In a matter of days, you'll spawn the wrath of the internet, 252 comments, and take a shot from the game's lead designer, Cliff Blezinski. When asked by Videogames 24/7 how the game was doing critically, Blezinski responded, "Doing great, apart from a couple of haters."
Those "haters" are Eurogamer who handed out a score of 8/10, high, glowing praise for the burly shooter's third entry. That's still not enough for some though. Blezinski continues, "When people rated Gear 2 higher than Gears 3, it kind of upset me because I know Gears 3 is a better game on every level."
Except that the critic who wrote the lengthy review for Eurogamer felt otherwise. So what? Gears of War 3 still sits at a comfy 91 at the far too popular Metacritic, that meager 8/10 inconsequential in the scheme of things.
The game critic might be the most misunderstood of all gaming journalism, many of industry's die hard followers never grasping the concept of a "critic" or the opinion provided. Certain games deserve certain scores according to them, and anything less is simply a travesty. If the developers are taking that same mindset, this industry has become less about the writing and all about a number.
That's no place for a critic of any kind.