Dean Takahashi, that guy that took way more time to complete the Cuphead tutorial than he should is actually bad at gaming from the beginning. In 2007 he gave Mass Effect (a game he named Mass Defect) a bad review because he didn’t know characters level up in the game while also stating that KOTR is a good example of a game with primitive gameplay and AVERAGE GRAPHICS.
The reignited debate about game critics should still be open because game critics aren’t always good at games and that’s bad in so many ways. This review from 2007 written by Dean Takahashi is a perfect example. How can you say something is bad just because you have no idea how to use it?
This infamous review, published and removed by Mercury News, was titled Mass Defect: Why Mass Effect falls short of its hype but thanks to archive.org we can still have a look at it. It’s a long read so to save you some time here are some amazing quotes from that review.
Then, when you’re shooting at a target, an orange box appears as the one and only place on that target where you can actually hit them with a mass bullet.
Really Dean? This mechanic newer worked as Dan described it. You could shoot anywhere you like, just cause less damage.
While the KOTOR game play was more primitive and graphically average
REALLY Dean? The most polished game of its time? I don’t even want to get started with the primitive game play…
With a shotgun or an assault rifle, it takes me around 15 shots to take out the Asari, and then you have to take out the Thorian Creepers who come at you in waves afterward. The only way you can really get these many hits on them is to shoot them when they aren’t looking. And yes, that happens quite often if they are facing the cannon fodder. These Thorian Creeper guys are zombies who actually vomit at you. I was already almost out of grenades and health by the time they came at me. And then they make the guns so that they overheat — yep — about every 14 shots. You doing the math? So you have to shoot in a reserved, haphazard fashion when you’re taking out four or five enemies.
I can’t say that I remember the game that good but the way he describes the Thorian encounter it sounds like he just plain sucks at the game – or at least doesn’t understand how to take advantage of cover, squad commands, and weapon mods.
Mister Takahashi didn’t realize that Mass Effect was an RPG first and a Shooter second. That same guy is still a game critic, he tells you first-hand if a game sucks or not but how can you trust a man who is actually bad at gaming?
This brings us back to the game critics debate. From our point of view, game critics HAVE to be good at games or at least have extended knowledge about the game they are reviewing. If you are good at writing it doesn’t mean you can write about almost anything in the world. The Cuphead gameplay just confirmed that Dan isn’t very into gaming and if he actually played some he would know how to use a dash.