Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor review

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Dave OXM

I've had my fair share of criticism for scoring games too high/too low, etc, and I usually refrain from getting into arguments, because we're really just spouting our opinions at each other with no real hope of anyone conceding (and honestly, this could be the start of that right now, but whatever).

 

However, any comment that calls into question my personal integrity or that of OXM's has to be called out (and to be fair, I've seen similar opinions spouted elsewhere, too). While I address the blowback from my review in the upcoming KOXM podcast, I have a few things I want to get off my chest in writing.

 

In the ten-plus years I've been doing this, I have never (and will never) been approached by any outside source regarding the tone of a review of their product. I have personally given some of my lowest scores in years to Kinect games that, in my opinion, just didn't work. OXM as a publication has given some of the biggest Kinect games -- from launch up to the last "big" Kinect game -- some of the lowest scores.

 

I won't begrudge people who have spent time with the game and come away with a different opinion (and I will note that not a single critic has told me "you're wrong, dude"). I certainly don't think the controls are flawless, but they didn't detract from my personal experience. If you check score aggregators and message boards, there are folks that enjoyed the game on the same level as I.

 

Reviewing a game is a subjective experience. With Steel Battalion, my personal experience was one that was largely enjoyable (though not completely, as my review notes). If your reaction to reading a contrary review is one that throws wild accusations, then I have to wonder what you expect from critics, since it's obviously not opinions.

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capthavic

First just let me say that my comment was not meant to be a personal attack on the reviewer, nor am I the kind of person to do so just because they may have different opinion from mine. That being said I can't help but find it suspect that OXM is the only magazine/website to give it a positive score of 75; that the second highest score is a 70 from their UK affiliate doesn't help either. But what really raises my brow is that every other review (even the one from OXM UK) calls the game an infuriating, broken mess. Maybe this reviewer was really lucky and their Kinect worked really well most the time, maybe they really enjoy ball busting (some might call unfair) difficulty at times...I can't really say since it's an opinion and subjective to the individual. That being said when every other critic out their is giving it a...shall we say less than positive review...that's not a good sign for a game.

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Clownboxer

As a long time listener of OXM and Podcast Unlocked (Ryan's new show) I have a ton of respect for both you and OXM. I was listening to the GiantBombcast and a few other podcasts that I highly respect and they were trashing the game in great detail. Having not played the game myself my opinion on it is completely meaningless. I don't know the inner workings of OXM and merely wanted to point out how it looks from a longtime fan of OXM. If I did offend you I sincerely apologize. Looking forward to the upcoming discussion on the podcast.

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honkayjeezus

You yourself don't find it rather odd that the only remotely positive reviews for the game are for OXM? I don't think three comments/feedback can bring in any hammer of justice on your integrity, yet you bringing it up and writing an essay defending the review kind of brings it to the forefront. Just put it in perspective from any rational consumer's eyes, and realize how it all looks. As far as any folks on message boards saying they had a positive reaction to playing the game, you can often chalk that up to Internet marketing and people justifying their purchase. Hell, I was defending Brink a year ago after buying it. 

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Clownboxer

Sooo IGN, Gamespot, Destructoid, GiantBomb, EGM, Joystiq, Game Informer and Polygon give this between a 1/10 and 4/10 because it's "broken" "unplayable" and "one of the systems worst games." I'm not going to argue your opinion but broken is broken. However, In my opinion your integrity is a bit questionable....I'll see myself out

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capthavic

It's really not all that surprising, Microsoft has been pushing Kinect so hard that they NEED people to think the game is good. Hopefully the reviewers wanted to give a lower score but this was as low as they could get away with and still keep their jobs.

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honkayjeezus

If you look at other reviews, the two OXM scores seem extremely fanboyish. Sites are saying the game is nearly broken, and even then judging by the demo that is putting it kindly.

 
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