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How Important Are Game Reviews?

Publishers are well aware of the impact review scores have on the sales success of any given title; in fact, last year, one analyst said that titles that score at or above the 90% mark tend to sell three times more copies than games that fall below that elite level. This isn't necessarily surprising, because for the most part, the best games in this industry's history are also the best selling. There are a few exceptions - there are always exceptions - but we should take pride in being part of an industry where, typically, the fans reward the top-quality products.

Therefore, we have to believe that reviews play a significant role in the purchasing decisions of the consumer. If they didn't, we wouldn't bother to write them. However, to what extent do the reviews affect your decision when you're on the fence? Do you go more with your gut feeling or do you rely on the numerical scores the game drags in? We're relatively certain there are plenty of fans out there who will automatically buy the newest installment in their favorite franchise (for example, I'm getting Final Fantasy XIII, regardless of reviews). But when it comes to games you're not familiar with - IPs, for instance - we imagine that reviews may serve their intended purpose, and those of you who were initially reluctant to pick up something like Uncharted: Drake's Fortune were swayed due to the high critical praise. And with more new stuff, like titles going up on the PSN and Live Marketplace, it can be difficult to choose correctly all the time.

We're also well aware of the gamers who simply believe they know more than all the critics, anyway, and they'd rather listen to reader reviews. ...well, based on what we've seen of reader reviews, you may find yourself either dropping $60 for a worthless game or needlessly avoiding one that's definitely worth your hard-earned cash. While no reviewer should place himself/herself on a pedestal above those he's supposed to be servicing, it wouldn't make much sense to install random people into such positions. We'd like to believe that most reviewers these days are experts, and that they know more about the industry than the average fan. Perhaps more importantly, they have a much larger "compare-and-contrast" base to use for each of their reviews, which in turn helps the reader. We're not trying to deify the critic - far from it - but to assume all critics are either "paid off" or "just kids who don't know anything I don't know" is a mistake. And we're just wondering- what kind of impact do reviews have on your gaming life?

By the way, this article was inspired by this same topic that is currently being discussed in our ever-growing forums. Comment here or jump in there to add your voice to the throng. What say you?

2/16/2009 Ben Dutka

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Qubex
Monday, February 16, 2009 @ 10:41:23 PM
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Extremely important... I base my purchasing decisions on them; enough said!

Q!

"i am hOMe"

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Random_Steve
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 12:46:22 PM

same, although i only really look at PSXE or mabye IGN for multiplat games. I tend to look for the good aspects of games, so i enjoy most of the ones i get. Thats the thing about most game reviews, they're so negative

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NiteKrawler
Monday, February 16, 2009 @ 10:42:10 PM
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Reviews usually help me decide on games. Well, actually I just read the reviews here and base my purchase off of the information given to me from you guys. Like the other night I read your review of Flower and you had a bunch of good things to say about it so I looked up some footage and bought it soon after. But regardless of any review, I'll be buying Resident Evil 5. I have it preordered already. By the way, whoever reviews it, please go easy on the fact that you can't move while aiming ok?! It was left like that for a reason after all. Anyway, I just want to take this opportunity to thank Ben and Arnold and everyone else here at PSX for being so objective, honest, and informative in their reviews, previews, and everything else.

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JaktheDaxter
Monday, February 16, 2009 @ 10:42:30 PM
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I feel like I contributed to something.

I like the idea of reviews, which I don't think came out in my posts, but I feel over the years the opinions of alot of reviewers get in the way of fair scores.

That was the main cause of my arguement against Edge's review of Killzone 2.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, February 16, 2009 @ 11:47:23 PM

Well Done Jak.

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JaktheDaxter
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 5:09:37 AM

Thanks I guess, but originally I was worried the tone would have seemed, for lack of a better word, demeaning, I guess. Towards reviewers and sites dedicated to them. If so, I truly apologize to all the reviewers of this site. I am not questioning you alls abilities or even the neccesity of reviews, just my personal stand point on them.

I just wanted to point that out.

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Cpt_Geez
Monday, February 16, 2009 @ 10:43:04 PM
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Game reviews are very important to me II don't buy any game unless II hear good things about it the reviewers get to play it before we do so there opion is very important if I'm bout to spend my hard dollars on a game if the game sucks II save myself some money II review every game II have interest in buying that way II don't get disappointed.

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JasperLoons
Monday, February 16, 2009 @ 10:47:20 PM
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I don't trust the reviews of any particular site (don't be offended, I haven't been coming here long enough or looked through your old reviews enough to judge).

What I do trust are averages, so in that sense reviews are very important to what games I purchase. Though, there are games that I will or won't play no matter what the reviews say.

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Ed_Wayne
Monday, February 16, 2009 @ 10:53:11 PM
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I don't care about reviews at all. A single review or the average of all reviews means nothing to me. Why? My top 3 favorite games of all time got reviews ranging from bad to mediocre. If I paid any attention to reviews I would have never discovered them.

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Aftab
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 12:47:19 AM

What were those games?

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Qubex
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 4:52:16 AM

Yes, what were they W. I am interested to know!

Q!

"i aM hOme"

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Tim Speed24
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 7:34:01 AM

I feel the same way as Ed. I have really enjoyed games that got a mediocre review more that games that received great reviews.

Examples: I loved Dark Sector, Turok and Dirt. All had gameplay you can't find in other games. I still have all 3 of these games in my collection.

Traded in MGS4, RFOM2 and GTAIV because I was bored with them and they had that 'been there done that' feel from the start.

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infekt
Monday, February 16, 2009 @ 10:55:44 PM
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Depends where the review is coming from. There are sources that really don't influence me (G4TV or Gametrailers). Then there are sources that influence me a little like IGN and 1UP where I find reviews are a little more balanced. At the end of the day, if I really want a game I will buy the game regardless. I bought Flower and Crash Commandos without reading much on them, just because they looked unique. Some podcasts are better at reviewing than others (yes, I'm looking at you NoobToob). What awful taste. But its their opinion so who am I to dispute them..

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eLLeJuss
Monday, February 16, 2009 @ 11:09:35 PM
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Well, now it matters. But back when it was the ps1 gen. I dont think so xD. I never looked at reviews back then, i just picked what sounded good. And what my friends recommended me to play. Gaming has evolved now, so i guess we need more in-depth information about what is enjoyable xD..

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Deleted User
Monday, February 16, 2009 @ 11:15:32 PM
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The only opinion that matters to me is mine. I might use reviews for games like Flower, that don't have a demo and I'm on the fence with in regards to purchasing. Otherwise, I know what games I want and don't rely on them.

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chicko1983
Monday, February 16, 2009 @ 11:33:41 PM

I agree with this

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Tim Speed24
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 7:36:59 AM

Exactly. I know I will buy GOWIII and Killzone 2 and COD Modern Warfare 2 no matter what the reviews say.

Add in GT5 too.

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Aftab
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 1:24:58 PM

Here we go again with the opinion card. News flash guys, if you haven't played a game, you don't HAVE an opinion...This would mean you're naturally being influenced by something subconciously: whether it maybe by a general preference for the genre, a franchise, or even by something superficial such as cover art, prerelease marketing hype, or just general consumer buzz. And I'd rather be advised by an intelligent review than influenced by anything else just to find out I was wrong, and that I could've saved myself the money/time if I'd only read the "writing on the wall", or to totally miss out on a killer-app just because I thought it wasn't "my type" of game.

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Tim Speed24
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 1:33:57 PM

Well if you know what types of games you like, why wouldn't you buy games in that genre?

I'm not going to buy a Country album because someone rated it a 10/10 or #1 on the country charts. Not my style of music.

I'm not going to buy an Hyundia because some magazine picks it as car of the year. So reviews of games are an opinion of the reviewer. I have my own opinions on games.

Sometimes you need to think for yourself and you might find yourself playing games that didn't rate high. Diamonds in the rough, Diamonds in the rough, Man.

L7 345T

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Aftab
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 10:34:08 PM

Oh, I'm all for "thinking for yourself". But part of that thought process doesn't necessarily involve playing every game to decide whether it's for you or not, nor avoiding every game that doesn't happen to be of a genre of your liking. For example, like you, I detest country music for the most part. However, if a country album comes out that happens to get rave reviews across the board, from country fans and especially non-country ones, then I'd be hard-pressed not to at least check it out. However, if a country album comes out, and it gets bad reviews from all sides, chances are I'll be avoiding it, too. This much we can agree on, I hope.

So, I'll admit, there are games that I know I'll get regardless of the reviews. These are quite few in number, and they do tend to get very positive reviews. Then, there are a whole bunch of games that I'll consider based on reviews from a respected source: LBP, GTA4, MGS4, Deadspace, Prince of Persia, Uncharted, Gears of War 1&2, Resistance 1&2, Ratchet & Clank: TOD are all games that I wasn't initially inclined to playing. But after learning more about them, again from respected sources, I picked them up and, boy, was I glad that I didn't miss out on them.

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shadowpal2
Monday, February 16, 2009 @ 11:18:12 PM
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REVIEWS are absolutely necessary for me. I mean c'mon!!! Without them I wouldn't know whether the game I'm hyped up for really is good or not. Usually what I do after I read the review is watch a step by step video walkthrough which are usually on Youtube. And wow...when I look through the walkthrough and compare it with the game review - I CAN TRULY UNDERSTAND.

Mirror's Edge was a good example. I read IGN's review of it. They said it was ok and that it was mainly one of those games that really depend on the player's tastes. So I watched this walkthrough and found the game to be only 2.5 hours or something like that.

I'm ok with that, since the gameplay is so...god IT JUST REALLY PUTS YOU INTO IT! Like when you're making a jump...I was seriously jumping out of my chair wondering if Faith was going to make it. And bam she made it. And I WASN'T EVEN PLAYING!!! It was a freaking video. That was one positive aspect the game review told me. Then...it told me about some cons like the short gameplay time and how levels looked very similar to each other. During the beginning and the end you could see some differences in levels. But during the middle WOW - the levels look very very similar. Especially with the whole "Go through a door and pass this hallway with this colored stripe" thing. Also there were moments when the gameplay was sort of defeated and instead of running you actually had to fight. I can understand that with bosses and stuff but not...like regular enemies. The review told me about that as well.

So yea...reviews are helpful. VERY HELPFUL. And I appreciate people doing it. Well...I appreciate people who DO IT HONESTLY. And of course PSXextreme never fails on those. It's just in my blood to go to IGN first...sorry =(.

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Geobaldi
Monday, February 16, 2009 @ 11:30:23 PM
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Reviews are almost completely worthless to me. I much more prefer to try the game out myself and see if it's worth it instead of trusting somebody elses opinion. I used to live by them years ago, but too many occassions I was let down. Not everybody likes the same things. Case in point, movie reviews. Most of the movies critics love, I hate. Movies they hate, I love. Same goes with game reviews. Just not as consistently. I just read them to learn what a game is about if I've never heard of it. Otherwise I pass over it so not to spoil anything. Then on to my Gamefly queue it goes.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, February 16, 2009 @ 11:50:47 PM
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I like to strike a balance, I am unlikely to just drop a bunch of money on something that everyone says sucks no matter how much I want it, in those cases I will sacrifice the smaller price of a rental to see if I really do like it. Then I review it myself and if it belongs in my collection I get it, or if it belongs but isn't fantastic I wait for a price cut and then get it.

One thing I've learned this Gen is not to put too much weight on demos though.

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Frenchy17
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 9:09:42 AM

I agree with this 100%. One thing about reviews though, they help me persuade my friends that dont game as much as I do into getting some games so we can play them together.

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Advent Child
Monday, February 16, 2009 @ 11:58:38 PM
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My gut feeling is almost always right. I can't think of a title in recent memory that I was off...

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Aftab
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 12:48:56 AM

Oh yeah? Well, what did your tummy say about Deadspace?

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Aftab
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 12:50:47 AM

My gastrointestinal track said it was going to be ok, but when I played it, it got really hyper :S

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www
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 6:04:48 AM

lmao Aftab!

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Kryptoknight
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 12:04:08 AM
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I will try a game based on several reviews, good ones, not just one persons or organizations. That doesn't mean I'm going to buy every game that gets a 9.6, or 4 1/2 stars or whatever, Im still going to get what I want, what interests me, not just what everyone else says I have to have. However, I care nothing whatsoever for movie reviews, I'll watch anything just to spite them :P !!!

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Banky A
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 12:17:43 AM
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Long story. Gather round' kids =D


PS1 games were getting cheap so I didn't need reviews, 75% of games I played were completely awesome anyway.

Back in the PS2 days the only reviews I've ever seen and read were Official Playstation Magazine - Australia.
I never read reviews apart from buying an occasional OPSM mag.. and ironically they all the right score for me.
I loved every game they gave a 7-8/10 or more. It was a very easy videogame picking process.

;P

But now new games costs $100+ (NZD) so looking for reviews is recommended.
[Mini-story]
The complete opposite of the time I had $50 to spend on a game, I went to a store with my neighbour. There were no good games on sale so he told me to buy Kingdom Hearts. And there we were thinking it might've been too kiddyish but it happened to be my greatest PS2 surprise.

That, is all.

=D

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blitz30952
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 3:08:04 AM

You hit the nail on the head right there buddy, new games out here at $100+ is a bit pricey.. :P

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Qubex
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 4:56:33 AM

You would have to go to 5 movies in New Zealand to make up the money spent on a game. If the game is good and has longevity... well, you can't really go wrong... which is better...

But ya still need to read a few reviews to get a really good idea of what the game is about, especially new I.P.

Also, lest not forget readers comments; they can be very helpful sometimes - again though depends on the group of people that usually comment... and of course, here at PSX... there are opinions you can trust... what a wonderful group we are :)

Q!

"i aM hOMe"

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dfm078
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 7:59:33 AM

I wish a game was *only* 5 times a movie... Here in Paraguay a movie is about 5US$ just do the math, a game is worth easily 12 times a movie, not to mention that avg income is less than 500US$. So I do HAVE TO base my purchase on reviews (at least of new games)

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dfm078
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 8:08:27 AM

well, thats buying them from amazon because picking em up from the store will cost around 80US$... :(

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raztad
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 8:48:26 AM

Hey dfm078, so you are from Paraguay, arent you? pretty cool, I am from Venezuela man. What is your PSN ID? Mine is raztad feel free to add me.

Now on topic, if you are going to spend 60+ $ in a game you need to do it wisely, so the opinion of trusted sources are always welcome.

Talking about prices, I think games need a price cut, a 50$ price will make them much more accessible to more people. I know it sounds crazy, but the high price is what makes people go to second hand games to get their fixes.

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dfm078
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 12:02:45 PM

Hi raztad! cool, I'll add you tonight!

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Kevadu
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 12:30:28 AM
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I typically read several different reviews of any game I am interested in before purchasing. However, I place very little value on the final numerical score and tend to go more by the text of the review. Why? Because my values and priorities are not necessarily the same as the reviewer's.

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Aftab
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 12:54:11 AM
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I wouldn't have purchased GTA4 were it not for the review it had gotten here. A particular line rang very true that was something to the effect of..."A must play even if GTA isn't your cup of tea".

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www
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 6:05:46 AM

yea gtaiv is definitely a must-play.Lookin' to get the dlc on 360 too.

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Aftab
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 1:29:30 PM

I wonder if it's a timed exclusive?

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ceedot
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 1:01:17 AM
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Well, we all know they are extremely important to you ben.

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Gabriel013
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 1:13:08 AM
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Demos influence me more than reviews. I do rely on reviews to inform me of any technical issues a game may suffer from.

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ps92117
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 1:33:01 AM
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Those that give there reviews are human, and like all human they are at times biased, not always but sometimes, certain people review's maybe influnce by the situation( if the situation is somehow tied to the game doesn't matter ) this dilemma can be avoided by taking the average of multiple reviews, but sometimes the average of the reviews may also be influenced by greater things like established brands or unfortunately the origin of the creator and platform of which it belongs to. So in my opinion, you should try to compare how you feel about games that you already own to the reviews of certain sources to get a feel of whom you happen to agree more often with ,though maybe not always agree but at least agree more often. Fortunately though most games nowadays come with a demo to help you make your decision.

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crapreviews
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 2:34:14 AM
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for me it depends. i go by certain sites that i trust (like this one), but also take in my own research of the game and also other players that i know.

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BeezleDrop
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 2:44:38 AM
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Sometimes it depends on the game, if the hype level is HUGE then I can't help but gather feedback asap. Generally if I'm stoked about a game I buy it, I'm usually satisfied with my own review. Also -some- sites know how to review a game which would help very much.

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BigBoss4ever
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 2:51:48 AM
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game reviews to me are references but not definitive, the combination of my own interest, intuition and review as whole is what I follow, not the review alone.

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JaktheDaxter
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 6:35:22 AM

This is my favorite answer. Well said.

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blitz30952
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 3:04:53 AM
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Reviews definitely influence game choice and are more important this gen (are we still calling it next-gen?) than ever, what with the current economic recession especially. Reviews help us make informed decisions about what we spend our hard-earned money on.

Woops! Just read Banky A's comment and I basically wrote exactly the same thing.. :P

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FLYING_APE
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 3:15:11 AM
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Score doesn't bother me. If the review is poorly written like cough EDGE review then i have a problem.

That why i come here for detailed review and ign

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orangpelupa
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 4:40:26 AM
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review is important (the article).
and the review score is not too important for me.

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www
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 6:06:36 AM
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Answer: Game reviews are very important.

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whooka
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 6:29:51 AM
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Echoing a few points others have made along the way: Any review by any sort of critic or person is subjective. I generally will read as many reviews of the game as I can by 'published' media (i.e. ign, gamespot, etc) to get an overall feel if a game is worth the purchase (metacritic is a good sight for compiling these). Once that's been done if it looks like a possible purchase I'll start reading fansites (i.e. psxextreme) that I've grown to respect their opinion. Last thing is reader reviews which unfortunately I used to weight more then actual critic's scores but over the last year the forums for reader reviews have become pointless battlegrounds for particular console lovers to purposefully screw up the average score of a game they personally don't like or a system they personally don't like so they've been moved to the bottom of the ladder.
I must say one of the best ways to get me to break down and buy something is to give me a DEMO! esp some games where reviews go either way or there's a particular angle people are reporting on that's holding me up. I waited four months to buy LittleBigPlanet because reviews of the controls and single player game were all mixed pretty well. I bought it with extra tax return money and love it. Had I actually been able to play a level or two back in October I would have bought it prob right away.
Cmon Sony, more demos! Xbox360 gets demos for everything. I'd pay for an online service for PS3 if it meant a usable multiplayer network and more demos!

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LightShow
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 6:41:18 AM
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while a review is important, my final judgment is passed only after a rental.

other peoples opinions are important, but I'm the one who's paying a stack of cash for it, So it's MY opinion that matters in the end.

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Tim
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 6:44:22 AM
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They definitely play a role for me. They were the reason I bought MGS4, and avoided Haze. Even though I end up disagreeing with them when I don't combine my gut with reviews. I never really got into MGS4, but really enjoyed the beleagured Force Unleashed. Reviews probably make even more a difference now, as so many good games are out and I can't afford them all. So I look not only at the scores, but how well each feature plays out. Particularly things like split-screen multiplayer, which makes much more difference to me than online play.

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Highbird
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 6:55:02 AM
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I wouldn't have bought nearly half the games I have if it wasn't for reviews.

I'll list some games that I really had no interest in UNTIL I read reviews of them:

Uncharted
Warhawk
Valkyria Chronicles (hell, most people STILL don't know this exists)
BioShock
Burnout Paradise
Call of Duty 4
Call of Duty: World At War

..thats a few..theres more!

Though Disgaea 3 didn't get super high review scores, I was gonna buy it no matter what cuz all the Disgaea games are awesome!

And for sure, I would have NEVER!!! bought games off the PSN had I not read reviews (except for SF2 of course). So now I have 11 games I bought from PSN based 100% on the reviews I read.

Reviews are big for me. I go through and read handfuls of the random sites on Metacritic who review each game. That way I'm gonna get the extreme worst of every game and the extreme best of every game.

Some games though are automatic no's no matter what the review says...and those of course being games based on Movies!!! They're ALWAYS total crap and if I hear any of my friends or whatever talking about 'em or saying they're gonna buy 'em, I shut them down quick!! I don't know how many people bought that garbage @$$ transformers movie game and we're totally disappointed. Only good movie-based game I've played was Goldeneye for N64! Call me when they make one on par with that!

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Banky A
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 12:55:37 PM

Valkyria Chronicles.

Nice =D

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Arvis
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 3:44:17 PM

Woot! Valkyria Chronicles! GOTY 2008! :)

-Arvis

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Victor321
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 6:59:52 AM
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I used to rely on game reviews a lot, but I seldom do now. I still read them, but I justify my purchase mostly on gut feeling. It's worked most of the time. The "some" of the time, it's the reviews. Hence, it's seldom. But, (and this is not for flattery reasons lol) I've come to trust PSXextreme's reviews because they are very insightful. I even sometimes read the other reviews here lol

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Dustinwp
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 8:48:52 AM
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That is why Gamefly is very important to me. I get to try the game then purchase it. I rent games based on my interests and not reviews, then if I enjoy them I make a purchase. I would definitely have to recommend Gamefly to anyone who does not subscribe to it.

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DigitalStorm
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 8:56:28 AM
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Whatever anyone likes to think - reviews are important.

Invariably, reviews come out prior to a game launch (ah-hem KZ2 & Gamespot) and unless you have your well and truly buried in the sand, or are just plain stupid, you will sub/consciously take note.

To this end, do we think reviews are important?

Let us take a system in which they were not available. We would own lots more duffers in our collections than we currently do. (Moreover, the duffers that we do own are more likely than not the ones, which we stupidly did not read the reviews on!)

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JaktheDaxter
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 9:22:02 AM

So what you implying is that we would not buy games if they were not previously considered "good" by someone other than yourself.

I completely disagree with that logic. I alone have played a ton of games that were not on the receiving end of high praise from any reviewer. As have many of other people.

Just because a game isn't considered "good" does not automatically mean you can not derive any form of entertainment from it.

You may be right that we would own more "duffers," but to assume given a second chance we would not buy it again for the entertainment it provided, is "just plain stupid."

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DigitalStorm
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 10:51:01 AM

You mis-understand.

I did not mention quality or whether a game was "good", as you put it.

What I did mention was duffer - and that my friend - is entirely subjective.

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JaktheDaxter
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 1:00:15 PM

I'm curious then as to what "duffer" means.

Based on your use of the word, I can't quite understand exactly what you mean seeing as the only definition of the word I could find referred to a bad golfer.

However,
"(Moreover, the duffers that we do own are more likely than not the ones, which we stupidly did not read the reviews on!)"
I do understand.

That is what I disagree with. The implication is assuming if we had read a review on a possibly "bad" game then it would have irrevocably caused us to not buy it in the first place.

Your use of the word "stupidly" implies that there would have been a reason to make us feel stupid. That is considered assumption. I don't agree.

"Whatever anyone likes to think - reviews are important."

You leave no room for fallability and while I do actually agree they are important, you are basically telling everyone they are wrong. Some people could not agree and you have to respect that.

"...and unless you have your well and truly buried in the sand, or are just plain stupid, you will sub/consciously take note."

Basically saying, YOUR opinion is right, while also insulting the other readers who disagree.

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DigitalStorm
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 1:47:18 PM

It’s quite a boring reply on your part – but I will answer Nonetheless.

Duffer, in the context I use, means not one of your best games. (I don’t really get why I had to explain the meaning?)
And more likely than not if you have bought one of these – you probably wont have researched it as much as say a premium game in your collection.

You with me so far?...

Your next few lines bored me so I won’t retort.

I will however point out the irony in reading all the way up to fallibility. (Sad, but it made me chuckle; it's incorrectly spelt)

So for reference, are you saying you never read reviews? Never visit PS3 websites? Never researched a purchase? Nope, I thought not.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 3:34:27 PM

You two are just going to keep going in circles. Take it into the forums if need be.

...and isn't "duffer" a golf term? Like for a golfer?

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NiteKrawler
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 4:32:10 PM

Um...I'd just like to add that DigitalStorm really shouldn't say anything about Jak's spelling after having spelled misunderstand and subconscious incorrectly. :)

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Aftab
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 10:50:24 PM

Ok all, opinions are well and good, but who's denying that an informed opinion takes some precedence over an empty one? Therefore, anyone who values opinions of others as well will probably pay some attention to a well written review more so than someone saying, "Only I am right and everybody is wrong" or "This is this way because most people think so" or "this rocks because M$ pays real good".

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JaktheDaxter
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 @ 2:30:02 AM

LOL.
Its was boring so you didn't read it. That does not make it false.

If you wish to continue. I'm in the forums.

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DigitalStorm
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 @ 6:20:40 AM

NiteKrawler, mis-understand is a valid spelling. Check your dictionary.

sub/consciously - granted is spelt incorrectly. it must have been a subconscious thing. I only pointed out his mistake because of the word and the timing, it amused me.

Duffer is a golfing term, amongst others...

...Slang, anything counterfeit or worthless.

PS. NiteKrawler, FYI it should be spelt, night crawler.

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NiteKrawler
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 @ 11:25:48 AM

DigitalStorm, are you English? If you are I think that's why we spell differently. Spelt is the British variation of spelled. I'm from the U.S. so I say spelled. Notice I didn't call you out on it when you used it in your first post. As for misunderstand or mis-understand, I've only seen misunderstand so I wonder if that's also different between our countries. It's correct either way so I apologize.

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NiteKrawler
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 @ 5:02:07 PM

Sorry, I think I misunderstood what you were saying in the last part there. You were saying that my name should be spelled Night Crawler. NiteKrawler is an online name I've been using for nearly 10 years. It started out as Night Crawler but over time I tweaked it into NiteKrawler. I realize that the X-Men character and worm of the same name is spelled differently. My spelling is intentionally different.

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Naga
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 9:46:39 AM
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Game reviews are great like what happens if you waste 50 quid on a rushed Movie game or a game that just totally sucks.

But I only read reviews on games that I have no clue on earth what the gameplay is like

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Robochic
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 10:19:54 AM
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Game reviews are important to me as well, but you have to be careful cause like we've all seen on reviews of games sometimes the rating or explanation of the game is not up to par to what it should be. When it comes to reviews I only come here cause ben and the gang always have well explanations of the games and thats what i am looking for.
I just wish i would of waited for the review on LOTR:conquest man that game sucked! thank goodness i got my $ back through the deal w.ebgames. Games are pricy at times so i want to make 100% that the amount i am paying for reflects what i am getting.
Hey ben when can we expect the review on RE5?

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caddillac
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 10:33:46 AM
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For me; the only things I look for in reviews is the lasting appeal of a game. I'm not really into online multiplayer so I tend to stay away from games that focus on multiplayer and have a short single player until they are like $30 or lower. But if its a game that I'm interested in then it doesn't matter what score it got because I determined I would get it after reading previews for it.

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Arvis
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 10:56:23 AM
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For those of you who put TOO much stock in reviews, you should take a look at this one...

http://justpressplay.net/game-reviews/35-reviews/4825-street-fighter-iv-x360.html

I've literally NEVER read a review so poorly written. It's obvious that the writer was not actually trying.

-Arvis

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NiteKrawler
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 10:41:40 PM

I read a little bit. I couldn't bring myself to put any faith in someone who actually includes the sentence "Lets start the bashing shall we?" in one of their reviews. It seems too informal or something. Maybe I just like writing in third person too much.

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DigitalStorm
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 11:00:31 AM
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WTF are justpressplay.net?

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Arvis
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 11:47:29 AM

An excellent question, my good man. One that should no one should ever attempt to answer.

-Arvis

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Big_Boss
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 11:31:48 AM
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My purchases are based on demos and reviews. However, there are some games that i will buy regardless of bad reviews.

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Orvisman
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 11:55:56 AM
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I never let reviews of any kind -- movies, TV, music, or games -- deter me from getting a product I want, after all it is only someone's opinion, not fact.

I, however, will admit to picking up a CD or game or watching a TV show or movie that gets universally decent reviews.

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DigitalStorm
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 @ 6:22:48 AM

So you are affected by reviews.

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JDC80
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 12:14:12 PM
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I usually download the demos or rent the game to base my buying decision, games like movies are subjective.

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 1:23:19 PM
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50/50

It's important since playing the game is a completely different experience from just seeing it.

But yeah there are times when one sees promise in a game and no matter what reviews say that game can be amazing for some.

For example Thousand Arms is one of the best if not the best rpg I ever played. But the reviews always gave it an 8 or 7...Though Gamer's Republic(great mag back then) gave it an A- so yeah.

Right now I'm all 'bout psxe's reviews, in fact I can't even remember a review of them I disagree with(save for Shadow of Colossus)

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coldbore
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 2:39:58 PM
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game reviews are very important to me, i wont buy a game unless i have heard that it is good from a reliable source (like this one) but nothing will beat hearing about it from a friend or better yet a demo, demos i find are the best because then u know what your getting into.

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Luiscosmo2
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 3:52:51 PM
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Sometime's If Its a game I do't know I read reviews or Watc reviews. A numbersx affect little on my purchase. I tend to read the guts of the review. It says what good or bad about the game. Like the Svr08 reviews. The numbers scores were my guess low then 80/100?WHat they said was bad I really didn't care. So IO pay attenction to the guts of the reviews.

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Bugzbunny109
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 6:07:40 PM
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I seldomly purchase games based on reviews. I prefer to look at gameplay footage; I am not interested in what "reviewers" have to say. Contrary, I DO look at PSX's reviews, even though they rarely affect my "game-buying decisions".

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DigitalStorm
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 @ 6:21:49 AM

So you are affected by reviews then.

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daus26
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 @ 1:27:23 AM
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I say the actual review, not the score, matters. If the reviewer thoroughly explains all the components of a game, the score won't matter to me. I actually read the reviews word by word. Different reviewers have different views.

So for example I'm reading a review on Dynasty Warriors 6. Scores are bad, but reading the review, all the points that made the game score lower were things that I didn't care about.

Thats what I look for in review. To see if the things that made the game score lower would matter to me. If not, I'd buy the game, regardless of the score it get.

So if a game would score low, the reviewer better explain it well!

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DigitalStorm
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 @ 6:23:05 AM

Best post here.

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NiteKrawler
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 @ 11:28:52 AM

Agreed.

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Ves
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 @ 9:37:05 AM
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The last 3-4 years they don't for me. There are only select places on the web that give me a review that I really liked (bad or good review) and answered the questions I had.

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slayerkillemall
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 @ 11:53:48 AM
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my take on this is as follows:,i agree with most of you guys and disagree at the same time.
my point is that reviews are 50/50 you win some you loose some.
i look at reviews to give me an idea of what the game is about i dont really look at the score just at the breakdown of the game and why it recieved that said score also it depends on whos review it is for example i know ben and cast will give an honest review but i also know he likes rpgs which i hate,so i go in with that in mind. the reason is the last time i bought a game based on reviews was star wars battlefront 2 for ps2 it got rave reviews so i paid $50 but when i played it i felt ripped off it felt as if i was playing final fantasy (no pun intended)i paid for a shooter not a rpg..

so in few words reviews are a helpful part of the information to decide what to do about the game but at the end of the road its me who makes the final decision....

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