I could care less about scores if I like a game. That said...one of the few regrets I have is buying the Saints Row reboot. This is one of the few times I should have paid attention to reviews, scores.
If anything, I pay more attention to the review itself vs the score.
I usually check the scores of games for two reasons-
1. A game I'm interested in needs an overall 7 or higher or I'll get worried and check reviews. It's totally possible for a 7.0 metacritic scores game to be my best game of all time though..
2. If a game I have ZERO interest in gets a bunch of 10s (or close) I want to read up on it and see why.. cuz maybe it's a new type of game that's worth my time.
So let's say Elden Ring gets 3/10s across the board and it's unplayable on all platforms 31.3% of you guys would just say fuck it take my $60? Not even bothering to check out the responses here or videos?
A lot of you guys are too dismissive of what critics have to say, they aren't always right but isn't it worth listening to people that have followed the industry for years and put dozens of hours into the game you're thinking about purchasing?
For quite a few years now, probably more than a decade, I go to gameplay videos, maybe with some player commentary who understand the genre they're playing and are at least somewhat competent at it so that they can show the interesting or innovating aspects of the game. No hour long opinion piece videos, no multiple commentators and no screaming/singing idiots.
I'll probably still read a few reviews occasionally, but not to decide on making a purchase, rather than get different perspectives, interpretations and a sense on how reviews nowadays have evolved/devolved. I'll avoid anything written by those I know that have used troll/clickbait tactics or be complete jerks to attract readership/vieweship.
Not so much anymore. Most of these "Reviewers" are just entitled scrubs who either come across as hypercritical for the sake of sounding interesting...or they just come across as compromised windbags, looking for handouts/advertisements on their websites/channels.