Gamespot reviewed the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and gave it a score of 8.8. Immidiately after the score was released eager Zelda fans were outraged. Instead of letting the review fade out of the limelight they fanned the fire with an editorial of why Zelda received the score.
“It’s the same damn game we’ve all been playing for the last 15-odd years. Hey, guess what? You get to go into dungeons…and find items…and put together pieces of heart to make new heart containers. I haven’t gotten very far into it, but I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that Triforce is in the mix at some point.”
Same or not, it’s really the number that is bothering fans. Had Gamespot said the same thing, but gave Zelda a 9 or a 9.5 the reaction wouldn’t have been nearly as big. I’ve said it before and I’ve said it again numbers are overrated. All they do is fuel people who want to “prove” that one game is better than another. Right now since the score can’t show Twilight Princess is better than Gears of War, it isn’t acceptable in the eyes of fans. Is the score going to sway people to buy or not buy Zelda? Probably not and anyways the text of the review should do that, not the number.