-mail, and pre-EQN I was told that "He says it's good, albeit standard MMO fare."
when I asked about thoughts during Phase 3. I would have anticipated anywhere from a strong "Not Yet" to a weak/modest "Yes" in terms of if they would recommend it to play. Now, however, with the amount of "EQN is going to change the world" articles that Fahey put out, I'm not as believing that will be the case. The MMO genre in general tends to be more susceptible to comparisons between games than other game genres, and to a degree that's justified since you need to know which game you should be sinking hours, as well as potential monthly fees, in to. That said, with most MMO reviewers gobsmacked over other MMOs coming over the horizon that intend to "change everything", I don't know how well ARR is going to fare with its safer method of approaching things. (Don't get me wrong, though. I personally am enjoying A Realm Reborn and am on board with it, full stop.) Edited, Aug 23rd 2013 12:27pm by Satisiun