THQ feels “disappointment” over Red Faction: Battlegrounds reception

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 16 April 2011 19:51 GMT

THQ’s Lenny Brown has said that he is a bit disappointed at the reception Red Faction: Battlegrounds recieved on Metacritic.

Currently rated at 49 out of 100, Brown is of the belief that such score aggregate sites have “no bearing,” as “they don’t really affect studio prices.”

“I think it’s a little bit of a disappointment, [and] I think what’s most disappointing for me, is how sometimes the prose of the reviews don’t match the final score,” he told Joystiq.

“Someone will say something not necessarily glowing, but you think you’re tracking along a 7, and then you get a 4. That’s not talking about the fairness of the score of this game in particular. It’s not the best game in the world, but it’s not a 5. It’s a satisfactory experience that leads into the bigger game. And I think just because of what we’re trying to do, that’s innovative, and I think that alone deserves a 7.”

Brown went on to say that sites like Metacritic affect the “industry in a weird way,” but believes part of the problem with the game’s reception stems from THQ not being clear about what exactly a game like Battlegrounds entails.

“When you have five minutes for an instance-based gameplay session, that’s [Battlegrounds],” he explained. “And when you want to spend two hours in the Red Faction universe, that’s [the larger games] on the console.

“I think we’ve got to do a better job of messaging that, to the consumer and to the game press.”

Red Faction: Battlegrounds launched on PSN and XBL in early April.

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