The one thing you can’t expect from game reviewers is skill. They just don’t have it because they don’t care about video games. Most of them are gender studies majors, or Marxists in disguise as gamers, or Communists trying to indoctrinate the masses. Game reviewers aren’t gamers, though, and we’ve had plenty of supplemental evidence to indicate as much. In fact, IGN’s review of Ace Combat 7 was proof enough that most reviewers at major outlets are casual scrubs, as pointed out by Kazutoki Kono, the brand director for the Ace Combat series.
In a hilarious tweet posted on January 21st, 2019 by Kono-san, he stated the following.
Why does @IGN US’s ACE COMBAT 7 review movie…
Why do you use “Normal ”flight system…Why don’t you use “expert”?
Oh, I disappointed you…
— Kazutoki Kono (@kazutoki) January 21, 2019
This is in reference to Ace Combat 7’s two different flight modes. There’s a “Standard” and “Expert” mode for the controls. The standard mode is for casuals who don’t understand the more complex nuances of handling an aircraft, where you use the roll and pitch to turn as opposed to swiveling horizontally on the X-axis as if the airplane were being controlled like a helicopter.
Kono-san’s tweet is in reference to the IGN video that was posted up on January 17th, 2019 over on their YouTube channel, which featured the first 15 minutes of Ace Combat 7, which you can check out below.
Kono-san wasn’t the only one who noticed that IGN decided to switch to casual controls because they didn’t know how to play the game well enough to showcase Ace Combat 7 in all its technical glory. Commenters dropped down below the video to call out IGN for using noob controls.
I suppose it’s no wonder that IGN rated the game a 7 out of 10 in their review, but part of the reason why is what makes it so funny.
Yes, one of the major criticisms was that the game’s “arcade-style dogfighting” doesn’t do much to upgrade the classic formula, even though the person playing had the game’s controls set to the casual arcade mode.
Either way, at least Kono was bold enough to call them out, much like the producer of the game Caliber. Let’s just hope that unlike Caliber’s developer he doesn’t fold in and apologize for telling the truth.
(Thanks for the news tip msoltyspl)