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About game reviews in general ... a must read!

#1ECOsvaldoPosted 10/29/2013 3:22:21 AM
What is the definition of a video game review? A critique evaluation of an electronic, interactive game. What is the sole purpose of a video game review? To offer the writer's opinion on said game. Then why do most gamers take game reviews so literally if it's just the writer's own opinion? The expectations and delivery for many are different for a game. There will never be one correct way of reviewing video games because it is all just differing opinions between reviewers.

Example: For game A, some might want more innovated gameplay while some might want an engaging story. If game A provides innovated gameplay, then game A is a definite winner. If game A provides an engaging story, then game A is a definite winner. But many gamers can encounter bugs and glitches in game A that did not happen for others, so their experience will definitely be negative (many factors are at play when this happens to some).

A lot of writers don't like to apply a number to the quality of their reviews and would much rather have you truly understand the context and nuance of their written opinion. All these scores do are to distract people from the goodness and quality some games have to offer. I'm sorry to say this but part of this mentality lies in the fact that it's the gaming media's fault for getting to this point.

The point is that if you enjoy a game, donít worry about the review/score it got on gaming sites or magazines. If you had fun, then the game delivered its intended purpose.

I just hope my time wasn't wasted on writing this, as I truly believe this can offer some enlightenment.
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#2ThePonyColliePosted 10/29/2013 3:37:38 AM
good read, but we reached a point where if a game receives a 7 or less out of 10, it will be avoided by many gamers. most people just look at the score to support their trolling, fanboyism or hatred to the game.
#3TimePharaohPosted 10/29/2013 3:37:57 AM
Didn't read
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#4Cool_Dude667Posted 10/29/2013 3:39:01 AM
How is this a must read exactly?

It's common sense.
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#5KabtheMentatPosted 10/29/2013 3:47:19 AM
I don't like people using numbers for reviews. It just seem really lazy. Drop the numbers and force reviewers to actually write out why they think something about a game. But God I don't want it to turn into reviews like this one I remember reading about Black Ops 2 from Kotaku I think? It wasn't a review so much as some stupid ass wannabe writer that just got her liberal arts degree philosophizing about war and violence. It seriously might be the worst review I've ever read.

And if you have to distill a review into a few choice words, I'd rather see a buy/rent (or in the case of PC games, get on sale)/avoid thing used vs. numbers.

BTW, if you want to read what I'm talking about...here you go. http://kotaku.com/5959849/call-of-duty-black-ops-ii-the-kotaku-review
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#6ECOsvaldo(Topic Creator)Posted 10/29/2013 3:48:16 AM
Cool_Dude667 posted...
How is this a must read exactly?

It's common sense.

This is aimed for people who rely on review scores to make their "smart and educated" purchases.
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#7phy2jshPosted 10/29/2013 4:42:25 AM
ECOsvaldo posted...
Cool_Dude667 posted...
How is this a must read exactly?

It's common sense.

This is aimed for people who rely on review scores to make their "smart and educated" purchases.


No one then.
#8blade6321Posted 10/29/2013 4:53:15 AM
Scores are not necessary, but are simply there to guide your reading. Of course, nowadays many companies see them as a statistic, but that's not what they should be used as.

If you enjoyed the game of course the reviews doesn't matter. What on earth...? Did you know that fun games=good?

I read 3-4 good reviews to get a good, reliable and relatively objective view of a game before I buy it if possible.
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#9__starsnostarsPosted 10/29/2013 5:04:12 AM
The point is that if you enjoy a game, donít worry about the review/score it got on gaming sites or magazines. If you had fun, then the game delivered its intended purpose.

I always thought the point of reviews is so the buyer can be informed about their potential purchase. I don't know why you would be checking them if you've already owned and played the game.
#10CircleOfManiasPosted 10/29/2013 5:38:52 AM
The real solution is to do away with scores. That way, there will be discussion on the actual review rather than a number that's really just an afterthought anyway.
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