Pachter: ‘Bitter’ reviewers will pick on Cod: Black Ops

Michael Pachter is many things, but a man who whines about review scores like a common  N4G user is not what I imagined he’d become. The industry analyst has joined those ranks, however, by complaining that a “hypercritical” and “bitter” gaming press will give Call of Duty: Black Ops poor reviews. How dare those reviewers be critical with their criticism!?

“The challenge is that Treyarch is called the ‘other’ Call of Duty developer for a reason; the top review scores for the franchise on gamerankings.com are held by Infinity Ward games,” says Pachter, “with Modern Warfare, Modern Warfare 2, the original Call of Duty, and Call of Duty 2 each receiving average scores of 89 or higher.

“I don’t know whether the gaming press will suddenly become more charitable than they have in the past, but my read on them as a group is that they are a hypercritical and bitter lot, and I think that they have the potential to find many things wrong with Black Ops, chief among them that the game is not Modern Warfare 2.”

Pachter, like many gamers who get angry over review scores, has chosen not to acknowledge that Black Ops may have legitimate problems, instead saying that the game will get below a 90% (THE HORROR) because of bitterness rather than the simple fact that some writers just may not like it as much as other games. He’s one step away from screaming “bias” and as soon as he does, he can go and be a Gametrailers forum member. 

Call of Duty: Black Ops Won’t Surpass Modern Warfare 2 Due to Treyarch and ‘Hypercritical, Bitter’ Press [Industry Gamers]

Michael Pachter is many things, but a man who whines about review scores like a common  N4G user is not what I imagined he’d become. The industry analyst has joined those ranks, however, by complaining that a “hypercritical” and “bitter” gaming press will give Call of Duty: Black Ops poor reviews. How dare those reviewers be critical with their criticism!?

“The challenge is that Treyarch is called the ‘other’ Call of Duty developer for a reason; the top review scores for the franchise on gamerankings.com are held by Infinity Ward games,” says Pachter, “with Modern Warfare, Modern Warfare 2, the original Call of Duty, and Call of Duty 2 each receiving average scores of 89 or higher.

“I don’t know whether the gaming press will suddenly become more charitable than they have in the past, but my read on them as a group is that they are a hypercritical and bitter lot, and I think that they have the potential to find many things wrong with Black Ops, chief among them that the game is not Modern Warfare 2.”

Pachter, like many gamers who get angry over review scores, has chosen not to acknowledge that Black Ops may have legitimate problems, instead saying that the game will get below a 90% (THE HORROR) because of bitterness rather than the simple fact that some writers just may not like it as much as other games. He’s one step away from screaming “bias” and as soon as he does, he can go and be a Gametrailers forum member. 

Call of Duty: Black Ops Won’t Surpass Modern Warfare 2 Due to Treyarch and ‘Hypercritical, Bitter’ Press [Industry Gamers]

Jim Sterling