Over the weekend two developers from MercurySteam have come out slamming MercurySteam Studio Director Enric Alvarez for poor management over Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. Now, it is Enric Alvarez’s turn to speak on the matter.
Do be warned, the interview with Eurogamer Spain was done before the controversy spilled out. Also, the original interview was done in Spanish so this is a rough translation. However, we do know that he has taken a shot at the press for slamming the game in reviews. In particular, he called out Edge who gave the game a 4/10. For comparisons sake, we gave the game a 2/5 (or 4/10).
“This is another important issue,” Alvarez explained. “There are a few publications that set trends and from here there are other publications that follow and dare not deviate much. The first LOS, which has a 85 on Metacritic, also got bad marks major sites, yet the game was high.
“It is true that the Edge liked the first and this dislike. But I also find that this has happened is totally unfair.One must be blind or stupid to give it a 4/10 for a game of this quality. With a 4/10 people interpret it is a crappy game, badly done, it breaks, with mechanics that do not work with some awful graphics, and if I were an analyst would know this, which I do not think los2 a score of crappy game deserves.”
Alvarez went on to further condemn the press stating that they were immature and lacked professionalism. “Man, reading as what things I take on the positive side, I’m glad that as what people are writing games instead of making them. I have to take it well, otherwise I would devote to something else. But there are also people who have appreciated. Any game is a very complex work and I sometimes I find that in specialized gaming press lack professionalism to judge things for what they are and not what they wanted it to be about.
“I agree that in the end it is an opinion, and opinion is totally respectable, but do not confuse a review and analysis. The analysis will mainly review the object and the subject will primarily reviewer.Can you say, ‘I do really like the rock but I hate the opera’, this is an opinion, not an analysis.If I had to do an analysis of ‘Don Giovanni’ would not even know where to start and this year lack of honesty in the gaming press. Lots of people analyze games and is not up for the game you analyzed.
“This is a problem because after this influences the decision to buy from people, and then also have an influence at the level of their opportunities for developers, because we are in a world in which the simplification of information is the order of day and if you can classify a developer according to the note on Metacritic for what you do. Do not misunderstand me, there are very good people writing about video games, have the opinion they have.
“I speak very good people, for example, destroyed the first LOS. It is not about being right or wrong, it’s a matter of talking about what you have to talk. When you say in a review that the textures or the engine of a video game are not high, or that the gameplay is not up to you to know what you say. You can not just say ‘I did not like, and as I do not like is bad’, that is an infinite arrogance.”
Whether or not the accusations against Alvarez are true remains to be seen.